Fossil Creek

Description: This site is actually a canyon run with a strong permanent creek which is only in the last few years been restored to its flow by APS. Historically, it flowed, then APS diverted it and now the flow has been restored. It is a beautiful creek and canyon and deserves attention from those willing to take the long drive to get here. Vegtation is mixed old and new riparian growth. The creek flows fairly fast as it runs from the high country into the Verde River at Childs, Arizona. Read more here by clicking here.

Administrative Agency: Coconino National Forest

Restrictions and fees: There are no fees; area is open to all.

Elevation: 3470' drops to 3360'

Ease of road access: Once you leave Hwy 260, there is a long drive on a fairly good (check weather) dirt road.

Ease of hiking access: The creek itself is easily accessed from you vehicle. There are other side trails that are more challenging.

Approximate area size: 1.1 mile of creek side habitat.

Frequency of use by public: heavily used on weekends, but not so during the week days.

Parking facilities: Several dirt areas just off the main road. Not truly developed for parking.

Non-bird Interests: Hiking

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Fossil Creek

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