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From the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra, the Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse and unforgettable destinations in the country.

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Welcome to the Coconino National Forest

One of the most diverse National Forests in the country with changing landscapes and activities around every corner. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams. Bring your camera and don't forget your swim suit, hiking shoes, and fishing pole... Come and see!

Plan Your Trip

  • Stage I Fire Restrictions

    prevent fires sign on the forest

    Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. 

  • Special Places

    Sunrise on the Coconino

    Scenic Drives, Ancient Cliff Dwellings, Petroglyphs - even an Apollo Training Site! Only on the Coconino!

  • Be Prepared

    trail signs

    You'll want to lose yourself in the adventure, but maps and brochures will help you find your way.

  • Passes/Permits

    Coconino Mitten

    Red Rock Pass, Fuelwood Permits, Events, Research - passes and permits for all your needs.  

Discover More about the Coconino National Forest

 Road Status  Four Forest Restoration Initiative 


Seeking Proposals for Campground and Concession Opportunity

The Coconino National Forest is currently seeking proposals for a campground concession special use permit (SUP) to provide high-quality public services in the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities.

Learn more about this opportunity and the application process. For further information, please contact Mark Goshorn at 928-203-7525 or

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Fossil Creek: Geology In Real Time [Payson Roundup]

Waterfall on Fossil Creek

Fossil Creek, whose waters were diverted for nearly a 100 years to generate electricity now flows free as an officially designated Wild & Scenic River. Home for only native fish, Fossil Creek waters are once again doing what they have done for thousands of years — slowly building back the travertine deposits that formed the many terraces and pools that existed when Fossil Creek was first discovered — from which it drew its name. Article by by Greg McKelvey, geologist and president of Rim Country Camera Club appeared in the Payson Roundup on April 5, 2016

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