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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.



It's done! The Coconino National Forest (NF) has released its revised Final Land and Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The Coconino National Forest (NF) has released its revised Final Land and Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), along with the Record of Decision signed by Land and Resource Management Plan for the Coconino National ForestRegional Forester Cal Joyner. The documents are available for download on the Coconino NF's website: https://bit.ly/2IpUkyf. Paper and electronic copies of the plan and EIS are available at the Coconino NF's Supervisor's Office, 1824 South Thompson Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, or by calling 928-527-3600 during regular business hours.
   This revised Land and Resource Management Plan will provide direction for the next 15 years to sustainably manage the Coconino NF's unique natural resources. The revised management plan is the culmination of over a decade of collaboration between the Coconino NF, partners, stakeholders, and the public. Key provisions in the plan provide guidance to restore and/or maintain the broadest range of ecosystems of any national forest in the Southwest.
   The revised management plan provides greater flexibility on the management of wildland fires and seeks to return the forest to its historic fire regimes. It also provides more comprehensive recreation management and addresses watershed, riparian, and wildlife habitat maintenance and restoration. The revised management plan recommends three wilderness areas totaling approximately 8,700 acres.· If designated by Congress, these recommended wilderness areas would expand three designated wilderness areas (Kachina Peaks, Strawberry Crater, and Fossil Creek).
   A Notice of Availability (NOA) was published in the Federal Register in May 25, 2018. The plan will go into effect 30 days after the publication of the NOA. A 90-day appeal period begain on May 25, 2018 after the publication of the legal notice of the decision in the the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper. Appeals must be filed by Aug. 23, 2018. Appeals must be consistent with the Optional Appeals Procedures, which can be reviewed at: https://bit.ly/2rQ2ZzL

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Recent News


2018 Tinder Fire

Tinder fire: smokey tree crowns

The Tinder Fire was sparked by an illegal campfire during Stage I fire restrictions following an extremely dry winter and spring. The fire was burning in the East Clear Creek drainage east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir. In Red Flag weather conditions, it quickly grew, encroached into nearby communities, destroying 33 residences and 54 minor structures.

Mormon Fire Staff Ride

Mormon Fire

On Aug. 8, 2017, personnel from the Forest Service and other partner agencies gathered for the Mormon Fire Staff Ride to study and discuss decisions made and consequences of the Mormon Fire of 2016. A Staff Ride is essentially a case study that is conducted on the ground where the event happened.  In application, leaders revisit the scene of past fires to examine and analyze the decisions and actions that occurred on those fires.

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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!

Water Quality

Water bottle being filled at the Pine Flat hydrant.

Learn about water quality concerns on the Coconino National Forest.

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Water drowing campfire

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Featured Events

Cover of the Red Rock Recreation Guide

Red Rock Recreation Guide Link opens in a Pdf Document