Coconino National Forest

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Coconino National Forest

Arizona

(928) 527-3600

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Overview

The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish forest lakes and wade in lazy creeks and streams.

Located in central Arizona, lies the Coconino National Forest. Northward lies the Colorado Plateau, a high, cold desert of flat-lying rocks and sheer-walled canyons. Southward lie hot desert basins and rugged mountains - the "basin and range province" which includes the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. From the snow-frosted San Francisco Peaks to desert highlands along the Verde River, Coconino National Forest's 1.8 million acres drop 10,000 feet in elevation and cover a remarkable variety of landscapes. Here you can climb the highest mountain in Arizona, fish in crystal-clear lakes, swim in desert creeks under red rock cliffs and magnificent sycamore trees, float suspended under a hang glider from the crest of a cinder cone, or ski through parks and meadows and ponderosa pines.

Map of Coconino Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 34.946739, -111.519470

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating and canoeing are permitted on Soldier and Long Lakes. On Soldier Lake, boats powered by no more than a single electric motor are permitted; there are no boat size restrictions on Long Lake.

  • Bicycling

    Bike trails may be available; please contact park services for more information.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The policy for driving motorized vehicles on this National Forest is tied to the State of Arizona's motor vehicle policy. On all state, county, and those forest roads marked by a horizontally-numbered route marker (ie 249), the motorized vehicle and its driver must be "street legal." On unmarked forest roads or forest roads that are marked by a vertical route number, the driver and the vehicle do not need to be licensed. Driving off of forest roads is not encouraged but may be legal if no damage is done to plants or soils or if wildlife is not harassed and if a muffler/spark arrester is in place.

  • Camping

    One can camp most anywhere in the park, unless otherwise posted. Camping and camp fires within city limits is prohibited.

  • Climbing

    Climbing sites may be available; please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted on Soldier and Long Lakes. Soldier's Lake provides good fishing for bass and catfish. Soldier's Annex Lake is better known for its catfish, although blue gill can also be caught here. Long Lake is the only one of the three that is stocked with trout but is also good for walleye and catfish.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are available in Red Rock Country.

  • Historic Sites

    Tours may be available; please contact park services for more information.

  • Horseback Riding

    Few trails prohibit the use of horseback riding, such as Humphreys Trail, the Inner Basin Trail in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, and Elden Lookout Trail. Nearly all other trails permit Horseback riding, and there is a horse campground in the park called Little Elden Springs Horse Camp.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in certain areas; please contact park services for more information.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The policy for driving motorized vehicles on this National Forest is tied to the State of Arizona's motor vehicle policy. On all state, county, and those forest roads marked by a horizontally-numbered route marker (ie 249), the motorized vehicle and its driver must be "street legal." On unmarked forest roads or forest roads that are marked by a vertical route number, the driver and the vehicle do not need to be licensed. Driving off of forest roads is not encouraged but may be legal if no damage is done to plants or soils or if wildlife is not harassed and if a muffler/spark arrester is in place.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged in the park.

  • RVing

    Some camping sites may be RV-friendly; check with park services for more information.

  • Water Sports

    Boating and canoeing are permitted.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and snow play.

Directions

Driving

The forest is easily accessable from Flagstaff via Interstate Highways 40 and 17.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(928) 527-3600

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