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.
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 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect.
Scenic Drives, Ancient Cliff Dwellings, Petroglyphs - even an Apollo Training Site! Only on the Coconino!
You'll want to lose yourself in the adventure, but maps and brochures will help you find your way.
Red Rock Pass, Fuelwood Permits, Events, Research - passes and permits for all your needs.
Discover More about the Coconino National Forest
Tunnel Fire closure area reduced, allows Lockett Meadow access
Release Date: May 16, 2022
New designated dispersed camping sites to be implemented west of Sedona
Release Date: May 12, 2022
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.
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
Diversity in Wildlife
From the northern leopard frog to solpugids and bats, the Coconino has a diverse variety of wildlife to better understand.
Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort
Fresh powder, blue skies, and breathtaking views. When you visit the top of Arizona, don't forget your skis!
Rim Road Scenic Drive
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.
Learn about water quality concerns on the Coconino National Forest.