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Five Shots: Fossil Creek

Taking advantage of a supreme Arizona fall morning, Jim, Bear, and I drove out to Tonto Wilderness Area and hiked the waterfall trail at Fossil Creek, an artesian spring that bubbles out of the high ground with a concentrated amount of calcium carbonate on travertine creating terraces, steep waterfalls, and large pools. Emerald green water is the result and brings many to the area. This time of year, we beat any crowd and had the path to ourselves. Here are several shots from the area.  Which one do you like the best?

1. Foam
2. Fall Morning
3. Tree Grass
4. Big Waterfall
5. Green Water
6. Wading Pool
7. Cliff View
8. Fossil Rocks
cliff view 2
9. Cliff View Two
10. Bark
11. Deep Pool
12. Spotlight
13. Sally May
14. Perfect November Day
Tonto National Forest Map of Fossil Creek Wilderness Area







40 thoughts on “Five Shots: Fossil Creek”

    1. I read on the Coconino Forest website this riparian hotspot has “ovver 145 species of birds have been reported at the site, including over 20 species of waterfowl, over 25 species of shorebirds, 10 species of gulls and terns, and 9 species of wading birds.”
      Your nephew is in a good spot. 🙂

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    1. I liked sitting by the side and seeing through to the ground. The pool there was probably 10 feet deep. The whole area takes about 45 minutes of driving on a dusty road through hills and canyon. Then you hear the water and then you are in heaven. 🙂


    1. Howdy Lloyd. Before Jim could tell me not to do it, I climbed a face wall of the cliff and reached the top. I was so proud of myself. Don’t know if I’ll do it ever again, once was enough. But the view up top, I knew, would be worth it. Thank you. 🙂

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  1. Inspired by Tiny Tom to climb a cliff! Well done, Cindy. 🙂
    As a photo, I like the ‘Foam’ best, because you caught the water just right, with the feel of movement still present.
    But of course, we have nothing like that in Norfolk, so I enjoyed seeing all of the views and natural surroundings.
    Best wishes, Pete. x


  2. you never think of Arizona as that beautiful ! I loved the wading pool, maybe because it’s my speed anymore. Be sure to show off that area to people you want to impress.


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