Fossil Creek: 8 Facts About Arizona's Desert Oasis

 May 28th, 2024

Team LTG

Arizona’s Fossil Creek is a vibrant spring-fed oasis with turquoise waters and lush greenery and has a unique history. Explore 8 surprising facts about this natural treasure. 

Fossil Creek is one of Arizona's two Wild and Scenic Rivers, protected for its natural beauty and cultural significance. 

A Wild and Scenic River

The creek emerges from a series of springs, gushing out 20,000 gallons of water per minute! 

Spring-Fed Spectacle

The calcium-rich waters create stunning travertine formations resembling miniature waterfalls and pools 

Travertine Terraces

Hike the Fossil Creek Trail to witness a beautiful waterfall, a reward for your trek. 

Waterfall Wonders

Home to diverse wildlife, including native fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds, a haven for nature lovers. 

Biodiversity Hotspot

Explore the remnants of the historic Fossil Creek Dam and Flume, showcasing early 20th-century engineering. 

Ancient Ruins

Visitors enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, and photography amidst the creek's stunning scenery. 

Recreation Paradise

Between April 1st and October 1st, a permit is required for day use to maintain sustainable recreation.

Permit Required