Rogers Lake County Natural Area

Rogers Lake County Natural Area


Rogers Lake is a high-elevation wetland located southeast of Flagstaff. The area is important to numerous wildlife species. Visitors can experience the area through a multi-use trail system and enjoy views of the San Francisco Peaks.

*Please note, Rogers Lake County Natural Area is comprised of an ephemeral wetland and forested uplands. Water may not be present year-round.

Natural and Cultural Overview

Rogers Lake, its basin spanning over one mile across, is located in the Upper Verde watershed and is a regionally significant, high-elevation wetland important to numerous wildlife species, including elk, black bear, pronghorn, bald eagles, and migrating waterfowl. The area also boasts a rich cultural history and a wide variety of native plant community types, as well as sweeping panoramic views of the San Francisco Peaks, Woody Mountain, and Woody Ridge. The area has prehistoric sites and scatter areas dating back 5,000 years, in addition to old railroad beds and log structures from Flagstaff's sheep herding and logging era.

Directions and Parking

Rogers Lake County Natural Area is located ten miles southwest of Flagstaff on Woody Mountain Road / Forest Road 231. The road is not maintained in winter, and can be muddy in the spring and fall.

Take Historic Route 66 west from Flagstaff and turn south on Woody Mountain Road. Travel 7.4 miles to the first (or north) trailhead, and travel another 1.1 miles to the second (or south) trailhead (or 8.5 miles from Route 66); stay on Forest Road 231.

Please note: The road leading to Rogers Lake County Natural Area is closed seasonally by the U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest. Please check their website for current road status.

Help us keep the forest and recreation sites clean, and practice "pack it in, pack it out". Leave no Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has information on its seven principles, with tips like plan ahead and prepare, and dispose of waste properly.

Trail System

There are two small trailheads with parking areas off Woody Mountain Road for the natural area, to access two multi-use trails that introduce people to this high-elevation wetland. View the trail map and read the descriptions on our Trails page.

Natural Resources Awards

Rogers Lake County Natural Area Wins Arizona Parks and Recreation Association's Natural Resources Award, twice!

Coconino County Parks and Recreation was awarded the 2017 Natural Resources Award by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association for Rogers Lake County Natural Area Recreation Improvements. Since 2011, CCPR has been hard at work putting recreation improvements in place that are sustainable in design while celebrating sustainability with residents and visitors. In August 2016, CCPR completed a 6-mile trail system and two trailheads with parking at the county natural area, and in April 2017, we finished a watchable wildlife viewing platform that overlooks the lake. Both enhancements engage the visitor using many of their senses and are sustainable in design that uses re-purposed materials throughout. There are many more sustainable features that staff has done at the natural area, including:

• A ramada structure built from recycled lumber that diverts rainwater to a water feeder for birds, bats, and small mammals

• Two trailheads with parking lots made out of milled asphalt diverted from a Highway 89A alignment project near Fort Tuthill County Park

• Trail surface made from repurposed, engineered crushed stone originating from a renovation project from Flagstaff Pulliam Airport

Coconino County Parks and Recreation was awarded the 2011 Natural Resources Award by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association for the Rogers Lake County Natural Area.

Rogers Lake Community Forest is a finalist for the 2024 Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Award

Community Forest Plan

Read the Rogers Lake Community Forest Plan, the first Community Forest in the Southwest!