National Public Lands Day events on Coconino National Forest
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Several events are planned this weekend on the Coconino National Forest to celebrate the 16th annual National Public Lands Day. In addition, the Red Rock Ranger District announces "Fee Free Days" on Sept. 26 and 27. The Red Rock Pass will not be required for vehicle parking on National Forest lands in and around Sedona. This includes free admittance to the Palatki and Honanki Ruins, V Bar V Rock Art site and access to over 300 miles of hiking and equestrian trails in Red Rock Country. This "Fee Free Day" applies to all Red Rock Pass areas, and does not include campgrounds and recreation areas managed under contract, such as Call of the Canyon, Grasshopper Point, Banjo Bill and Crescent Moon Ranch.
Events near Flagstaff:
Canyon Vista (aka The Pit) climbing area, south of Flagstaff off Lake Mary Road on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. This project will work with a local climbing club to maintain the parking area and trail accessing the climbing area; clean up trash and litter in the area; and install additional signing. Contact is Justin Loxley, (928) 527-8213.
Elden Pueblo Public Day, Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Elden Pueblo Program Manager, (928) 527-3452.
Event near Mormon Lake:
Arizona Trail Workday, near Mormon Lake, with partners including Arizona Trail Association and Mormon Lake Lodge on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Contact is Justin Loxley (928) 527-8213, www.aztrail.org/calendar.html
Event near Sedona:
Crescent Moon Ranch, historic Dumas Ditch cleaning, and cleanup at Bandit Trailhead area from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Meet at the Red Rock High School parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Contact is Kelly Lawrence at (928) 203-7535.
Beaverhead Flat shooting pit clean-up from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Meet at the Red Rock Ranger Station south of the Village of Oak Creek on Highway 179 at 8:30 a.m. Contact is Kelly Lawrence at (928) 203-7535.
National Public Lands Day is now the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to enhance the public lands that all Americans enjoy. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and planted over 1.6 million trees at sites throughout the country. This year's celebration will bring together more volunteers at a larger number of sites to make the 16th National Public Lands Day the most successful yet.
For more information on the "Fee Free Days" this weekend, please contact the Red Rock Ranger District at (928) 282-4119. For information about National Public Lands Day, visit www.publiclandsday.org.
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