Fossil Springs Canyon
The Canyon
Rank: #13 Canyon Depth: 1,600 ft.
Rim Elevation: 5,400 ft. Stream Elevation: 3,800 ft.
Vegetation: Over 30 tree species, fossils in calcium-laden travertine rock. Frequently Seen Animals: Over 100 bird species. Javelina (wild pigs).
Hiking Season: All year.  
The Trail
Name: Flume Road Trail #154 Difficulty: Easy 
Length of Hike (r/t): 8.0 miles Trail Elevation Change: 500 ft.
Trail Low Point: 3,680 ft.  Trail High Point: 5,780 ft.
Water: Spring is perennial (20,000 gallons per minute) but stream flows intermittently.   
Tips: The official trail is a closed forest road located within the Fossil Springs Wilderness. The road was used to deliver materials to build the dam and flume that diverts and delivers water to the Irving Power Plant (built in 1916 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places). An informal trail parallels the road closer to the stream.

The Irving dam is slated for decommissioning and removal in 2004-05. This will lead to restoration of natural flow regimes, reestablishment of native fish species, and rapid development of natural travertine dams.
Guidelines
Hiking Permit Needed: None Maximum Group Size: 
Dogs Permitted: Yes, leashed Horses Permitted: No
Cross-country Skiing Permitted: Yes Mountain Bikes Permitted: No
Swimming: Yes.  
Safety Tips: Bring wading shoes. Exercise caution on slickrock water slides.
The Drive
General Location: Northeast of Payson Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes (muddy after rains)
Nearest Town: Strawberry  
Directions: Take FR708 west from Strawberry for 12 miles.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Strawberry. Office of Tourism Region: Central Territory
County: Coconino Managing Agencies:
1) Happy Jack Information Center, P. O. Box 19664, Happy Jack AZ 86024, (928) 477-2172, FAX 477-2173

2) Mogollon Rim Ranger District, HC 31, Box 300, Happy Jack AZ 86024, (928) 477-2255 FAX 527-8218 

3) Verde Ranger District, (928) 567-4121

4) Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 300, Sedona AZ 86336, (928) 282-4119
Web Sites:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/recreation/rogs/hikingtrail/prd/FossilSpringsTrail18.pdf (Adobe PDF)
http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/red_rock/fossil-spgs-wild.shtml 


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