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A group of hikers recently getting lost near Devil’s Bridge has become a matter of concern for the U.S. Forest Service.

U.S. Forest ServiceHikers getting lost on Sedona trails is certainly nothing new, it unfortunately happens frequently in our region’s rugged, sprawling back country, but the manner in which these particular hikers got lost is of concern for the USFS.

The hikers made a wrong turn, and hiked several miles in the wrong direction, all because a trail sign had been stolen. Red Rock Ranger District Wilderness Trails Coordinator Francisca Adrian said that the Forest Service has observed a rapid increase in sign theft recently.

“The Devil’s Bridge sign seems to be a popular one to be stolen, because of the name I guess,” Adrian said. “We’re trying something new with some tamper-proof bolts, because I personally feel there’s a direct correlation between the signs missing and people getting lost.”

For the full story, see the Friday, April 19, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • susan mullen

    Why not sell replicas of the more provocative and fun signs? That might help!

  • Jim

    Why not just use cairns to mark the trail? They seem to suffice at many other trails.

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