Coconino Nationwide Forest implements new tenting system close to Sedona


PHOENIX — Coconino National Forest Friday announced the launch of a new designated camping system in the Red Rock Ranger District west of Sedona.

According to a press release, the system will provide visitors with designated camping areas that will also protect the area’s natural resources.

Eight new campgrounds will be available to campers and visitors in the West Sedona Designated Dispersed Camping and Day-Use area.

The camping areas span nearly 36 hectares and feature 10-35 campsites per area, the press release said.

Depending on the size of the vehicle, trailer or mobile home, a total of 150-200 parking spaces are available.

Campers and visitors can access the designated areas via State Route 89A, with five of the areas via Forest Road 525.

Two other sites are along FR 89B, with the last site being on FR 9570A, the press release said.

“We have collected public comments for years, worked with local residents and many stakeholders and partners to implement this camping and day-use system,” said Amy Tinderholt, Red Rock District ranger.

A forest ordinance was also put in place, banning camping and campfires in the 32,130-acre expanse that makes up most of the national forest in western Sedona.

The campsites are operated on a first come, first served basis.

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