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Dalton Zanetti, former Oak Creek Ambassador and operations assistant with the Oak Creek Watershed Council, holds up a bag of trash that he collected at Slide Rock State Park.

The Coconino National Forest’s Red Rock Ranger District is seeking public comment on a proposal by Arizona State Parks and Trails to install a fence 1,650 feet in length and a functioning guardrails on Slide Rock State Park’s permitted portion of State Route 89A.

According to a National Forest press release, the proposed Slide Rock State Park project would install a fence to deter visitors from parking and walking along state Route 89A and would replace failing post-and-cable fencing with guardrails.

Multiple user-created trails exist at this heavily-visited recreation site because the flow of people is unmanaged, often scrambling down a steep, rocky slope separating the road from Oak Creek. The project would help protect the riparian habitat by guiding walkers to follow a path along the west side of State Route 89A, aligned with the proposed fencing, to the state park. Public access to Slide Rock would be unavailable from state Route 89A for the length of the fence.

Fence and Guardrail Specifics: The fence would be a six-foot-tall chain-linked fence for 1,650 feet adjacent to Slide Rock State Park and erected along the west side of State Route 89A. The fence is planned to run parallel to and just west of the road, beginning at Slide Rock Bridge going north to the U.S. Forest Service parallel parking lot. 

For more information visit: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55072.

Please submit comments in writing, through one of several methods.

• Email comments-southwestern-coconino-redrock@fs.fed.us (subject line “Slide Rock Installation”).

• Mail to Coconino National Forest, Attn: Slide Rock Installation, P.O. Box 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341.

• Fax to (928) 203-7539.

• Deliver in person to Red Rock Ranger District Office, 8375 state Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351.

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