Sun, July 21

National Public Lands Day events & Red Rock Pass 'fee free day'

SEDONA -- In celebration of National Public Lands Day and to encourage a shared sense of land stewardship, the Forest Service announces another "fee free day" Saturday, Sept. 24, along with several volunteer events.

Day use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service including the Red Rock Pass. This includes access to Palatki and Honanki Ruins, V Bar B Cultural Site and approximately 300 miles of multiple-use trails.

National Public Lands Day volunteer events include:

West Fork trail - assisting Forest Service personnel with the construction of rock steps and pedestrian creek crossing within one mile of the trailhead. This project will include some heavy lifting and tool use. Please plan to carpool at 8 a.m. at the Red Rock Ranger Station parking lot - located one mile south of the Village on Hwy 179.

Halfway Picnic Area - assisting Forest Service personnel with creek side clean up. This project will consist of some hiking along Oak Creek and picking up trash along the stream banks. Please meet at 8 a.m. at the Halfway Picnic area, located in Oak Creek Canyon along Hwy. 89A. Halfway Picnic Area is marked with roadside signs.

Fossil Creek - assisting Forest Service personnel with stream bank clean up near the Fossil Creek Bridge and trailhead. Please meet at 9 a.m. at the Fossil Springs Trailhead, located approximately 4 miles west of Strawberry on the Fossil Creek Road.