Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)


Update November 30, 2016: The Notice of Intent (NOI) [gov] for the Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) was published November 29 and the public comment period is open through January 13, 2017! Read the Press Release (Español: Comunicado de Pensa sobre manajo de Fossil Creek)

Public meeting December 6: Dial in and join us at 5:30 p.m. for our first public meeting. Send us your questions in advance to have them answered during the meeting. See our event list for details.


Key Dates: 2016-2017

  • November 29: Public comment period starts
  • December 6: Public phone-in meeting
  • December 15: County Wide Interview [YouTube]
  • January 5: Public meeting in Payson
  • January 9: Public meeting in Camp Verde
  • January 13: Public comment period ends

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The Coconino and Tonto National Forests are home to the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River, known for its beautiful clear waters; magnificent fossil-like travertine rock formations; and diverse native fish, plants, and animals. The nearly 17-mile-long river is located in central Arizona on the Coconino and Tonto National Forests, approximately 100 miles from Phoenix.

Congress designated Fossil Creek as a Wild and Scenic River in spring 2009 to protect this river’s amazing attributes for years to come. This designation included approximately 16.8 miles from the confluence of Sand Rock and Calf Pen Canyons to the confluence with the Verde River. 9.3 miles were designated as Wild and 7.5 miles were designated Recreational under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act [gov].

The Coconino and Tonto National Forests are developing a long-term management plan to guide future management and development of the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River corridor. Learn about the planning project, get the details on the proposed management plan, and find out how you can get involved in guiding the future of Fossil Creek Wild & Scenic River!