Recreation

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
A. B. Young Trail No. 100 Open to Visitor
Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop Open to Visitor
Airport Loop Trails Open to Visitor
Allens Bend Trail No. 111 Open to Visitor
Apache Maid Cabin Closed to Visitor
Apache Maid Trail No. 15 Open to Visitor
Arizona Snowbowl Summer Skyride / Winter Ski Area Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor Opened north of FR303 & Walnut Canyon NM
Arizona Trail (Marshall Lake-Fisher Point) No.87 Open to Visitor
Arizona Trail Passage 27: Blue Ridge Open to Visitor
Arizona Trail Passage 28: Happy Jack Open to Visitor
Arizona Trail Passage 34: San Francisco Peaks Open to Visitor
Around the Peaks Loop Open to Visitor The unpaved Forest roads in this loop (FR 418, FR 151) are closed during the winter season.
Ashurst Lake Open to Visitor
Ashurst Lake Campgrounds Open to Visitor
Aspen Loop Trail No. 73 Open to Visitor
Babe Haught Trail No. 43 Open to Visitor
Baldwin Trail Open to Visitor
Banjo Bill Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Barbershop Trail No. 91 Open to Visitor
Bear Mountain Trail No. 54 Open to Visitor
Bear Sign Trail No. 59 Open to Visitor
Beaver Creek Day Use Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Bell Rock Pathway / Vista Open to Visitor
Bell Trail No. 13 Open to Visitor Do not attempt this trail in the summer without being prepared! Bring the necessary footwear, plenty of water and food.
Big Park Trails Open to Visitor
Bismarck Lake Trail Open to Visitor
Blodgett Basin Trail No. 31 Open to Visitor
Blue Ridge Campground Open to Visitor
Bob Bear (formerly Fossil Springs) Trail-No. 18 Open to Visitor 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 and the Fossil Creek Road Closure Forest Order for information. Access this trail from Strawberry, Arizona. Fossil Creek cannot be accessed by car via this route.
Bonito Campground Open to Visitor Open as of April 30, 2021. Scheduled to close Oct. 11, 2021.
Bootlegger Picnic Area Open to Visitor Open 8 a.m. to dusk.
Boynton Canyon Trail No. 47 Open to Visitor
Brins Mesa Trail No. 119 Open to Visitor
Broken Arrow Trail No. 125 Open to Visitor
Brookbank Trail No. 2 Open to Visitor
Bruce Brockett Trail Open to Visitor
Bull Pen Day Use Area & Trailhead Open to Visitor DAY USE ONLY! Camping is never allowed here - day use only. 
C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir Open to Visitor Be aware that this is a canyon reservoir--meaning there is VERY LITTLE to NO shore access around the entire reservoir. This is not an ideal lake for sunbathing and swimming. See the Forest Order for information on maximum vehicle length, trailer length, swimming restrictions and more important information. NOTE: The boat ramp is currently closed to boat trailers due to low water level.
Cabin Loop Trail System Open to Visitor
Call of the Canyon Picnic Site Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor
Campbell Mesa Trail System Open to Visitor Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and owners must pick up after their pets. DO NOT leave bags of poop from your pets along the trail or trailhead at any time. 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 to Visitor
Carroll Canyon Area Trails Open to Visitor
Casner Canyon Trail No. 11 Open to Visitor
Casner Mountain Trail No. 8 Closed to Visitor
Cathedral Rock Trail No. 170 Open to Visitor
Cave Springs Campground Open to Visitor Reservations must be made 3 days ahead of arrival. Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.  
Chavez Crossing Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Childs Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor
Cinder Hills Off Highway Vehicle Area Open to Visitor
Cinder Lakes Apollo Training Area Open to Visitor
Clear Creek Day Use Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Clear Creek and Clear Creek Group Campgrounds Open to Visitor The group part is closed, but the single family unit sites here are open.
Clints Well Campground Open to Visitor
Cockscomb Trail System Open to Visitor
Cookstove Trail No. 143 Open to Visitor
Cornville Trail System Open to Visitor
Courthouse Butte Loop Trail Open to Visitor
Courthouse Vista Open to Visitor
Crescent Moon Cabin Open to Visitor Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Crescent Moon Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Crowley Pit Snow Play Area Closed to Visitor
Crystal Point Trail Open to Visitor
Dairy Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Dairy Springs Trail No. 136 Open to Visitor
Deadmans Pass Trail Open to Visitor
Deer Hill Trail No. 99 Open to Visitor
Deer Pass Trailhead Open to Visitor
Desert Canyon Loop Scenic Drive Open to Visitor
Devil's Bridge Trail No. 120 Open to Visitor
Doe Mountain Trail No. 60 Open to Visitor
Dogie Trail No. 116 Open to Visitor Notes: Pets must be on-leash. Do not disturb cultural and archeology sites (Antiquitys 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 to Visitor
Doney Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Doney Trail No. 39 Open to Visitor
Dorsey Spring Trail No. 7 Open to Visitor
Double Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Dry Creek Trail No. 52 Open to Visitor The road to Dry Creek Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Elden Lookout Trail No. 4 Open to Visitor
Elden Pueblo Archaeological Site Open to Visitor
Elks Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Encinoso Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Fatmans Loop Trail No. 25 Open to Visitor Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and owners must pick up after their pets. DO NOT leave bags of poop from your pets along the trail or at the trailhead at any time. 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 this trail.
Fay Canyon Trail No. 53 Open to Visitor
Fernow Cabin Closed to Visitor
Flume Trail No. 154 to Fossil Creek Dam Open to Visitor 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.�
Forked Pine Campground Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor
Fossil Creek Open to Visitor Call the Fossil Creek Hotline at 928-226-4611 for the latest info. Permit required Apr. 1-Oct. 1. No permit required Oct. 2-Mar. 31.
Fossil Springs Wilderness (Mogollon Rim) Open to Visitor
Fred Haught Trail No. 141 Open to Visitor
Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor
Girdner Trail No. 162 Open to Visitor
Grasshopper Point Swimming & Picnic Area Open to Visitor When open, hours are 9 a.m. to sunset.
Griffith Spring Trail No. 189 Open to Visitor
H. T. Trail Open to Visitor
HS Canyon Trail No. 50 Open to Visitor
Halfway Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Harding Springs Trail No. 51 Open to Visitor
Heart Trail No. 103 Open to Visitor
Hog Hill Trail No. 70 Open to Visitor
Honanki Heritage Site Open to Visitor
Horse Crossing Trail No. 20 Open to Visitor
Hot Loop Trail No. 94 Open to Visitor
Houston Brothers Trail No. 171 Open to Visitor
Huckaby Trail No. 161 Open to Visitor
Humphreys Trail No. 151 Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor Winter season road closures make some or all access points inaccessible by vehicle.
Jack's Canyon Camping and Climbing Area Open to Visitor
Jacks Canyon Trail No. 55 Open to Visitor
Jim Thompson Trail No. 124 Open to Visitor
Kachina Peaks Wilderness Open to Visitor For weather conditions, visit National Weather Service
Kachina Trail No. 150 Open to Visitor For current weather, visit National Weather Service.
Kehl Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Kelly Motorized Trail System Open to Visitor
Kelsey Trail No. 3 Open to Visitor
Kendrick Cabin Open to Visitor
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness Open to Visitor
Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail Open to Visitor
Kinder Crossing Trail No. 19 Open to Visitor
Kinnikinick Lake Open to Visitor
Kinnikinick Lake Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Knoll Lake Open to Visitor
Knoll Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Lake Mary Narrows Boat Launch and Picnic Area Open to Visitor Concessionaire is on-site and a fee is required May through September. Closing is at 7 p.m.
Lake Mary Recreation Corridor Open to Visitor
Lakeview Campground Open to Visitor
Lakeview Trail No. 132 Open to Visitor
Lava River Cave Open to Visitor
Ledges Trail No. 138 Open to Visitor
Lime Kiln Trail No. 82 Open to Visitor
Little Bear Trail No. 112 Open to Visitor
Little Elden Spring Horse Camp Open to Visitor
Little Elden Trail No. 69 Open to Visitor
Little Horse Trail No. 61 Open to Visitor
Little L.O. Trail No. 6 Open to Visitor
Little Round Mountain Trail Open to Visitor
Llama Trail Open to Visitor
Lockett Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Open for free camping until April 30. No toilets available during this time. Scheduled to close Oct. 11, 2021.
Long Canyon Trail No. 122 Open to Visitor
Long Canyon Trail No. 63 Open to Visitor
Long Valley Work Center Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Lower Lake Mary Open to Visitor Closing is at 6pm.
Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area Open to Visitor Concessionaire is on-site and a fee is required May through October.
Loy Canyon Trail No. 5 Open to Visitor
Mail Trail No. 84 Open to Visitor
Manzanita Campground Open to Visitor
Margs Draw Trail No. 163 Open to Visitor
Marshall Lake Open to Visitor
Maxwell Trail No. 37 Open to Visitor
Midgley Bridge Observation Site Open to Visitor
Mooney Trail No. 12 Open to Visitor
Moqui Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Mormon Lake Open to Visitor
Mormon Mountain Trail No. 58 Open to Visitor
Munds Mountain Trail No. 77 Open to Visitor
Munds Mountain Wilderness Open to Visitor
Munds Wagon Trail No. 78 Open to Visitor
Myrtle Trail No. 30 Open to Visitor
Mystic Trail Open to Visitor
North Urban Trail System - East Open to Visitor
North Urban Trail System - West Open to Visitor
North Wilson Trail No. 123 Open to Visitor
O'Leary Group Campground Open to Visitor
O'Leary Peak Trail Open to Visitor
Oak Creek Open to Visitor
Oak Creek Canyon Open to Visitor Check www.recreation.gov for campground reservations and status.
Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive Open to Visitor
Oak Creek Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/safety for more information.
Oak Creek Vista Open to Visitor When open, hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Old Caves Crater Trail Open to Visitor
Oldham Trail No. 1 Open to Visitor
Painted Desert Vista/Doney Picnic Areas Open to Visitor
Palatki Heritage Site Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/safety for more information. The site may be closed in wet weather and thunderstorm conditions.
Parsons Trail No. 144 Open to Visitor 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 (Antiquitys Act 1906). No motorized vehicles in the wilderness.
Peak View Winter Recreation and Parking Area Open to Visitor
Pine Canyon Trail No. 26 Open to Visitor
Pine Flat Campground Closed to Visitor
Pine Grove Campground Open to Visitor
Pipeline Trail No. 42 Open to Visitor
Plateau Lakes Scenic Drive Open to Visitor
Priest Draw Trail and Bouldering Area Open to Visitor
Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor
Purtyman Trail Open to Visitor
Red Mountain Trail No. 159 Open to Visitor
Red Rock Loop Trail Open to Visitor
Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/safety for more information. Available by telephone at 928-203-2900.
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Open to Visitor
Red Rocks/Sycamore Canyon Loop Scenic Drive Open to Visitor
Rim Road/General Crook Trail Loop Open to Visitor
Rock Crossing Campground Open to Visitor
Rock Crossing Trail No. 18 Open to Visitor
Rocky Ridge Trail No. 153 Open to Visitor
Sandy Seep Trail No. 129 Open to Visitor
Sandys Canyon Trail No. 137 Open to Visitor
Schnebly Hill Trail No. 158 Open to Visitor
Schnebly Hill Vista Observation Site Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor 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 to Visitor
Schultz Pass Road Scenic Drive Open to Visitor Some areas may require high-clearance vehicles.
Schultz Tank Open to Visitor
Secret Canyon Loop Trails Open to Visitor
Secret Canyon Trail No. 121 Open to Visitor The road to Secret Canyon Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Secret Mountain Trail No. 109 Open to Visitor
Slate Mountain Trail No. 128 Open to Visitor
Slide Rock State Park    This park is managed by Arizona State Parks. Check Slide Rock State Park on Arizona State Parks for details and status.
Snowbowl Scenic Drive Open to Visitor
Soldier / Long Lakes Open to Visitor
Soldier Pass Trail No. 66 Open to Visitor
Soldier Trail No. 21 Open to Visitor
Stage Stop Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Sterling Pass Trail No. 46 Open to Visitor
Stoneman Lake Open to Visitor
Strawberry Crater Trail Open to Visitor
Strawberry Crater Wilderness Open to Visitor
Sunset Trail No. 23 Open to Visitor
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Open to Visitor
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Northeast Trail System Open to Visitor
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Southeast Trails Open to Visitor
Taylor Cabin Trail No. 35 Open to Visitor
Telephone Trail No. 72 Open to Visitor
Templeton Trail Open to Visitor
Thomas Point Trail No. 142 Open to Visitor
Towel Creek Trail No. 67 Open to Visitor
Tramway Trail No. 32 Open to Visitor
Turkey Creek Trail No. 92 Open to Visitor
Turkey Springs Trail No. 217 Open to Visitor
U-Bar Trail No. 28 Open to Visitor
Upper Lake Mary Open to Visitor
Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch & Picnic Area Open to Visitor
V Bar V Heritage Site Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until COVID infection rates decline.
Verde River Open to Visitor
Victorine Trail No. 101 Open to Visitor
Volcanoes And Ruins Loop Scenic Drive Open to Visitor
Vultee Arch Trail No. 22 Open to Visitor The road to Vultee Arch Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Walker Basin Trail No. 82 Open to Visitor
Waterfall Trail on Fossil Creek Open to Visitor 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 (guía en Español) and the Fossil Creek Road Closure Forest Order for information. Flume Trailhead (Irving parking lot) cannot be accessed from Strawberry. 
Waterline Trail Open to Visitor
Weatherford Trail No. 102 Open to Visitor
West Clear Creek Open to Visitor
West Clear Creek Trail No. 17 Open to Visitor
West Clear Creek Wilderness Open to Visitor
West Clear Creek Wilderness - Mogollon Rim Open to Visitor
West Fork of Oak Creek No. 108 Open to Visitor Open 8 a.m. to dusk
West Sedona OHV Routes Open to Visitor
Wet Beaver Creek Open to Visitor
Wet Beaver Wilderness Open to Visitor
White Bridge Picnic Site Open to Visitor
White Mesa Trail No. 86 Open to Visitor
Wier Trail No. 85 Open to Visitor
Willow Crossing Trail No. 38 Open to Visitor
Wilson Canyon Trail No. 49 Open to Visitor
Wilson Mountain Trail No. 10 Open to Visitor
Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor Note: Though this area may be marked "Open," you still should check the Flagstaff District Forest Roads Status page to ensure FR 222 and/or FR 171 are open for your vehicle to access the area. Otherwise, you must hike in.
Winter Cabin Trail No. 70 Open to Visitor
Wood Memorial Trail Open to Visitor
Woods Canyon Trail No. 93 Open to Visitor
Yavapai Vista Open to Visitor

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 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 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.

 

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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