The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
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View of Capitol Butte from Mescal Trail

Your comments are welcome on proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass Program. Changes include trailhead improvements and eliminating fee areas in favor of specific fee sites. Give it a read and let us know what you think! Photo: View of Capitol Butte from Mescal Trail, one of several new trails in the Red Rock District. (2015 Deborah Lee Soltesz/USFS)

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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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.

Proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass Program

View towards Fay Canyon from Doe Mountain

The Coconino National Forest is seeking comments from the public regarding proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) fee program that will enable continued improvements to two new stand-alone fee sites, and reduce public confusion about fee sites versus fee areas.

It is proposed that the two current fee areas along State Routes 89A and 179 be eliminated, while recreation sites within the two current fee areas are retained as stand-alone fee sites. The proposal also seeks to add two new stand-alone fee sites to the RRP, to include Dry Creek Vista/Picnic Site and Fay Canyon Vista/Trailhead. This would result in a total of 20 stand-alone fee sites.

Public comments are open on the proposed changes are open until January 1, 2016. For more details and to read the full proposal, visit the Red Rock Pass Free Program Proposal page.

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Winter Backcountry Permits

Snow on the San Francisco Peaks

Backcountry permits are required in winter for access to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness area from the Arizona Snowbowl and Snowbowl Road.

Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort

Skiing at the Arizona Snowbowl

Fresh powder, blue skies, and breathtaking views. When you visit the top of Arizona, don't forget your skis!


Winter Recreation Info & Map

Map of wintertime recreation sites around Flagstaff, Arizona

Skiing, snowplay, and more awaits in Arizona's winter playground around Flagstaff! Get winter recreation information and a winter recreation map (courtesy of the City of Flagstaff).

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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