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Located in northern Arizona, Coconino National Forest is a 1.856-million acre forest that surrounds Sedona and Flagstaff . It is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes varying from Red rock, southwestern desert, ponderosa pine forests, alpine tundra, and ancient volcanic peaks. Coconino National Forest borders other nearby National Forests, including the Prescott National Forest, Tonto National Forest, and Kaibab National Forest. The park also encompasses portions of ten wilderness areas. The park is divided into three different districts, the Flagstaff District, the Red Rock District, and the Mogollon Rim District . Each of the districts contains its own unique landscapes and environments. The Flagstaff district contains Arizona's highest peak, Humphreys Peak, which is part of the San Francisco Peaks, and the San Francisco Volcanic Field. In this district you will find lava fields and underground lava tubes, including Lava River Cave. Mormon Lake can be found at the southern portion of the district, as well as Ashurst Lake and Marshall Lake, which are located along the Anderson Mesa. The Anderson Mesa is best known for the Lowell Observatory. The Red Rock district sits near Sedona and contains the canyons, mesas, and famous red rock formations Sedona is known for. The most notable sights include Devil's Bridge and Cathedral Rock. This district also contains Oak Creek Canyon, which is one of the most popular attractions within Coconino National Forest. Oak Creek Canyon has a beautiful display of fall foliage, making autumn an excellent time to visit. The Mogollon Rim District is the last district and is located along the Mogollon Rim, which marks the southern boundary of the Colorado Plateau. The Mogollon Rim District is dominated by ponderosa pine forest and contains some small lakes and streams. The forest offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts, whether you are looking for hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, or mountain biking. The forest is also great for nature lovers, as it home to a diverse body of wildlife including birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles, and mammals such as black bears and elk.

Super cool and steeper than I expected. Definitely worth the time. 25 minutes up and spent about the same time on top and on the way down. 75 minutes round trip.

Nice trail. My kids 5, 9 & 15 loved it!!! Beautiful view along the way.

Awesome hike! It took us 4 hours roundtrip, including 30 minutes enjoying the view from the top. The white painted arrows were very helpful as there are several points along the trail you could get a little off course without them.

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21 hours ago

We went around 9am and had no problem finding parking. Ended up looping around the Mesa and had some incredible views. It’s a fairly easy hike, but offers some spectacular viewpoints.

Beautiful and a little eerie while on the bridge

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1 day ago

Challenging and definitely rewarding— don’t take your grandma or kids or dog or Starbucks latte. You have to climb up a steep crevice with some footholds and when you finally get to the saddle of the rock, it’s amazing. Great views, beautiful colors. Would recommend to anyone in the area. I had to sit on my butt a couple of times on the climb down so wear clothes you can get dirty.

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2 days ago

A wonderful loop, just keep in mind that the loop contains portions of 2 other trails ( Deadman's Pass, and Long Canyon) it also uses a short connector. Beautiful views, walking along the side of the mountain. On the back side just getting to the Deadman's Pass section we were relaxed with some Indian wind and flute music from across the valley.

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