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Coconino National Forest

Listed under National Parks in Arizona, United States.

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Just when you begin to think Arizona is a mass of shrubby bushes and foreign rock formations, something new presents itself. Such is the case at Coconino National Forest.

Although the striking rock formations are still present here, they are not the only natural wonders to behold. In fact, Coconino features forest, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. A refreshing change of scenery in an otherwise somewhat monotonous landscape, Coconino National Forest’s diversity sets it apart from other area destinations.

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Written by  Alex Witt.

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For all the information you need on Coconino National Forest, visit www.coconinoforest.us

The Coconino National Forest is one of six National Forests in Arizona. Here are some its main features:

•Acreage: 1,821,495

•Elevation: 2,600' to 12,633'

•Pine-covered plateau cut by deep canyons and bordered on the south by the spectacular Mogollon Rim, a 1,000-foot cliff running for miles across central Arizona.

•San Francisco Peaks, including Humphreys Peak (12,633'), highest in the state, and Fairfield Snow Bowl Winter Sports Area.

•Outstanding scenery in Oak Creek Canyon and the Red Rocks country surrounding Sedona.

•Forest flanked on the southwest by the Verde River.

•Trout fishing in several lakes and streams.

•All or portions of ten wilderness areas.

•Horseback riding.

•Boating on Lake Mary

•Hunting for elk, deer, antelope, and turkey.

•Scenic drives include "Around the Peaks", Lake Mary-Long Valley Road, Oak Creek Canyon and the Mogollon Rim Road.

•On the plateau (7,000' for higher), nights are very cool, even in summer. Frequent afternoon showers, July-August.

•Nearby towns include Flagstaff, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Sedona, Williams and Winslow.

Divided up into three districts: Flagstaff, Red Rock, and Mogollon Rim -- all have different and distinct characteristics.

FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT

One of the most beautiful places in the entire state, the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff are one of the most popular places on the Coconino National Forest’s Flagstaff Ranger District. Throughout the year, people come to these mountains to hike, see the fall colors, or hunt.

In the winter, the Peaks offer yet another inducement for folks from all over the Southwest: snow. In a state—and region—that’s more known for sun than snow, the presence of the cold white stuff is a real drawing card. So it is no wonder that visitors from all over Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah and even the country of Mexico travel to Flagstaff to see, feel and enjoy snow.

RED ROCK DISTRICT

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.

MOGOLLON RIM DISTRICT

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.

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Thanks Brady, there's plenty to go on there!

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