Do your part to protect the fun! As outdoor recreation activity has grown in Sedona, it’s more important than ever to educate outdoor enthusiasts on how to be respectful while riding on our trails. Some outdoor activities, including motorized recreation, can have the potential for higher impacts to the environment and landscape, so it’s critical that riders learn how to recreate responsibly and with minimal impact.
We all have a shared stake and responsibility in taking care of public lands for current and future generations to use and enjoy. If every person who enjoys the outdoors commits to doing their part and giving back to the land they use, it can make a big difference. By following Tread Lightly!’s T.R.E.A.D. principles, trail users can protect treasured trails and public lands:
Travel Responsibly - by staying on designated roads, trails and areas. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. When possible, avoid wet, muddy trails.
Respect the Rights of Others - including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill.
Educate Yourself - prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.
Avoid Sensitive Areas - on land such as meadows, wetlands and streams. Always ride with caution any time water is present. Wet soils are more susceptible to damage. Riding along river and stream beds causes erosion and habitat destruction. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites.
Do Your Part - by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.