Is Fossil Creek still closed?
Fossil Creek Road Partial Closure Fossil Creek Road (FR 708) is closed between Fossil Springs Trailhead (just west of Strawberry, AZ) and the Waterfall Trailhead (east of Fossil Creek Bridge) indefinitely.
How long is the hike to Fossil Creek?
Fossil Creek Falls is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Strawberry, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Does Fossil Creek have fossils?
Over the years these calcium laden waters have laid down huge deposits of a type of limestone called travertine. That rock-like substance encases whatever happens to fall into the streambed, forming the fossils for which the area is named. Most people come to Fossil Creek to sunbathe, wade, hike and birdwatch.
Is Fossil Creek a hard hike?
Location: Fossil Creek is located about 22 miles southeast of Camp Verde (86 miles south of Flagstaff) off paved and dirt roads. Fossil Creek Rd. (FR 708) and Childs Rd. (FR 502) are steep and very rough.
Where is the Fossil Creek River in Arizona?
Fossil Creek is a Wild and Scenic River in central Arizona on lands managed by the Coconino and Tonto national forests. The creek flows from its source at Fossil Springs 14 miles to its confluence with the Verde River downstream of the historic and decommissioned Childs power plant.
How to get to Fossil Creek in Coconino?
The first is by taking State Route 260 near Camp Verde to Forest Road 708 and driving the 14 miles of rough dirt road to designated parking lots and creek access sites near Fossil Creek.
Where are the parking lots for Fossil Creek?
For parking lots 1 through 8 which includes Waterfall Trailhead, Irving/Flume, Tonto Bench, Fossil Creek Bridge, Homestead, Sally May, Purple Mountain, and Mazatzal please continue scrolling below to make a reservation. Fossil Creek is a Wild and Scenic River in central Arizona on lands managed by the Coconino and Tonto national forests.
How big is the water in Fossil Creek?
At temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, water gushes out at 20,000 gallons per minute from springs at the bottom of a 1,600 foot deep canyon. Over the years, these calcium-rich waters have laid down huge deposits of a material called travertine.