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  • Fireworks are never allowed on any National Forest.
  • There are NO trash services on National Forests. Don't leave your trash.
  • Check for FIRE RESTRICTIONS before thinking about starting a campfire.
  • Human waste is a big problem on the Forest. Please see Leave No Trace - Dispose of Waste Properly for instructions on handling this "delicate" situation.
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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
A. B. Young Trail No. 100 Open
Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Airport Loop Trails None
Allens Bend Trail No. 111 Open
Apache Maid Cabin Open
Apache Maid Trail No. 15 Open
Arizona Nordic Village in the Winter None
Arizona Snowbowl Summer Skyride / Winter Ski Area Open Be aware the Summer Skyride shuts down any time there is lightning. Scheduled to open for winter skiing on Nov 20. For current weather, visit National Weather Service.
Arizona Trail (Equestrian Bypass) No. 87C Open Opened north of FR303 & Walnut Canyon NM
Arizona Trail (Marshall Lake-Fisher Point) No.87 Open
Arizona Trail Passage 27: Blue Ridge Open
Arizona Trail Passage 28: Happy Jack Open
Arizona Trail Passage 34: San Francisco Peaks Open
Around the Peaks Loop Open The unpaved Forest roads in this loop (FR 418, FR 151) are closed during the winter season.
Ashurst Lake Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Ashurst Lake Campgrounds Open
Aspen Loop Trail No. 73 Open
Babe Haught Trail No. 43 Open
Baldwin Trail Open
Banjo Bill Picnic Site Closed Due to a wet-weather event rockfall, Banjo Bill Day Use/Picnic Area is closed. Local forest and engineering personnel are working on clearing the area.
Barbershop Trail No. 91 Open
Bear Mountain Trail No. 54 Open
Bear Sign Trail No. 59 Open
Beaver Creek Day Use Picnic Site Open
Bell Rock Pathway / Vista Open
Bell Trail No. 13 Open Do not attempt this trail in the summer without being prepared! Bring the necessary footwear, plenty of water and food.
Big Park Trails Open
Bismarck Lake Trail Open
Blodgett Basin Trail No. 31 Open
Blue Ridge Campground Open Season early May to late September
Bob Bear (formerly Fossil Springs) Trail-No. 18 Closed Due to Backbone Fire, FS-708, Fossil Creek Permit Area, Childs Day Use/Dispersed Camping is closed until further notice.
Bonito Campground Closed Currently closed due to the Tunnel Fire Closure Order. The opening date is unknown right now but will be updated here when known.
Bootlegger Picnic Area Closed Open 8 a.m. to dusk.
Boynton Canyon Trail No. 47 Open
Brins Mesa Trail No. 119 Open
Broken Arrow Trail No. 125 Open
Brookbank Trail No. 2 Open
Bruce Brockett Trail Open
Bull Pen Day Use Area & Trailhead Open DAY USE ONLY! Camping is never allowed here - day use only.
C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir Open Gate is open at boat launch.
Cabin Loop Trail System Open
Call of the Canyon Picnic Site Closed During summer, fall color, spring break, and other busy seasons, Call of the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead) parking fills up every day by 9:30 a.m., seven days per week. Have a backup plan for a different hike or day use area if the parking lot is full.
Calloway Trail No. 33 Open
Campbell Mesa Trail System Open Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Owners must pick up after their pets. DO NOT leave bags of poop from your pets along the trail/trailhead. If your pet defecates, you must bag the poop and take it with you--not leaving it for picking up later. If you do not want to do this, do not bring your pet on these trails.
Canyon Vista Campground Open
Carroll Canyon Area Trails Open
Casner Canyon Trail No. 11 Open
Casner Mountain Trail No. 8 Closed
Cathedral Rock Trail No. 170 Open
Cave Springs Campground Open Reservations must be made 3 days ahead of arrival. Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.
Chavez Crossing Group Campground Open
Childs Dispersed Camping Area Closed CLOSED due to the Backbone Fire.  Entry to the area is restricted to Fire Personell and Forest Service Employees. 
Cinder Hills Off Highway Vehicle Area Closed
Cinder Lakes Apollo Training Area Open
Clear Creek Day Use Picnic Site Open
Clear Creek and Clear Creek Group Campgrounds Open
Clints Well Campground Open
Cockscomb Trail System Open
Cookstove Trail No. 143 Open
Cornville Trail System Open
Courthouse Butte Loop Trail Open
Courthouse Vista Open
Crescent Moon Cabin Open Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Crescent Moon Picnic Site Open
Crowley Pit Snow Play Area Closed Take any trash home with you. Please help keep the site clean.
Crystal Point Trail Open
Dairy Springs Campground Open
Dairy Springs Trail No. 136 Open
Deadmans Pass Trail Open
Deer Hill Trail No. 99 Open
Deer Pass Trailhead Open
Desert Canyon Loop Scenic Drive Open
Devil's Bridge Trail No. 120 Open
Doe Mountain Trail No. 60 Open
Dogie Trail No. 116 Open Notes: Pets must be on-leash. Do not disturb cultural and archeology sites (Antiquities Act - 1906). No motorized vehicles on trail (Wilderness Act-1964). No motorized equipment or mechanized vehicles.(bicycles, strollers, etc.) in the Wild
Donahue Trail No. 27 Open
Doney Picnic Site Open
Doney Trail No. 39 Open
Dorsey Spring Trail No. 7 Closed Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Double Springs Campground Open
Dry Creek Trail No. 52 Open The road to Dry Creek Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Elden Lookout Trail No. 4 Open
Elden Pueblo Archaeological Site Temporarily Closed
Elks Group Campground Open Season early May to September – reservable on Recreation.gov
Encinoso Picnic Site Open
Fatmans Loop Trail No. 25 Open Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Owners must pick up after their pets. DO NOT leave bags of poop from your pets along the trail/trailhead. If your pet defecates, you must bag the poop and take it with you--not leaving it for picking up later. If you do not want to do this, do not bring your pet on these trails.
Fay Canyon Trail No. 53 Open
Fernow Cabin Open Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or calling 1-877-444-6777.
Flume Trail No. 154 to Fossil Creek Dam Closed Due to Backbone Fire, FS-708, Fossil Creek Permit Area, Childs Day Use/Dispersed Camping is closed until further notice.
Forked Pine Campground Open Concessionaire leaves for the season in October. Campground remains open with limited amenities until the road closes in the winter. Refer to Ashurst Lake Campgrounds for current conditions.
Fort Valley Trail System Open
Fossil Creek Closed Due to Backbone Fire, FS-708, Fossil Creek Permit Area, Childs Day Use/Dispersed Camping is closed until further notice. \r\n
Fossil Springs Wilderness (Mogollon Rim) Closed
Fred Haught Trail No. 141 Open
Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping Open Campfires are restricted in all of these designated campsites year-round, as well as the surrounding area. Please reference Forest Order 03-04-19-19F for details.
General Crook Trail No. 130 Open
Girdner Trail No. 162 Open
Grasshopper Point Swimming & Picnic Area Open When open, hours are 9 a.m. to sunset.
Griffith Spring Trail No. 189 Open
H. T. Trail Open
HS Canyon Trail No. 50 Open
Halfway Picnic Site Open
Harding Springs Trail No. 51 Open
Heart Trail No. 103 Open
Hog Hill Trail No. 70 Open
Honanki Heritage Site Open Closes when Temperature is over 100 degrees.
Horse Crossing Trail No. 20 Open
Hot Loop Trail No. 94 Open
Houston Brothers Trail No. 171 Open
Huckaby Trail No. 161 Open
Humphreys Trail No. 151 Open For current weather, visit National Weather Service. When there is snow on the San Francisco Peaks check the Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center Snowpack Summary for avalanche danger information.
Inner Basin Trail No. 29 Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Jack's Canyon Camping and Climbing Area Open
Jacks Canyon Trail No. 55 Open
Jim Thompson Trail No. 124 Open
Kachina Peaks Wilderness Open For weather conditions, visit National Weather Service
Kachina Trail No. 150 Open For current weather, visit National Weather Service.
Kehl Springs Campground Open Open year-round except for seasonal road closures
Kelly Motorized Trail System Open
Kelsey Trail No. 3 Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Kendrick Cabin Open Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness Open Most roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season. View the Wilderness from Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail year-round.
Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail Open
Kinder Crossing Trail No. 19 Open
Kinnikinick Lake Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Kinnikinick Lake Picnic Area Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Knoll Lake Open
Knoll Lake Campground Closed Season late May to September 
Lake Mary Narrows Boat Launch and Picnic Area Open Concessionaire is on-site and a fee is required May through September. Closing is at 7 p.m. Closed to Boat Trailer Launching
Lake Mary Recreation Corridor Open
Lakeview Campground Open
Lakeview Trail No. 132 Open
Lava River Cave Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Ledges Trail No. 138 Open
Lime Kiln Trail No. 82 Open
Little Bear Trail No. 112 Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Little Elden Spring Horse Camp Open
Little Elden Trail No. 69 Open
Little Horse Trail No. 61 Open
Little L.O. Trail No. 6 Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Little Round Mountain Trail Open
Llama Trail Open
Lockett Meadow Campground Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season. Toilets are also closed.
Long Canyon Trail No. 122 Open
Long Canyon Trail No. 63 Open
Long Valley Work Center Group Campground Open Season early May to September – reservable on Recreation.gov
Lower Lake Mary Open Closing is at 6 p.m.
Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area Open Concessionaire is on-site and a fee is required May through October.
Loy Canyon Trail No. 5 Open
Mail Trail No. 84 Closed Due to Backbone Fire, FS-708, Fossil Creek Permit Area, Childs Day Use/Dispersed Camping is closed until further notice. 
Manzanita Campground Open
Margs Draw Trail No. 163 Open
Marshall Lake Open
Maxwell Trail No. 37 Open
Midgley Bridge Observation Site Open
Mooney Trail No. 12 Open
Moqui Group Campground Open Season early May to September – reservable on Recreation.gov
Mormon Lake Open
Mormon Mountain Trail No. 58 Open
Munds Mountain Trail No. 77 Open
Munds Mountain Wilderness Open
Munds Wagon Trail No. 78 Open
Myrtle Trail No. 30 Open
Mystic Trail Open
North Urban Trail System - East Open
North Urban Trail System - West Open
North Wilson Trail No. 123 Open
O'Leary Group Campground Closed
O'Leary Peak Trail Open
Oak Creek Open
Oak Creek Canyon Open
Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive Open
Oak Creek Visitor Center Closed Open 9:00am-4:00pm Thursday-Monday (closed Tue + Wed)
Oak Creek Vista Closed Visitor center closed. Rest area open.
Old Caves Crater Trail Open
Oldham Trail No. 1 Open
Painted Desert Vista/Doney Picnic Areas Open
Palatki Heritage Site Open The last tour leaves at 2 p.m. The site may be closed in wet weather and thunderstorm conditions.
Parsons Trail No. 144 Open Notes: Camping/campfires within the first 3 miles of the trail is prohibited (see Forest Order 04-02-07-R for more details) Pets must be on-leash. Do not disturb cultural/archeology sites (Antiquities Act 1906). No motorized vehicles in the wilderness."
Peak View Winter Recreation and Parking Area Open
Pine Canyon Trail No. 26 Open
Pine Flat Campground Open
Pine Grove Campground Open
Pipeline Trail No. 42 Open
Plateau Lakes Scenic Drive Open
Priest Draw Trail and Bouldering Area Open
Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area Open
Purtyman Trail Open
Red Mountain Trail No. 159 Open
Red Rock Loop Trail Open
Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center Open Hours 9:00am-3:00pm + Wednesdays 12:00pm-3:00pm
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Open
Red Rocks/Sycamore Canyon Loop Scenic Drive Open
Rim Road/General Crook Trail Loop Open
Rock Crossing Campground Open Season early May to September – reservable on Recreation.gov
Rock Crossing Trail No. 18 Open
Rocky Ridge Trail No. 153 Open
Sandy Seep Trail No. 129 Open
Sandys Canyon Trail No. 137 Open
Schnebly Hill Trail No. 158 Open
Schnebly Hill Vista Observation Site Open High clearance vehicles are recommended to reach the observation site from I-17. DO NOT attempt to drive up or down Schnebly Hill without a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Schuerman Mountain Trail No. 56 Open On weekdays when school is in session, DO NOT park on high school property. Use dirt pullouts on east side of road.
Schultz Creek Trail No. 152 Open
Schultz Pass Road Scenic Drive Open Some areas may require high-clearance vehicles.
Schultz Tank Open
Secret Canyon Loop Trails Open
Secret Canyon Trail No. 121 Open The road to Secret Canyon Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Secret Mountain Trail No. 109 Open
Slate Mountain Trail No. 128 Closed Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Slide Rock State Park None This park is managed by Arizona State Parks and Trails. Check Slide Rock State Park on Arizona State Parks for details and status.
Snowbowl Scenic Drive Open
Soldier / Long Lakes Open
Soldier Pass Trail No. 66 Open
Soldier Trail No. 21 Open
Stage Stop Day Use Area Open
Sterling Pass Trail No. 46 Open
Stoneman Lake Open
Strawberry Crater Trail Open
Strawberry Crater Wilderness Open
Sunset Trail No. 23 Open
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Closed
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Northeast Trail System Open
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Southeast Trails Open
Taylor Cabin Trail No. 35 Open
Telephone Trail No. 72 Open
Templeton Trail Open
Thomas Point Trail No. 142 Open
Towel Creek Trail No. 67 Open Closed due to Backbone Fire Closure
Tramway Trail No. 32 Open
Turkey Creek Trail No. 92 Open
Turkey Springs Trail No. 217 Open
U-Bar Trail No. 28 Open
Upper Lake Mary Open Low Water - Launch at Your Own Risk - Large Watercraft Not Recommended
Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch & Picnic Area Open Low Water - Launch at Your Own Risk - Large Watercraft Not Recommended
V Bar V Heritage Site Closed Closed Feb 14 - May 15, 2022, for a site improvement project.
Verde River Open
Victorine Trail No. 101 Open
Volcanoes And Ruins Loop Scenic Drive Open
Vultee Arch Trail No. 22 Open The road to Vultee Arch Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Walker Basin Trail No. 82 Open
Waterfall Trail on Fossil Creek Closed Due to Backbone Fire, FS-708, Fossil Creek Permit Area, Childs Day Use/Dispersed Camping is closed until further notice. 
Waterline Trail Open
Weatherford Trail No. 102 Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
West Clear Creek Open
West Clear Creek Trail No. 17 Open
West Clear Creek Wilderness Open
West Clear Creek Wilderness - Mogollon Rim Open
West Fork of Oak Creek No. 108 Open Open 8:00am-dusk
West Sedona Designated Dispersed Camping & Day-use None Currently under construction with plans to open in summer 2022. Check back later for updates.
West Sedona OHV Routes Open
Wet Beaver Creek Open
Wet Beaver Wilderness Open
White Bridge Picnic Site Open
White Mesa Trail No. 86 Open
Wier Trail No. 85 Open
Willow Crossing Trail No. 38 Open
Wilson Canyon Trail No. 49 Open
Wilson Mountain Trail No. 10 Open
Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping Closed Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Winter Cabin Trail No. 70 Closed
Wood Memorial Trail Open
Woods Canyon Trail No. 93 Open
Yavapai Vista Open

Spotlights

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 12,633 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.

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Sedona Area OHV Routes

Sedona Area OHV Routes

Eleven different OHV routes are highlighted within the Sedona area of the Red Rock Ranger District, ranging from Easy (dirt forest road) to Extreme Difficulty (4-wheel drive and high clearance necessary). Please keep in mind there is no operating a motor vehicle off an open and authorized road.

Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive

View of Oak Creek Canyon from Oak Creek Vista

Get your camera ready for this one, and don't forget your swim suit, hiking shoes, and fishing pole. Just south of Flagstaff, Arizona State Route 89A descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is famous the world around for its spectacular scenery.

Before you drive into the canyon you'll want to stop at Oak Creek Canyon Vista. Here you can get a bird's eye view of what awaits you down the road and, at the same time, shop for Native American jewelry and other craft items from the local Native American artists who set up displays along the pathways.

Once you've snaked your way down the switchbacks, SR 89A winds a lazy course down the length of Oak Creek Canyon. It's actually possible to enjoy the scenery here without leaving your car, but most people choose to get to know these crimson cliffs and crystal pools on a more personal basis. For that purpose there are plenty of overlooks, picnic areas, swimming holes and hiking trails all along the drive. At Midgely Bridge, there's a vista point with an especially unforgettable backdrop where you'll want to stop and use that wide-angle lens.

As you leave Oak Creek Canyon and continue past Sedona through Red Rock Country, an observer with a sharp eye will recognize familiar shapes among the natural sculptures that form the horizon. Keep an eye out for Steam Boat Rock, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and more.

You can continue down this scenic route to Interstate 17 and then back to Flagstaff, or you may want to turn around and do it all over again. If you're driving a high clearance vehicle, another way to complete the loop is to return to I-17 via the unpaved, rocky Schnebly Hill Road rather than State Route 179. The vistas along this rocky but rewarding backroad are as good, if not better, than any along the rest of the drive. A high clearance vehicle is highly recommended for this route. In winter months, the upper part of Schnebly Hill Road is closed above Schnebly Hill Vista (near the top of the ascent up Bear Wallow Canyon), and the unpaved portion may be completely closed during wet weather conditions. Check Road Status before attempting this alternative route.

Attractions: Picnicking, waterplay, hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, photography

Road Condition: All roads (except alternative route up Schebly Hill Road) are paved and plowed, but may be slippery after a winter storm.

Driving Time: 2.5 hours or all day.

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 includes: 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 550,000 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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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.

 

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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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