Hikers and mountain bikers who enjoy the red rocks in and around Sedona have a new trail to trek.
The 0.6-mile trail links the small vista at Airport saddle in Sedona with the larger upper Airport Vista, said a Coconino National Forest spokesman.
The trail will allow hikers to avoid walking the busy Airport Road, and views from the trail include Sedona and the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness to the north, the spokesman said.
Trail construction was made possible by a donation from the Sky Ranch Lodge on the mesa, the spokesman said. Lodge general manager Rick Hamilton said that helping with the trail is a way to "give back to the community" in a key public location.
Airport Manager Rod Propst provided help to cut through the airport fence and install the pedestrian gate to keep deer and other wildlife off the airport runway. Forest Service, with crews from the Coconino Rural Environmental Corps, constructed the trail on the steep side slope between the Airport Road and the airport boundary.
The site was first surveyed eight years ago, the spokesman said.
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Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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