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.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

by: Editor on 4/17/2014

Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of Sedona’s top tourists spots to visit. This Roman Catholic chapel was built right into the beautiful red rock of Sedona. Appearing to rise right out of the buttes, the towering cross gives an amazing view of the surrounding area. Built in 1956 by Marguerite Brunswig Staube, the chapel is intimate yet has a majestic view through the floor to ceiling windows.

Many come here for pictures, others for the view while some come to meditate and enjoy the atmosphere and view in the serene stillness of one of the benches. You will find that there are quite a few who visit this amazing place over and over again.

While there is not much to the chapel itself, it is an amazing place to visit and take in the surroundings. You will frequently see rock climbers all around climbing the beautiful red bluffs. Stop in the gift shop in the basement. They have some fantastic art by locals as well as rosaries to commemorate your visit.

It is a small walk from the parking lot to the chapel so bring your walking shoes. No need for hiking boots, there is a paved ramp and you can take your time. Note that there are no bathrooms on site but on the drive up to the chapel, there are a few ‘rest areas’ that you may stop off and use.

Smithsonian’s 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014

by: Editor on 4/9/2014

Just when you thought Sedona couldn’t get any better. Of course we know how beautiful the red rock formations are and the relaxing environment the area exudes. Little did we know, the rest of the world was unaware! Well, now we can say that they are. Adding to the list of back-pats Sedona receives, Smithsonian Magazine rated Sedona as on of the top 20 small towns to visit in their April issue.

The article highlights the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Tlaquepaque, Church of the Red Rocks and the Goldenstein Gallery, which, as we know, are just a few of the spectacular places to visit. It goes on to say ‘It was a town devoted to the fine arts, set against some of the grandest scenery in the West.” But of course, we already knew this.

Highlighting the art scene, Sedona was the first of Arizona towns to make the list. With such highly acclaimed scenery, atmosphere and art, expect to see a lot more travelers throughout the year. We are so excited that Sedona is getting the recognition it deserves!

For those of you who are new to the area, be sure to check us out. We guarantee that we will make your stay more pleasant and leave you wanting to come back again.