The Coconino National Forest has reopened the lower Verde River, which was closed due to the 2021 Backbone Fire. Although the lower Verde River has re-opened, the Childs Camping area and Fossil Creek will remain closed. The Childs Camping area’s river entry, river exit, day use, and camping will still be closed but visitors can still float along the river past Childs. For those traveling along the river, plan to get out at Gap Creek or be prepared for over 40 miles to Sheep Bridge or Horseshoe Reservoir. Fossil Creek also remains closed because of possible post-fire hazards such as flash floods and debris flow, but is expected to reopen at the end of 2022. If conditions improve by then, Fossil Creek may open earlier. For more information and a detailed map of closures, visit the Coconino National Forest’s website.