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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Flagstaff - October 9, 2015: fall colors continue in Lockett Meadow, Inner Basin, and the north flanks of the Peaks. Colors have passed at the top of Mt. Elden and are creeping down the eastern face. The weather is expected to be in the low to mid 70°Fs through the weekend and next week.
Mogollon Rim - October 7, 2015: the Rim reports lackluster color this year, with most leaves turning brown and falling instead of the usual vibrant color.
NoticeColumbus Day, October 12, 2015: Offices will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day. The Red Rock Visitor Center will be open regular hours.
AlertFall 2015 Prescribed Burn Season [Inciweb]: Prescribed burns are planned for areas near east Flagstaff, Munds Park, Mormon Lake, and Blue Ridge starting early- to mid-October, depending on the weather. (Rain delayed the start of these projects, which were originally planned for the week of October 5, 2015.)
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.
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.