The towns of Flagstaff and Sedona both sit within the Coconino National Forest, a 1.9-million acre area of protected land fringed by four additional national forests. Many of the natural attractions around Flagstaff can be found within Coconino National Forest, such as the San Francisco Peaks—including the 12,600-foot Humphreys Peak—and the Sunset Crater National Monument. Visitors can find ample outdoor adventures within the forest, from fishing and swimming holes along Wet Beaver Creek to hiking and biking on red rock trails like those around Carroll Canyon.
The headquarters of the national forest can be found in Flagstaff, and it’s open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with rangers on hand to answers question about things to do with the park. Free car maps are available at any of the forest offices, while trail maps cost $10.