Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)


Fossil Creek’s abundant clear water flows year round, supporting magnificent fossil-like travertine rock formations and diverse native fish, plants, and animals. The nearly 17-mile-long river is located in central Arizona, within the Coconino and Tonto national forests, Fossil Creek location mapapproximately 100 miles from Phoenix.

Through the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA), Congress designated Fossil Creek as a wild and scenic river in spring 2009 to protect its amazing attributes for years to come. This designation included 16.8 miles from the confluence of Sand Rock and Calf Pen canyons to the confluence with the Verde River. The Fossil Creek river corridor is divided into three segments—one 7.5-mile recreational segment and two wild segments, totaling 9.3 miles.

The Coconino and Tonto national forests are developing a long-term management plan to guide future management and development of the Fossil Creek river corridor. Programmatic forest plan amendments, under the 2012 Planning Rule, are proposed for both the Coconino and Tonto national forests to incorporate management direction for the Fossil Creek river corridor. Learn the details of the draft CRMP, management alternatives, and effects analysis in public engagement opportunities.