With around three million visitors each year, plus 10,000 residents, Sedona is loved and shared by many. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Leave No Trace to create awareness about how to have a sustainable and considerate visit.
There Is No Such Thing As A Bad View
Sedona has many iconic trails and views, but there is so much more to see and do. We can spread out crowds and minimize impacts by exploring lesser known areas. After all, it doesn’t matter what trail we hike or what area we explore, there is no shortage of epic experiences and expansive views here.
Pack Your Patience
If you are determined to visit an iconic trail, expect and plan for others to also be there. Utilize the free trailhead shuttle systems to have a no-stress parking experience. Consider planning your trip for earlier or later in the day, or in the winter off-season, to avoid the heat and the busiest times.
Share Smiles and Trails
A friendly smile can go a long way. When we come across another group, opening with one can start the interaction off in the right way. On trails utilized for multiple activities, we also want to think about the yield triangle. Horseback riders or stock users will have the right of way, followed by hikers, and then mountain bikers. If we need to let another group pass, stepping off the trail onto a rock will protect the vegetation and soil around us.
Respect the Land and the People
No one wants to visit an area with litter, trampled plants, or unhealthy wildlife. By practicing Leave No Trace principles, we can respect the land and ensure any place we visit remains a healthy ecosystem and beautiful place for the visitors that come after us.
That respect should not be limited to the land though. We should show respect for all people, past, present, and future, who connect with and enjoy this area. The Hopi, Yavapai, Hualapai, Havasupai, Apache, Western Apache and Indigenous communities of the region have stewarded this land since time immemorial.
While we may get outdoors in different ways, nature is there for all of us to enjoy. By being kind to and considerate of other visitors, we can ensure Sedona and places like it remain healthy, thriving, and open for our enjoyment.