Field of flowers with Mormon Mountain in the background

Photo: Upper Lake Mary area with Mormon Mountain in the background. [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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Notes & Notices

  • Firewood Permits are currently on sale! Details here!
  • New Motor vehicle use maps will be available April 15. More details here!
  • C.C. Cragin Reservoir Closed until further notice due to low water levels, underwater hazards, and dangerous boat ramp conditions. Forest Road 751 is closed at the gate near the Rock Crossing Campground intersection. More information available here.
  • 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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Roving Ranger Programs

Ranger on top of San Francisco Peaks giving a talk.

Presented to you by a partnership team comprised of both National Park Service and Forest Service rangers and volunteers, the Roving Rangers provide free ranger programs that are a fun and entertaining way to learn about and experience the great outdoors with family, friend, and your neighborly park and forest rangers! Come exploring with us today!

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.

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Rim Road Scenic Drive

View from the Mogollon Rim

A scenic drive along the Mogollon Rim, one of the most striking geologic features in Arizona. This steep escarpment stretches diagonally two thirds of the way across Arizona.

Reserve your spot at Fossil Creek!

Swimmers enjoying the warm waters of Fossil Creek

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!

Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave

This mile-long lava tube cave was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. The cave is 14 miles north of Flagstaff.

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