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Fossil Creek, which was restored in 2005 after having its flow diverted into a flume for nearly a century, was designated a Wild and Scenic River, which will preserve its free flow.

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Officials laud federal wilderness law preserving areas of Arizona

Fossil Creek designated a Wild and Scenic River, which will preserve its free flow

Soaring sandstone cliffs in northern Arizona, land along the San Pedro River and saguaro- and ironwood-studded expanses gained additional protection Monday under legislation signed by President Barack Obama.

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