Fossil Creek, AZ

US Forest Service

Fossil Creek

Note : The road (FR 708) is closed between Fossil Springs Trailhead and the waterfall trailhead until further notice. See the Forest Orders page for information. Fossil Creek, one of two "Wild...[more]



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Fossil Creek is located about 30 miles southeast of Camp Verde or 86 miles south of Flagstaff off paved and graveled roads some of which are always steep and very rough and usually muddy after rains. 

GPS - Bridge(Map): 34°23'39.6"N 111°37'48.1"W

From Camp Verde: From Interstate 17, exit 287, turn east on State Route 260 towards Payson and travel 10 miles. Between mile 228 and 229, Forest Road 708 (Fossil Creek Road) will intersect SR260 on the right, signed as Fossil Creek/Verde River. Travel 12 miles down this rough dirt road (high-clearance vehicles recommended) to the intersection with Forest Road 502.

  • For Day-Use Sites: Continue straight on FR708 to cross the bridge and find parking in the Tonto Bench, Irving, or Waterfall trailhead areas.  
  • For Camping: Continue straight on FR 708 to the Homestead area before you get to the bridge or turn right on FR502 for the Old Corral, Sally May, Purple Mountain, Mazatzal, or Stehr Lakebed dispersed camping areas.

NOTE: The road (FR 708) is partially closed until further notice:

  • From Strawberry, closed at Fossil Creek Trailhead: Use this route to access Fossil Springs Trail.
  • From Camp Verde, closed at Waterfall Trailhead: Use this route for creek day use areas, Flume Trail, and Waterfall Trail access.

Know your destination and plan your route carefully before heading to Fossil Springs and Creek.


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