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Changes in Dispersed camping near Sedona

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The forest service is closing most of the area west of Sedona to dispersed camping and instead is setting up some designated dry camp areas.

 

More info here: https://www.redrocknews.com/2022/08/05/usfs-preps-to-close-camping/?fs=e&s=cl&fbclid=IwAR1SCmIME9lQkVLtyc3l9JG2RoUC3jkAnyfQKTCJKoG8TusN4YSvZwe3L-A

 

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Well that sucks. Next they'll stop camping atop Schnebly Hill...

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i do understand some areas get "loved to death", i.e. over-used. there ends up being problems with litter and human waste in those areas, and sometimes even crime. however, i don't think this is the right way to deal with that problem at all. i'd prefer to see a camping fee/permit type system put in place if over-use is really a problem. that would reduce the amount of people using the area. don't take away dispersed camping completely though.

 

unfortunately i've heard that this is becoming a common strategy of the NFS in other areas too. it seems they want us to only see our lands from a paved road or paved walking path, probably with lots of fencing so we can't hurt ourselves. i guess we should all just get used to looking at satellite photo maps, eventually that will be the only way to "experience" the natural world.

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