Visitation up in national forest surrounding Sedona

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — More people are visiting the national forest surrounding Sedona.

The Coconino National Forest recorded more than 2.8 million visits in 2015. About 60 percent of those visits were people headed out on trails. Others went to creeks, campgrounds and heritage sites.

Forest officials say the numbers have tripled over the past 10 years.

Visitors used to voluntarily log their information at one the more than two dozen trailheads.

The forest installed electronic counters at six of the most popular trailheads last year to better gauge the foot traffic. Those six trailheads make up more than a third of visits to trails within the forest’s Red Rock Ranger District.

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