On-Site Examples of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Management

The Basecamp Conference and Workshop includes guided field visits to observe case studies of successes in sustainable recreation management. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Sabino Canyon on the Coronado National Forest or Kartchner Caverns State Park.

Sabino Canyon on the Coronado National Forest

The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and unique plants and animals found in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area draw over a million visitors a year. The canyon is managed by the USDA Forest Service who work in partnership with several non-profits like the Friends of Sabino Canyon to protect, preserve, and enhance the canyon’s outdoor recreation opportunities.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Not discovered until the mid-1970s, Kartchner Caverns State Park serves as a unique example of overcoming the challenges of land acquisition, political differences, legal hurdles, and management uncertainties to establish a new park unit. The park has only been open to the public since 1990; it offers amazing geologic features including a 21-foot stalactite and a 58-foot column.