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Fossil Springs Trail Head

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Gorgeous views on the way down and back up, and amazing scenery at the bottom

At the time of year we went (March), there was no permit required to park. It was close to 30... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
Need reservations, take plenty of water, not for the unfit, but amazing!

It's long...you will need a good 4-6 hours depending on your fitness level. Hiking shoes are best... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Fossil Creek Rd, Pine, AZ 85544
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Reviewed 5 days ago

At the time of year we went (March), there was no permit required to park. It was close to 30 degrees Fahrenheit at the trailhead, but warmed up to the 70s at the bottom of the canyon. This is not an easy hike, for someone...More

Thank mirage1
Reviewed July 27, 2018

It's long...you will need a good 4-6 hours depending on your fitness level. Hiking shoes are best, but at least tennis shoes for sure.It can be hot also, make sure you wear a hat. And take a bunch of water...a gallon per person...and I take...More

2  Thank shendrix
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

Possible wild fires and threats of fire have everything up here closed. Check first before the drive from the Valley

3  Thank 3tothebeach
Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

I've been all around the Arizona wilderness and this place was one of the coolest spots in the state. There are excellent spots to jump into the crystal clear water and swim. The waterfalls are huge and amazibg and there is a spot where you...More

3  Thank Clark W
Reviewed June 23, 2017

Great experience, a must see! The water is so clear and refreshing.The trail was easy to follow and each parking lot had clean restrooms. Would be nice if they had water fountains as well.My family and I had a great time, I cant wait to...More

2  Thank irma s
Reviewed April 25, 2017 via mobile

It's hard to do only because it's so long and flat. They are warning signs every couple feet in the beginning to scare you. If you're an experienced hiker and have a couple bottles of water you'll be just fine. If you go up to...More

Thank Gina G
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Now this place is wonderful and beautiful! One of Az natural hidden beauty gems! The hike is long and you have to get an Az permit before going into the preserve. Warning if you have small children recommend having life jackets and water shoes and...More

Thank MandRSanchez
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Fossil Springs is as good as Arizona has to offer. Unfortunately, it is so good that it is being mobbed to death. When I first came here 26 years ago it was pretty unknown. Gradually over the years APS removed their small dam, flume, and...More

Thank Steve-KRIM-FM
Reviewed February 7, 2017

This is an incredible hike with great views and scenery. But be warned it is not for the unfit as there is a large climb back up and lots of rough uneven terrain. But if you have half a day I would recommend it, Just...More

Thank bwibob
Reviewed September 13, 2016

I have been wanting to do this for awhile now and FINALLY we were able to go!! You have to get a parking pass online before you go or they will not let you in! it was $6 for us. We decided to wait until...More

1  Thank alicialn06
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Isaac L
June 9, 2017|
Response from MandRSanchez | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have 4x4 we had all wheel drive but it wouldn't hurt. It's a very bumpy drive in and out.
Libby C
May 24, 2016|
Response from Beth W | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. The parking areas are quite small & I wouldn't want to drive a big RV down that 14 mile rough road. That being said, I think people are getting confused. There are 2 separate ways in to Fossil Creek... More