Watershed, wildlife and range management, dispersed recreation, and
fuel wooding are programs emphasized by the District. Chino Valley is
also very involved in managing the Upper Verde River Area, habitat of
some sensitive and endangered species. Ashes, willows, and cottonwood
trees are common vegetation types found along the river banks.
Although the Chino Valley Ranger District does not have developed
recreation sites, dispersed recreation is allowed anywhere on forest
unless posted otherwise. One of the most heavily used recreation
areas on the west side of the District is Camp Wood, located in the
pines at an elevation of 5,700 feet.
Approximately one mile north of Camp Wood is a riparian area,
Emerald Glade, which is host to a variety of wildlife. This area was
created by a masonry silt retention structure as part of our forest's
wildlife habitat improvement program. The popular camping areas on the
east side of the District are along the headwaters of the Verde River.
The most popular trail is Sycamore Trail, located in the Sycamore
In addition to Sycamore Canyon, three other wilderness areas are
located within the district: Juniper Mesa Wilderness and Apache Creek
Wilderness on the west side, Woodchute Wilderness on the east side.
For more information, please contact the Chino Valley Ranger District.