Sedona AZ (September 24, 2013) – The Coconino National Forest Red Rock District is waiving all standard amenity fees during National Public Lands Day on September 28. The fee waiver includes all areas that require the Red Rock Pass, which provides access to the Palatki and Honanki Ruins, the V Bar B Cultural Site, and approximately 300 miles of multiple-use trails.
The Forest Service offers six fee-free days in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, National Get Outdoors Day, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day Weekend. Fees are waived generally for day use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers.
The Red Rock District is also celebrating National Public Lands Day by asking volunteers to help with a trail maintenance project in the Soldier’s Wash area. All participants are to meet at 7 a.m. at the Jim Thompson Trailhead located at the north end of Jordon Road in Sedona. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, making it the largest participation in the event’s history. Those volunteers collected an estimated 500 tons of trash and 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, planted 100,000 trees and other plants and built or maintained 1,500 miles of trails. Their service was valued at close to $94 million.
For more information concerning the fee waiver weekend and events on the Red Rock Ranger District, please call 928-203-7500.