The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
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Yavapai Apache Youth Dancers at V Bar V Discovery Day, March 2016

 Archaeology Celebration   Join us this Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at V Bar V Heritage Site for Archaeology Discovery Days! Demonstrations include making fire by friction, weaving yucca, agave, and cotton fibers, making and firing pottery, throwing spears with atlatls, grinding corn, and a mountain man camp! Dancers from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will perform at Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don't miss the star attraction: the V Bar V rock art, with over 1,000 petroglyphs on the largest, most well preserved petroglyph panel in the Verde Valley. Find more events happening this month during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month!

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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Sun obscured by heavy smoke

If you are experiencing smoke impacts from a fire on the Coconino National Forest, please submit a smoke report or complaint and we will get your information to fire managers and forest leadership.

 

Notes & Notices

  • Mogollon Rim Phone Outage Please see contact information for options to contact the Mogollon Rim Ranger District during this outage. Most campgrounds and roads are still closed, and most lakes are still inaccessible (including C.C. Cragin/Blue Ridge and Knoll).
  • Lower Lake Mary The lake is full of water and fish! Arizona Game & Fish Department will be helping us open Lower Lake Mary early this season. Gates will be open weekends from early morning to late afternoon weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) for free until April 10. No trash service will be available, so pack out your trash. Starting April 10, the lake will be open seven days a week 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with trash service, and a per car fee.
  • Discovery Days at V Bar V Join us this Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at V Bar V Heritage Site for Archaeology Discovery Days! Demonstrations include making fire by friction, weaving yucca, agave, and cotton fibers, making and firing pottery, throwing spears with atlatls, grinding corn, and a mountain man camp! Dancers from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will perform at Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don't miss the star attraction: the V Bar V rock art, with over 1,000 petroglyphs on the largest, most well preserved petroglyph panel in the Verde Valley. Find more events happening this month during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month!
  • Road Construction - SR 89A Through fall 2017, SR 89A between Flagstaff and Oak Creek Vista will be reduced to one lane on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flaggers and a pilot car will guide motorists through the work zone. Starting March 20, this stretch will be closed nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 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. Full details at ADOT SR 89A paving project page: azdot.gov/89A.
  • Fossil Creek Permits Parking permits for Fossil Creek are available starting March 1 for the month of April. A permit is required April 1 through October 1. Read the press release to learn what's new, get maps and information in English and Spanish, or visit Recreation.gov to make your reservation.
  • 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.
  • Elden Lookout Construction The tower will be under construction from late October 2016 to late April 2017 to replace the aging cabin. Visitors to the tower peak are strongly advised to stay clear of the construction zone. Fire towers operate seasonally over the height of the summer fire season. Elden Lookout Tower was closed to visitors at the end of the 2016 wildfire season.
  • 4th Graders! The Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass is accepted at Red Rock Pass sites and select special fee areas! Read the press release about Sedona area special fee sites accepting the 4th Grade Pass.
  • C.C. Cragin Closure C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir partial closure through spring 2017 during construction of improvements to the boat ramp area. There is no water access due to the closure and low water levels.

 


 

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2016 Stakeholder Report

2016 Stakeholder Report Cover

At the beginning of each year we produce a Stakeholder Report that reports on various projects of the previous year, which gives a snapshot of the wonderful work going on across the Coconino National Forest. 


March is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month!

Pottery exhibit and demonstration at V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days

Each year, Arizona celebrates its heritage with archaeology and heritage events across the state through the month of March. The Red Rock Ranger District will feature two events to demonstrate a variety of ancient technologies to help celebrate March being Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in Arizona. Activities will emphasize a better understanding and appreciation of the Native American cultures in the Southwest that have been practiced for hundreds of years.


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Ashurst Lake

Ashurst Lake with the San Francisco Peaks in the background

Beautiful views of the San Francisco Peaks, epic night skies, two campgrounds, and a lovely forest lake for paddling and fishing.

Reserve your spot at Fossil Creek!

Swimmers enjoying the warm waters of Fossil Creek

Parking permits for Fossil Creek are available starting March 1! Permits are required April 1 through October 1. On the first of each month, permit sales open for the following month.

 




Drones and Unmanned Aircraft

No Drone Zone sign at a trailhead near Sedona, Arizona

Learn how your quadcopter (commonly called "drone") or other unmanned aircraft system (UAS) safely and legally around the Coconino National Forest!

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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