Recreation on the forest


Detail view of the Travel Map showing the San Francisco Peaks area

The Digital Travel Map is a free resource for anyone headed out into the Coconino National Forest. Whether you're driving, hiking, riding, or exploring, you will find this full color, GPS-enabled map a handy reference to have on your mobile device. The map show trails, recreation sites, major landmarks, and forest boundaries in addition to the roads shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map.

See Maps and Publications for more digital and printed maps.



Some tips to help you enjoy your recreation experience...

  • Fireworks are not allowed on the National Forest.
  • Winter brings snow to the high country. Be avalanche aware!
  • When camping or picnicking, please keep your site clean, free from trash and food. Otherwise animals and insects are attracted to your site.
  • Bag your trash and take it home with you. Help us keep our forests clean and green by "Packing It Out!"
  • Never leave your campfire unattended. When you leave, put it out, dead out! See Forest Orders for any current fire restrictions
  • Human waste is a big problem when thousands of people converge on the Forest. Please see Leave No Trace - Dispose of Waste Properly for detailed instructions on handling this "delicate" situation.


Sharing the trail with horses

What a Horse Sees!” – a short film illustrating safe ways of passing horse and rider on the trail. []


Driving motorized vehicles on the Forest

Keep motor vehicles on designated routes and areas. If you plan on camping, driving off-highway vehicles, hunting, or exploring the backcountry, get a free Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to know which roads are open to motor vehicle use. Know before you go.


Where do recreation fees go and how are they used?

Take a moment to view the latest Recreation Fee Accomplishment Report, which shows the revenue and expenditures, as well as how fees were put to good use!


With your help, we can protect our natural resources for future generations. Thank you!


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Ashurst Lake Campgrounds Closed to Visitor October Concessionaire leaves for the season. Campground remains open with limited amenities until the road closes in the winter.
Blue Ridge Campground Closed to Visitor
Bonito Campground Closed to Visitor
Bull Pen Day Use Area & Trailhead    Camping is never allowed here - day use only.  No campfires during Stage II fire restrictions.
C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir Closed to Visitor Tentative opening date: April 26. Contact District for updates.
Canyon Vista Campground Closed to Visitor
Cave Springs Campground Open to Visitor Tip: The best time to secure a campsite in a local Forest Service campground is between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on non-holiday Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Childs Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor
Clints Well Campground Open to Visitor
Dairy Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Double Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Elks Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Kehl Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Knoll Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Lakeview Campground Closed to Visitor No campfires during Stage II fire restrictions.
Little Elden Spring Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Lockett Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Manzanita Campground Open to Visitor Fall & Winter: Tents Only!
Moqui Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Pine Flat Campground Open to Visitor Tip: The best time to secure a campsite in a local Forest Service campground is between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on non-holiday Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Pine Grove Campground Closed to Visitor No campfires during Stage II fire restrictions.
Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor
Rock Crossing Campground Closed to Visitor
Secret Mountain Trail No. 109 Open to Visitor


Flagstaff Ranger District

View of the Peaks with reflections in Francis Short Pond

The Flagstaff Ranger District encompasses nearly 850,000 acres of National Forest lands around the Flagstaff area, from Mormon Lake and Anderson Mesa to north of the San Francisco Peaks. At 12,643 feet, the San Francisco Peaks is not only the dominant feature of the forest area we call the Volcanic Highlands, it's also the highest mountain in Arizona. Three of the summits that ring this dormant volcano's now quiet inner caldera are higher than any other mountain in the state.

This mountain is sacred to the native peoples that live in the area and its soaring profile set against a blue Arizona sky serves as a source of awe to contemporary residents and visitors. Views from the summit of the San Francisco Peaks stretch to the Grand Canyon's North Rim over eighty miles away. Hiking, sightseeing, wildlife watching and skiing are the predominant recreation activities enjoyed in this land of mountains, forests and lava flows.

Flagstaff Ranger District, extends from north of the Peaks to the south. This rolling highland is a land of ponderosa pine forests and pinyon/juniper woodlands clustered around broad prairies and small lakes. Arizona's largest natural lake, Mormon Lake, is located here. The area is also known for its plentiful wildlife. Large herds of elk roam the forests and edgelands. Bald eagles and ospreys live and hunt around the lakes. Pronghorn antelope graze the prairies.

Principal recreation activities among the lakes and prairies are boating, fishing, camping, and wildlife watching. The area also boasts some excellent cross-country skiing in good snow years.



Recreation Activities for the Flagstaff District:

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Red Rock Ranger District

Red Rock Crossing at Crescent Moon with Cathedral Rock in background

The colorful collection of buttes, pinnacles, mesas and canyons surrounding Sedona is famous the world around for its red rock vistas. Over the years, this area has served as the setting of many western novels and movies and has been the subject of uncounted paintings, photographs and other works of art. The remains of ancient wetlands, these crimson cliffs have been carved by the forces of the desert into one of nature's most magnificent masterpieces.

No matter what you do in Red Rock Country, you're always sightseeing. Ways to get even closer to all this scenery include: hiking, horseback riding, taking a scenic drive, sliding down a natural waterslide, picnicking, camping, taking lots of photos and fishing in Oak Creek. The Red Rock District includes some 160,000 acres of magnificent splendor.  Some areas require a pass to park, so be sure to check out the information about our Red Rock Pass Program.


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Secret Mountain Trail No. 109


This trail can be accessed from the end of FR 538 on the rim or as an add-on to the Loy Canyon Trail. The trail climbs up from the Secret Mountain Saddle where it joins with the Loy Canyon Trail. Because of the remoteness and infrequent use of the trail, the trail can be easily lost. Several trail spurs take the hiker to spectacular views but pay attention to where you left the main trail. There is only one way to return and that is the way in. If you lose the trail, retrace your steps immediately to pick up the trail again.

Rating: Moderate

Hiking time: 5 hours (round trip)


  • No motorized vehicles, no mechanized vehicles in Wilderness

Mogollon Rim Ranger District

Trees, clouds and sky taken from Hutch Mtn. Lookout Tower looking toward Long Lake

The Mogollon Rim is a rugged escarpment that forms the southern limit of the Colorado Plateau. It extends across the entire forest and provides excellent views within Plateau Country and Desert Canyon Country as well. Dropping as much as 2,000 feet in some areas, the Rim provides some of the most far-reaching scenery in Arizona. Views stretch from its rocky precipice to Four Peaks of the Mazatzals northeast of Phoenix.

Needless to say, sightseeing is a favorite activity along the Rim, but this forest area also boasts a historic system of hiking and horseback trails, a couple of picturesque lakes for boating and fishing, and backcountry skiing for wilderness adventurers. The Mogollon Rim is home to Camp Colley, an outdoor adventure camp at Little Moqui, run by the City of Phoenix, Parks and Recreation.

The photo above (see larger view) was taken by Mark Hickcox, Civil Engineer Tech on the Mogollon Rim District, from the Hutch Mountain Lookout Tower in the summer of 2011. It is looking south-east toward Long Lake.


Recreation activities for the Mogollon Rim District:

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Hunt Unit 11M (Peaks)

San Francisco PeaksA primarily roadless and Wilderness hunt area designated to help restore aspen, in particular young aspen sprouts that are browsed upon by elk and deer. It’s ideal for those seeking a unique and challenging hunt on foot or horseback.

The Coconino National Forest and Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD) teamed-up to create this new AZGFD sub-unit. The Peaks Hunt is Game Management Unit 11M and was first established in 2011. It has since become a popular hunt with above average success even though it is listed as a “Limited Opportunity” hunt area.

The unit includes the San Francisco Peaks and Hart Prairie – some of the most scenic areas on the forest and the highest elevation in Arizona. The 1996 Hochderffer Fire (pictured here) and 2010 Schultz Fire burn scars are also within the unit boundary.

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Cover of the Red Rock Recreation Guide

Red Rock Country Recreation Guide Link opens in a Pdf Document