Arizona Points of Interest

Fossil Creek


Fossil Creek, one of two "Wild and Scenic" rivers in Arizona, seems to appear out of nowhere, gushing 20,000 gallons a minute out of a series of springs at the bottom of a 1,600 foot deep canyon. Over the years these calcium laden waters have laid down huge deposits of a type of limestone called travertine. Read more...

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Permits Required April 1 to October 1

Fossil Springs Trailhead permits must be reserved as Bob Bear Trailhead as its name has changed.

Spring-Summer Season (April 1 - October 1): A reserved, printed permit is required. Reserve a spot at for any of the parking areas in the Fossil Creek area. During the Spring-Summer Season, the Fossil Creek and Springs area is day use only. Camping, campfires, and glass containers are prohibited.

See Fossil Creek Reservation System Information!


For current conditions, call
Fossil Creek Hotline 928-226-4611

Campground Restrictions
  • Spring-Summer Season: Camping is prohibited anywhere in the permit area.
  • Fall-Winter Season: Camping is prohibited between Fossil Creek Bridge and Fossil Creek Dam.
Campfires and Glass Containers: Campfires and glass containers are prohibited between Ike's Saddle and the head of Fossil Creek. See the Spring-Summer Guide, Fall-Winter Guide and Forest Orders for information (guía en Español). Clear Creek Campground and Childs Dispersed Camping Area are recommended area camping sites.

Points of Interest
Fossil Creek

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Childs 30 2,724 ft