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Lockett Meadow Access Closed to Motor Vehicles

Access to Lockett Meadow Campground is closed to motor vehicles due to Pipeline Fire Closure. Access now includes a 6 mile round trip hike.

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.
  • When hunting, follow dispersed camping guidelines and the 14-day stay limit. See detailed hunting guidelines. 

Thank you for helping us protect our natural resources for future generations!

Recreation Map

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Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
A. B. Young Trail No. 100 Open Open
Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop Open Open During the Winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles.
Airport Loop Trails Open Open
Allens Bend Trail No. 111 Open Open
Apache Maid Cabin Open Open Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Apache Maid Trail No. 15 Open Open
Arizona Nordic Village in the Winter Open Open
Arizona Snowbowl Summer Skyride / Winter Ski Area Open Open
Arizona Trail (Equestrian Bypass) No. 87C Open Open The AZ Trail is closed from the intersection of the Fred Haught Trail to SR 87. Still Fire Closure order
Arizona Trail (Marshall Lake-Fisher Point) No.87 Open Open The AZ Trail is closed from the intersection of the Fred Haught Trail to SR 87. Still Fire Closure order
Arizona Trail Passage 27: Blue Ridge Open Open The AZ Trail is closed from the intersection of the Fred Haught Trail to SR 87. Still Fire Closure order
Arizona Trail Passage 28: Happy Jack Open Open The AZ Trail is closed from the intersection of the Fred Haught Trail to SR 87. Still Fire Closure order
Arizona Trail Passage 34: San Francisco Peaks Open Open The AZ Trail is closed from the intersection of the Fred Haught Trail to SR 87. Still Fire Closure order
Around the Peaks Loop Closed Closed Closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order.
Ashurst Lake Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Ashurst Lake Campgrounds Open Open
Aspen Nature Loop Trail No. 73 Open Open
Babe Haught Trail No. 43 Open Open
Baldwin Trail Open Open
Banjo Bill Picnic Site Closed 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 Open
Bear Mountain Trail No. 54 Open Open
Bear Sign Trail No. 59 Open Open
Beaver Creek Day Use Picnic Site Open Open
Bell Rock Pathway / Vista Open Open
Bell Trail No. 13 Open 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 Open
Bismarck Lake Trail Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Blodgett Basin Trail No. 31 Open Open
Blue Ridge Campground Open Open Season May to September
Bob Bear (formerly Fossil Springs) Trail-No. 18 Open Open
Bonito Campground Open Open
Bootlegger Picnic Area Open Open
Boynton Canyon Trail No. 47 Open Open
Brins Mesa Trail No. 119 Open Open
Broken Arrow Trail No. 125 Open Open
Brookbank Trail No. 2 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Bruce Brockett Trail Open Open
Bull Pen Day Use Area & Trailhead Open Open DAY USE ONLY! Camping is never allowed here - day use only.
Buttes and Boulders Loop Open Open
C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir Open Open
Cabin Loop Trail System Open Open
Call of the Canyon Picnic Site Open Open Call of the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead) parking fills up every day by 9:30 a.m., seven days per week during busy seasons (summer, fall color, spring break). Have a backup plan for a different hike or day use area if the parking lot is full.
Calloway Trail No. 33 Open Open
Campbell Mesa Trail System Open Open Open
Canyon Vista Campground Open Open
Carroll Canyon Area Trails Open Open
Casner Canyon Trail No. 11 Open Open
Casner Mountain Trail No. 8 Open Open This road/trail is open and closed. What does that mean? Click on the link to the left to see more detailed information as to what type of vehicles can access this road/trail and when.
Cathedral Rock Trail No. 170 Open Open
Cave Springs Campground Closed Closed
Chavez Crossing Group Campground Open Open
Childs Dispersed Camping Area Open Open
Cinder Hills Off Highway Vehicle Area Open Open
Cinder Lakes Apollo Training Area Open Open
Clear Creek Day Use Picnic Site Open Open
Clear Creek and Clear Creek Group Campgrounds Open Open
Clints Well Campground Open Open
Cockscomb Trail System Open Open
Cookstove Trail No. 143 Open Open
Cornville Trail System Open Open
Courthouse Butte Loop Trail Open Open
Courthouse Vista Open Open
Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site Open Open Note: This site closes when the temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crescent Moon Cabin Open Open Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Crescent Moon Picnic Site Open Open
Crystal Point Trail Open Open
Dairy Springs Campground Open Open
Dairy Springs Trail No. 136 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Deadmans Pass Trail Open Open
Deer Hill Trail No. 99 Closed Closed Closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order.
Deer Pass Trailhead Open Open
Desert Canyon Loop Scenic Drive Open Open
Devil's Bridge Trail No. 120 Open Open
Dixon Lewis Trail on Fossil Creek Open Open
Doe Mountain Trail No. 60 Open Open
Dogie Trail No. 116 Open 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 Open
Doney Picnic Site Open Open
Doney Trail No. 39 Open Open
Dorsey Spring Trail No. 7 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Double Springs Campground Open Open
Dry Creek Trail No. 52 Open Open The road to Dry Creek Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Elden Lookout Trail No. 4 Open Open
Elden Pueblo Heritage Site Open Open
Elks Group Campground Open Open Season early May to September – reservable on Recreation.gov
Encinoso Picnic Site Open Open
Fatmans Loop Trail No. 25 Open 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 Open
Fernow Cabin Open Open Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or calling 1-877-444-6777.
Flagstaff Ranger District None None Some portions of this area are closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order.
Flume Trail No. 154 to Fossil Creek Dam Open Open
Forked Pine Campground Open 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 Open Open
Fossil Creek Open Open Fossil Creek Road Partial Closure: Fossil Creek Road (FR 708) is closed between Fossil Springs Trailhead (just west of Strawberry, AZ) and the Dixon Lewis Trailhead (east of Fossil Creek Bridge) indefinitely.
Fossil Springs Wilderness Open Open
Fred Haught Trail No. 141 Open Open
General Crook Trail No. 130 Open Open
Girdner Trail No. 162 Open Open
Grasshopper Point Swimming & Picnic Area Open Open
Griffith Spring Trail No. 189 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
H. T. Trail Open Open
HS Canyon Trail No. 50 Open Open
Halfway Picnic Site Open Open
Harding Springs Trail No. 51 Open Open
Heart Trail No. 103 Open Open
Hog Hill Trail No. 70 Open Open
Honanki Heritage Site Open Open Closes when temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or when the roads are impassible.
Horse Crossing Trail No. 20 Open Open
Hot Loop Trail No. 40 Open Open
Houston Brothers Trail No. 171 Open Open
Huckaby Trail No. 161 Open Open
Humphreys Trail No. 151 Open 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 Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Jack's Canyon Camping and Climbing Area Open Open
Jacks Canyon Trail No. 55 Open Open
Jim Thompson Trail No. 124 Open Open
Kachina Peaks Wilderness Open Open Some portions of this area are closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order.
Kachina Trail No. 150 Open Open
Kehl Springs Campground Open Open
Kelly Motorized Trail System Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Kelsey Trail No. 3 Open Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Kendrick Cabin Open Open Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness Open 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 Open
Kinder Crossing Trail No. 19 Open Open
Kinnikinick Lake Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Kinnikinick Lake Picnic Area Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Knoll Lake Open Open
Knoll Lake Campground Closed Closed First come, first served.
Lake Mary Narrows Boat Launch and Picnic Area Open Open Closed to Vehicle Access for Winter
Lake Mary Recreation Corridor Open Open
Lakeview Campground Open Open
Lakeview Trail No. 132 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Lava River Cave Open Open During the Winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles.
Ledges Trail No. 138 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Lime Kiln Trail No. 82 Open Open
Little Bear Trail No. 112 Open Open During the Winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles.
Little Elden Spring Horse Camp Open Open
Little Elden Trail No. 69 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Little Horse Trail No. 61 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Little L.O. Trail No. 6 Open Open Roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles during the winter season.
Little Round Mountain Trail Open Open
Llama Trail Open Open
Lockett Meadow Campground Closed Closed Inaccessible by motorized vehicle due to the Pipeline Fire closure.
Long Canyon Trail No. 122 Open Open
Long Canyon Trail No. 63 Open Open
Long Valley Work Center Group Campground Open Open Season early May to mid-October – reservable on Recreation.gov
Lower Lake Mary Open Open CLOSED
Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area Open Open Closed for Winter
Loy Canyon Trail No. 5 Open Open
Mail Trail No. 84 Open Open
Manzanita Campground Open Open
Margs Draw Trail No. 163 Open Open
Marshall Lake Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Maxwell Trail No. 37 Open Open
Midgley Bridge Observation Site Open Open
Mogollon Rim Ranger District None None
Mooney Trail No. 12 Open Open
Moqui Group Campground Open Open Season early May to September – reservable on Recreation.gov
Mormon Lake Open Open
Mormon Mountain Trail No. 58 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Munds Mountain Trail No. 77 Open Open
Munds Mountain Wilderness Open Open
Munds Wagon Trail No. 78 Open Open
Myrtle Trail No. 30 Open Open
Mystic Trail Open Open
North Urban Trail System - East Open Open
North Urban Trail System - West Open Open
North Wilson Trail No. 123 Open Open
O'Leary Group Campground Open Open
O'Leary Peak Trail Open Open During the winter, parking area may be inaccessible to vehicles.
Oak Creek Open Open
Oak Creek Canyon Open Open
Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive Open Open
Oak Creek Visitor Center Closed Closed 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Oak Creek Vista Open Open 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. The Native Americans for Community Action concession/vendor area is open, but the Arizona Natural History Association and Forest Service seasonal information booth at the Vista is closed.
Old Caves Crater Trail Open Open
Oldham Trail No. 1 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Painted Desert Vista/Doney Picnic Areas Open Open
Palatki Heritage Site Open Open This site closes when the temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Parsons Trail No. 144 Open 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 Open
Pine Canyon Trail No. 26 Open Open
Pine Flat Campground Open Open
Pine Grove Campground Open Open
Pipeline Trail No. 42 Open Open
Plateau Lakes Scenic Drive Open Open
Priest Draw Trail and Bouldering Area Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Purtyman Trail Open Open
Red Mountain Trail No. 159 Open Open
Red Rock Loop Trail Open Open
Red Rock Ranger District None None
Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center Open Open
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Open Open
Red Rocks/Sycamore Canyon Loop Scenic Drive Open Open
Rim Road/General Crook Trail Loop Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Rock Crossing Campground Open Open Season early May to September – reservable on Recreation.gov
Rock Crossing Trail No. 18 Open Open
Rocky Ridge Trail No. 153 Open Open
Sandy Seep Trail No. 129 Open Open
Sandys Canyon Trail No. 137 Open Open
Schnebly Hill Trail No. 158 Open Open
Schnebly Hill Vista Observation Site Open 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 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 Open Some portions of this trail are closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order.
Schultz Pass Road Scenic Drive Closed Closed Closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order. During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles.
Schultz Tank Closed Closed Closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order. During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles.
Secret Canyon Loop Trails Open Open
Secret Canyon Trail No. 121 Open Open The road to Secret Canyon Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Secret Mountain Trail No. 109 Open Open
Slate Mountain Trail No. 128 Open Open
Slide Rock State Park Open Open 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 Open
Soldier / Long Lakes Open Open
Soldier Pass Trail No. 66 Open Open
Soldier Trail No. 21 Open Open
Stage Stop Day Use Area Open Open
Sterling Pass Trail No. 46 Open Open
Stoneman Lake Open Open
Strawberry Crater Trail Open Open Access via FR546 damaged by flooding in summer 2022. High clearance recommended.
Strawberry Crater Wilderness Open Open Access via FR546 damaged by flooding in summer 2022. High clearance recommended.
Sunset Trail No. 23 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Open Open Access via FR538 is closed to vehicles in the winter.
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Northeast Trail System Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Southeast Trails Open Open
Taylor Cabin Trail No. 35 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Telephone Trail No. 72 Open Open
Templeton Trail Open Open
Thomas Point Trail No. 142 Open Open
Towel Creek Trail No. 67 Open Open
Tramway Trail No. 32 Open Open
Turkey Creek Trail No. 92 Open Open
Turkey Springs Trail No. 217 Open Open
U-Bar Trail No. 28 Open Open
Upper Lake Mary Open Open Open
Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch & Picnic Area Open Open OPEN with limited facilities for winter
Verde River Open Open
Victorine Trail No. 101 Open Open
Volcanoes And Ruins Loop Scenic Drive Open Open
Vultee Arch Trail No. 22 Open Open The road to Vultee Arch Trail is very primitive and suitable for high-clearance vehicles only.
Walker Basin Trail No. 82 Open Open
Waterline Trail Closed Closed Closed due to the Pipeline Fire Closure Order.
Weatherford Trail No. 102 Closed Closed Partially closed due to the Pipeline Fire closure.
West Clear Creek Open Open
West Clear Creek Trail No. 17 Open Open
West Clear Creek Wilderness Open Open
West Clear Creek Wilderness - Mogollon Rim Open Open
West Fork of Oak Creek No. 108 Open Open
West Sedona Designated Dispersed Camping & Day-use Open Open These designated sites are the only areas you may camp in within the west Sedona area. Dispersed camping is prohibited outside of these sites.
West Sedona OHV Routes Open Open
Wet Beaver Creek Open Open
Wet Beaver Wilderness Open Open
White Bridge Picnic Site Open Open
White Hills Open Open
White Mesa Trail No. 86 Open Open
Wier Trail No. 85 Open Open
Willow Crossing Trail No. 38 Open Open
Wilson Canyon Trail No. 49 Open Open
Wilson Mountain Trail No. 10 Open Open
Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping Open Open During the Winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles.
Winter Cabin Trail No. 70 Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Wood Memorial Trail Open Open During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Woods Canyon Trail No. 93 Open Open
Yavapai Vista Open 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 swimsuit, 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 Schnebly 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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Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site

This site closes when the temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or when the roads are impassable.

Red Rock Pass Sold Here!

A Rock Art Legacy from the Southern Sinagua of the Beaver Creek Community

Formerly known as V Bar V Heritage Site, the Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, as well as one of the best-preserved. Acquired by the Coconino National Forest in 1994, the site is protected and kept open to the visiting public for their enjoyment and opportunity to learn more about our national cultural heritage. As partners in this effort, both the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and the Friends of the Forest provide interpretive tours and on-site management. The Red Rock Pass Program provides funding for the protection, enhanced amenities and facility maintenance under authority of the National Recreation Enhancement Act of 2005. 

A visitor center and bookstore, operated by the Forest Service and the Arizona Natural History Association, is located about 100 yards from the parking area.

The Beaver Creek Rock Art Style: Rock art is one type of archaeological data that can be used to identify prehistoric cultures and time periods. Various styles of rock art have been identified, based on the kinds of elements, unique elements, relationships between elements, and manufacturing techniques. By making these observations, various rock art styles have been defined for the prehistoric Southwest. One of these styles -- the Beaver Creek Style -- has been identified through the studies of rock art sites in the Beaver Creek area, especially here at Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site. This research has resulted in the definition of the Beaver Creek Style, which is diagnostic of the Southern Sinagua between A.D. 1150 and 1400.

The documentation of the Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site has provided important information for defining important characteristics of the Beaver Creek Style.

Guided tours are provided by both the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and Friends of the Forest during these hours (petroglyph area is fenced and only accessible during regular visiting hours). Please read the Archaeological Site Etiquette Guide to help you better enjoy your visit without causing inadvertent damage to the site.

Take a virtual tour of Crane Petroglyph and other heritage sites.

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.

West Sedona Designated Dispersed Camping & Day-use

Image of west Sedona

These designated dispersed camping areas provide eight main areas for dispersed camping that accommodate up to an estimated 200 campsites in total.

This system will protect natural resources, keeps the landscape being dotted by the creation of dispersed campsites, and still provides many places for visitors to camp and enjoy the beauty of west Sedona.

Dispersed camping in these designated areas will remain free and are on a first-come, first-served basis that allow up to 14 days of camping. Dispersed camping in west Sedona outside of these eight designated sites is prohibited. For more information on how this area was designated, the public scoping process, and the Decision Memo, please visit the West Sedona Designated Dispersed Camping and Day-use Area project page.

 

Camping: West Sedona Designated Dispersed Camping & Day-use