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Coconino National Forest Closes Recreation Sites Indefinitely

Sedona AZCoconino National Forest has closed its developed recreation and day-use sites indefinitely to protect public and employee health, as well as align with state and local measures already in place to lessen the impact of COVID-19.

The vast majority of the forest is still open to visitors who want to spend time outdoors participating in recreational opportunities that support social distancing, such as hiking and biking on trails, and dispersed camping. However, the following developed recreation sites, facilities, and restrooms are closed. More sites may close in the future, depending on the situation, as circumstances can change rapidly in response to COVID-19:

Day-Use Sites

Banjo Bill Picnic Site
Bootlegger Picnic Site
Clints Well Picnic Site
Encinoso Picnic Site
Fossil Creek Area
Halfway Picnic Site
Long Valley Day-Use Site

Oak Creek Vista

Group Campgrounds

Chavez Crossing Group Campground
Clear Creek Group Campground
Dairy Springs Group Campground
Elks Group Group Campground
Long Valley Work Center Group Campground
Moqui Group Campground
O’Leary Group Campground

Heritage Sites

Honanki Heritage Site
Palatki Heritage Site
V Bar V Heritage Site

Rental Cabins
Apache Maid Cabin
Crescent Moon Cabin
Fernow Cabin
Kendrick Cabin


Single Family Unit Campgrounds
Ashurst Lake Campground
Bonito Campground
Blue Ridge Campground
Canyon Vista Campground
Cave Springs Campground
Clear Creek Campground
Clints Well Campground
Dairy Springs Campground
Double Springs Campground
Kehl Springs Campground
Knoll Lake Campground
Lakeview Campground
Little Elden Springs Campground
Lockett Meadow Campground
Manzanita Campground
Pine Flat Campground
Pine Grove Campground
Rock Crossing Campground

Visitor Centers

Red Rock Ranger Station and Visitor Center
Oak Creek Visitor Center

Notifications to those who have made any reservations will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

Visitors should mitigate resource impacts wherever they recreate by taking their trash with them when they depart and appropriately managing human waste by burying it at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet away from water, trails and recreation sites.

All Coconino National Forests offices are conducting business and providing services virtually. While being outside is believed to be safer than indoor spaces, visitors to national forests are urged to take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended precautions.

Members of the public who have additional questions that cannot be answered through the Coconino National Forest website can contact one of our ranger stations:

Forest Supervisor’s Office: 928-527-3600, then press “0.”
Flagstaff Ranger Station: 928-527-8279.
Mogollon Rim Ranger Station: 928-477-2255.
Red Rock Ranger Station and Visitor’s Center: 928-203-2900, then press “0.”



  1. Trevor Waite says:

    why can’t we go use thse places

  2. Lisa says:

    We live in a desert of wide open spaces past my backyard with thousands of acres behind it and this household uses it. Help yourself!

  3. @ Trevor Waite says:

    Because you are now living in a medical dictatorship and it’s part of your obedience training.

  4. @Trevor Waite says:

    There is a global pandemic….

  5. Sharon, VOC says:

    @Trevor Many are on your side because we don’t need or use the government facilities and we pay for them to be there out of our paychecks and taxes. I’m walking when I want where I want and how I want. Keep your distance but you can give a wave if we see each other. Keep a mask handy if you need help and if you’re sick don’t dare go on my path. Thanks Trevor and happy hiking.

  6. Museum Fire area re-opens says:

    Coconino National Forest is rescinding the closure order for the burned area of last year’s Museum Fire, Flagstaff AZ.

    Public access will be allowed into the burned area on Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills, which has been closed since the Museum Fire began on July 21, 2019 and burned more than 1,900 acres.

    The area still poses dangers and hazards and entry is ones own risk. Be aware of the possibility of falling trees, rolling rocks, and flash floods especially during high winds or when heavy precipitation is expected.

    Elden Lookout Road (Forest Road 557) will temporarily remain closed to motor vehicles, but is open to pedestrian, equestrian, and bicycle traffic. Several construction and maintenance projects are planned for Elden Lookout Road in the coming months, which means heavy equipment and construction crews will be using the road frequently.

    In addition, due to heavy post fire damage, Upper Oldham and upper portions of Brookbank Trails will remain closed until repairs can be made. Visitors are asked to obey posted signs in the burned area, including staying off closed trails.

  7. Sketch says:

    @trevor go outside, enlighten yourself, you don’t need permission, you have a brain use it and don’t hurt others by being careless or arrogant, be a good citizen and act like a decent human, end lecture

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