The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
Where is this Forest?

Water flowing in Dry Beaver Creek, Woods Canyon, Village of Oak Creek

 Water!   January's winter storms, followed by warm weather and rain in February has creeks running, waterfalls flowing, and many of Arizona's dams filling to capacity. Choose your adventures carefully! Steer clear of trails requiring creek crossings where rising waters may strand explorers, or in narrow canyons where flash floods are likely. Do not drive into flooding roadways and washes. Photo: Water flowing in Dry Beaver Creek, Woods Canyon, February 15, 2017 [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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Map of wintertime recreation sites around Flagstaff, Arizona

See the Winter Recreation page for a recreation map, backcountry permit information, and more info!


Flagstaff Winter Recreation Hotline
1-844-256-SNOW (7669)
Courtesy Flagstaff CVB



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No Drone Zone: Sedona Airport and Wilderness Areas

No Drone Zone sign at a trailhead near Sedona, Arizona

If you plan to fly your unmanned aircraft—commonly called "drones"—on or over the Coconino National Forest, you are required follow Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance. The FAA is the authority that regulates airspace and flights. 

Recreational flights within five miles of an airport are prohibited without prior authorization. Operating, launching, or landing a UAS in a designated Wilderness Area is illegal. 

The No Drone Zone covers most of the Sedona area, including Bell Rock, West Fork, Devils Bridge, Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Get maps and information about No Drone Zone in the Sedona area.

Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund donated $100K for trail maintenance

Trail crew improving a trail

The Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest recently received $100,000 from the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund to conduct essential maintenance on trails surrounding Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.


“It’s great having such supportive partners in the Sedona community,” said Red Rock District Ranger Nicole Branton.. “This district gets millions of visitors a year, and the trails in the area are a mecca for mountain bikers, hikers and nature lovers. Due to high use, sandy soil and intense monsoon storms, the trails require a lot of attention and maintenance—so these funds will go a long way in sustaining local trails.”

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Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort

Skiing at the Arizona Snowbowl

Fresh powder, blue skies, and breathtaking views. When you visit the top of Arizona, don't forget your skis!

Winter Backcountry Permits

Snow on the San Francisco Peaks

Backcountry permits are required in winter for access to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness area from the Arizona Snowbowl and Snowbowl Road.


Winter Recreation Info and Map

Map of wintertime recreation sites around Flagstaff, Arizona

Skiing, snowplay, and more awaits in Arizona's winter playground around Flagstaff! Get winter recreation information and a winter recreation map (map courtesy of Flagstaff CVB).

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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