Celebrate July 4th in Sedona

by: Editor on 7/4/2014

It’s time to celebrate America and what better way  than to celebrate July 4th in Sedona and the beauty that surrounds it.  While most are accustom to a firework show, we like to do things a little differently here in Sedona. A patriotic laser light show is how we celebrate and if that isn’t enough excitement for you, kick back and enjoy the live entertainment and great food in the comfort of your own chair.

Festivities will begin Friday, July 4th at 6:00 in the evening and last until 10:00 at night. Live music will be provided by the talented David Parker & the Big Time. The concert will last until 8:30 pm. Once it is dark the Sedona’s patriotic laser light show will begin bringing much excitement and enjoyment to all. The patriotic light show will send dancing lights through the sky and throughout the audience.

Food vendors will be set up throughout the ball park and attendees will receive free glow sticks. Everyone is welcome to bring their own chairs and/or blankets. Entrance to Sedona’s patriotic laser light show will be in the outfield of Sedona Red Rock High School baseball field. Admission is free to everyone and parking is available at the high school and across the street on Cultural Park Place.  So come visit us and celebrate July 4th in Sedona. Bring the family and don’t forget your flashlights! For more information visit the park’s website.

Sedona Fun Facts

by: Editor on 6/23/2014

Sedona is a great place to visit and explore but there are plenty of interesting facts that make this beautiful get-away even more interesting.

-          Sedona’s elevation is 4,500 feet above sea level

-          The highest point in Sedona is Coffee Pot Rock at 5,600 feet above sea level.

-          The canyon walls of Sedona show nine layers of stone from different geological periods that span over hundreds of millions of years.

-          Two landmark rock formations look similar to characters from a popular comic strip – Snoopy on top of his doghouse and Lucy

-          Sedona’s vortexes are a popular draw for many spiritual seeking visitors and new age thinkers.

-          More than 90 feature films and countless videos and commercials have been shot in the Sedona area including Billy the Kid and 3:10 to Yuma.

-          John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Elvis Presley, Johnny Depp, and Robert Deniro have all starred in movies shot in the Sedona area.

-          Sedona has more National Monuments and National Parks than any other state.

-          The sun shines over 300 days out of the year which is more than Florida.

-          Sedona has over 2 million visitors each year

Come visit one of the most beautiful places in the United States and see why so many visit each year. Filled with beauty and entrancing surroundings, you will fall in love with our town. Be sure to  book your hotel in Sedona with us. We look forward to having you visit.

Summer Hiking Safety Tips

by: Editor on 6/14/2014

In the summer is when we see an influx of visitors and hikers all headed out to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Sedona. While there is plenty of enjoyment in hiking during this time of the year, there are also many dangers as well.

The summer sun (and heat) in Arizona can be very intense. It is always best to take precautions before heading out on a trail, even if your intentions are for a short, brief hike. Always let someone know where you are going, what time you are going to return and what route you are taking. We take safety very seriously so feel free to stop by the front desk and leave this information with our staff. Check trail maps when planning your hike. Be familiar with the trail you are planning to take and choose only trails that fit your skill level. Take a backpack with you with trail maps and other essentials.

In this summer heat, you can never have enough water. Fill up on water and non-alcoholic/ carbonated fluids the day before and the night before your hike. Pack plenty of water to take with you and drink it throughout the day even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration while on the trail can be extremely dangerous and lead to other problems.

First aid kits may seem a little silly even if you think your hike is going to be short. Never underestimate the dangers of the desert. First aid kids can be small and light so be safe and throw one in your backpack. You may be grateful you did.

The heat is dangers but so is the sun. Hours of hiking in the sun can leave you in pain with sunburns and blisters. Lather up with sunscreen before heading out. Hats are great to have even with sunscreen on. Sweat and normal activity can cause sunscreen to rub off so take it with you and apply it throughout the day.

Sedona Bluegrass Festival

by: Editor on 6/6/2014

Just as the summer begins, we like to kick it off in fine form and fashion. This week Sedona hosts its Eighth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival. If you haven’t experienced this incredible festival, you are missing out! Unlike most festivals, we don’t limit your fun to just the weekend. We like to extend the fun and excitement all week long.

Festivities kick off Tuesday afternoon and last all the way through the grand finale Sunday evening. With events like the Bluegrass Picnic BBQ, Community Jam Session, concerts  and even programs for the kids, a fun time is guaranteed!

Concerts last all day Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon and feature some of the best musicians Bluegrass music has to offer.

  • Ben Sollee
  • Darol Anger& The Furies
  • Peter Rowan
  • The Sonoran Dogs
  • Laurie Lewis
  • Tom Rozum

And music isn’t all you will find! Area restaurants have created a special a la carte menu of savory sandwiches, Hummus plate, fresh fruit and the like for you to enjoy throughout the festival. So, ou don’t have to love Bluegrass to have a great time. Grab your friends , family, lawn chairs and blankets and come enjoy a week of good music, food and fun. More details are available at the festival website.

Cool Off At Slide Rock

by: Editor on 5/17/2014

While the first day of summer has not officially arrived, schools are letting out and the temperatures are going up which signals summer has arrived. As you are planning your trip to Sedona and are checking out a few activities to explore during your stay, Slide Rock State Park should be at the top of your list. Located only 7 miles North of Sedona, Slide Rock State Park has been a popular destination during those hot summer months. Named as one of America’s Top 10 Best State Parks, it deserves every top rating that it receives. Aside from the beautiful red rocks that Sedona is known for, the scenery is not the only reason this destination attracts so many each year. The smooth red-sandstone water slide and the cooling swimming hole is what allows so many visitors to brave the summer heat. Bring an extra pair of jeans, shorts or your swim suit and enjoy the natural slip-n-slide. Be sure to bring a pair of river shoes to protect your feet. Slide Rock State Park is truly an Arizona treasure. A perfect place to cool off, have a picnic and enjoy time just relaxing. For directions or more information stop by the front desk and speak with one of our desk agents.

Visit the Palatki Ruins

by: Editor on 4/25/2014

While in Sedona, take in some history and explore the past of the Native American Indians that once roamed the area. Located on the outskirts of Sedona, the Palatki Ruins are ancient Native American Indian ruins dating back to the early 1800’s.

Nestled in the red rocks, these ruins are an outdoor museum of American Indian life available for the public to explore. This ancient settlement once had a town square that is now open spaces and alcoves. Notable artwork along the remaining walls include images scratched into rock and painted images. The rock art spans thousands of years and the colored human and animal forms are easy to distinguish.

Living quarters from two dwellings still exist although due to deterioration, one has been closed to the public. The second dwelling consists of nine rooms and is open for tours. The agave roasting pit that is on display is one of the largest in the Verde Valley. The roasting pit, along with the large public alcoves gives visitors a glimpse into the building techniques and skills the Shinaguan Indians used.

Palatki is open seven days a week. Stop in for a few hours, listen to the guides and learn a little more about the area. There are picnic areas for you to enjoy an afternoon snack and give your feet a rest.