My family and I took a trip to Fossil Creek to witness another one of Arizona’s hidden gems. We previously visited Fossil Springs the monster that gushes 20,000 gallons a minute at the bottom of a 1,600 feet canyon. Fossil Creek, one of two “Wild and Scenic” rivers in Arizona. Over the years these calcium rich waters have laid down huge deposits of a material called travertine. That rock-like substance encases whatever happens to fall into the streambed – forming the fossils. This is why the creek was names Fossil Creek

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Most people come to Fossil Creek to sunbathe, wade, hike and camp. It’s also a great place to take photographs, I’m sure you will agree. I hear there are javelina there too, but I didn’t see any. Maybe that was a good thing!
Here are some interesting details about Fossil Creek:

Fossil Creek is fed by springs coming from the cliffs of the Mogollon Rim. Over 30 million gallons of water are discharged each day at a constant 70 °F.

The high mineral content leaves travertine dams and deposits, giving rise to fossil-like features. In 2005, Arizona Public Service (APS) decommissioned the Fossil Creek Dam and Flume, restoring full flows to Fossil Creek. Fossil Creek is a rare riparian area within an otherwise arid landscape. Many plants and wildlife depend on Fossil Creek for habitat, including otters, beavers, leopard frogs, and common black hawks.

Fossil Creek has a number of Dilzhé’é (Western Apache) cultural sites. The Dilzhé’é lived along Fossil Creek for generations and several families consider this to be their homeland.

Interesting stuff.  =)  Hope you enjoy the video!

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