Sedona welcomed 3 million visitors in 2016, and local leaders are committed to expanding sustain, ability programs that will ensure the Most Beautiful Place on Earth stays that way.
Teaming With National Geographic
Local and regional leaders have teamed with National Geographic to create the Geotourism Program for Sedona and the Verde Valley. National Geographic will promote the culture, heritage and ecologial diversity of the people and places within the area, using local voices to express what's so unique about their community. Sedona is one of 10 geotourism destinations in the U.S, highlighted by National Geographic for this environmentally and culturally responsible program.
Sedona officials arranged for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council to conduct a Destination Sustainability Assessment. Working under global benchmarks established to protect and sustain the world's natural and cultural resources, the council works to identify sustainability risks in current destination management and economic, cultural and environmental policies and to highlight opportunities for improvement. A long-range sustainable tourism plan is in the works as a result of this assessment.
Keeping Up With the Trails
An estimated 61% of Sedona's annual visitors — or more than 1.7 million people - use the area's hiking, walking and cycling trails during their trip, and a new community trail renovation and enhancement program maintain the area's top recreation activity.
Since the federal funding for the Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest is inadequate to meet the needs, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau launched the Sedona Trail Keepers program to provide local support. Private sponsors have adopted a trail for five years, with the Chamber matching its $1.000 annual commitment, generating a total of $250.000 for the Red Rock Ranger District over five years. Funds to date are being successfully applied to trail maintenance.
In another partnership with the US Forest Service and the Red Rock Trail Fund, Nine Easy Hikes in Sedona, a low-cost hiking is sold at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, hotels, stores and other vendors. All proceeds of each sale are being donated to the Red Rock Ranger District for trail maintenance and improvements.
Let's Go For a Walk
The new Walk Sedona program encourages visitors to see Sedona as the highly walkable destination it is, mitigating the effects of vehicle traffic. With lodging and art gallery partners on board. the Sedona Gallery Art Walk was launched, with maps and brochures readily available in hotel lobbies and the galleries. By visiting WalkSedona.com visitors can access the program's helpful information on local restaurants, bus stops, parking, public art, local traffic congestion and more on a GPS-enabled map.
See 'Secret' Sites
The Sedona Secret 7 program divulges information about some of the lesser-known trails and scenic areas, which gives visitors the opportunity to experience Sedona's hidden gems. The program focuses on hiking and biking trails as well as picnic spots and sunset and stargazing sites.
More Information: https://visitsedona.com/ https://www.gstcouncil.org/ https://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps/geotourism/start-geotourism-destination/ https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/homestead-act
A small overview of the most popular hiking and mountain biking trails, leading through amazing landscape and landmarks of Sedona’s red rock region.
Sedona's distinctive natural beauty draws millions of visitors each year, and efforts have ramped up to protect and preserve the spectacular scenery for generations to come.
An overview of nature viewing opportunities, including plants, wildlife and bird watching, where to see them and what to expect.