Kendrick Mountain following the Boundary Fire, July 3, 2017

 Kendrick Mountain Open   The Boundary Fire Closure lifts Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. There are still potentially hazardous conditions following the wildfire, and Kaibab NF Forest Road 149 remains closed until road maintainence has been completed. Before venturing into the Kendrick Mountain area, please read the Kendrick Mountain news release for important safety information and details. Photo: View of Kendrick Mountain from Slate Mountain immediately following the Boundary Fire, July 3, 2017.

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.

Flash Floods

Flooding along Dry Beaver Creek

Flash floods are one of monsoon season's biggest hazards, even if it's not raining overhead. Never drive into flooding roadways. Plan your adventures carefully. Avoid trails into canyons or along creeks where rising waters may leave you stranded.

Monsoon Season

Lightning strike on the San Francisco Peaks during a summer monsoon storm

Afternoon thunderstorms continue to occur frequently as monsoon season dwindles. Watch the weather forecast and avoid getting caught in a storm. Learn more:

 

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Notes & Notices

  • Kendrick Mountain Open!  Kendrick Mountain has been closed since June's Boundary Fire due to safety concerns following the wildfire. The closure is lifted effective 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14. Note: Post-fire hazards may still be present. Kaibab National Forest Road 149 is closed until maintenance work on the road has completed. Please read the Kendrick Mountain news release for important details and information before venturing into the area.
  • C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge Reservoir) Closure Forest Road 751, the road into C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir, closed for the season on September 6, 2017. Arizona Game and Fish Department is continuing construction in the boat ramp area. FR 751 is closed at the gate just past Rock Crossing Campground. The reservoir will open again in the late spring (dependent on weather and construction status). Read C.C. Cragin Reservoir road closure news release for details.
  • Senior Pass Price Change Effective August 28, 2017, the Interagency Senior Pass costs $80 for a lifetime pass, or $20 annually. See Changes to the Senior Pass for additional details [NPS].
  • Forest Plan Revision Read the Summer 2017 Forest Plan Revision Status Update to find out what we've been working on and where we're headed in the next few months!
  • Elden Trail Closures Lower Oldham Trail, a portion of Rocky Ridge Trail, and the social trails north of Pipeline are closed (there is a detour for the Arizona National Scenic Trail Flagstaff Passage 33) through December 2017 during Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project forest thinning activities. The temporary road is not open to the public - the road and logging area are extremely dangerous. For your own safety, obey the closure signs. Read News Release on FWPP thinning activity in the Schultz Creek Trailhead area.
  • Wing Mountain Snowplay Area Closure Wing Mountain Snowplay Area will not open for the 2017-2018 winter season. The concessionaire has been granted its request to cancel their permit and close the site. For more details, read the Wing Mountain Snowplay Area closure news release.
  • Soldier Pass Closures Soldier Pass roads (FRs 9904, 9904B, and 9904C) are closed to public motorized use until a permit system is established. We are currently working on the new permit system, and anticipate permits for public use will be available in late 2017. Once implemented, the permit system will allow limited public motorized access. Read the Final decision released on Soldier Pass motorized use press release for full details on the closures and project.
  • Road Construction - SR 89A Through fall 2017, SR 89A between Flagstaff and Oak Creek Vista will have traffic restrictions in place 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic will be occasionally stopped for brief periods to allow contruction vehicles and work to occur. This stretch is closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Interstate 17 to and from State Route 179 is an alternate route at night and for those wishing to avoid work-related delays on weekdays. FR 237 and FR 535 gates at SR 89A will be locked nightly. Full details at ADOT SR 89A paving project page: azdot.gov/89A.
  • No Drone Zone You are required to follow FAA rules when flying any unmanned aircraft on National Forest lands. #1 No unauthorized flights within five miles of an airport. #2 No flights in Wilderness Areas. Follow the law, and observe the "No Drone Zone" signs. Get maps of the Sedona Airport No Drone Zone and local Wilderness Areas, and learn more about Flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on the Coconino National Forest.

 


 

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Recent News


Features

Employees pitch in to return a rogue motorized trail back to nature

Employees cooperate to carry materials to build fencing near Mountainaire.

On August 16th, 2017, employees permanent and seasonal, from offices of the Flagstaff Ranger District and Supervisor, congregated on National Forest near the Mountainaire community south of Flagstaff. Led by Brian Poturalski, head of the Flagstaff Ranger District Recreation department, able hands divided into teams charged with the naturalization of a rogue motor trail as well as the construction of new infrastructure. Read the article for the full story, photos, and video! (Story by Sean Golightly)


Volunteer Ron Krug receives governor's award for avocational archaeology

Ron Krug, Archaeologist

Sedona resident, and long-time volunteer on the Coconino National Forest, Dr. Ronald Krug has been selected to receive the 2017 Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Committee’s Award in Public Archaeology in the category of Avocational Archaeologist.

Dr. Krug has volunteered for the Coconino National Forest and has been an Arizona site steward for more than 15 years. He will be presented the governor’s award at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on June 16 in Oro Valley.


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Spotlights

Bismarck Lake Trail

View of the San Francisco Peaks from Bismarck Lake Trail

An easy one-mile hike to fantastic views on the western flank of the San Francisco Peaks!

Mogollon Rim Ranger District

View from the Mogollon Rim

Seemingly endless opportunities for fun! Go hike, fish, camp, bike, and so much more! Plus, the sweeping Rim views will make you feel like you're standing on the edge of the world!

 




Campfire Safety

Burning campfire

Never leave a burning campfire unattended. Put campfires dead out. Learn more about campfire safety. Only you can prevent wildfires.

2017 Fee-Free Days

Cathedral Rock Trailhead

Each year the Red Rock Ranger District offers "fee-free" days around holidays and events. On these days, fees are waived for all Red Rock Pass Fee Program sites.



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Cover of the current Stakeholder Report

Annual Stakeholder Report