Wilson Canyon Trail, Sedona Arizona
Looking on the swarm feed this week, I noticed a new campaign looking to earn bees to help with the rehabilitation of the trail system I've hiked before.
What's the Land Like?
Wilson Canyon is a short drainage, only about 1.5 miles long, on the south side of Wilson Mountain, and is bordered to the west by a ridge lined by pinnacles and buttes of red and white sandstone, terminating in the well known Sedona landmark of Steamboat Rock. The other side of the valley is less dramatic, but not any less beautiful; here, party wooded slopes rise towards an intermediate plateau, course of the Wilson Mountain Trail. This path begins at the mouth of the valley, as does the Wilson Canyon Trail, which follows the overgrown drainage along the canyon floor, past a few seasonal pools and little falls, then rises above the trees and ends at a viewpoint on a red rock knoll.
This mostly treeless location has fine views of this sheer, irregular cliffs that enclose the upper end of the canyon on three sides, and back down the valley floor towards more red buttes to the south, on the far side of Oak Creek. Prior to this, views along the hike are somewhat limited owing to the trees, but the shady, moist conditions alongside the creekbed are good habitat for wildflowers, mingling with cacti and agave on the drier slopes above.
Land Rehabilitation is the process of attempting to restore an area of land back to its natural state after it has been damaged or degraded, making it safe for wildlife and flora as well as humans. This is stated from the Department of Natural Resources and is generally a practice that requires a lot of work from people collaborating, patience, and time.
Sedona is known for its amazing views and genuine southwest ecosystem. The small towns population hovers around 10,000 people, however one of the main economic industries is tourism. Naturally with more people coming to enjoy the scenery and experience the outdoors, there is increasingly more impact on this delicate ecosystem.
The great news is people are gathering and attempting to continue to maintain, preserve, and foster conservation of this area, but people need resources, sweat equity, and individuals willing to bootstrap to help in this effort.
If you have a second, be sure to donate some bees to their campaign, and next time you travel to visit the southwest for vacation, you can know YOU had an impact on the beauty for now and generations to come.
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