Fossil Spring, Strawberry, Arizona


Posted: July 22, 2009

Category: Arizona, North America, United States, View All

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Totally natural spring that pours out of the side of an escarpment. This spring is located in Tonto National Forest. I was told by the Gila County Hydro-Geologist that this is some of the best water to drink in all of Arizona!

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Nearest Address

Strawberry, Arizona

Directions from Nearest Address

Directions to Fossil Springs

Take Highway 87 towards Payson. You’ll pass Payson, Pine, and then you’ll come to Strawberry. At Strawberry take a left on Fossil Creek Road. Stay on it for about 5 miles. The first 2 miles or so is paved, the next 3 miles will be on a well-maintained dirt road that any car can drive on. After about 5 miles on Fossil Creek Road you’ll see a turnoff that leads to a parking lot on the right side. That’s where you begin.

The trail is fairly down-hill right from the start. While you are descending you get a clear view of the Mogollon Rim. The trail is also filled with beutiful vistas of the pine forests that surround this area and the desert mesas that jut upwards out of the valley. The hiking is fairly easy going since it is mainly downhill and the trail is well-traveled. As you are descending you will see from a distance a strip of brillant green vegetation. This is where Fossil Springs is flowing.

When you are nearing Fossil Springs you will come across a rocky river bed that you must cross. It was fairly dry during our trip but the boulders are probably large enough you can walk across without too much difficult even if there is water.

When you start to recognize the change in vegetation from pine to leafy trees, you will come across the first spot where a spring pours from the ground. This is an excellent place to get your water. You can also ask some local folks about a few other locations where the water pours directly out of the limestone formation.
Trailhead GPS: N 34 24.402′ W 111 34.106′
GPS Location of Destination: N 34 25.457′ W 111 34.400′
Trailhead Elevation: 5600 ft.
Elevation at Springs: 4320 ft.
Elevation Change: 1280 ft.
Nearest Town: Strawberry, AZ
Length: 7 miles round trip
Difficulty (10=hard, 1=easy): 6

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:



N 34 25.457′ W 111 34.400′

Map Link: Fossil Spring Map

Submitted by: Andrew Fiala

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  1. PhillipsFamily says:

    Just make sure you pack out all the crap you bring with you. A small minority seems bent on turning this paradise into their personal dump!

  2. PhillipsFamily says:

    Just make sure you pack out all the crap you bring with you. A small minority seems bent on turning this paradise into their personal dump!

  3. Debbie says:

    Hi Folks!
    You now can get SPRING water coming out of your TAP WATER!!! For real!! Please watch this movie on water!!
    Please watch as soon as possible because this is at least the 2nd time they’ve taken it out! Don’t know how much longer it’ll be there! It is just on water!! Not put out by any company selling anything. It’s a documentary on WATER and its many properties: such as memory and biophotonic energy! Our units have all the properties of spring water and its energy! Even more energy! It is 10 parts long…this is just part 1!

    or this one is continuous but w/russian subtitles.

    Water has to have HIGH ENERGETICS! Spring water does, but you can now get it out of your TAP! NO MOVING PARTS! No magnets! Designed by a phycisist that worked for the Military working on Cloaking technology!! LIFETIME WARRANTY! IT MIMICs 10-15 miles of running stream water going over rocks creating 1000’s of vortices! For more info email me!! Tigger_eyes_here and I use yahoo. so tigger_eyes_here {at}yahoo{dot}com. YOU SHOULD SEE OUR GARDEN!! ANIMALS will choose this water although I would love to do a test between this spring water and our water!! So someone w/a dog please email me with this spring water and let’s do a test!!!

    BTW David Wolfe is getting a DVD about this soon. HIs secretary AVOCADESS is excited about it because it will save her lots of gas and lots of $$!!!!

    The owner of this company was at the LONGEVITY conference and he met up w/the LIVER DR and they did a DARK FIELD BLOOD analysis. I have before and after photos from just 10 minutes after drinking this water!!

    YOU CAN SEE THE WHITE SCALE come out of your pipes when you first install it sometimes! THAT MEANS it’s working! Also it will do that TO YOUR BODY…it can remove EXCESS BAD CALCIIUM, etc!!!


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