Flume Trail No. 154 to Fossil Creek Dam

Area Status: Open
This area is Open



The Flume Trail starts at the old Irving power plant location and follows the line of the removed-flume that used to carried the water to the power plants for generating electricity. The trail ends at the old dam, a 5-mile trek one way. The trailhead is located on Fossil Creek Road (FR 708) north-east of the Fossil Creek Bridge at the Irving/Flume Trail parking lot. There is a shallow (knee deep) creek crossing at at the trailhead. No access to Fossil Creek access between the water crossing near the trailhead , unti lyou get to the Fossil Creek Dam. To hike this trail use sturdy footwear, sun protection and water for the whole day!


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Permits Required April 1 to Oct. 1

Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - Oct. 1): A reserved, printed permit is required. Reserve a parking spot at Recreation.gov for any of the parking areas in the Fossil Creek area. During the Spring-Summer Season, the Fossil Creek and Springs area is day use only. Camping, campfires, and glass containers are prohibited.

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For current conditions, call the Fossil Creek Hotline 928-226-4611


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Fossil Creek Road Partial Closure: Fossil Creek Road (FR 708) is closed between Fossil Springs Trailhead (just west of Strawberry, AZ) and the Waterfall Trailhead (east of Fossil Creek Bridge) indefinitely. See the Fossil Creek Map, Guide, and Rules (gu�a en Espa�ol) and the Fossil Creek Road Closure Forest Order for information. Flume Trailhead (Irving parking lot) cannot be accessed from Strawberry.�
Operational Hours:
  • Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - Oct. 1) - Irving parking lot (Flume Trailhead): Parking lot is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The access gate closes at 4 p.m. daily; however, you may still exit the parking lot after 4 p.m.
  • Fall-Winter Season (Oct. 2 - March 31) - Irving parking lot (Flume Trailhead): Gates are open 24 hours unless there is a closure due to hazardous conditions.
Reservations: Make reservations for the Irving (Flume Trailhead) parking lot at Recreation.gov. Reservations are required April 1 - October 1.
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Parking
  • Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - October 1): $6 per vehicle per day. Permits are not issued on-site. Reservations for a specific parking lot must be made in advance through Recreation.gov.
  • Fall-Winter Season (October 2 - March 31): No fees, permits, or reservations are required.
Permit Info:
  • Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - October 1): Parking permit required for parking in the Fossil Creek area. Reservations for a specific parking lot must be made in advance through Recreation.gov. Visitors must bring printed permits and passes to the site. Permits cannot be issued on-site.
  • Fall-Winter Season (October 2 - March 31): No fees or permits required.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Summer and weekends
Restrictions: Camping:
  • Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - October 1): Camping is prohibited anywhere in the permit area.
  • Fall-Winter Season (October 2 - March 31): Camping is prohibited between Fossil Creek Bridge and Fossil Creek Dam.
Campfires and Glass Containers: Campfires and glass containers are prohibited between Ike's Saddle and the head of Fossil Creek. See the Spring-Summer Guide, Fall-Winter Guide and Forest Orders for information (guía en Español). Clear Creek Campground and Childs Dispersed Camping Area are recommended area camping sites.
Closest Towns: Camp Verde, AZ
Restroom: Temporary portable toilets at trailhead
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District - 928-203-2900
Information Center: Fossil Creek Hotline 928-226-4611

General Information

General Notes:

Attractions: Trails for hiking and horseback riding, swimming holes, waterplay, unique rock formations, great scenery, wildlife viewing, and lush riparian area.


  • There is no creek access along the five mile trail between the creek crossing at the parking lot and the end of the trail at Fossil Creek Dam.
  • Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes and remote controlled aircraft, are not permitted in the Wilderness.
  • This area can be quite hot in summer, and drinking water is not available. Carry at least one gallon drinking water.



Location: Fossil Creek is located about 22 miles southeast of Camp Verde (86 miles south of Flagstaff) off paved and dirt roads. Fossil Creek Rd. (FR 708) and Childs Rd. (FR 502) are steep and very rough. These roads may be extremely muddy, slippery, and treacherous after it rains.

GPS (Map): 34°24'11.6"N 111°37'02.4"W

Access: I-17 to Camp Verde. Exit southeast on Highway 260 (FH 9). Turn right on Fossil Springs Rd. (FR 708). Travel 14 miles down this rough dirt road (high-clearance 4WD vehicles recommended) to the trailhead. (Flume Trailhead cannot be accessed from the Strawberry, AZ end of Fossil Springs Rd. due to an indefinite closure just past Fossil Springs Trailhead.)


Download seasonal recreation guides for Fossil Creek and Fossil Springs Wilderness

Fossil Creek Summer Map and Guide

Spring-Summer Guide
April 1 - October 1
(PDF, 1.7 MB)

Fossil Creek Fall-Winter Map and Guide

Fall-Winter Guide
October 2 - March 31
(PDF, 1.6 MB)


Mapas y guías de área de permisos de Fossil Creek (Español)

Mapa y guía de área de permisos de Fossil Creek en primavera y verano

Guía para la primavera y el verano
1 de abril - 1 de octubre
(PDF, 220 kB)

Mapa y guía de área de permisos de Fossil Creek en otoño e invierno

Guía para el otoño e invierno
2 de octubre - 31 de marzo
(PDF, 250 kB)




  • Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - Oct. 1): Permit is required for parking at the Flume Trailhead (Irving parking lot). Reservations must be made in advance. Visitors must bring printed permits and passes to the site. Permits cannot be purchased on-site. See Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Fossil Creek reservations.
  • Fall-Winter Season (Oct. 2 - March 31): No passes or permits are required.

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Parking 20 22' parking spaces. Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - Oct. 1): Printed, reserved parking permit required. Parking permits not required in Fall-Winter Season.
Fee charged for some activities Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - Oct. 1): $6 pre-purchased parking permit required. No fees in Fall-Winter Season.
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5 miles

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  Elevation : 
3769 at trailhead