The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
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Thanksgiving Hours: All Coconino National Forest offices, visitor centers, and heritage sites will close Wednesday at 1:00PM and all day Thursday, November 26, 2015 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular business hours resume Friday, November 27.

Christmas tree cutting season starts November 20, 2015!

Christmas Tree Season: November 20 - December 24, 2015. Every Kid in a Park (aka 4th Grade Pass) pass holders get a free Christmas tree permit! For details and a map of the cutting area, see 2015 Christmas Tree Permits and Cutting Area.

November 23, 2015: All offices have Sold out of Christmas tree tags. Each office does have a few Every Kid in a Park fourth grade pass Christmas tree tags.

These neighboring Forests may have tags available: Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto. Call ahead!

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.

Enjoy our website! If you cannot find what you are looking for, please either fill out the on-line comment form or call us at 928-527-3600.

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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Recent News


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.

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.

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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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