If you’re into birding and are looking for a pleasant and easy place to go, Sedona’s new
Wetlands Preserve at the Sedona Wastewater Reclamation Plant will fill the bill!

Sedona Wetlands Preserve, Sedona AZ

Photo courtesy of Lynn Trombetta.

Occupying approximately 27 acres just south of Sedona’s Wastewater Reclamation Plant, the Sedona Wetlands Preserve is a man-made wetlands. This enticing little park and bird habitat is just a short drive from uptown Sedona and its quiet, reedy lakes and maintained walking paths will prove to be a favorite for birdwatchers.

Sedona Wetlands Preserve, Sedona, AZ

Photo courtesy of Lynn Trombetta.

How to get to the Sedona Wetlands Preserve at the Wastewater Reclamation Plant:
Begin at the roundabout in Highway 179 known as the “Y” near Uptown Sedona. Travel southwest on Highway 89A toward Cottonwood. The preserve is located at 19655 State Route 89A, between mile markers 365 and 366, halfway between Sedona and Cottonwood on Highway 89A. This is approximately eight miles west of Sedona. Slow down to locate the unmarked road and make a right hand turn when you see Sedona’s wastewater treatment facility gate. Turn left immediately onto the gravel paved road that leads to the parking lot.


  • Trail open year round.
  • Difficulty: Easy walk encircling several small lakes.
  • A Red Rock pass is mandatory.
  • Usage: Low
  • Elevation: none
  • Length: Approximately 20 minute walk (Or longer if you are bird watching!)
  • Facilities: yes
  • Dogs allowed on a leash.

Special Tips:

  • Walking shoes are adequate.
  • Dress for the weather
  • This trail is okay for young children, but there are open lakes with reed covered banks, so watch children carefully. Good choice for family bird watching, and there are a couple of picnic tables available. Be sure to dispose of all trash—help keep this area pristine!
  • Always take plenty of water, especially in warmer weather, and possibly a snack, but please remember, “Leave no trace” and take what you brought along home with you.
  • Take your camera and binoculars to photograph a wide variety of local and migrating birds.
  • Parking: designated area.
  • Read sign at trail head and please follow park rules. Take a friend, and let others know where you’re headed—just in case!