The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
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View of the Horseshoe burn at the base of the San Francisco Peaks

 Prescribed Burn Season  Spring is prescribed burn seaon on the Coconino National Forest. Fire crews have been busy this week with burns near Flagstaff and Stoneman Lake, and sending us lots of photos and video! Corey and Kaitlyn discuss why and when we burn in this video they made out at the Horseshoe burn on Friday. Learn more about our prescribed burn activity on InciwebPhoto: Horseshoe burn north of the San Francisco Peaks, April 21, 2017 (Campbell/USFS) [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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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.


Notes & Notices

  • Flagstaff Road Openings  Most Flagstaff Ranger District roads are open except Lockett Meadow Road (FR 552) and Freidlein Prairie Road (FR 522). Watch Road Status for info on getting around your favorite district1
  • C.C. Cragin Open FR 751 and C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir are now open! Arizona Game & Fish Department made a lot of improvements to the ramp and roads around the ramp, including widening the ramp approach area to make it easier to turn boat trailers around to launch and load.
  • 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.
  • Forest Plan Revision The March 2017 Plan Revision Update is here! Find out what we've accomplished over the winter, and what's in store for the future!
  • Soldier Pass Closures Soldier Pass roads (FRs 9904, 9904B, and 9904C) are closed to public motorized use until a permit system is established. 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.
  • 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.
  • Elden Lookout Construction The tower will be under construction from late October 2016 to late April 2017 to replace the aging cabin. Visitors to the tower peak are strongly advised to stay clear of the construction zone. Fire towers operate seasonally over the height of the summer fire season. Elden Lookout Tower was closed to visitors at the end of the 2016 wildfire season.
  • 4th Graders! The Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass is accepted at Red Rock Pass sites and select special fee areas! Read the press release about Sedona area special fee sites accepting the 4th Grade Pass.



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Recent News


Dexter Allen named 2016 Wild and Scenic River award winner

Dexter Allen receiving his Outstanding River Ranger Award.

Red Rock Ranger District's Dexter Allen has been honored once again by the U.S. Forest Service for his tireless efforts on the Fossil Creek and Verde River Wild and Scenic Rivers. He recieved the 2016 National Wild and Scenic River Award, naming him an Outstanding River Ranger. He received this previously in 2011.

We are proud to have Dexter given this national recognition. His dedication and hard work caring for these special rivers has truly earned him this award.

2016 Stakeholder Report

2016 Stakeholder Report Cover

At the beginning of each year we produce a Stakeholder Report that reports on various projects of the previous year, which gives a snapshot of the wonderful work going on across the Coconino National Forest. 

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Ashurst Lake

Ashurst Lake with the San Francisco Peaks in the background

Beautiful views of the San Francisco Peaks, epic night skies, two campgrounds, and a lovely forest lake for paddling and fishing.

Reserve your spot at Fossil Creek!

Swimmers enjoying the warm waters of Fossil Creek

Parking permits for Fossil Creek are available starting March 1! Permits are required April 1 through October 1. On the first of each month, permit sales open for the following month.


Free Travel Maps

Travel map displayed on a mobile phone

Get a free hard copy Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows official roads and trails. We also offer full-color, GPS-enabled digital travel maps for a variety of devices.

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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