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. Presidents' Day Weekend is fee-free at all standard amenity Red Rock Pass sites!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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See the Winter Recreation page for a recreation map, backcountry permit information, and more info!
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.
Cinch Hook Pit Closed Entry to Cinch Hook gravel pit, including sledding and snowplay, is prohibited. The site was closed due to safety concerns. Refer to Forest Order 04-16-01R: Cinch Hook Pit closure [PDF] for additional details.Violation of this order is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.
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.
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.”