Red Rock Pass Program

Welcome to Red Rock Country

About the Red Rock Pass Program

The Red Rock Pass Program is a conservation tool designed to protect, enhance, and maintain Sedona’s awe-inspiring red rock landscape for the American public today and into the future.

The level of care and maintenance required for the Red Rock landscape exceeds that needed in other National Forest areas. Revenue from the pass program is making a difference providing improved visitor information, environmental protection and lasting memorable experiences!

Enhanced recreation amenities include: outstanding urban and backcountry hiking; day use picnic areas, restroom facilities; informational and interpretive signing; maintained roads for breath-taking vistas and photo opportunities; and secure places for individual solitude and family recreation.

Conservation work funded behind the scene include hundreds of miles of maintained trails; hundreds of acres of vegetation and soil stabilization; thousands of pounds of trash being collected; and a safer National Forest for the American public.

Approximately $800,000 annually is collected from the Red Rock Pass program of which 95 percent is kept locally to provide for high quality recreation, natural resource protection and valuable visitor services.

The Forest Service has partnered with the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Natural History Association and the Friends of the Forest to provide "one-stop shopping" at three Gateway Visitor Centers. This partnership provides visitors with enhanced information on the greater Sedona area attractions, activities, restaurants, shopping, opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, archaeology and rock-art tours, and other activities on the Coconino National Forest.

Gateway Visitor Centers include: the South Gateway (now called "the Visitor Contact Center") situated on a site just south of the Village of Oak Creek on Highway 179 (the physical address is 8375 State Route 179, Sedona), this new facility serves as our gateway to Red Rock Country; the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce in Uptown Sedona; and the Oak Creek Canyon Vista Gateway located at the top of Oak Creek Canyon along 89A.

2016 Fee Free Days. The Red Rock District offers multiple fee-free weekends for various sites across the District. See the schedule of fee free days for information.

 

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When is a Red Rock Pass Required?

Red Rock Country Map A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when leaving your vehicle unattended while recreating on National Forest land around Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. View the Red Rock Country Map to see locations of fee areas where the Red Rock Pass is required.

The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle. Vehicles parked on the National Forest in the red rock area that do not display a valid pass in the windshield are subject to receiving a citation. A pass is not required for incidental stopping to take a photograph or to enjoy a scenic vista (approximately 15 minutes or less).

 

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Red Rock Pass & Other Recreation Pass Options

Red Rock Pass Image 2016 Fee Free Days. The Red Rock District offers multiple fee-free weekends for various sites across the District. See the schedule of fee free daysfor information.

 

Daily Red Rock Pass $5.00 (one calendar day)

This pass is valid for use as a parking permit to recreate in Red Rock Country including access to Red Rock Country Heritage Sites. It is not valid for the use of other fee areas, developed campgrounds, or these day-use sites operated by private permittee: Grasshopper Point Picnic and Swimming Area, Crescent Moon Day Use Area and Call O' the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead).

 

Weekly Red Rock Pass $15.00 (seven consecutive days)

This pass is valid for use as a parking permit to recreate in Red Rock Country including access to Red Rock Country Heritage Sites. It is not valid for the use of other fee areas, developed campgrounds, or these day-use sites operated by private permittee: Grasshopper Point Picnic and Swimming Area, Crescent Moon Day Use Area and Call O' the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead).

 

Annual Red Rock Pass $20.00 (twelve consecutive months)

This pass is valid for use as a parking permit to recreate in Red Rock Country including Red Rock Country Heritage Sites.It is not valid for the use of other fee areas, developed campgrounds, or these day-use sites operated by private permittee: Grasshopper Point Picnic and Swimming Area, Crescent Moon Day Use Area and Call O' the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead).

 

Grand Annual Red Rock Pass $40.00 (twelve consecutive months)

This pass is valid for use as a parking permit to recreation in Red Rock Country including Heritage Sites. It is valid for day use sites operated by private permittee such as Grasshopper Point, Cresent Moon, and Call O' Canyon. This pass is NOT valid for the use of other fee areas or developed campgrounds.

 

Any America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age, and Golden Access are accepted and honored in lieu of the Red Rock Pass for Forest recreation in Red Rock Country. This also includes admission to the very popular Red Rock Country Heritage Sites: Palatki Ruins and Rock Art site, Honanki Ruins site and V-Bar-V Heritage site. These passes can be purchased at many commercial vendors, government offices and machines throughout the area.

 

The Every Kid in a Park Pass [everykidinapark.gov] are free to fourth graders for their fourth grade school year. It is accepted and honored in lieu of the Red Rock Pass for Forest recreation in Red Rock Country. This also includes admission to the very popular Red Rock Country Heritage Sites: Palatki Ruins and Rock Art site, Honanki Ruins site and V-Bar-V Heritage site. Visit Every Kid in a Park Pass [everykidinapark.gov] to learn how fourth graders can get a pass voucher. Vouchers may be redeemed for the pass at our offices.

 

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Which Pass Should I Choose?

Don't have a pass, and you're not sure which pass to get? Use the following table to help you choose the best pass for you. See Purchasing a Red Rock Pass to purchase a pass in person, online, or on the phone. Read more about the America the Beautiful Passes for more information about this pass program.

Are you... Recommended Pass Price and Notes
62 years old or older? America the Beautiful Senior Pass $10 lifetime pass
A person with a permanent disability? America the Beautiful Access Pass Free lifetime pass. Proper documentation is required.
A current US military member, or dependent, in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard (most members of the US Reserves and National Guard also qualify)? America the Beautiful Annual Pass Free annually. Must be obtained in person. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).
A fourth grader? Every Kid in a Park Pass [everykidinapark.gov] Free for fourth graders and their families
A frequent visitor to National Parks and other federal recreational lands? America the Beautiful Annual Pass $80 annually
Visiting for a day? Daily Red Rock Pass $5.00 per calendar day
Visiting for a week or less? Weekly Red Rock Pass $15.00 for seven consecutive days
Visiting for more than a week? A frequent visitor? A local? Annual Red Rock Pass $20.00 for twelve consecutive months
A frequent visitor to special fee areas like Grasshopper Point, Cresent Moon, and Call O' Canyon? Grand Annual Red Rock Pass $40.00 for twelve consecutive months

 

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