Lava-capped red rock cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon near Encinoso Day Use Site

Fourth Graders! Visit America's natural wonders, including Red Rock Country for free. Through September, the Every Kid in a Park Pass admits you and your family wherever the Red Rock Grand Annual Pass is accepted, including our heritage sites and Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona special fee areas: Grasshopper Point, Call of the Canyon, and Crescent Moon! Photo: 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.

 

Notes & Notices

  • Pivot Rock Open! The closure has been lifted for the Pivot Rock Fire area. The area and gates are now open!
  • Reservoir Closure Update C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir is partially open following the Reservoir Fire. The fork to the right of the boat ramp is open. For your safety, stay out of the closed area, marked with buoys. Burning stump holes and falling trees create hazardous conditions in the closed area of the reservoir. Reservoir Fire information on Inciweb
  • Happy Jack Area Closure UPDATE Lands, roads, and trails are closed in the Jack Fire area east of Happy Jack during the course of the fire (including the Happy Jack Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail). See Jack Fire area closure Forest Order for details and new map.
  • Arizona Trail Closure & detour The Arizona National Scenic Trail Happy Jack Passage (AZT-29) is closed for safety during the Jack Fire and a detour has been put in place for travelers on the trail. See Arizona Trail Happy Jack Passage (AZT-29) detour maps and information for closure details.
  • Active Fire A lightning-caused fire south of Flagstaff is being managed to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy forest ecosystem For the most up-to-date information, watch the Jack Fire and follow @CoconinoNF on Twitter.
  • 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 Book your spot for Fossil Creek this summer! You can now reserve a parking spot for the day at the popular Fossil Creek and Springs during the summer season. Learn all about the new Fossil Creek Parking Permit Reservation System. Parking permit reservations are required from May 1 to October 1, 2016.
  • Fossil Creek Regulations 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.
  • Roads Feedback Wanted Proposed Changes to Road and Area Designations: Read about proposed changes to road, trail, camping corridor, and other area designations for motor vehicle use on the Coconino National Forest. Public comments are welcome!

 


 

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Coconino National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

2016 Mogollon Rim Ranger District Communication Leases Reissuances

The Mogollon Rim Ranger District will be processing requests to issue new communication leases for current lease holders at the 5 Mile Communication Site. Analysis will also include treating "potential" hazardous trees.

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

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.

Four Forest Restoration Initiative Rim Country Environmental Impact Statement

Landscape-scale restoration on the Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests of ponderosa pine ecosystems, designed to maintain, improve, and restore ecosystem structure, pattern, function, and resiliency.

Hutch Mountain Communication Site

Proposal to construct a commercial communication facility, including building, tower and solar power structures to provide improved wireless and other communication services in the area.

Lockett Meadow Vegetation Management Project

This project would address the interrelated needs to reduce meadow encroachment from ponderosa pine, to remove identified hazard trees within the designated camping area, and reduce created and natural fuels.

Under Analysis

A-1 Mountain Grazing Allotment Project

This project would determine whether and to what extent a term grazing permit would be issued to continue livestock grazing on the A-1 Mountain Grazing Allotment through an environmental assessment.

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.

APS 69kv Power Line Permit for Childs-Irving Line

Issuance of a permit to replace the expired Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower License. Existing 69 kV line that was part of the Childs Irving Power operation and covered under the old license. Has been in continuous operation.

Buck Mountain Lookout Tower Viewshed Project

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

Changes to Motor Vehicle Designations

Changes to designations (as currently shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map)for motor vehicles on roads, trails, and areas throughout the Coconino National Forest

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 Motorized Single Track Trail

Construction of a 27-mile motorized single track trail that includes the establishment of a parking area and obliteration of adjacent non-system routes.

Cragin Watershed Protection 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.

Deer Hill Trail Public Access Connector Trail

Construct a non-motorized trail segment connecting a public easement within the Timberline Subdivision to the existing Deer Hill Trail on the Coconino National Forest in Sections 5, Township 22 North, Range 8 East.

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.

Girdner Area Trails Planning

Up to 10 miles of non motorized multi-use trails will be proposed for the area near the Girdner Trail west of Sedona and north of SR89A.

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.

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 http://go.usa.gov/gnzY

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.

Soldiers 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.

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.

Western Area Power Administration Glen Canyon-Rogers 230/345kV Integrated Vegetation Mgmt Program

Western is proposing to implement a operation and maintenance (O&M) and Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) program on the Rogers-Glen Canyon section of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) Transmission System. Includes use of herbicides.

Analysis Completed

Angell Grazing Alltoment

Reauthorization of livestock grazing on the Angell Grazing Allotment.

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

NOTICE OF OBJECTION RESOLUTION MEETING -- September 22, 2015 at 13:00, Coconino NF Supervisor's Office, 1824 S Thompson St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Purpose is to discuss and hopefully resolve objections associated with the FWPP draft decision.

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 www.fs.usda.gov/4fri for information.

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.

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.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Center Waterline Maintenance Project

To prevent freezing of the water fountain located at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Center heat tape will be installed. Installation will require a small trench to be dug in order to tie into an existing electrical line.

On Hold

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.

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.

NPG Cable of Arizona/Suddenlink Issuance of New Permit

Proposal to re issue a permit to NPG Cable/Suddenlink for existing aerial and buried television cable lines on the Red Rock and Flagstaff Ranger Districts.

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.

Cancelled

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.

Cornville Single Track

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

Project Archive

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