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Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

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Toronto, Canada
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Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

Is there a fee to hike on these trails in Sedona? We will be there for 3 days taking in hikes.( one day will be a jeep tour/Broken Arrow)We will have a bike trailer/stroller with bike like wheels to take on the hikes.

We will then be going to GC and understand there is a one time fee for a car.($25)

Cape Girardeau, Mo
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1. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

You will need to pick up the Red Rocks Pass to hike in Sedona. $5 for a day pass, $15 for a week long pass. You hang the pass from your rear view mirror while the car is parked at the parking lots for each trailhesad. The kids will enjoy Bell Rock Path, and hiking up on and around on Bell Rock.

Toronto, Canada
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2. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

Is this $15 pass for the family of 5? Meaning a flat car fee? Cant you walk to some of these hikes and would not require a car to get there?

Cape Girardeau, Mo
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3. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

Yes the $15 fee is the flat rate for the whole car. You can walk to a limited number of trails, one of which is right behind where you are staying at the King's Ransom (Marg's Draw). However most of the hiking will require transportation. And if you figure that the $15 is for 7 days, and will cover all 5 of you, that works out to just a tad over $2/day, or 40 cents each. Pretty darn cheap entertainment. And the pass goes for a good cause.

Sedona, AZ
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4. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

The Red Rock Pass is not for hiking. It is for parking at trail heads and access points to national forest land. You can buy the tag at the forest service ranger station, chamber of commerce or many other places in Sedona. You pay $5 for a daily pass or $15 for a five day pass. Or at some of the more popular access points, they have on site payment boxes.

You simply display the pass in your car and they won't write you a ticket that carries a $50 (or larger) fine.

If you have a national parks annual pass or golden eagle (senior) pass it will also suffice.

Sedona, AZ
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5. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

<<And the pass goes for a good cause.>>

Actually, it's a classic case of our government's mismanagement and over taxing us all. It used to be that the US Forestry Service received a portion of our tax dollars for its annual budget. As the government grew and needed more money to expand welfare and other programs they threatened to cut the budget for the Forestry Service. At the same time, they created the Red Rock Pass program to supplement the loss of tax dollars. Once the RR Pass program was fully implimented, they cut the Forstry Sevice budget all together. Meanwhile they had to create and develop the RR Pass system and hire more people to monitor the conformance and clog up the courts with test cases and enforcing fines. In the long run it costs much more to run the current program than what we had before, but now we're still paying the tax dollars into the system, plus we're forced to pay an additional fee for the pass.

Good cause? Not IMO.

Toronto, Canada
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6. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

Is there a pass that allows you to use the parks of grand canyon and sedona or are these something you need to buy seperate?

Very reasonable pricing. Thankyou for the info and where to purchase them.

Sedona, AZ
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7. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

GCNP is a national park. $25 for the car for a week.

Cincinnati, Ohio
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8. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

Another plus to the weekly red rock pass is that you don't have to pay the entrance fee to places like Red Rock Crossing (Crescent Moon) and West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. We went expecting to pay the entrance fees and were pleasantly surprised when the red rock pass covered it.

Toronto, Canada
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9. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

I am a little confused on what trails and parks to go to in Sedona. Is there a website link I could do my reading on to see what we want to plan out??

There is suppose to be some Oak creek for kids to play in but not sure how warm it would be in mid October..

Cape Girardeau, Mo
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10. Re: Best hiking trails for smaller kids and fees to hike?

www.visitsedona.com will help a lot, along with www.sedona.net, which lists 102 things to do in Sedona. Start there and come back with specific questions. And Oak Creek is an actual creek, not a heated pool, so in mid-Oct, depending on the weather when there, it may be too cool to swim. I would not plan on it, but weather permitting, if it is warm enough then that's a bonus.

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