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Friday, February 26, 2016

PERMITS REQUIRED: FOSSIL CREEK & FOSSIL SPRINGS

FOSSIL CREEK & FOSSIL SPRINGS moves to RESERVATION SYSTEM

On February 26, 2016, the Tonto and Coconino National Forests announced that access to the Fossil Creek and Fossil Springs Area near Pine-Strawberry will require reservations during high season. In order to park at any of the access lots  from May 1st (April 1st, beginning in 2017) and October 1st, you'll need to secure a permit. This extremely popular recreation area has been negatively impacted by over-crowding that creates pressure on the natural resources, traffic backups, mountains of trash (and worse) as well as safety concerns. The goal of this program is to better manage these problems.
The reservation system will go live on March 1st. You can book online up to 6 months in advance at
www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Permits are $6 and there's a limit of 6 reservations per person per year. 
FULL MEMO & MAPS:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd492908.pdf

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