The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
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Aspen trees turning gold at the top of Bear Jaw Trail on the San Francisco Peaks

Photo (above, Flickr): October 9, 2015 - Aspens turning near the top of Bear Jaw Trail. The trail is one leg of the Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop which ascends the northern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks and provides a fantastic fall color view experience. The fall color season has arrived in Lockett Meadow, the Inner Basin, and the northern flanks of the Peaks. See Fall Colors on the Coconino for resources to help you plan your autumn adventures. Photo by Deborah Lee Soltesz. Credit: USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

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 NF, please submit a smoke report or complaint and we will get your information to fire managers and forest leadership.


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Employees pitch in to help protect Bebb's willows

Crew preparing to plant Bebb's willows near Buck Spring

During September 2015, Coconino National Forest employees from the Flagstaff and Mogollon Rim Ranger Districts rolled up their sleeves to plant Bebb's willows and make improvements to help protect Bebb's willow communities. Bebb’s willow is a sensitive species for the Coconino National Forest. These young willows were grown locally by Northern Arizona University Research Greenhouse from locally collected seed.

Get Involved in Fossil Creek's Future

Fossil Creek

The Red Rock Ranger District will be initiating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for proposing changes to Fossil Creek in order to protect river resources and enhance public safety. We would like your involvement in the future. Learn how to receive details about management changes and get involved in the process.

Comments are open through October 25, 2015 on two Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River proposals. See the press release on Fossil Creek proposals for information about these proposals and learn how to submit comments.

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Around the Peaks Drive

View of the San Francisco Peaks from FR 418 on the Around the Peaks Loop

This scenic drive takes you all the way around Arizona's highest mountain, winding through a land of pine forests and aspen groves, open prairies and rustic homesteads.

Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop Hike

Top of Abineau Trail on the northern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks

Strenuous 6-mile loop hike in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, on northern flanks of the San Francisco Peaks


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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.

Every Kid in a Park!

Every Kid in a Park

Learn how fourth graders can obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire school year.

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