Fire prevention crews from Coconino and Prescott National Forests in the Cottonwood Christmas Parade

 Holiday Spirit   Smokey Bear joined USFS Fire Prevention crew for both Coconino and Prescott National Forestsat the 2017 Cottonwood Christmas Parade December 2.Watch the Forest Service parade entry on YouTube. Find Smokey Bear at the Flagstaff Holiday Parade of Lights, Saturday, December 9, 6PM in downtown Flagstaff.

Photo: Cottonwood Christmas Parade, December 2, 2017 (Montiel). [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.

Recreation

Camping Hiking Picnicking Swimming Fishing Non-motorized Boating Mountain Biking Scenic Drives Off-highway Vehicle Riding Heritage Sites

 

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Arizona Snowbowl, San Franciso Peaks

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Notes & Notices

  • 🎄 Christmas Trees 🎄 Sold out! Cutting season runs November 18 to December 24. See Christmas Tree Permits for full details.
  • Prescribed Burn Season Watch our Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns page on Inciweb for updates.
  • Fort Valley Thinning Forest thinning activity in area between Fort Valley Trailhead and Freidlein Prairie disperse camping area east of Snowbowl Road is expected to begin the week of October 15. Visitors to the area should be alert for heavy truck traffic and stay clear of logging operations. See the Chimney Springs thinning project news release for a map and full details.
  • C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge Reservoir) Closure Forest Road 751, the road into C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir, closed for the season on September 6, 2017. Arizona Game and Fish Department is continuing construction in the boat ramp area. FR 751 is closed at the gate just past Rock Crossing Campground. The reservoir will open again in the late spring (dependent on weather and construction status). Read C.C. Cragin Reservoir road closure news release for details.
  • Elden Trail Closures Lower Oldham Trail, a portion of Rocky Ridge Trail, and the social trails north of Pipeline are closed (there is a detour for the Arizona National Scenic Trail Flagstaff Passage 33) through December 2017 during Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project forest thinning activities. The temporary road is not open to the public - the road and logging area are extremely dangerous. For your own safety, obey the closure signs. Read News Release on FWPP thinning activity in the Schultz Creek Trailhead area.
  • Wing Mountain Snowplay Area Closure Wing Mountain Snowplay Area will not open for the 2017-2018 winter season. The concessionaire has been granted its request to cancel their permit and close the site. For more details, read the Wing Mountain Snowplay Area closure news release
  • Crowley Pit & Cinch Hook Snowplay Closures Crowley Pit Snowplay Area will not open for the 2017-2018 winter season. Cinch Hook Pit is always closed to snowplay and other uses.
  • 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.

 


 

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Features

National Public Lands Day: Re-opening Deer Hill Trail

Taking down the trail closed signed at Deer Hill Trail, National Public Lands Day 2017

The Coconino National Forest's Flagstaff Ranger District, Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI), and a fantastic group of volunteers met at Deer Hill Trail for a special National Public Lands Day trail project on September 30, 2017. Deer Hill Trail is a 4.6 mile long trail running along the base of the eastern side of the San Francisco Peaks, devastated in the summer of 2010 by the Schultz Fire. This final day of trail work was the culmination of over three years of effort by numerous volunteer organizations and sponsors, hundreds of local volunteers, and the Flagstaff Ranger District to clear and repair the trail to safe standards for equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers.


2017 Pedals vs. Pistons Volunteer Trail Day

Trail work volunteers working together to move a small boulder.

Read about this fantastic annual volunteer trail work event that brings together a variety trail users—including mountain bikers, motorcycle riders, hikers, and equestrians—to contribute back to the Coconino National Forest by performing much-needed trail maintenance and building projects. This year's event was held on Upper Moto Trail in the Fort Valley Trail System on the San Francisco Peaks. (Story by Sean Golightly)


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Spotlights

Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort

Skiing at the Arizona Snowbowl

Fresh powder, blue skies, and breathtaking views. When you visit the top of Arizona, don't forget your skis!

Verde River

Verde River at Bignotti Day Use Area between Camp Verde and Cottonwood

One of  Arizona's only two Wild and Scenic Rivers, yet it remains relatively undiscovered as a recreational resource.

 




Winter Backcountry Permits

Snow on the San Francisco Peaks

Backcountry permits are required in winter for access to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness area from the Arizona Snowbowl and Snowbowl Road.

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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