Welcome to the Coconino National Forest

Diverse Vistas

From the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra, the Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse and unforgettable destinations in the country.


Experience it all

One of the most diverse National Forests in the country with changing landscapes and activities around every corner. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams. Bring your camera and don't forget your swim suit, hiking shoes, and fishing pole...come and see!

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

    hand signaling to stop along with a flame to represent no fires

    The Coconino National Forest is currently in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions which puts prohibitions on fires, campfires, charcoal, wood stoves, smudge pots, smoking and more. In addition, it is always illegal to use fireworks on National Forest land.

Plan Your Visit

  • Special Places

    Sunrise on the Coconino

    Scenic Drives, Ancient Cliff Dwellings, Petroglyphs - even an Apollo Training Site! Only on the Coconino!

  • Be Prepared

    trail signs

    You'll want to lose yourself in the adventure, but maps and brochures will help you find your way.

  • Passes/Permits

    Coconino Mitten

    Red Rock Pass, fuelwood permits, events, research - passes and permits for all your needs.  

Discover More about the Coconino National Forest

Hot topics:

 Road Status  Four Forest Restoration Initiative  

Verde River Conditions  Prescribed Fires and Smoke



Dispersed Camping Recommended Sites

Javelina designated dispersed camping sign.

There are several notable dispersed camping areas on the Coconino. Some allow open camping, while others allow camping only in designated campsites. Help keep these areas open and accessible to everyone: follow the rules listed on the Motor Vehicle Use Map when driving in the forest (essentially, cross-country travel in a motorized vehicle is prohibited), and always drown campfires out cold to the touch.

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Northern Arizona’s invasive species to know

Common teasel

As the natural distribution of species shifts historically, opportunistic invasive and dramatic climactic changes are contributing to sizable disruptions of native species in Arizona. Learn some of the big names in invasive species to prevent them from invading further! 

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