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The Coconino National Forest is seeking public comment on a plan to add 34 miles of non-motorized trails to its system in the Sedona area.

Under the proposal, the Forest Service would construct 17 miles of new trails and adopt 17 miles of user-created routes into its official trail system. It would also re-route and naturalize trail segments in other locations.

Trail projects include:

• Western Gateway: Construct 15 miles of new trail and adopt 11 miles of user-created trails in an area west of Sedona and north of state Route 89A. That area has seen a haphazard growth of new routes suggesting the need for a planned and purposefully built system of trails.

• Village of Oak Creek Trails: Adopt the three-mile Transept Trail and re-align two existing system trails named the Dairy Springs and Pine Valley trails.

• Camp Verde Trails: Create two new loop trails, totaling approximately five miles, east of the Town of Camp Verde.

• Thunder Mountain Trails: Naturalize three miles of user-created trails because the area serves as the headwaters for Carol Canyon.

The Forest Service will accept comments through April 15. Comments may be sent by e-mail to and all emails should include “Red Rock Trails” in the subject line. Comments can also be mailed to Coconino National Forest, Attn: Red Rock Trails, P.O. Box 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341.


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