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Coconino National Forest Plans To Construct New Trailhead And Parking Lot Near Sedona

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The Coconino National Forest is planning on improving the Mescal Day Use Trailhead area, about three miles from Sedona, by constructing a new trailhead, as well as implementing a new parking lot to ease traffic concerns beginning January 10th. The new trailhead will allow access to Mescal, Chuckwagon, Long Canyon, Devil’s Bridge and the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. During construction, roughly half of the existing parking lot will be closed, but minimal road closures in the area will be in place. With cars consistently parking on the side of the road and blocking traffic, The Coconino National Forest wants to keep guests safe by adding a new and easily accessible parking lot. The proposed lot is vacant and accessible from Sedona along Dry Creek Road. The Coconino National Forest is teaming up with Colorado contractor Medved Global, Inc. to complete this project by early summer. The new trailheads will have picnic tables, restrooms, patrolling, trash facilities, a kiosk, and eventually a scenic vista point. For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/coconino.