Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Passes and Permits

A parking pass or permit is required in these areas:

  • Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
  • Fossil Creek (April 1 to October 1)
  • Kachina Peaks winter backcountry
Learn more about recreation passes and permits:

Climate & Weather

Elevations range from 2,600' to 12.633' across the Forest. Temperatures vary wildly from frostbite cold to extreme heat depending on the time of year and where you are. Blizzards, intense thunderstorms, avalanches, and flash floods are all part of the weather picture for the Coconino National Forest.

Get tips and tricks for staying safe and comfortable in northern Arizona's wild weather and arid climate: