Sedona’s stunningly beautiful landscapes are “equal or superior to many national parks,” according to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Conde Nast Traveler and the New York Times rate Sedona as a top destination. Almost all our 3 million annual visitors say they plan to return.
But concerns about being “loved to death” prompted Sedonans to undertake an extraordinary journey: the development of Arizona’s first Sustainable Tourism Plan. An 18-month community conversation culminated in unanimous City Council approval of the Plan in 2019.
The Four Pillars of Sustainability
The Sedona Sustainable Tourism Plan (STP) identifies four pillars for a balanced future.
We hold ourselves accountable by specifying 63 tactics and timelines; community groups, nonprofits, businesses and governments all work together to achieve them.
Doing Your Part
Tourism is the most significant stressor on our environment and quality of life. As a visitor, you are essential to making - and keeping - Sedona sustainable. Please do your part to assure that Sedona will remain unspoiled and welcoming for generations to come.
Before your arrival, take the Sedona Cares Pledge and commit to following the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. The Pledge and Principles include packing out trash, leaving nature as you find it, being courteous to others, honoring natural silence, respecting Sedona’s neighborhoods, staying on trails, and more. Doing your part is not difficult and makes a large contribution to our preservation efforts, allowing you to show your appreciation for the magnificent natural tableau of Red Rock Country.
Follow Our Results
Every three months, we publicly update STP progress, arranged by pillar, posting the specific actions taken toward achieving each tactic.