Fossil Springs Trail

Payson, Arizona

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This short and popular hike follows the old jeep trail down into the Fossil Springs Wilderness and to the wonderful riparian area and swimming hole fed by Fossil Springs, some of the most consistent springs in the area. Though the trailhead lies in the Tonto National Forest, the wilderness area does not. It is, however, absolutely worth crossing a line on the map (not to mention the elevation change) to get to it. The hiking time does not allow for playing in the water- for that, you'll want to leave yourself a couple of hours, if not a couple of days. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Scenic overlooks, rich riparian area, springs, best swimming hole in the national forest.

Fossil Springs Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This short and popular hike follows the old jeep trail down into the Fossil Springs Wilderness and to the wonderful riparian area and swimming hole fed by Fossil Springs, some of the most consistent springs in the area. Though the trailhead lies in the Tonto National Forest, the wilderness area does not.

It is, however, absolutely worth crossing a line on the map (not to mention the elevation change) to get to it. The hiking time does not allow for playing in the water- for that, you'll want to leave yourself a couple of hours, if not a couple of days. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Scenic overlooks, rich riparian area, springs, best swimming hole in the national forest."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Payson
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Swimming
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Fossil Springs Trail

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May 2018