Several trails are closed in the Mount Elden area during logging.

 ⚠️ Mount Elden Trail Closures ⚠️  Lower Oldham Trail, a portion of Rocky Ridge Trail, and the social trails north of Pipeline are closed (there is a detour for the Arizona National Scenic Trail Flagstaff Passage 33) through December 2017 during Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project forest thinning activities. The temporary logging road is not open to the public. The road and logging area are extremely dangerous. For your own safety, obey the closure signs. For details and maps, see Trail closures and thinning activity in the Elden Lookout Road and Schultz Creek Trailhead area.

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.

Flash Floods

Flooding along Dry Beaver Creek

Flash floods are one of monsoon season's biggest hazards, even if it's not raining overhead. Never drive into flooding roadways. Plan your adventures carefully. Avoid trails into canyons or along creeks where rising waters may leave you stranded.

Monsoon Season

Lightning strike on the San Francisco Peaks during a summer monsoon storm

Afternoon thunderstorms occur almost daily through the season. Watch the weather forecast and avoid getting caught in a storm. Learn more:


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Notes & Notices

  • Forest Plan Revision Read the Summer 2017 Forest Plan Revision Status Update to find out what we've been working on and where we're headed in the next few months!
  • Elden Trail Closures Lower Oldham Trail, a portion of Rocky Ridge Trail, and the social trails north of Pipeline are closed (there is a detour for the Arizona National Scenic Trail Flagstaff Passage 33) through December 2017 during Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project forest thinning activities. The temporary road is not open to the public - the road and logging area are extremely dangerous. For your own safety, obey the closure signs. Read News Release on FWPP thinning activity in the Schultz Creek Trailhead area.
  • Kendrick Mountain Closure The Boundary Fire Closure in the Kendrick Mountain area northwest of Flagstaff remains in effect. Visit Boundary Fire on Inciweb for fire information.
  • Soldier Pass Closures Soldier Pass roads (FRs 9904, 9904B, and 9904C) are closed to public motorized use until a permit system is established. We are currently working on the new permit system, and anticipate permits for public use will be available in late 2017. Once implemented, the permit system will allow limited public motorized access. Read the Final decision released on Soldier Pass motorized use press release for full details on the closures and project.
  • Road Construction - SR 89A Through fall 2017, SR 89A between Flagstaff and Oak Creek Vista will have traffic restrictions in place 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic will be occasionally stopped for brief periods to allow contruction vehicles and work to occur. This stretch is closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 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. FR 237 and FR 535 gates at SR 89A will be locked nightly. Full details at ADOT SR 89A paving project page:
  • Fossil Creek Permits Permits are required for parking at Fossil Creek starting April 1. Permits must be printed before you arrive, and presented at the gate. Download Fossil Creek maps and information in English and Spanish. Visit to book your permit.
  • 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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Recent News


Volunteer Ron Krug receives governor's award for avocational archaeology

Ron Krug, Archaeologist

Sedona resident, and long-time volunteer on the Coconino National Forest, Dr. Ronald Krug has been selected to receive the 2017 Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Committee’s Award in Public Archaeology in the category of Avocational Archaeologist.

Dr. Krug has volunteered for the Coconino National Forest and has been an Arizona site steward for more than 15 years. He will be presented the governor’s award at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on June 16 in Oro Valley.

Coconino National Forest selected as a Leave No Trace Gold Standard site

Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics selected the Coconino National Forest as one of just ten public land recreation areas across the country demonstrating successful Leave No Trace ethics, showcasing strong organizational commitment to the promotion of outdoor skills, ethics, and stewardship that help preserve and protect their natural landscape for generations to come. The new Gold Standard designation recognizes outdoor spaces demonstrating the highest standard of practicing and promoting Leave No Trace ethics. The Coconino National Forest will ultimately act as one of the models for other public lands across the country to emulate.

We are honored to have earned this special designation, and are immensely proud of all the dedicated recreation staff, patners, and volunteers who have worked diligently to implement Leave No Trace principles and ethics on the Coconino National Forest.

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Bismarck Lake Trail

View of the San Francisco Peaks from Bismarck Lake Trail

An easy one-mile hike to fantastic views on the western flank of the San Francisco Peaks!

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.


Campfire Safety

Burning campfire

Never leave a burning campfire unattended. Put campfires dead out. Learn more about campfire safety. Only you can prevent wildfires.

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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Featured Events

Cover of the current Stakeholder Report

Annual Stakeholder Report