Soldier Pass Road Closure Starting Monday, April 3, the Soldier Pass trailhead will be closed for approximately three days while a new gate is installed (the hiking trail will be open and accessible from other trailheads). Following construction of the gate, the Soldier Pass roads (FRs 9904, 9904B, and 9904C) will remain 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. Photo: Sun setting behind the Coffee Pot Rock ridge (USFS).
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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Soldier Pass Closures Starting Monday, April 3, the Soldier Pass trailhead will be closed for approximately three days while a new gate is installed (the hiking trail will be open and accessible from other trailheads). Following construction of the gate, the Soldier Pass roads (FRs 9904, 9904B, and 9904C) will remain 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.
Mogollon Rim Phone Outage Please see contact information for options to contact the Mogollon Rim Ranger District during this outage. Most campgrounds and roads are still closed, and most lakes are still inaccessible (including C.C. Cragin/Blue Ridge and Knoll).
Lower Lake Mary The lake is full of water and fish! Arizona Game & Fish Department will be helping us open Lower Lake Mary early this season. Gates will be open weekends from early morning to late afternoon weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) for free until April 10. No trash service will be available, so pack out your trash. Starting April 10, the lake will be open seven days a week 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with trash service, and a per car fee.
Discovery Days at V Bar V Join us this Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at V Bar V Heritage Site for Archaeology Discovery Days! Demonstrations include making fire by friction, weaving yucca, agave, and cotton fibers, making and firing pottery, throwing spears with atlatls, grinding corn, and a mountain man camp! Dancers from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will perform at Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don't miss the star attraction: the V Bar V rock art, with over 1,000 petroglyphs on the largest, most well preserved petroglyph panel in the Verde Valley. Find more events happening this month during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month!
Road Construction - SR 89A Through fall 2017, SR 89A between Flagstaff and Oak Creek Vista will be reduced to one lane on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flaggers and a pilot car will guide motorists through the work zone. Starting March 20, this stretch will be closed nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 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. Full details at ADOT SR 89A paving project page: azdot.gov/89A.
Fossil Creek Permits Parking permits for Fossil Creek are available starting March 1 for the month of April. A permit is required April 1 through October 1. Read the press release to learn what's new, get maps and information in English and Spanish, or visit Recreation.gov to make your reservation.
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.
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.
Each year, Arizona celebrates its heritage with archaeology and heritage events across the state through the month of March. The Red Rock Ranger District will feature two events to demonstrate a variety of ancient technologies to help celebrate March being Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in Arizona. Activities will emphasize a better understanding and appreciation of the Native American cultures in the Southwest that have been practiced for hundreds of years.