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.

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:

  • Gold Digger Trail - 4-mile, single-track loop along east side of Woody Mountain Road; at the halfway point along the trail, users will encounter a shade ramada with rainwater collection feature for birds. This trail is in the process of being signed. Read the July 2015 story in the Arizona Republic!
  • 2-Spot Trail - 2-mile loop. This trail is in the process of being completed and signed. Users will also be able to experience wildlife viewing on a new watchable wildlife platform. Read the July 2015 story in the Arizona Republic.

State Natural Resources Award

Rogers Lake County Natural Area Wins State Natural Resources Award
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.