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Tonto National Forest Waives Fees in Honor of President’s Day

Fee-free day doesn't include campgrounds

The Tonto National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites on President’s Day, Monday, February 15, 2016. Fees will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic areas, in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Tonto National Forest. Camping and campground fees are not waived. During all other times, the Tonto Daily Pass or the Tonto Discovery Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including Salt and Verde river locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas, day use areas, and campgrounds.

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Grand Canyon National Park to Open 2017 Noncommercial River Trip Permit Lottery

River trip permits scarce

On Monday, February 1, 2016 the National Park Service will begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2017. A total of 472 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips. Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery website located at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting.htm.

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Gotta love this grandpa gig

But don’t promise to take them sledding if you don’t own a sled

Seth seemed kinda worried.

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Be Prepared Before Going into the Backcountry and Understand Avalanche Hazards

Coconino Sheriff warns hikers

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino National Forest are warning backcountry mountain travelers to be alert for potential avalanche hazards on the San Francisco Peaks. The early season snowpack, coupled with recent clear and cold nights, wind events, and a large amount of new snow could produce hazardous conditions in the backcountry. This includes the side country bordering the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area.

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End of a good year

Adoption Options

It’s been quite the year — 2015. It’s had some ups and downs, but overall has been pretty good.

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He delivers – since 1952

He delivered the mail to former President Harry Truman for years, including the largest letter ever sent.

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National Forest promotes value of wildfires

See video at Kaibab Forest web site

The Kaibab National Forest is announcing the release of an informational video explaining the importance of wildland fire in the ecosystems of northern Arizona from the perspectives of various natural and cultural resource specialists.

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Snow is fun -- highway crashes aren't

ADOT issues travel advisories for the high country

Desert dwellers rushing to the high country to ski, sled, throw snowballs and make snowmen need to take special care on the highway, said the Arizona Department of Transportation in a release on Thursday.

National Scenic Trail passes through Rim Country

North-south state trail passes through Pine, Strawberry and will be finished in time for Arizona Centennial bash

Joe Longbotham, a wiry man with a beard, a twinkle in his eye, a jaunty step and a love of the outdoors, channels the spirit of John Muir. He started hiking four years ago to keep healthy in retirement, then lost 30 pounds hiking more than 500 miles each year. He also got deeply involved in the all-out effort to complete the Arizona National Scenic Trail, which traverses the whole state north to south and passes through Pine and Strawberry. The efforts of a host of volunteers like Longbotham will conclude next year with the completing of the last link in that trail.

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Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim Closed for the Winter Season

The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed State Route 67 between Jacob Lake and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim is now closed to vehicle traffic for the winter. State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim are expected to re-open for the 2016 season on Sunday May 15, 2016.

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Old fashioned Christmas at state park

From December 5, 2015 through January 3, 2016, Fort Verde State Historic Park will be decorated for with Victorian decorations for the Christmas holiday. Visitors can glance into the past and see how those who once resided at Fort Verde celebrated Christmas on the Frontier. Christmas trees and fireplace mantels will be adorned with unique Victorian decorations, while wreaths and garlands help spread the holiday cheer.

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Coconino NF extends comment period on proposed changes to Red Rock Pass fee program

Plan would eliminate fees for parking along highway in Sedona

The public comment period regarding proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) fee program has been extended to Jan. 1, 2016. Comments can be submitted by emailing jmburns@fs.fed.us or by normal mail to Red Rock District, P.O. 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341.

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Hiking the Grand Canyon at any age

For Morris and Phyllis Brown, age has never been a limiting factor. When they met 18 years ago, neither doubted it was possible to fall in love again while in their 50s, and when they decided to hike the Grand Canyon together, not once but several times, they knew it could be done with a little patience and persistence.

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Slave war grips Rim Country (... 800 years ago)

Hilltop fortresses suggest conflict

The silent tumbles of stone on hilltops scattered throughout Rim Country and much of Central Arizona have revealed a startling lost world, marked by warfare, violence, slavery and a desperate struggle to survive.

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Coconino County Prepares for El Niño Winter

Issues warnings, emergency numbers in case of heavy snowfall

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a wetter than normal winter season for Northern Arizona due to a strong El Niño weather pattern — this means winter preparedness is more important than in recent years for Coconino County residents.