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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See the Winter Recreation page for a recreation map, backcountry permit information, and more info!
Red Rock Road Repairs FR 633 (the road to Jim Thompson Trailhead) will be closed February 24-25 and March 3-4 during road repair work. This closure affects access to Jim Thompson, Brins Mesa, Cibola Pass, and Jordan trails from this trailhead. See Press Release for details and map.
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.
Troop 217 came up from the Valley of the Sun to the winter wonderland of Arizona's high country to camp, hike, and help clean up the forest! Lane Spencer sent us this lovely thank you note and photos of the scouts picking up trash around the forest.
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.