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Discover Adventure at Fossil Creek


When you live in Phoenix, you don’t have to travel far to find adventure. In fact, Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area is just a two hour drive from StorQuest on N. 7th Street. Stop in to pick up your gear for a fun-filled weekend getaway complete with hiking, camping, and swimming. Let us introduce you to your next great adventure at Fossil Creek!

What to Do at Fossil Creek

Swimming Holes

Summer got you sweating? Cool off with a refreshing swim in one of Fossil Creek’s many swimming holes. For those with children, there is an especially nice spot just steps from the Fossil Creek Bridge. Sun bathe on the rocks to the right of the bridge or think ahead and bring your umbrella for a day in the shade.

The most popular attraction however, is Fossil Creek Waterfall. A two-mile hike in from the parking lot, the waterfall area rewards you with crystal clear water and beautiful views. But beware: the area around the falls is rocky, so remember your water shoes or Tevas to protect your feet.


If you want to add even more adventure to your trip to Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic Recreation Area, plan for a hike along the 10-mile roundtrip Flume Trail. You can park near the Irving/Flume Trailhead and then make your way to Old Fossil Creek Dam. For an even greater challenge, try your luck on the Fossil Springs Trail. With a distance of eight miles and a 1,500 foot elevation change, this hike is sure to have your heart pounding.

Wildlife Viewing

While most people flock to Fossil Creek for hiking and swimming, wildlife viewing is also a big draw. Keep an eye out for javelina, or dog-sized pigs, that are plentiful in the area. In addition, plants and wildlife depend on Fossil Creek for habitat, including otters, beavers, leopard frogs, and common black hawks. So, don’t forget your camera, binoculars and birding guide!

Know Before You Go


To eliminate some of the crowds and help keep Fossil Creek pristine, the Forest Service recently began a permitting system for the area. Advance permits are required to park a vehicle within the Fossil Creek Permit Area from April 1 through October 1. Reserve a spot at for any of the parking areas in the Fossil Creek area. Or, you can call the Fossil Creek Hotline (928-226-4611) for more information.

Camping – Rules and Regulations

Clear Creek Campground is the closest official campground to Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area and 45 minutes away. You cannot camp in the Fossil Creek Permit Area as it is day use only, open from 8am to 8pm. Please note that campfires are also prohibited within the Fossil Creek Permit Are and at Stehr Lakebed.

Don’t Forget Your Backcountry Essentials

Before heading out for a weekend adventure to Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area, it is important to remember your backcountry essentials. Be sure to have the following equipment packed in your bag and ready to go:

  • Navigation (map and compass)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Nutrition (extra food)
  • Hydration (extra water)
  • Emergency shelter

Live Big with StorQuest Self Storage

When you need somewhere to store your adventure gear, StorQuest on N. 7th Street in Phoenix, AZ, is here to help. Offering extended gate hours and access 7 days a week, we make it easy for you to grab your backpacking or camping gear and hit the road whenever you hear the call.

Learn more about the convenience of our location with a tour of our facility. Contact us today to schedule yours.


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