The Coconino provides firewood for personal use both on a free-use permit and a paid permit basis. In either case, a permit must be acquired by anyone harvesting any firewood on the National Forest, except for the rather small amounts used in a campfire and gathered at the campfire site. Firewood permit sales begin April 17, 2015. Firewood cutting season starts April 18, 2015 and runs through December 13, 2015. Watch the Forest Products Permits page for up-to-date information.
Fees: Personal Use Paid Permit $5 per cord, $20 (four cord) minimum. Maximum 10 cords per household.
Enjoy Ranger Talks atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday through Monday this summer. The grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet! Call 928-779-1951 for further details or visit the Arizona Snowbowl.
Take a 1.75 mile roundtrip walk to the cabin and meet a ranger in period costume.The historic cabin is open to visitors every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the summer. Call the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center for meeting location and more information at (928) 526-3367.
Every Friday through Labor Day Weekend is Sunset Friday, and the chairlift hours are extended until 6 p.m. Purchase a full priced chairlift ticket between 2 and 6 p.m. and receive a complimentary BBQ. Season passholders, non-riders, children 5 & under, and those with discounted lift tickets may purchase the barbecue dinner separately for $7.99. Call 928-779-1951 for further details or visit the Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Chairlift.
Shield Ranch in Camp Verde will be salvaging a 5 acre field that is stocked with native grass. Volunteers are needed to salvage native grasses for restoration activities. Please bring shovels and any spare pots or nursery flats you have on hand. If you want to salvage grass for personal use, you're more than welcome to dig up as many grasses you can dig!
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Place: Shield Ranch:
South on Hwy 260 towards Payson, approximately 3 miles past White Bridge (Camp Verde).
Right on Sierra Verde Road.
Right on Sierra Verde Lane.
Left on Pearce Lane (turns to dirt).
Left at Schill Crossing through gate and drive over Clear Creek (dry) into Shield Ranch.
As you enter the ranch head toward the barns, drive between two barns, grass field is in the far southwest field.
Learn about the tiniest bird in North America and experience a personal encounter in nature with a broad-tailed hummingbird! Presentation by NPS volunteer Rick Ruess at the Pinegrove Campground amphitheater.
A 2.2-mile easy, off-trail ramble thorugh the meadow to view the late-summer blooms and 360° vistas. Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument access road (FR 545), 0.8 miles from Highway 89. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes. 928-637-5175 for more information.
Enjoy beautiful views and get to know the trees of the San Francisco Peaks. Interpretive ranger Chelsea Schroeder leads this easy 1.5 mile walk on Aspen Loop Trail. Meet in the parking lot for Humphreys Trail just below Hart Prairie Lodge, 6.5 miles up Snowbowl Road. Bring water, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes. Complimentary Scenic Chairlift tickets for attendees! Call 928-527-8238 for more details.
Do you have a mystery plant growing in your yard? Come to Willow Bend in Flagstaff, Arizona for help between 10 am and 2 pm on:
July 19, 2015
August 16, 2015
September 20, 2015
Bring in your "suspect" (or a photo) and a representative of the San Francisco Peaks Weed Management Area will identify it for you. If it's a "bad guy" we will give you tips on how to manage it. We will also have information about local weed groups in your area that are working on improving their neighborhood environment!