In turn, our partner on the forest shares this history: “The OK Ranch Historic District is located adjacent to Red Rock Crossing near the City of Sedona in northeastern Yavapai County, Arizona. The ranch buildings, structures, and agricultural fields of the district represent decades of agrarian use extending from the 1880s through the end of the historic period (i.e., 50 years before the present). Thirty cultural resources are included in the 45.19 acres comprising the district. The eighteen resources that contribute to the historic character of the district include eight buildings, six structures, and four sites (four agricultural fields). The twelve noncontributing resources include six buildings, two structures, three sites, and one object. Development of the property for public recreational use has resulted in the conversion of one field to a parking and picnicking area and the demolition of the ranch foreman’s house. Despite those impacts, the ranch still retains a significant concentration and linkage of historic resources with sufficient integrity of location, design, materials,workmanship, feeling, setting, and association to merit listing on the National Register.”
Given multiple resources regarding the site’s history, it is clear this location is highly significant. Moreover, Sedona, AZ is a celebrated tourist destination not only for the beauty of the surrounding landscape and associated recreational opportunities, but also for its New Age and Spiritual “vibes.” The Guardian published an interesting article on the latter aspects of the city in 2017. Consider taking some time to experience the purported “energy vortex” near Crescent Moon Ranch, and exploring others in the area, while volunteering here!
HistoriCorps’ first phase of work at Crescent Moon Ranch was in 2016, when volunteers from the general public worked alongside youth from Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC). Now, five years later, we are thrilled to return to preserve elements of several outbuildings – again in partnership with AZCC! (Note: AZCC will be working on different sessions than general public volunteers). Register soon – spots are sure to go fast!
PROJECT PARTNER: Coconino National Forest
SESSION DATES: September 19-24, September 26 – October 1, October 3-8, and October 24-29. Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.
We will be camping right onsite near Crescent Moon Ranch! No RVs/trailers; those with tents, truck campers, and campervans can access this site.
ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear.