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Red Rock

Ranger District Guide

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United States Department of Agriculture Red Rock Ranger District - Coconino National Forest Arizona Recreation Guide to Your National Forest What’s Inside? Picnic/Camping Information.................... 4, 5 Weather....................................................... 2 Fee and Pass Information........................... 3 Scenic Drives.............................................. 4 Red Rock Country Map........................... 6, 7 Hiking.............................................. 6, 7, 8, 9 Mountain Biking........................................ 8,9 Wildlife and Plants...................................... 10 Geology....................................................... 2 Wilderness Sedona’s Wild Backyard........ 12 Rock Art and Ruins..................................... 5 Important Phone Numbers FOR EMERGENCIES, CALL 911 Red Rock Ranger District (928) 282-4119 Yavapai County Sheriff Department (928) 567-7710 Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office (Flagstaff) (928) 527-3600 Coconino County Sheriff Department 1-800-338-7888 Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121 Grand Canyon National Park (928) 638-7888 Sedona Chamber of Commerce (928) 282-7722 or 1-800-288-7336 Arizona Game and Fish Department (602) 942-3000 Sedona Parks and Recreation (928) 282-7098 Oak Creek Visitor Center (928) 203-0624 Road Conditions 511 Highway Patrol (928) 773-3600 Weather Forecast N. Arizona (928) 774-3301 Sedona Police Department (928) 282-3100 Forest Service Sedona Medical Center (928) 204-3000 ARIZONA STATE PARKS AZ State Parks www.azstateparks.com Red Rock State Park (928) 282-6907 Dead Horse Ranch State Park (928) 634-5283 Slide Rock State Park (928) 282-3034 TO REPORT A WILDLIFE INCIDENT OR VIOLATION, CALL 1(800) 352-0700 Southwestern Region Coconino National Forest Visitor Centers Help Make the Most of Your Visit F or convenient, accurate information about Red Rock Ranger District, four visitor centers have been established in a partnership between the Forest Service, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Recreation Resource Management, and the Arizona Natural History Association. Visitor centers offer: • Restrooms and recreation information • Chamber of Commerce information • Arizona Natural History Association maps, guidebooks, and gifts. • Federal Pass information and sales. LOCATIONS AND HOURS Red Rock Ranger Distric Visitor Contact Center — (928) 282-4119 or (928) 203-2900. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Located off Hwy. 179 at mile marker 304.7, 6 miles north of the junction with I-17. Sedona Chamber of Commerce — (928) 282-7722. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Highway 89A and Forest Road mile marker 374.1 in Uptown Sedona. Oak Creek Vista — Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, seasonally. Located on 89A North at the Oak Creek Vista Overlook, mile marker 390. American Indian crafts market and Arizona Natural History Association bookstore. Oak Creek Visitor Center — (928) 2030624. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, at Indian Gardens in Oak Creek Canyon, mile marker 378.2. Seasonly. Fishing licenses and supplies available. www.SedonaRedRocktrails.org • www.coconinonationalforest.us General Information Commercial Tours: A variety of tour companies, authorized by the Forest Service, provide guided trips on the national forest. For information, contact a visitor center. Fishing: Oak Creek is stocked with trout during summer months. Fishing licenses are required and are available at most grocery stores. Interpretive Programs: Red Rock Visitor Contact Center location: off Hwy. 179 at mile marker 304.7, 6 miles north of the junction with I-17. They offer intrepretive programs year round. For more information, visit the website above for a list of upcoming events. Woodcutting: Woodcutting is prohibited in Red Rock Ranger District except in designated areas. Contact the ranger station for information and to purchase permits. Wildfire: Fire restrictions and closures may be imposed to reduce the likelihood of wildfire. Always make sure your campfire is completely out and never throw cigarettes on the ground. If you spot a fire or unattended campfire, call 911 to report it. For fire restriction information, call (928)226-4607 or visit http://firerestrictions.us/az. Collecting: Collection of most natural objects (rocks and plants) from national forest lands in Red Rock Ranger District is very limited and, if allowed, requires a permit from the Forest Service. To protect the area’s beauty, please leave all natural objects in place. Collection or disturbance of cultural artifacts is illegal. RG-R3-04-06 Revised December 2015 Fishing, Hunting, and Firearm Use: Fishing and hunting on the national forest in Red Rock Ranger District are allowed under Arizona Game and Fish regulations. Pick up a copy of the regulations at any visitor center or go to www.azgfd.com for more information. Shooting is prohibited within 150 yards of any residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area and shooting across roads, trails, or bodies of water is prohibited. Hunting is prohibited within the city limits of Sedona. Fishing licenses are available at most grocery stores and through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. DID YOU KNOW? Litter lasts this long in the desert Cigarette butts..............................................5 years Aluminum cans........................................100 years Orange and banana peels............................2 years Plastic bottles.........................................indefinitely LEAVE NO TRACE! FREE TRAIL MAPS http://go.usa.gov/3MQ74 2 Recreation Guide to Your National Forest Tread on the Trail A Message from the District Ranger “It seemed to me to be the oldest country I had ever seen, the real antique land, first cousin to the moon.” —-J.B. Priestly O n behalf of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest, I welcome you to this 160,000-acre Red Rock Ranger District. Despite its rugged appearance, Red Rock Ranger District is a sensitive and limited living system in need of your help to sustain and enhance it. In this fragile desert, plants grow slowly and are easily trampled, and soils wash away from the impact of thousands of human footprints. New forest management policies are in place, but we need your help. Powerful natural forces, that began their work 350 million years ago, have created a unique mosaic of plant and animal habitats. I encourage you to take the time to experience and observe the beauties and marvels of nature. People have lived here for at least 8,000 years, and until recently, the human impact on the ecosystem was small. Now the area attracts 4 million visitors annually, as many as visit Grand Canyon National Park. Because of this popularity and greater Sedona’s growth, Red Rock Country is in danger of being loved to death. During your stay, please take to heart the leaveno-trace commitment described in these pages. Your children’s children will thank you. Sincerely, Nicole Nicole Branson, District Ranger Red Rock Ranger District Volunteers Increase Our Caring Capacity C itizens from near and far provide the Red Rock Ranger District with more than 62,000 hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers assist the Forest Service with maintaining and building trails, informing visitors, and restoring damaged areas. For volunteer information contact the District Volunteer Coordinator at 928-203-7535. Or seek out one of these local volunteer organizations that offer so much to Red Rock Country: Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB, www.keepsedonabeautiful.org), Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition (VVCC, www.vvcc.us), Sedona Chamber of Commerce (www.sedonachamber.com), Sedona Friends of the Forest (FOF, www.friendsoftheforestsedona.org), or the Red Rock Trail Fund (www.redrocktrailfund.com). Volunteers help to install a trail sign. Solving the Mystery of the Red Rocks Typical Red Rock Country geologic cross section M any visitors ask why the red rocks are red. The answer is that the red color found in most of the layers is hematite, or iron oxide, a mineral found in great abundance in sedimentary rocks. These rocks are old. From bottom to top layer, one can observe about 80 million years of sediment deposition! Picture a giant layer cake, each layer being its own type of rock (sandstone, limestone, siltstone). Each layer was deposited in its own geologic era. Some layers were deposited in shallow seas, some in river deltas and flood plains. Some layers are hardened sand dunes. All of these strata (except the basalt) were laid down, one atop another, during the Paleozoic Era. During this era, fishes dominated the oceans and plants and amphibians were just starting to live on land. T. Rex had not even evolved yet! Amazingly, these rocks haven’t eroded away even though wind and water have been working on them for 275 million years. © Wayne Ranney from Sedona Through Time Clean Waters Begin With Me! Oak Creek has exceptional recreational and ecological significance and is designated an “Outstanding Arizona Water.” Even with this special protection, Oak Creek water contains a bacteria and too much of this bacteria poses a health concern. We can all do our part in keeping Oak Creek pristine and healthy by disposing of waste, using designated restroom facilities, packing out trash (especially baby diapers!), and cleaning up after our pets. Thank you for doing your part. Oak Creek is designated an Arizona outstanding water because of its value for recreation, wildlife, and water qualities. Weather or Not? Average Temperature (degrees Fahrenheit) Month The non-venomous narrow-headed gartersnake is a rare reptile beauty. Due to habitat loss in other parts of its range, its home in Oak Creek is even more important. If you are lucky enough to see a snake, observe it from a distance. Oak Creek is its native habitat. January February March April May June July August September October November December High Low 55 59 63 72 81 91 95 92 88 78 65 56 30 32 35 42 49 57 65 64 58 48 37 30 Average Total Precipitation Inches 1.7 1.5 1.7 1.2 0.6 0.5 1.9 2.4 1.5 1.1 1.3 1.7 Sunrise/ Sunset 7:35 7:13 6:37 5:55 5:23 5:13 5:25 5:48 6:10 6:33 7:02 7:27 5:39 6:10 6:36 7:00 7:24 7:43 7:41 7:15 6:33 5:52 5:22 5:18 Total Average Yearly Precipitation: 17.1" RED ROCK PASS FEE PROGRAM Do I need a recreation pass? If you leave your car unattended while recreating at fee sites (see centerfold map), you must display a pass on your vehicle dashboard or rearview mirror. Where can I get a recreation pass? Red Rock Passes can be purchased at automated fee machines at most Red Rock Pass Fee sites, at the Red Rock Visitor Center, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Oak Creek Canyon Visitor Center, and at numerous vendors such as grocery stores, gas stations and sporting goods stores in the local area. RED ROCK PASSES DAILY PASS $5.00 (one calendar day) WEEKLY PASS $15.00 (seven consecutive days) Federal Interagency Passes can be purchased at the Red Rock Visitor Center, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, or any national park or monument visitor center. Buying A Red Rock Pass Protects Red Rock Country H igh visitor use within the sensitive environment of Red Rock Country boosts the need for visitor services, such as toilets and visitor information, and for ample parking and trails, vistas and picnic sites that support Forest access. Revenue from the Red Rock Pass Program augments tax based funding to provide basic visitor services and to ensure that recreation use is not damaging the sensitive environment. By law, 95% of Red Rock Pass fees must be used within the fee program area to enhance visitor services and provide environmental protection. The mission of the Red Rock Pass Program is to conserve, protect, and restore the natural and cultural resources on national forest in Red Rock Ranger District. This program was authorized by Congress as the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) in 2004 (P.L. 108-447). The program authorizes fees to be collected to pay for the care and maintenance of recreation areas like Sedona’s Red Rock Ranger District. For every dollar in the Federal budget, only .00018 of a penny goes to national forest recreation, heritage and wilderness programs nationwide which is a fraction of the funds needed to care for the increasingly popular Red Rock Ranger District. Seeking Your Comment On The Fee Program The Coconino National Forest is seeking comments from the public comment regarding proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) Fee Program. It is proposed that the two current fee areas along State Routes 89A and 179 be eliminated, while recreation sites within the two current fee areas are retained as stand-alone fee sites. The Forest Service also proposes to add two new sites to the Fee Program. These are: Dry Creek Vista/Picnic Site and Fay Canyon Vista/Trailhead. This would result in a total of 20 stand-alone fee sites in the Program. All Red Rock Pass fee sites will have the amenities required by law prior to a decision on the proposal, expected in spring 2016. To comment, please e-mail jmburns@ fs.fed.us or send comment to: attention J. Burns, USFS P.O. Box 20429, Sedona Arizona 86341, or use this online method: http://www.fs.usda.gov/contactus/coconino/ about-forest/contactus Visitors enjoy a picnic at a fee site in spectacular Red Rock Country. Recreation Guide to Your National Forest 3 ANNUAL PASS $20.00 (twelve consecutive months) GRAND ANNUAL PASS $40.00 (twelve consecutive months, includes all Red Rock Pass sites and West Fork, Crescent Moon and Grasshopper day use sites) ALL FEDERAL INTERAGENCY PASSES MAY SUBSTITUTE FOR THE RED ROCK PASS These Passes are NOT for commercial use. Other Local Passes AZ State Parks Passes..................................... $10 - $125 Available at all Arizona State Parks for the use of Arizona State Parks only. For information call: (602) 542-4174 or visit www.azstateparks.com. Recreation Resource Management the Big “3” Pass....................$8 - $45 Available at Crescent Moon, Grasshopper Point, Call O’ the Canyon and the Recreation Resource Management Visitor Center (seasonal). Leave no trace Federal Interagency Passes The following passes are valid in place of the Red Rock Pass and are available at all Forest Service offices, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, (annual only) and Oak Creek Vista (seasonal). Federal Interagency Annual Pass..................$80.00 A Federal Interagency Annual Pass may be purchased by anyone, is valid for 12 consecutive months, and is accepted at most national forest fee areas and many other Federal fee sites. Federal Interagency Senior Pass............................. $10 A Federal Interagency Senior Pass may be purchased by any U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States who is at least 62 years old. It is valid for the lifetime of the pass holder. It is valid for the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Federal Interagency Senior Pass holders are also eligible for free entrance to most Federal recreation fee areas. Annual Pass Senior Pass Federal Interagency Access Pass.......................... Free A Federal Interagency Access Pass may be issued to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States who is permanently disabled and eligible for disability benefits. It is valid for the lifetime of the pass holder. It is valid for the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Federal Interagency Access Pass holders are also eligible for free entrance to most Federal recreation fee areas. Federal Interagency Military Annual Pass........Free A Federal interagency annual military pass may be issued to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States who is active duty military and/or dependents with proper identification. It is valid for 12 consecutive months and is accepted at most national forest fee areas and many other Federal fee sites. Access Pass Military Pass Federal Interagency Every Kid in a Park Pass .......Free A Federal Interagency Every Kid in a Park pass may be issued to any U.S. 4th grade (or home school equivalent) students. The pass is valid between September – August of each school year. It is valid for the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Every Kid in a Park is a Federal pass and is accepted at most National Forest fee areas and many other Federal fee sites. Every Kid In A Park Pass Ninety-five percent of Red Rock Pass fees must be used by law, to enhance visitor services including trash collection. VERDE VALLEY VICINITY MAP-SCENIC DRIVES Leave no trace Camping and Backpacking OHV Area Chamber of Commerce Information Picnic area Forest Service Information Ranger station Heritage Site Scenic View To Flagstaff J FR237 FR535 Oak Creek Vista Visitor Center Pine Flat CG Paved all street legal vehicles Unpaved all Street Legal Vehicles Cave Spring CG Unpaved High Clearance Street legal Vehicles K For more detailed information on Forest Roads Pick up a Motor Vehicle Use Map (free) at Forest Service Visitor Centers Call O’ the Canyon West Fork TH Bootlegger Picnic Area Banjo Bill Picnic Area Halfway Picnic Area Honanki Heritage Site .R d gC yn 15 2 Lo n ad o ass R ton P Boyn C 2 FR15 FR525 FR761 Other Areas for Dispersed, Free Camping Red Rock S P Chamber Sedona ly Hill b Schne M Road lle yS ch oo lR d. Exit 306 ● ● ● ● . s Rd ai n Midgely Bridge N Va ring e Sp Pag To Prescott Exit 320 Grasshopper Pt Picnic Area ● ●● • Snoopy Rock ● Airport Chavez Crossing Group CG ● Crescent Ve rd e M Oak Creek Visitor Center Red Rock Moon Chapel of the Holy Cross ●Chapel Rd. Loop Rd Back O B● For More Information contact: Red Rock Ranger District at 928-282-4119 or 928-203-2900 South of Sedona Coffeepot ● FR795 5C Manzanita CG Encinoso Picnic Area Capitol Butte ● 25 52 FR FR5 FR L Slide Rock State Park Palatki Heritage Site Res. 928-282-3854 Backpacking is permitted outside the no-camping boundary, at least 1 mile from developed trailheads. No permit is required. Some trailheads require a recreation pass for parking. Some trails backpackers enjoy are: Loy Canyon, Secret Canyon, West Fork, Sycamore Canyon, Dry Creek, Long Canyon, Woods Canyon, and Dogie. Some trailheads require a high clearance vehicle for access. Remember to plan ahead and prepare for camping so you Leave No Trace of your visit. Visit “http://www.LNT.org” www.LNT.org Beaver Creek Area: East of I-17. Dispersed campers must be 1 mile away from Beaver Creek Day Use. Camping and/or campfires are prohibited in the Bell Trail area. No Red Rock Pass required. Lawrence Crossing: East of I-17, take Forest Road (FR) 618 for about 2 miles, then go west on FR 121 about 1.5 miles, then south on FR 121A. This area is designated for walk-in tent camping only. Exit 337 Fort Tuthill Rd National Forest Land near the city of Sedona, Village of Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon is closed to camping and campfires, except in developed campgrounds. There are 4 developed fee campgrounds. See centerfold map. Free dispersed camping opportunities are beyond this boundary. Use the free Motor Vehicle Use Map to help you navigate the Forest Roads and camping opportunities. This map is available for free at the Red Rock Ranger Station and at “http://www.fs.fed.us/ r3/coconino” www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino for free download onto Smart phones, GPS units, and printers. Campground Dry Creek 4 Recreation Guide to Your National Forest St . Cottonwood Chamber Visitor Center Co rn v ille Rd . ve a Be d ea rh d. tR Fla Red Rock RD Visitor Center 9 68 FR P V-V Heritage Site 9 West of Sedona FR 11 Travel 3 miles west of Lower Red Rock Loop Road on Hwy. 89A to Forest Road 525. After 2 miles, much of FR 525 and 525C are open for dispersed camping. Q Beaver Creek Picnic Area Hayfield Draw OHV area FR618 North of Sedona - Seasonal Off Hwy. 89A north of Oak Creek Vista. East of Sedona - Seasonal Camping is allowed along Schnebly Hill Road east of Schnebly Hill Vista, 6 miles from Sedona. Driving For Pleasure FR215 Verde Ranger District Bull Pen Clear Creek CG S 11 12 13 BE A SAFE AND COURTEOUS DRIVER • • • • Please don’t litter Unpaved roads require slower speeds Bicycles and pedestrians have the right-of-way Stay on the road to minimize vehicle impacts on desert plants • Avoid unsurfaced roads during wet weather • During periods of inclement weather, some roads may be temporarily closed for public safety and resource protection. Please respect all posted closures and remember to “Tread Lightly.” Refer to the free motor vehicle use map . . . pick one up at your nearest Forest Service office. 14 15 16 To Fossil Creek 8 10 70 Off Road Driving Is Prohibited On May 1, 2012, the Coconino National Forest began implementing new rules regarding where you can drive a motor vehicle on the national forest. The Agency has published a new motor vehicle use map (MVUM) which is free to all forest visitors. The motor vehicle use map indicates which roads, trails, and areas are open to motor vehicle travel. The MVUM also includes areas where visitors can drive off road up to 300 feet to camp in or near their motor vehicles. Roads, trails, and areas not shown on the MVUM are not supposed to be driven on with a motor vehicle. Driving off of roads or on roads not shown on the map may result in a fine. 4 FR Driving for pleasure is a popular recreational activity on the Red Rock Ranger District. Scenic drives near Sedona include: Highway 89A, and State Route 179 Airport Rd., Upper and Lower Red Rock Loop Roads, and Dry Creek Road. These are labeled on the centerfold map. Beyond the paved roads are more primitive Forest roads for high clearance and 4X4 vehicles. Use a Coconino National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map to locate Forest roads where motor vehicle use is permitted. This map may be viewed, printed in segments, or down loaded on to Smart phones and GPS units from our website. To Prescott R FR21 Fort Verde State Historic Park 17 FREE Motor Vehicle Use Map This web site also has insrtructions for uploading a GPSenabled version. of the map for all smart phones and Garmin GPS devises. http://go.usa.gov/PEa Verde Valley’s History and Culture Lives P rehistoric Indian cliff dwellings in Red Rock Ranger District offer vivid evidence of habitation at least 1,500 years ago. According to archaeologists, the Sinagua (meaning “without water”) culture flourished in the Verde Valley from around 600 AD to 1400 AD. Around 1400 or shortly thereafter, the Sinagua abandoned the Verde Valley. They migrated to the east and then north over the course of several generations, eventually becoming part of the Hopi and other puebloan tribes in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Sometime near the end of the Sinagua occupation, the Yavapai and Apache moved into the valley. Their descendants still live here today. Recreation Guide to Your National Forest 5 Honanki Heritage Site - Cliff dwelling and rock art. Open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Take Hwy. 89A southwest of Sedona to Forest Road 525. Go southwest on Hwy. 89A 5 miles beyond the last traffic light in west Sedona. Turn right on FR 525, follow the signs for 10 miles (unpaved) to the entrance gate. High clearance vehicle recommended. Red Rock Pass required. No pets. (928) 282-4119. Museum of Northern Arizona – Indian culture and natural history museum, gift shop, exhibits, nature trail, art collection. Two miles north of Flagstaff on Hwy. 180. Fee. (928) 774-5213 • www.musnaz.org Sedona Heritage Museum – Highlights the history of Sedona, its pioneers and settlers. Historic buildings, trails and views. Located in uptown Sedona at 735 Jordan Road. Fee. (928) 282-7038 • www. sedonamuseum.org Fort Verde State Historic Park – Located in Camp Verde, this was a major fort for General George Crook during the Indian campaigns of the 1870s. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (928) 567-3275 • www.azstateparks.com/ Parks/FOVE • Fee $. Rock art is one of the legacies left behind by the Sinagua. Petroglyphs (pecked or scratched images) and pictographs (painted images) are found on rock panels throughout Red Rock Ranger District. The true meaning of the rock art is unknown, but various interpretations exist. The rock art could be clan signs, spiritual messages, calendars, commemorations of events, or a combination of these. Leave no trace Sites Open to the Public Montezuma Castle National Monument – Cliff dwelling by Wet Beaver Creek. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take I-17 to Exit 289. Go past Cliff Castle Casino and turn north at sign. (928) 567-3322 • www. nps.gov/moca • Fee $. Montezuma Well National Monument – Limestone sinkhole, cliff dwellings, and lush oasis by Wet Beaver Creek. Take McGuireville/Rimrock Exit on I-17. Follow signs to monument. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. (928) 567-3322 Tuzigoot National Monument – Partially restored Indian pueblo and museum. Located in Cottonwood. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (928) 634-5564 • www.nps.gov/ tuzi • Fee $. Walnut Canyon National Monument – Narrow, deep limestone canyon holds more than 80 cliff dwellings. Picnic areas, trails, and visitor center. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Go 9 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40, Exit 204. Fee. (928) 526-3367 • www.nps.gov/waca Wupatki National Monument - Rock art, ruins, and scenery. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. North of Flagstaff on Hwy. 89A. Fee. (928) 679-2365 • www.nps.gov/wupa V bar V Heritage Site – Rock art site and visitor center on the banks of Wet Beaver Creek. Open 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only. From Sedona, take Exit 298 off I-17, the FR 618 south and follow the signs for 2 miles to the entrance gate. No pets. Red Rock Pass required. Groups over 14 people must have reservations. (928) 592-0998 Palatki Heritage Site – Cliff dwelling, rock art, and visitor center. Open 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Reservation required – call (928) 282-3854. Go southwest on Hwy. 89A 5 miles beyond the last traffic light in west Sedona. Turn right on FR 525, follow the signs for 6 miles and then take FR 795 for 1.5 miles to the entrance gate. No pets. Red Rock Pass required. Visitors are fascinated by Honanki Cultural site. Sitting, walking, pushing or climbing on ruin walls is unlawful. Visitors enjoy a picnic near Oak Creek. Picnicking M any picnic opportunities exist on the Red Rock Ranger District. Developed picnic areas with restrooms, trash service, tables, and grills are: Encinoso, Halfway, Banjo Bill, Bootlegger, Crescent Moon, Call of the Canyon, and Grasshopper Point picnic sites. Slide Rock State Park, Red Rock State Park, and Dead Horse Ranch State Park also offer picnicking. These areas require either a recreation pass, or an entrance fee at the gate; check the center fold map and information tables for fee requirements. There are also several picnic opportunities at Sedona City Parks including: Posse Grounds Park, Sunset Park, and Sedona Wetlands Park. For more information visit www.sedonaaz.gov or stop in to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Not all picnic areas permit pets and the ones that do require that pets be on a leash and that you clean up after your pets. Collecting or relocating archaeological artifacts is unlawful. Defacing or destroying natural features or archaeological sites is unlawful. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 protects cultural resources for the benefit of all. Admire these sites, learn from them, but leave everything where it is. To do otherwise is not only disrespectful, it is against the law. ...BY THE CREEK. © Tom Johnson Campfire Safety High-clearance vehicles are recommended for primitive roads in Red Rock Ranger District “Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by people. Do your part, don’t let one start.” Drown! Drown the fire with water and dirt. Stir! Stir the remains. Be sure all burnable materials are extinguished. Feel! Feel all materials with your bare hands. Make sure your fire is out cold! Take responsibility . . . Only If you have a campfire, remember to never leave it unattended. If it is too hot to touch, YOU it is too hot to leave! can prevent wildfires. 1 2 3 W FR 8B SYCAMORE CANYON WILDERNESS B Secret Mtn. Sec re Cyn. t 15 Mooney D R COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST T 1 2 T Bear Mtn. Doe Mtn. T d. P ass R N 0 Aerie FR 152A Dawa T Rupp Cockscomb SOUTH T Area within is closed to camping and/or campfires except in developed campgrounds See blowup on page 9 2 T Bandit rt Rd . po No fee, no pass needed Red Rock Pass required T ? Bre 16 Ramshead R ed Ro d. T 12 Airport Loop Ridge Mystic Back O'Beyond Rd. Chap T Cathedral HT T Easy . Breezy Rd k Baldwin ree C T Cathedral key Rock Templeton Tur r S Turkey Creek c T Oak Creek Recreation Pass Required I Carroll Cyn. Old Post T Scheurman Mtn. 13 Day Use Recreation Site T SEDONA Soldier Pass Trail System Forest T High School Campground Trailhead T Thu nd Little Elf T Sanborn tn. Rd. er M T LEGEND Visitor Information k T T Herkenham Red Rock Loop To Cottonwood (8 miles) ? Jordan Trail Teacup Thunder Mtn. T Chimney Rock T Jim Soldier Pass Girdner Centennial G T Ok FR 9513 H TT Pass AZ Cypress 3 miles F Brins Mes Devils Bridge TT T Mescal Bo y T Map Scale T T Boyn to n E Chuckwagon d. as r P s R d. W Deadmans Pass Fay Cyn. Sold i e W W Long Cyn. 14 Valley de l R d . o Ve ho W Sterlin T ck W Boynton Cyn. rR pe Up oo p L W Wilderness Boundary T T Dry Creek Rd . W Vultee Arch HS Cyn. Rd. on ny Ca W Secret Cyn. C Re d W W W Bear Sign Rd. W Dry Creek David Miller FR 525 W W RED ROCK SECRET MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS Loy Cyn. on nt W A.B. Young T FR 795 W O 53 FR 525 W k Brewer W Fo No motorized or mechanized vehicles including bicycles allowed in wilderness Coffee Pot W W e st Ai r W W Yield To Coconino National Forest A r W W W Wilderness Boundary Trail Name Slim Shady Trail Oak Creek Primary Highway Paved Road (FR) Forest Service or Dirt Road Wilderness Area Made in the Shade VILLAG OF (can substitute with Interagency Annual, Senior, or Access Pass) 3 4 5 6 7 12 0 W Length Elevation Map mi/(k) gain ft./(m) Coordinates 2.4 (3.9 ) 2000 (610 ) B7 2.1 (3.4 ) 120 (37 ) E7 2.7 (4.3 ) 220 (67 ) E4 3.3 (5.3 ) 200 (61 ) F7 1 (1.6 ) 70 (21 ) E8 1.6 (2.6 ) 310 (94 ) E5 0.6 (1.0 ) 80 (24 ) E6 0.6 (1.0 ) 50 (15 ) E7 0.75 (1.2 ) 100 (30 ) E4 0.2 (0.3 ) 20 (6 ) H7 0.4 (0.6 ) 50 (15 ) G7 1.6 (2.6 ) 150 (46 ) G6 0.5 (0.8 ) 200 (61 ) F6 0.1 (0.2 ) 20 (6 ) H7 2.5 (4.0 ) 1800 (549 ) D4 3.25 (5.2 ) 650 (198 ) C6 0.4 (0.6 ) 200 (61 ) H7 3.7 (6.0 ) 50 (15 ) G7 1 (1.6 ) 50 (15 ) H8 2.5 (4.0 ) 450 (137 ) D4 0.2 (0.3 ) Mountain 140 (43 ) D4 Casner 0.6 (1.0 ) 340 (104 ) F7 3 (4.8 ) 600 (183 ) E7 1.5 (2.4 ) 300 (91 ) F8 1.2 (1.9 ) 180 (55 ) D5 1.8 (2.9 ) 100 (30 ) E6 2 (3.2Dogie ) 1800 (549 ) E9 7 (11.3 ) 2150 (655 ) C1 0.7 (1.1 ) 600 (183 ) G6 0.3 (0.5 ) 30 (9 ) F5 1 (1.6 ) 100 (30 ) G7 T 1 (1.6 ) 150 (46 ) T E5 3 (4.8 ) 200 (61 ) D6 1 (1.6 ) 250 (76 ) E7 3.5 (5.6 ) 160 (49 )R 52 E4 5C 0.4 (0.6 ) 80 (24 ) H7 0.7 (1.1 ) 800 (244 ) A8 T 3.6 (5.8 ) 250 (76 ) H8 0.5 (0.8 ) 120 (37 ) E9 0.3 (0.5 ) 120 (37 ) E7 0.4 (0.6 ) 80 (24 ) E7 2 (3.2 ) 430 (131 ) H8 1 (1.6 ) 800 (244 ) C5 2 (3.2 ) 0 (0 ) E4 1.4 (2.3 ) 150 (46 ) D5 0.8 (1.3 ) 350 (107 ) D6 0.7 (1.1 ) 400 (122 ) E4 5.4 (8.7 ) 1000 (305 ) C1 2.6 (4.2 ) 600 (183 ) C6 1.2 (1.9 ) 240 (73 ) G7 1.1 (1.8 ) 150 (46 ) D4 4.5 (7.2 ) 360 (110 ) F5 2.1 (3.4 ) 300 (91 ) E7 0.75 (1.2 ) 0 (0 ) G7 3.3 (5.3 ) 500 (152 ) E9 0.7 (1.1 ) 700 (213 ) A8 1.1 (1.8 ) 100 (30 ) F6 0.3 (0.5 ) 90 (27 ) H7 1.7 (2.7 ) 300 (91 ) G7 3.1 (5.0 ) 440 (134 ) H7 1.2 (1.9 ) 210 (64 ) G7 1.2 (1.9 ) 110 (34 ) G7 0.6 (1.0 ) 30 (9 ) C2 9 (14.5 ) 2000 (610 ) H9 2.5 (4.0 ) 800 (2

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