- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - New reservation systems go live Tuesday for reserving parking spots at Fossil Creek, a popular north-central Arizona swimming spot frequently jammed with visitors during summer months.

Forest Service officials say online and telephone reservation systems will allow users to obtain single-day parking passes and reserve parking spots. Permits cost $6.

The online system will be available at www.recreation.gov beginning Tuesday, while the phone number is 877-444-6777

Permits will only be required from May 1 to Oct. 1 in 2016 and from April 1 to Oct. 1 in following years. Visitors to Fossil Creek will not be required to obtain a permit and parking pass during other months.

There are 148 designated parking spaces at nine locations.

It frequently filled by 7 a.m. on weekend days last summer.

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