The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
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Dorsey Trail No. 7 ascending a ravine to the rim of Sycamore Canyon

Sycamore Canyon The Kelsey-Dorsey loop hike is one of four trails highlighted in Arizona Highways June 2016 issue featuring the history and beauty of Sycamore Canyon. Photo: Dorsey Trail [Flickr]

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 National Forest, 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


Fossil Creek: Geology In Real Time [Payson Roundup]

Waterfall on Fossil Creek

Fossil Creek, whose waters were diverted for nearly a 100 years to generate electricity now flows free as an officially designated Wild & Scenic River. Home for only native fish, Fossil Creek waters are once again doing what they have done for thousands of years — slowly building back the travertine deposits that formed the many terraces and pools that existed when Fossil Creek was first discovered — from which it drew its name. Article by by Greg McKelvey, geologist and president of Rim Country Camera Club appeared in the Payson Roundup on April 5, 2016

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.

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Fossil Creek

Waterfall on Fossil Creek

Want to visit Fossil Creek? Get maps and info here! This remote creek, one of two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Arizona, is challenging to get to... know before you go!

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

Little L.O. Trail leads to Geronimo Spring near the bottom of Sycamore Canyon

Cutting over 20 miles into the Mogollon Rim, Sycamore Canyon is Arizona's second largest canyon and one of its most remote and rugged Wilderness areas.



Volunteers working on a trail in the Coconino Forest

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. Trail building, nature rehabilitation, and visitor services are among many of the possible volunteer opportunities!

Flagstaff Watershed Protection

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a partnership with local government to reduce the risk of devastating wildfire and post-fire flooding in Flagstaff area watersheds.

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