The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
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Fossil Creek Waterfall

Book Now on Recreation.gov! Fossil Creek Parking Permit Info Starting May 1, a parking permit is required for Fossil Creek. Permits must be purchased online in advance. Book your Fossil Creek permit today! Photo: Waterfall on Fossil Creek [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.

 

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Features

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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Spotlights

Reserve your spot at Fossil Creek!

Swimmers enjoying the warm waters of Fossil Creek

No more rising at the crack of dawn to beat the crowd! Summertime parking reservations will be required starting May 1. Reserve your spot online now!

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!

 




Volunteer!

Volunteers working on a trail in the Coconino Forest

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. Trail building, nature rehabilitation, and visitor services are among many of the possible volunteer opportunities!

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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