Fossil Creek and Childs are closed May 1-14, 2017 during installation of toilets. Fossil Creek's eight creekside parking lots (Waterfall, Irving, Tonto Bench, Bridge, Homestead, Sally May, Purple Mountain, and Mazatzal) are included in the closure.
The Fossil Springs "Park and Hike" lot (Strawberry) will remain open. WARNING: Fossil Springs "Park and Hike" is a brutally strenuous, 10-mile round-trip into the canyon to the old dam (aka "toilet bowl"). There is no creek access or water for the first 4 miles of the hike. Taking children or pets is strongly discouraged. Only physically fit adults should attempt this hike.