Phlox blooming in the forest near Mormon Lake, May 2015

Photo (above): Phlox blooming in the forest near Mormon Lake. Taken May 2015 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, to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes and wade in lazy creeks and streams.

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2014 Stakeholder Report Cover Check out the new Stakeholder Report, which reports on projects, work and the Coconino NF budget for the past year!
  • Cinder Hills Off Highway Vehicle Area - FR 776 Partial Closure (map, 600kB): There is no direct access between FR 776 and FR 545 (Sunset Crater-Wupatki Scenic Loop Drive). Access to the Cinder Hills OHV area is through the junction of FR 776 and Highway 89. Off-road travel between FR 545 and FR 776 is prohibited. Use the free Motor Vehicle Use Map, which shows where motorized vehicle travel is legally permitted.
  • Only you can prevent wildfires! Remember, explosives, fireworks, or combustion engines without a working spark arresting device are prohibited on the Coconino National Forest. Please read to Order R03-004 (PDF, 2 MB) posted in Forest Orders. This order has been renewed through June 1, 2017.
  • The Coconino provides firewood for personal use both on a free-use permit and a paid permit basis. A permit must be acquired by anyone harvesting any firewood, except for small amounts for campfires gathered at the campfire site. Firewood permit sales begin April 17, 2015. Firewood cutting season starts April 18, 2015. See Forest Products Permits for info for the 2015 season.
  • The latest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is available at all Coconino National Forest offices for free! You can also download the MVUM map on your computer, tablet, or Garmin!

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Coconino National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Arizona Trail Gate Improvement Project

This project would replace gates ton the Arizona Trail at nine locations on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District to allow for improved accessibility by hikers, bikers and trail users with livestock and to provide for safer crossings at roadways.

AZ Public Service-Salt River Project ROW Vegetation Management with Herbicides

FS must decide if to allow APS and SRP to include using herbicides as a method to manage vegetation on existing APS and SRP transmission ROW within five National Forests in Arizona.

Bradshaw Ranch Climate Change Experimental Garden Array Research Permit

Authorization of a research permit to develop research gardens on up to 22 acres at what used to be the Bradshaw Ranch. Research gardens would include treatments to study plant responses to likely conditions that may exist under climate change

C. C. Cragin Fuels Reduction Project

Fuels reduction over about 64,000 acres within and adjacent to the watersheds that drain into the C. C. Cragin (formerly known as Blue Ridge) Reservoir.

Camping Areas for Group Gathering Special Use Permits, Mogollon Rim District 2014

Large group camp sites are proposed for issuance of temporary Special Use Permits(SUPs) for groups of 75 or more people or for recreation events that involve a fee. Camping areas of two to five acres are proposed at various locations on the District.

Cornville Single Track Trail

Evaluate the existing 26-mile social trail known locally as theCornville Single Track Trail for adoption into the Red Rock Trail System.

Ike's Backbone

Evaluate the vacant Ike's Backbone grazing allotment for closure due to infeasibility of managing grazing on it because of size and topography.

Under Analysis

Angell Grazing Alltoment

Reauthorization of livestock grazing on the Angell Grazing Allotment.

Apache Maid Rangeland Management Analysis

Analyze the conditions on the Apache Maid Range Allotment and its potential to continue to support livestock grazing with the principles of Adaptive Management.

Buck Mountain, Baker Butte Lookout Tower Viewshed Project

The project proposes to thin trees and reduce fuel loads around Buck Mountain and Baker Butte Lookout Towers to extend the viewshed, improve the ability to detect wildfires and to reduce the threat of fire that could destroy the towers.

Chavez Ranch Road Improvements

Proposal by private developer in coordination with Yavapai County to improve Chavez Ranch Road from Cathedral Vista Road to private property, including road construction.

Cornville Single Track

Evaluate area east of Cornville for development of a motorized single track.

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

Project objectives are to restore and protect important watersheds around Flagstaff by reducing the risk of unnatural, high-severity wildfire and subsequent flooding on steep slopes through a variety of tree thinning methods.

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan

Creation of a Comprehensive River Management Plan for Fossil Creek as described in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The project is on both the Coconino National Forest and the Tonto National Forest.

Four-Forest Restoration Initiative EIS: Kaibab and Coconino

Implementation of forest restoration activities including thinning of trees, prescribed fire treatments, and watershed and road restoration within 988,764 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. See for information.

Hitchin Post Stables Special-Use Permit Reauthorization

Reauthorizing special-use permit for horse trail riding and sleigh rides.

Plan Revision for the Coconino National Forest

Revision of the Coconino National Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) that guides activities on the Coconino NF such as recreation management and improvement of ecosystem health. For more information, visit

Pronghorn Fence Modification Project - Phase II

This project would relocate highway right of way fence further from highways in an effort to promote movement of pronghorn across Highway 180.

Red Rock Trails Phase IV

Adoption of new trails in the Red Rock area and decommissioning of inappropriate social trails.

Rock Pit Development: Coconino and Kaibab National Forests

Development of up to 39 rock pits affecting a total of 434 acres on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests to provide materials for surfacing roads to maintain safe and sustainable road conditions.

Soldier Pass Motorized Use

Analysis of motorized use on Soldier Pass Road and how to bring it into compliance with Forest Plan direction for social encounter levels. Use currently exceeds capacity.

Stock tank invasive aquatic species management

Establish clearance for treatments of non-invasive aquatic species in sotck tanks to prevent non-native invasive fish and other aquatic species from being reintroduced to downstream habitat with Threatened, Endangeredm and Sensitive fish.

Tobias/Flynn Road Access

Proposal to construct a road from SR179 to private property across Oak Creek from Poco Diablo and Chavez Crossing Group Campground in Sedona. Proposal is the result of litigation requiring the Forest Service to provide an easement.

Turkey Butte/Barney Pasture Forest Health Restoration

This project is designed to reduce improve forest and watershed health in the Turkey Butte and Barney Pasture area. Project activities would include thinning of small and medium diameter trees and prescribed burning.

V-V Viewing Platform

Construct a handicap accessible viewing platform at the V-V cultural site

Analysis Completed

APS NO1 Youngs to Mormon Lake 69kV Power Line

Proposal to construct approximately 21 miles of new 69kV power line along the Western Area Power 345 kV lines from Youngs Substation south of I-40 to Forest Road 125 to a new substation on federal land south of Mormon Lake.

Hart Prairie Fuels Reduction & Forest Health Project

Fuel risk reduction and forest health improvement in Hart Prarie/Hochderffer Mountain vicinity, east of HW 180 and to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness boundary north to FR 418 south to FR 153.

Jack Smith/Schultz Fuels Reduction and Forest Health

A fuels reduction/forest health project, in conjunction with the Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership, to treat approximately 10,000 acres of forest.

Kelly Motorized Trails

The goal of the Kelly Motorized Trails project is to create a sustainable motorized trail system for both single-track (motorcycles) and larger off-highway vehicles using a combination of existing non-system trails, roads, and new trail construction.

Mogollon Rim Ranger District 2015 Special Use Permit Reauthorizations

Proposal to reissue two special use authorizations in various locations that will expire in 2015. Uses include a water infrastructure and a resource monitoring site.

Mountainaire Land Conveyance Correction

Implementation of Public Law 113-107 to authorize the conveyance of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of an erroneous survey conducted in 1960.

Pinegrove Campground Improvement and Kinnikinick Campground Conversion Project

Improve and expand camping opportunities at Pinegrove Campground and convert existing Kinnikinick Campground to day-use.

Schultz Sediment Reduction Project

Project will analyze the effects of issuing a special use permit for a Coconino County proposal to recontour and stabilize watershed channels within the 2010 Schultz burn area to reduce sediment production.

Show Low South Land Exchange

A proposal to exchange 1028 acres Federal Land (Apache-Sitgreaves NFs & Coconino NF) for 1558 acres of non federal lands (Apache-Sitgreaves, Prescott and Coconino NF).

Spring Creek (Oak Creek Aquatic Species Protection)

Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) project to construct a fish barrier on Spring Creek to protect the native fish. BOR has prepared the NEPA analysis for public review and comment. The Forest Service will prepare a separate decision based on the analysis.

Walker Basin Range Allotment

Re-authorization of livestock grazing in a manner that maintains and/or moves the area toward Forest Plan objectives and desired conditions.

Windmill West Allotment

Reauthorization of livestock term grazing permit on approximately 108,100 acres.

On Hold

Cave Springs Bank Stabilization

Stabilize banks of Oak Creek along Cave Springs campground. Would involve stabilizing a collapsing bank and possibly restoring a more natural central channel to the creek by filling in two constricted side channels and opening the middle.

Mt Elden/Dry Lake Hills Recreation Planning

This project is planning for non-motorized recreation for trails, special uses and facilities in the Mt. Elden-Dry Lake Hills (MEDL) area. The next round of public involvement will be related to alternative development in summer 2014.

Sedona-Oak Creek Alternative Transportation Study

The proposal may include a shuttle operation, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The proposal also may include new construction of additional parking areas or facilities, and modifications to vehicle access and parking at existing recreation sites.


Highway 180 Motorized Trails

The goal of this project is to provide Forest visitors with a sustainable motorized, multi-use trail system along the Hwy 180 corridor that minimizes impacts to natural resources and social concerns/issues.

Mahan-Landmark Forest Restoration Project

Fuels reduction and ecosystem restoration over approximately 42,000 acres east of Lake Mary Road and surrounding Hutch, Mahan, Pine and Landmark Mountains.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.