It’s Fab Photo Friday and today we are looking at Fossil Creek. A few weeks ago my family and I decided to venture out on a journey for the day. Fossil Creek is located about 2 1/2 hours north of Phoenix. This beautiful area has seen increasing numbers of visitors skyrocket over the last few years. You now must obtain a permit from April 1- October 1 and even then, you are not guaranteed a visit.
We spent a few hours exploring the different areas around the river and ended the day at the waterfall swimming hole. The water is a beautiful greenish turquoise and clean and clear. I did not go in the water but my boys and husband said it was nice and cool, which I am sure is just heaven during the summer months when temperatures break the 100’s.
We took a break about halfway up the river at one of the parking areas. It was a perfect swimming spot and had a great area for cliff jumping. This one kept my teenager busy for quite awhile. That allowed me to take some closeups of the river. It is amazing how the travertine rock underneath the water makes all kinds of colors emerge. The photo below is a closeup of the river and then the actual area I took the photo.
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At the end of the 21 mile long, winding, narrow dirt road out to the creek is the waterfall. It is beautiful, with water rushing over the edge. This is another place to jump off rocks although a bit higher and definitely more scary since when you land, there is swirling riptide caused by the waterfall.
Fossil Creek is a trek for sure but well worth the visit. Since it has gained such popularity, it has raised the attention of the forest service to help preserve this area. You can read more about their proposals here. If you do decide to venture out, be sure to bring along plenty of water, sunscreen and trashbags for YOUR trash and whatever OTHER trash was left behind. Please help to keep this area beautiful for all to enjoy!
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