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.
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.
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.
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.
by: Editor on 4/2/2014
Sedona tops the charts for one of the most outdoor oriented community and serene surroundings. Aside from the relaxing element of being in the great outdoors, there is plenty of adventure and fun to be had too.
Fly fishing is one of the many activities that not only promotes relaxation but it offers a very enjoyable experience. Whether you are an expert at the fly rod or you don’t even know what a fly rod is, the fly fishing in Sedona’s Oak Creek will have you hooked in no time. Enjoy the sound of the trickling waters as you watch your fly gracefully float along the surface slowly baiting the fish for your big catch!
Oak Creek primarily consists of brown trout and rainbow trout but you might get lucky and encounter a few brook trout also. Fishing around the campgrounds has proven to be successful as well as the catch and release areas. A few of the popular areas that have had great success are Grasshopper point, Banjo Bill’s and the Pine Flats.
If you need a little more guidance, check out the guys over at Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures. They offer a variety of guided trips and are pros when it comes to teaching the novice angler to become an expert.
While fly fishing can be enjoyable it also takes practice so don’t be discouraged. Keep up the hard work and you will be bringing dinner home for the family in no time!
by: Editor on 3/26/2014
Grab your tennis shoes or your hiking boots and get outside to enjoy the beautiful AZ weather. Sedona is the day hike capital of Arizona and gives you lots of opportunities to stretch your legs and take in the sun and amazing scenery. With over 120 hiking trails to choose from ranging from easy to very difficult there is a trail for you no matter your skill level. Every trail is different and offers a different experience. With the beautiful views and the serene atmosphere, there is no better way to spend a morning, afternoon or full day in Sedona.
Some of the most popular hiking areas are Bel Rock, Boynton Canyon, Doe Mountain, West Fork of Oak Creek Cathedral Butte, Bear Mountain and Devil’s Bridge. Don’t fool yourself, there are many others too! Most of the trails are located within the Coconino National Forest.
Before you hit the trail, be sure to take safety into consideration. Pack water and snacks for everyone. The trails can be longer than you expect and it can get warm. Lastly, take a look at a trail map. It is essential that you know your skill level and choose a trail that works for everyone. Review the trail map and be familiar with where you are going. If you plan on heading out in one of the popular hiking areas, you should see people on the trails but don’t always count on that. If you choose to venture in a more quiet and peaceful area away from the crowds, take precautions and let our front desk know where you are going, what trail you are taking and when you expect to return. Safety is always the top priority.