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 scenes 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 90 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 Red Rock Visitor 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 Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in Uptown Sedona; and the Oak Creek Canyon Visitor Center located on State Route 89A at Milepost 378.2.

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

 

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Where is a Red Rock Pass Required?

A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when leaving your vehicle unattended at 18 specific day-use sites in the Red Rock Ranger District around Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, which includes the following or can be viewed on Page 3 of the Red Rock Recreation Guide:

  1. Baldwin
  2. Banjo Bill
  3. Bell Rock Vista
  4. Bootlegger
  5. Boynton
  6. Cathedral Rock
  7. Courthouse Butte
  8. Doe/Bear Mountain
  9. Encinoso
  10. Halfway
  11. Honanki Heritage Site
  12. Huckaby
  13. Jim Thompson
  14. Little Horse
  15. Midgley Bridge
  16. Palatki Heritage Site
  17. V Bar V Heritage Site
  18. Yavapai Vista

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

 

Daily Red Rock Pass $5 (one calendar day)

This site pass is valid for use as a parking permit to recreate in the Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District day-use fee sites including the Forest Service Heritage Sites. However, it is not valid for the use of these day-use sites which are operated by a private permittee: Beaver Creek Day Use, Call of the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead), Crescent Moon Ranch (Red Rock Crossing), Grasshopper Point, and area city and state parks.

 

Weekly Red Rock Pass $15 (seven consecutive days)

This site pass is valid for use as a parking permit to recreate in the Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District day-use fee sites including the Forest Service Heritage Sites. However, it is not valid for the use of these day-use sites which are operated by a private permittee: Beaver Creek Day Use, Call of the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead), Crescent Moon Ranch (Red Rock Crossing), Grasshopper Point, and area city and state parks.

 

Annual Red Rock Pass $20 (twelve consecutive months)

This site pass is valid for use as a parking permit to recreate in the Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District day-use fee sites including the Forest Service Heritage Sites. However, it is not valid for the use of these day-use sites which are operated by a private permittee: Beaver Creek Day Use, Call of the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead), Crescent Moon Ranch (Red Rock Crossing), Grasshopper Point, and area city and state parks.

 

Grand Annual Red Rock Pass $40 (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 the use of other fee areas, developed campgrounds, or these day-use sites which are operated by private permittee: Call of the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead), Crescent Moon Ranch (Red Rock Crossing), Grasshopper Point, city, and state parks. The Grand Annual pass is only available as a hangtag - sold only at these three concessionaire sites and at the Gateway Visitor Centers listed above.

 

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.

 

The Every Kid Outdoors Pass 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 Outdoors Pass to learn how fourth graders can get their free pass.

 

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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 $80 lifetime pass (or $20 for an annual 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 Outdoors Pass 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 per calendar day
Visiting for a week or less? Weekly Red Rock Pass $15 for seven consecutive days
Visiting for more than a week? A frequent visitor? A local? Annual Red Rock Pass $20 for twelve consecutive months
A frequent visitor to special fee areas like Grasshopper Point, Crescent Moon Ranch and Call of the Canyon? Grand Annual Red Rock Pass $40 for twelve consecutive months

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