4th grade passes accepted at Red Rock Pass sites and special fee areas (Grasshopper Point, Crescent Moon and Call of the Canyon)

Release Date: Sep 11, 2016

Contact(s): Red Rock Visitor Center 928-203-2900, Media Contact: Brady Smith 928-527-3490, Media Contact: George Jozens 928-527-3412

Update: Crescent Moon, Grasshopper Point, and Call of the Canyon special fee areas are accepting the 4th Grade Pass through 2017! The article has been edited to reflect this change.



Every Kid in a ParkSedona, Arizona — Concessionaires of the Coconino National Forest will accept 4th grade passes, from the Every Kid in a Park program, for fees associated with the many special fee area recreation sites and amenities they manage through 2017 until December 31, 2016.

As part of this nationwide Every Kid in a Park initiative, which began in September 2015, all federal land managing agencies are continuing the 4th Grade Pass program for the 2016 school year. This program will provide 4th grade students and their families, free access to Forest Service standard amenity recreation sites, national parks and other Federal recreational lands during the fourth grade school year (September 1 through August 31). On the Coconino National Forest, standard amenity recreation fee sites are those covered under the Red Rock Pass program.

The Every Kid in a Park initiative targets 4th grade students because research shows that children between the ages of 9 and 11 are at a unique developmental stage in their learning when they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways. By exposing them to our great outdoors during this time in their lives, they are more likely to develop positive attitudes towards nature, the environment and culture as they grow into the next generation of stewards.

These Coconino National Forest standard amenity fee area sites include Palatki, Honanki, V Bar V Heritage Sites, multiple trailheads and recreation sites managed by the forest with parking fees collected under the Red Rock Pass fee program. The concession contracted sites Grasshopper Point, Crescent Moon Ranch and Call of the Canyon (West Fork trailhead) are special fee areas that charge an extra fee for day use entry.

“Kids are literally the future of outdoor recreation,” said Warren Meyer of Recreation Resource Management, the concessionaire which runs the participating special fee areas. “We are thrilled as a company to participate in this nationwide program to bring kids into the outdoors as well as to give back to the families and Sedona visitors that have been so good to us over the years.”

The Every Kid in a Park pass admits the fourth grader and any accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner, all the kids and up to three accompanying adults at sites that charge per person. If the child and his or her family are riding bicycles, up to three adults are included. Please note that fourth graders must be present at entry when using the pass.