Nature Viewing

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Virtually every square foot of the Coconino National Forest would fall into these three categories; plants, scenery and wildlife. Therefore, only a couple of recreation sites are listed under these areas, but they ALL fall under them.

There is a small sunflower unique to the world atop the San Francisco Peaks of the Coconino National Forest, and vast varieties of foliage from the mountains to the valleys and high deserts. For instance, Oak Creek Canyon displays a dramatic change in vegetation as one drives the short 2 miles from the Ponderosa pine forest at the top of the switchbacks (about 6500 feet) to the ancient riparian deciduous forests in the canyon bottom at 4500 feet. [Botany]

Breathtaking scenic views are everywhere on the Coconino. The beautiful snow-capped San Francisco Peaks, the cinder hills, the striking red rocks of Sedona and the dense forests with lakes and streams on the Mogollon Rim, for just a few examples.

The wildlife and fish resources of the Forest are among the most diverse and unique within the Southwestern Region.With a wide range of habitats on the Forest, from the only alpine tundra in the state down to lowland desert, the Forest is biologically rich, supporting a diversity of wildlife and fish populations. The Forest is home to over 500 vertebrate species, including at least 300 species of birds, almost 100 species of mammals, a wide variety of herpetefauna (amphibians and reptiles), 16 native fish species, as well as many invertebrates. [Wildlife & Fisheries

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