Fossil Creek

Beautiful flowing rocky creek in the mountains

 

Recreation Information

Fossil Creek, one of two "Wild and Scenic" rivers in Arizona, seems to appear out of nowhere, gushing 20,000 gallons a minute out of a series of springs at the bottom of a 1,600 foot deep canyon. Over the years these calcium laden waters have laid down huge deposits of a type of limestone called travertine. That rock-like substance encases whatever happens to fall into the streambed, forming the fossils for which the area is named.

Most people come to Fossil Creek to sunbathe, wade, hike and birdwatch. It's also a great place to take photographs. The lushness of the riparian area strikes a sharp contrast to the brittle desert that surrounds it. While you're here, keep an eye out for javelina. These collie dog-sized wild pigs are plentiful in the area.

More information on Fossil Creek Recreation Area (link to Coconino NF website)

Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)

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.

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!

Find out more on the Fossil Creek CRMP (link to Coconino NF website)

 





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