Phoenix residents traveling north toward Sedona to escape Saturday’s projected high temperatures will find plenty of activities on the Coconino National Forest approximately two hours north of Phoenix.
On the final day of Wildfire Awareness Week, rangers will present on-going demonstrations and have displays set up on the porch of the Red Rock District Visitor Center. In addition to making visitors aware of signs posted about fire danger, forest rangers want visitors to understand how to properly use and douse campfires.
Also on Saturday, the Red Rock Visitor Center will be the setting for Archaeology Day demonstrations. Dean Campell will be presenting a program on Historic Gourds from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while Primitive Skills will be the topic presented by Roy Julian from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Red Rock Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST. It is located at Mile Marker 304.7 on Highway 179, six miles north of the highway’s intersection with I-17. For information, phone 928-282-4119 or 928-203-2900.
Open year-round, the Red Rock Visitor Center is one of four established visitor centers serving Sedona’s Red Rock Country. In addition to forest information, visitors can purchase books and receive information on regional activities from the Chamber of Commerce. There are no fees for visiting the center or joining in a weekend program, but some parts of the Coconino National Forest require visitors to have a valid Red Rock Recreation Pass.
Other federal lands in the vicinity include the Verde Valley’s Montezuma Castle National Monument at Exit 297 and Tuzigoot National Monument in Cottonwood.
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