Fay Canyon, Red Rock-Secret Canyon Wilderness, Sedona

 Red Rock Season  With moderate wintertime weather, Sedona and the Verde Valley are fantastic outdoor destinations year-round. Join us for a ranger-led Wilderness hike at Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte or Devil's Bridge. See our Facebook Events or Google Calendar for more upcoming hikes, volunteer trail work days, fee-free days, and other events in glorious Red Rock Country! Photo: Fay Canyon, Red Rock-Secret Canyon Wilderness. [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.

Winter is coming!

Map of wintertime recreation sites around Flagstaff, Arizona

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Winter Destinations

Arizona Snowbowl, San Franciso Peaks


Closed: Wing MountainCrowley PitCinch Hook Pit

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Notes & Notices

  • We want your feedback! The Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Project wants your input on a variety of projects planned to help keep Oak Creek clean and beautiful! Join us to learn more at the public meeting, January 17, 5PM at Yavapai College, Sedona.
  • Fort Valley Thinning Forest thinning activity in area between Fort Valley Trailhead and Freidlein Prairie disperse camping area east of Snowbowl Road is expected to begin the week of October 15. Visitors to the area should be alert for heavy truck traffic and stay clear of logging operations. See the Chimney Springs thinning project news release for a map and full details.
  • C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge Reservoir) Closure Forest Road 751, the road into C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir, closed for the season on September 6, 2017. Arizona Game and Fish Department is continuing construction in the boat ramp area. FR 751 is closed at the gate just past Rock Crossing Campground. The reservoir will open again in the late spring (dependent on weather and construction status). Read C.C. Cragin Reservoir road closure news release for details.
  • Wing Mountain Snowplay Area Closure Wing Mountain Snowplay Area will not open for the 2017-2018 winter season. The concessionaire has been granted its request to cancel their permit and close the site. For more details, read the Wing Mountain Snowplay Area closure news release
  • Crowley Pit & Cinch Hook Snowplay Closures Crowley Pit Snowplay Area will not open for the 2017-2018 winter season. Cinch Hook Pit is always closed to snowplay and other uses.
  • 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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Employee Work Day in the Mayflower Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat

Employees pile slash from a hand thinning project in a Mexican spotted owl habitat, December 2017

Employee work day project at the Mayflower Mexican spotted owl protected activity center. The area is not far from Mormon Lake, a corridor renowned for its incredible wildlife populations, including elk, bald eagles, mule deer, black bears, and goshawks. A portion of the area had been hand-thinned with chainsaws. The scattered slash combined with the existing dead and down trees made the area difficult to apply prescribed fire safely. Employees came out to pile the new slash so it can be safely burned before broadcast burn operations.

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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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.


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!

Fee-Free Days

Cathedral Rock Trailhead

Each year the Red Rock Ranger District offers "fee-free" days at Red Rock Pass Fee Program sites during holidays and events. See our schedule for details.

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