From the valley, head North on the Beeline Hwy to Strawberry, follow the Fossil Creek Rd to the trailhead, hike four miles down into the canyon to the creek.
This is one of my favorite places in all of Arizona, and my favorite creek by far. The water is so clean and clear, and the area so beautiful, that you forget completely that you are in a desert. In my family, Fossil Creek has reached a near-mythical status.
Fossil Creek, one of two "Wild and Scenic" rivers in Arizona, seems to appear out of nowhere, gushing 20,000 gallons a minute out of a series of springs at the bottom of a 1,600 foot deep canyon. Over the years these calcium laden 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 for which the area is named.