The Visions for EL Rojo Grande’s Future

I invite you, the readers, to contribute ideas on how the Ranch could be used to enhance the future of Sedona. Your letters will be posted below our sign as a possible inspiration for others. Send your emails to

VISION #1 Just before going live, we received this first Vision

Presenting : Sedona International Environmental Center (SIEC)    Click on the green links below and then please check out this link for more information about the Overview Effect.

 Here is the link to the idea. SEDONA INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER Concept.

Here is the link to the video about the Overview Effect:

ERG #2 Idea for ERG future

ERG #3Ardell and Horses – A Vision for El Rojo Grande 

ERG #4    Thank you to Julie Genser for these 3  submissions.

A. WILDLIFE CROSSING.     We can leave the land undisturbed and create a wildlife crossing under/over 89A.

We can be pioneers in transforming desert back into fertile land, fighting climate change. We can then create a permaculture oasis + food forest for our community.
We can build a housing community that models passive solar architecture, non-toxic building materials, low EMFs, chemical-free community, mold preventive building design. It will be a walking community with a parking lot at one end for all cars and members will walk around the community. With a shared greenhouse and permaculture food forest. And some of the land set aside for rescue animals and wildlife.

#5. My dream.…..If I had the money, and could have the property, I would have an organic produce farm and animal sanctuary for unwanted cats, dogs and horses etc, and I would build a nice building on the property where I could give homeless people the opportunity to live in exchange for their work taking care of the farm and the animals until they could learn skills that could help them to move onward and upward. The produce and products made with it, like jams etc could be sold at an on-site farmer’s market and the animals could be safe and up for adoption, and the homeless people could be productive and get rehab, learn skills and change their lives. I keep buying lottery tickets, but so far…it’s just a dream I would love to see become a reality.   Marilyn

#6.  Six Vision ideas: El Rojo Grande Ranch is a spectacular spot to be shared and appreciated. A.- Whatever evolves there must be funding for creation and especially ongoing to maintain it. B- The land should be kept as wild as possible with development near current structures perhaps with trails for fun/educational purposes                 C- Something educational and fun for both adults and children.         D- A venue where there can be lectures, conferences and small performances.   E- Identify some deep pockets who support the cause be it climate change, conflict resolution, sustainable living, native culture,  etc.      F- A venue that is not housing.  Good luck- MIke Coyle

#7. Vision Ideas  Well,  I want to share with you a vison……I truly believe that El Rojo Grande should evolve into being a sanctuary and Retreat for Spiritual Healing and Environmental education. I envision several major nodes for Health, Education, Experience, Museum and purposeful open space merging into and living in the natural environment of this particular site. People come to Sedona to enjoy the natural setting and seek the spiritual energy, it is what Sedona is. So why not create a place of Public and Private donations to build a Campus where people can come for experiences of all kind. They could stay on site in 1-2 Bedroom villas and have access to all things considered. It will be open to the public and appealing to Cultural and Corporate events.
Douglas Fredrikson,
# 8. 20 Jan 2019 Our Idea: 
We live in Calgary Alberta Canada and Sedona. We had a very similar situation on the outskirts of Calgary that turned out very well for the province and city of Calgary. Glenbow Ranch was a private ranch along the Bow River with great historic as well as environmental significance. The ranch went up for sale in 2006. The province of Alberta ended up purchasing it in exchange for cash and a very significant charitable tax receipt. The Ranch became a Provincial Park, protected from development, and now has hiking trails, a bike path, a visitors and education center and large portions of undeveloped land. The open lands are still used for cattle grazing (it’s historical use) and this activity was woven into the educational component of the ranch. The city of Calgary is working on connection the ranch to the city via our bike path system. A very big win for everyone involved.Could the city of Sedona or State of Arizona purchase the land and do something similar? At $14mm (or less with a charitable portion) this seems quite feasible. In the case of Glenbow Ranch the city paid only 40-50% of market value after the charitable tax receipt. Even if the town of Sedona had to pay for the ranch I would think that it would not entail a very large property tax increase. I can’t speak for others, but I would happily pay the extra to protect this special place.

I’ve included a Wikipedia link below and some notes from the website.

History Of Glenbow Ranch Alberta Canada

Plans to establish Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park began in 2006 when the children of Alberta rancher Neil Harvie sold 3,246 acres (1,314 ha) of land to the Government of Alberta for less than market value to conserve the land and protect it from development.[2] Appraised at $67 million in 2005 and with an estimated value of $80 million in 2006, the land was sold to the province for $40 million and a $27 million charitable tax receipt.[2] Under the deal, the Harvie family also established a $6 million foundation to promote and develop the park and Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park near Edmonton.[2]

Glenbow Ranch was officially designated as a provincial park by an order in council on April 17, 2008.[3] The designation involved an additional 51 acres (21 ha) of land for a total of 3,297 acres (1,334 ha).[3] The park officially opened to visitors on August 9, 2011.[4]

Thank you to everyone that made this website happen, it seems just like “over night!” that this out-reach began. Please share with your family, friends, and Sedona’s visitors from around the world. Make a difference. How often do we ever get to save a place? We did it!

ERGR Website Born: 10/21/18 11am EST

ERGR Website Reborn 2/24/19 3:30 PM EST