The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
Where is this Forest?

Lava-capped red rock cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon near Encinoso Day Use Site

Fourth Graders! Visit America's natural wonders, including Red Rock Country for free. Through September, the Every Kid in a Park Pass admits you and your family wherever the Red Rock Grand Annual Pass is accepted, including our heritage sites and Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona special fee areas: Grasshopper Point, Call of the Canyon, and Crescent Moon! Photo: Flickr

The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams.

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Sun obscured by heavy smoke

If you are experiencing smoke impacts from a fire on the Coconino National Forest, please submit a smoke report or complaint and we will get your information to fire managers and forest leadership.


Notes & Notices

  • Schultz Pass Trails Trails in the Schultz Pass area near Flagstaff are open! Thinning operations wrapped up for now, but you may see chippers working in the area. Be alert for truck traffic.
  • Happy Jack Area Closure Update The closure area has been reduced. See Jack Fire area closure Forest Order for details and new map.
  • Arizona Trail Closure & detour The Arizona National Scenic Trail Happy Jack Passage (AZT-29) is closed for safety during the Jack Fire and a detour has been put in place for travelers on the trail. See Arizona Trail Happy Jack Passage (AZT-29) detour maps and information for closure details.
  • Forest Plan Revision The proposed revised plan is now available online! See the May 2016 Update and Proposed Revised Plan to view the revised plan, response to comments, and read about our recent efforts. The proposed revised plan is a incorporates changes in response to comments received during the 90-day comment period held in 2013-4. Public comments are now closed as we work towards the final release of the plan projected for June 2017.
  • Fossil Creek Book your spot for Fossil Creek this summer! You can now reserve a parking spot for the day at the popular Fossil Creek and Springs during the summer season. Learn all about the new Fossil Creek Parking Permit Reservation System. Parking permit reservations are required from May 1 to October 1, 2016.
  • Fossil Creek Regulations Summer season camping, campfire, parking, and glass container regulations are in effect May 1 to October 1, 2016. Download the official regulations, restrictions, and maps for the Fossil Creek area. Learn how to get parking permits, download the summer recreation guide, and get detailed visitor information on Fossil Creek recreation information.
  • Roads Feedback Wanted Proposed Changes to Road and Area Designations: Read about proposed changes to road, trail, camping corridor, and other area designations for motor vehicle use on the Coconino National Forest. Public comments are welcome!



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Recent News


Fossil Creek: Geology In Real Time [Payson Roundup]

Waterfall on Fossil Creek

Fossil Creek, whose waters were diverted for nearly a 100 years to generate electricity now flows free as an officially designated Wild & Scenic River. Home for only native fish, Fossil Creek waters are once again doing what they have done for thousands of years — slowly building back the travertine deposits that formed the many terraces and pools that existed when Fossil Creek was first discovered — from which it drew its name. Article by by Greg McKelvey, geologist and president of Rim Country Camera Club appeared in the Payson Roundup on April 5, 2016

Public feedback welcome on proposed changes to motor vehicle use designations

Vehicle driving on a rocky, rough jeep road

The Coconino National Forest is considering changes to which roads, trails, and areas are open to motor vehicle use on the Forest and would like your input. Over the years, the Forest has used public feedback to modify road, trail and area designations to better support a fun, safe, and ecologically sustainable motorized roads system. Read more details, access project documents, and download an interactive map of the proposed changes.

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Fossil Creek

Waterfall on Fossil Creek

Want to visit Fossil Creek? Get maps and info here! This remote creek, one of two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Arizona, is challenging to get to... know before you go!

Mogollon Rim Ranger District

View from the Mogollon Rim

Seemingly endless opportunities for fun! Go hike, fish, camp, bike, and so much more! Plus, the sweeping Rim views will make you feel like you're standing on the edge of the world!


Free Travel Maps

Travel map displayed on a mobile phone

Get a free hard copy Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows official roads and trails. We also offer full-color, GPS-enabled digital travel maps for a variety of devices.

Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI)

The Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests are engaged in a collaborative initiative to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the Southwestern Region.

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