Coconino National Forest

Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 1-10

Last Updated: 09-07-2016

Status: Open
Permit Information:
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Difficulty: Easy-Extreme
Length: 2000.0 Miles
Category: Altitude, Desert, Forest, Ghost Town, Iconic, Mine, Mud, Overland, Rock, Sand, Snow Wheeling, Wash, Water
Highest Elevation: 12,633 '
Duration: 14 days
Shape of Trail: Other Shapes
Best Direction to Go: N/A
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Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest Highlights

Highlights: Coconino National Forest - Flagstaff, Arizona

Being one of the most diverse National Forests in the U.S.A, it includes the famous red rocks of Sedona, lusciously ever-green Ponderosa pine forests, barren southwestern desert, and high peaks of alpine tundra. In this over 1.8 million acre area you can explore high mountains and low canyons, fish in lakes, wade through lazy creeks and streams, go horseback riding, boating, hunting, four-wheel drive adventures, and get relief from the Phoenix valley Summer heat.

This area also includes the highest Peak in Arizona, Humphreys Peak (12,633'), and the Fairfield Snow Bowl Winter Sports Area, for all your Winter sports needs. Both are near Flagstaff which provides plenty of hospitality, other recreational opportunities, and historic Route 66.

In Sedona, you can also find some great tourism opportunities, art shops, and high-end resorts.

Technical rating: (1-10) Easy-Extreme

Severe conditions. Extreme caution recommended. Impassable by stock vehicles. Winching required. Trail building necessary. May be impassable. Impassable under anything but ideal conditions. Vehicle damage probable. Personal injury possible. Extreme caution necessary.

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Directions to Trailhead

Coconino National Forest is found in the central part of Arizona with Sedona being the most central major town, and the main office in Flagstaff. The forest is also next to the towns of Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Williams, and Winslow.

Check the links on the Motor Vehicle Use Maps web-page for details.


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

35° 11' 10.67"N
111° 40' 26.56"W

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Route Description

Coconino National Forest contains hundreds of off-road trails and 4wd dirt roads all throughout the area, providing thousands of miles to explore from overland to rock crawling. This national forest provides a hugely diverse terrain for all sorts of outdoor adventure. There are places for hiking, horseback riding, and off-road vehicles in this National Forest. This is the list provided by the Forest Services of all trails (Many of which do not allow motor vehicle travel):

SEDONA AREA: Airport Loop, Bandit, Brins Mesa, Broken Arrow Road, Broken Arrow Trail, Brewer, Carroll Canyon, Centennial, Chapel, Chimney Rock, Cibola Pass, Girdner, Jim Thompson, Jordan, Little Horse, Lower Chimney Rock, Margs Draw, Mystic, Old Post, Pigtail, Ridge, Soldier Pass, Soldier Pass Wash Trail System, Sugarloaf Loop, Teacup, Thunder Mountain,

RED ROCK ROAD AREA: Herkenham, Ramshead, Red Rock Loop, Red Rock State Park, Scheurman Mountain,

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK AND BELL ROCK: Bail, Baldwin, Bell Rock Pathway, Big Park, Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte Loop, Easy Breezy, Hot Loop, HT, Jacks Canyon, Phone, Slim Shady, Templeton, Turkey Creek, Woods Canyon, Yavapai Point Trail System,

DRY CREEK BASIN AND POINTS WEST: Aerie, Arizona Cypress, Bear Mountain, Bear Sign, Boynton Canyon, Chuckwagon, Cockscomb, Dawa, David Miller, Deadmans Pass, Devils Bridge, Doe Mountain, Dry Creek Loop, Fay Canyon, HS Canyon, Llama, Long Canyon, Loy Canyon, Mescal, Mooney, OK, Rupp, Secret Canyon, Secret Mountain, Vultee Arch,

OAK CREEK CANYON AND SCHNEBLY HILL: A. B. Young, Allens Bend, Casner Canyon, Cookstove, Cow Pies, Harding Springs, Huckaby, Munds Mountain, Munds Wagon, Purtymun, Schnebly Hill, Sterling Pass, Telephone, Thomas Point, West Fork, Wilson Canyon, Wilson Mountain, N. Wilson Mountain,

The area also includes a number of major mountain peaks most of which can be hiked:

Agassiz Peak was named in 1867 after the famous Swiss zoologist of Harvard University, Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873) while he conducted a fossil study in the area during the Pacific Railroad survey.

Fremont Peak was named after John Charles Fremont who searched for an overland route to the Pacific in 1842. He also served as the territorial governor of Arizona from 1878-1882.

Humphrey’s Peak was named by G. K. Gilbert in 1873 after his superior officer Brig. Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys who evaluated survey data of several expeditions through the region. He later became Chief of the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers.

Doyle Peak, and Doyle Saddle, which connects Agassiz and Fremont Peaks, was named after Allen Doyle (1850-1920), a cattleman who went to Prescott as a miner and drove cattle from there to Flagstaff in 1881. He stayed in the Flagstaff area becoming a famous guide.

Schultz Peak, and Schultz Pass, which separates the Peaks from Mt. Elden, was named after Charles H. Schulz (the original spelling), one of the earliest settlers in Flagstaff, arriving in 1880 with a herd of sheep from Texas.

Abineau Peak was named for Julius Aubineau (1852-1903), a prominent person in the early years of Flagstaff’s development. He came to Flagstaff in 1891 from France. As a trained engineer he was involved in the development of the Inner Basin water system, built the first sewage system to serve the town businesses in 1899, and filed for water rights on the Inner Basin Springs and Schultz Pass in 1900.

Rees Peak was named for B.C. Rees (1866-1936) who came to Flagstaff in 1905 as a “health seeker” and became a rancher who had his summer range at the southwest base of the Peaks.

Access Issues

Some areas within the forest are considered as having "improvements" thus requiring a pass, but most do not.

Passes are only required if you plan to park in or use these improved areas. No permit is required for un-improved areas, including dispersed camping, and most forest roads or trails.

There are also small pockets of State Trust land throughout and adjacent to the Forest that require a permit (

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Camping and Lodging

Camping & Lodging: Coconino National Forest - Flagstaff, Arizona

There's a wide verity of camping areas throughout the forest. For more details you can look here:

Many of the towns within and surrounding this National Forest also have a wide variety of accommodations available.

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