Public invited to open house for Red Rock Pass fee program proposal
Release Date: Oct 27, 2015
Contact(s): Jennifer Burns 928-203-7529, Media Contact: Brady Smith 928-527-3490
Flagstaff, Arizona -- An open house is scheduled early next month for the public to provide comments on and get more information about proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) fee program.
The open house will be November 9, 2015, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Sedona at 110 Airport Road. During the open house, information and exhibits will be available for viewing, Forest Service Staff will be on site to answer questions and take comment and a brief, formal presentation will be made at 5 p.m.
The RRP proposal will enable continued improvements to two new stand-alone fee sites, and reduce public confusion about fee sites versus fee areas. It is proposed that the two current fee areas along State Routes 89A and 179 be eliminated, while recreation sites within the two current fee areas are retained as stand-alone fee sites. The proposal also seeks to add two new stand-alone fee sites to the RRP program, to include Dry Creek Vista/Picnic Site and Fay Canyon Vista/Trailhead. This would result in a total of 20 stand-alone fee sites.
The addition of the two new stand-alone fee sites will enable the Forest Service to make continued investments in these highly-visited sites, such as more frequent servicing of the toilets and trash cans and improved maintenance of the other on-site facilities.
There are no proposed changes to the amount of the current RRP fee. There are currently 18 fee sites in the RRP program, which will remain as stand-alone fee sites.
Approximately 90 percent of the revenue generated by fees is used for the care, upkeep and enhancement of the fee sites, to improve visitor service and protect the environment. The Sedona/Red Rock area receives more than 2 million visitors annually, many of whom visit the Coconino National Forest. The RRP fee program is designed to provide high quality forest vistas, trailheads and picnic areas to meet the expectations of the area’s visitors.
The proposal will also be presented before a citizens group known as the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) and then receives a final decision from the Forest Service Southwest Regional Forester.
The public can submit comments by emailing Jennifer Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or by normal mail to Red Rock District, P.O.20429, Sedona, AZ 86341. For more information please contact Jennifer Burns at 928-203-7529 or view the Red Rock Pass proposal and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).