Aerial Overview, Proposed Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument (Ted Grussing)

Aerial Overview, Proposed Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument (Ted Grussing)

The unique landscape of the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument, acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful on Earth, includes mountains, spectacular red-rock formations, steep canyons, fantastic spires, vast grasslands, bosky riparian environments, forests, savannahs, and chaparral, at elevations between 3500 and 6700 feet at the base of the Colorado Plateau in north-central Arizona. It is home to thousands of plant and animal species, some of which are unique to the area.

This wonderful synthesis of life forms and topography has a profound spiritual effect on the lives of residents and visitors alike. To see it, be in it, is to be forever changed for the better. Its scenic and aesthetic qualities have inspired writers such as Zane Grey and the Hopi poets, and painters and sculptors such as twentieth-century greats Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. It has brought joy to the lives of countless visitors from the world over.

However, so many visitors are drawn to the area that it is in danger of being loved to death. A balance must be struck between human use and protection of the natural environment. If that is not accomplished, and soon, this national and world treasure will be irreparably damaged. Establishing the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument will forever preserve this wondrous landscape so it can continue to work its magic on all who are exposed to it.