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"Don't Bust the Crust?"

What does that mean? Sedona is a fragile environment unlike most of the country, we are still building our soil layer.  There's a crust of an ancient Cynnobacteria, ("CryptoBiotic CynnoBacteria") that holds our land together and provides our environment life with its vegetation.  It was the bacteria that is connected to the first point of photosynthesis that started our atmosphere.  When walking off trails, one step kills the bacteria protective barrier, its like stepping on ants.  Once gone, it is gone.  

Unlike most places tourists come from we don't have a soil base.  We are very fragile environment and one off trail step can destroy 100;s of years of the crust  and will take another 100 years to repair it.  Some of our trails are expanding with so many new visitors that walk off the current trails that is stepping on this bacteria and busting the crust or bikes ridden on it.  The only problem is, it will take 50 to 100's of years to repair it. 

This bacteria absorbs water for the vegetation to survive.  Once the "Crypto Biotic Cynno Bacteria" is gone, our vegetation is gone.  The wind will erode more, trails widen, vegetation dwindles, and we don't have 100's of years to mend it.  

Please be mindful where you step. Don't create new paths even if it looks like someone already stepped there. The Crypto Biotic Cynno Bacteria is very important here.  When its dry it looks like bumpy black stuff but wet looks like neon green moss (that isn't Moss)   

Teach your children and yourself about this amazing uniqueness to our desert.  Even have them bring an extra water bottle or 2 and look for it and slowly pour water on it to see it open and change color. 



Sedona Cares Pledge

(Sedona Chamber of Commerce) 


Welcome to The Most Beautiful Place on Earth!  Speaking from our hearts, we hope you find your experience transformative and inspirational.

To assure Sedona’s sustainability as a natural, spiritual wonder for generations to come, we invite you to join our culture of respect for our environment and way of life.

The Pledge affirms to the world that you are part of the Sedona Sustainable movement, committed to caring for Sedona as much as we care about you.

Please take the Pledge and feel free to share it with your online communities – we are eager to spread the word.

Then get out there – and experience for yourself the majesty and magic of Sedona!

  1. The rocks are red and the silence is golden. I vow to respect the natural quiet of Sedona's open spaces and neighborhoods.
  2. I will be mindful of Sedona's arid environment by minimizing my water and energy use and I will be extremely careful with fire.
  3. I’ll make my own memories, but not my own trails.
  4. I won't risk life or limb (human or sapling) for more likes. I won't get killed for a killer photo.
  5. When playing outside, I'll be ready for rapid changes in weather and random episodes of magic.
  6. I’ll leave no trace and pack out all my trash - that includes TP and pup poo!
  7. I will discover art in Sedona's galleries rather than making my own. Carving on trees or rocks, stacking stones, or defacing the environment diminishes nature's art.
  8. If I can't find a parking spot, I will not invent my own. I will go with the traffic flow, using my turn signal often and my car horn seldom.
  9. I’ll be caring and considerate wherever I go, because that's the Sedona way.

I promise to fulfill the commitments of this pledge, thereby doing my part to keep Sedona the Most Beautiful Place on Earth.