The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
Where is this Forest?

Large herd of elk grazing at Mormon Lake, July 27, 2016

Wildlife & Wildflowers August is the perfect time to view wildlife and wildflowers across the Forest. Photo: Large herd of elk grazing at Mormon Lake by Mary Lata [Flickr]

398 Abandoned Campfires discovered so far this year on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests

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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Notes & Notices

  • C.C. Cragin Restrictions Restrictions on vehicle length and parking on Forest Road 751, and swimming near the boat ramp at C.C. Cragin (aka Blue Ridge) Reservoir are in effect staring Monday, August 15, 2016. See the C.C. Cragin Reservoir restrictions notice for details, map, and background information.
  • Clints Well Area Closure Eden Fire area northeast of Clints Well is closed until further notice. See the Eden Fire Closure for details and a map.
  • Forest Plan The Monitoring and Evaluation Report for Fiscal Year 2015 is available for download [PDF 425 kB]. Learn more about the Forest Plan for the Coconino National Forest.
  • Construction & Trails Temporary road construction work near the junction of Rocky Ridge Trail and the Arizona Trail, west of Mount Elden in Flagstaff. Nearby residents may hear construction noise during the day. Schultz Creek trailhead, Schultz Creek Trail, and Rocky Ridge Trail have been reopened following last week's construction. A short segment of the Arizona Trail just south of Rocky Ridge Trail has been closed and rerouted around the construction. View current road construction and trail closure map [PDF 1.4MB].
  • Forest Plan Revision The proposed revised plan is now available online! See the May 2016 Update and Proposed Revised Plan to view the revised plan, response to comments, and read about our recent efforts. The proposed revised plan is a incorporates changes in response to comments received during the 90-day comment period held in 2013-4. Public comments are now closed as we work towards the final release of the plan projected for June 2017.
  • Fossil Creek Summer season camping, campfire, parking, and glass container regulations are in effect May 1 to October 1, 2016. Download the official regulations, restrictions, and maps for the Fossil Creek area. Learn how to get parking permits, download the summer recreation guide, and get detailed visitor information on Fossil Creek recreation information.



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Recent News


Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!

Wukoki ruin with San Francisco Peaks in the distance, Wupatki National Monument

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016! While you're out celebrating our local national monuments, visit some of these nearby sites on the Coconino National Forest.

Fuels Crew 4 tackled the Climb to Conquer Cancer!

Crew 4 Climbers at the top of the mountain during the 2016 Climb to Conquer Cancer in Flagstaff

Fuels Crew 4 from the Coconino National Forest participated in the American Cancer Society fundraiser Climb to Conquer Cancer of Flagstaff on August 20, 2016. Nearly 4,000 people walked the seven-mile road to the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort.

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Inner Basin Trail

Snowy Agassiz Peak behind spring green aspens in the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks (2009)

Inner Basin Trail starts in picturesque Lockett Meadow and ascends through the beautiful aspen and pine forest to arrive in the heart of the San Francisco Peaks' volcanic crater.

Cabin Loop Trail System

Pinchot Cabin at the Houston Brothers Trailhead (2003)

Hike, bike, or ride on this fantasic tour of historic Forest Service Cabins in Mogollon Rim Country! Great for multi-day adventure, whether by foot, hoof, or tread!


Free Travel Maps

Travel map displayed on a mobile phone

Get a free hard copy Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows official roads and trails. We also offer full-color, GPS-enabled digital travel maps for a variety of devices.

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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