Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)


Update: Read the 2017 Visitor Use Summary for Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River regarding the 2017 reservation season. Work continues to prepare the draft CRMP and EIS for public comment, expected in 2018. Updates will be posted as available. [PDF, 675 kB]


Key Dates

  • 2018: Release of draft CRMP and draft EIS

The Coconino and Tonto National Forests are home to the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River, known for its beautiful clear waters; magnificent fossil-like travertine rock formations; and diverse native fish, plants, and animals. The nearly 17-mile-long river is located in central Arizona on the Coconino and Tonto National Forests, approximately 100 miles from Phoenix.

Congress designated Fossil Creek as a Wild and Scenic River in spring 2009 to protect this river’s amazing attributes for years to come. This designation included approximately 16.8 miles from the confluence of Sand Rock and Calf Pen Canyons to the confluence with the Verde River. 9.3 miles were designated as Wild and 7.5 miles were designated Recreational under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act [gov].

The Coconino and Tonto National Forests are developing a long-term management plan to guide future management and development of the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River corridor. Learn about the planning project, get the details on the proposed management plan, and find out how you can get involved in guiding the future of Fossil Creek Wild & Scenic River!