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  • GOOD NEWS! COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST REOPENS

    The U.S. Forest Service is ending its recent fire-risk closure of the Coconino National Forest by rescinding the closure as of July 6 at 6:00 AM. After the Forest Service completes the removal of the barriers at the parking lots and trailheads, access for hiking, biking, and other uses returns to normal. During the closure, over 40 Westerners provided support to the Forest Service by monitoring several of the most popular trailheads to discourage illegal entry. The Forest Service was most grateful, and we all owe our Ranger, Michael Henry, and Velma Keller who capably assisted him, kudos for the long hours they have put in planning and coordinating the volunteer support effort. Well done, Michael and Velma!

  • MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2021-2022 SEASON

    Membership registration for the new season is open for both new and returning members. We are hopeful that when the new season begins in September, our activities can return to normal. In the meantime, please support the Sedona Westerners by completing your membership registration early. To register, go to About Us on this website, then select Membership.

  • FLAGSTAFF ROAD STATUS

    Please read the Forest Service Road Status

    Coconino Road Status

  • HIKING RELATED MEDICAL PROBLEMS

    Hiking Related Medical Problems by Dr. Curt Kommer

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    From blisters to snake bites, learn how to be prepared to prevent and treat medical problems that can happen when you are hiking. The information shared by Dr. Curt Kommer can help you make quick decisions when faced with injuries of yourself, a fellow hiker, or someone you run into on the trails. Please read and download a copy to reference at the beginning of each Hiking Season.

  • NORTHERN ARIZONA FORESTS AND WILDFIRES

    Wildfire Update — Please be aware of the updates for Kaibab National Forest Updates for Wildfires.

    Please Click the following to connect to Coconino National Forest Website

    Coconino Forest Service

 

Featured Article

  • Red Rock News - May 21, 2021Rough Riders End the Season Hiking Long Canyon

    Saturday May 8 was a perfect Sedona hiking day as the Sedona Westerners Rough Riders met at Posse Grounds to prepare for the group’s final hike of the Spring 2021 season. Important club safety rules and regulations including special new Covid 19 rules were read and acknowledged. Everyone loaded up in a minimum number of automobiles for the short ride to the Long Canyon Trailhead so that parking spots would not be an issue. Spirits and enthusiasm were high on this last hike of the season. The large turnout was divided into two smaller hiking groups. This Long Canyon hike was scheduled to be 8 miles in length with 1300 feet of net elevation change. Bob Bareuther and Chris Ostrom ...

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