The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
Where is this Forest?

View from Bear Mountain Trail before ascent to summit

 Fee Free Weekend  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, January 14-16, is fee free at Red Rock Pass sites. See the Fee Free Days Schedule for details. Photo: View from Bear Mountain Trail, Sedona

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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Map of wintertime recreation sites around Flagstaff, Arizona

See the Winter Recreation page for a recreation map, backcountry permit information, and more info!


Flagstaff Winter Recreation Hotline
1-844-256-SNOW (7669)
Courtesy Flagstaff CVB



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Recent News


Fossil Creek management planning open to public comments!

Waterfall on Fossil Creek

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!

Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund donated $100K for trail maintenance

Trail crew improving a trail

The Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest recently received $100,000 from the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund to conduct essential maintenance on trails surrounding Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.


“It’s great having such supportive partners in the Sedona community,” said Red Rock District Ranger Nicole Branton.. “This district gets millions of visitors a year, and the trails in the area are a mecca for mountain bikers, hikers and nature lovers. Due to high use, sandy soil and intense monsoon storms, the trails require a lot of attention and maintenance—so these funds will go a long way in sustaining local trails.”

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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!

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.


Winter Recreation Info and Map

Map of wintertime recreation sites around Flagstaff, Arizona

Skiing, snowplay, and more awaits in Arizona's winter playground around Flagstaff! Get winter recreation information and a winter recreation map (map courtesy of Flagstaff CVB).

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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