As we enter the middle of the summer months, many of us will hit the open road for family vacations.

While there are many amazing and beautiful spots to visit in the Grand Canyon state, one of the more popular destinations is Fossil Creek.

Located in the Coconino National Forest near Camp Verde, Fossil Creek pours at 20,000 gallons per hour from springs at the bottom of a deep canyon.

How to access Fossil Creek

You can access the recreation sites one of two ways:

- A drive through State Route 260 near Camp Verde, Arizona, and along Forest Road 708.

- A 4.5-mile, one-way hike to the Fossil Creek waters from the designated Fossil Springs Trailhead parking lot outside of Strawberry, Arizona.

Don't forget your permit

All visitors must have a permit before entering the rare riparian area. According to the website, permits are required to park a vehicle inside the allowed area from April 1 through October 1.

A maximum of one permit per person per calendar month may be reserved. Each permit is good for one day.

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For additional information and hours of operation, visit the Fossil Creek Permit Area website.

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