by: Editor on 9/8/2014
There is only one thing in the state of Arizona that surpasses the beauty of Sedona and that is the Grand Canyon. Just a short 2 hour drive North of Sedona sits the amazing and massive Grand Canyon carved out over thousands of years by the Colorado River. Why not take a short ride and visit the Grand Canyon. Before you head out on your quick trip to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Book reservations early. This popular destination fills up on both activities and dinner reservations way in advance.
- Take a rain coat. It is monsoon season and the monsoons can mess up your day if you are not prepared.
- Don’t miss the visitor center. It is filled with great information!
- Take extra batteries. This is the perfect picture opportunity. Don’t miss out because you don’t have enough battery power for your camera after the first 500 pictures.
- Watch the kids! There isn’t a fence all along the rim. Many areas you can walk out and fall right off into the deep, deep canyon. Keep an eye and a hand on the little ones!
- Be prepared for crowds. This time of year is the peak season for visitors at the Grand Canyon. Be patient and courteous as everyone is there to see the amazing vastness and enjoy it just as you and your family are doing.
- Take advantage of the ranger programs. There are many talks, walks, hikes and story time available. Take some time to join one of these programs and learn so much more about the canyon.
For park hours, directions and more information, be sure to check out the National Parks website.
by: Editor on 8/20/2014
Beautiful and breath taking Sedona is known throughout the United States for the rare and spectacular red rock formations that surround the city. Ideal for pictures, hiking and watching a beautiful sunset, these red rocks are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day or evening. Many travel from all over the world to see these Sedona’s red rocks that are unique to this area and this area only.
Sedona sits at 4500 feet elevation which is at the base of the Mogollon Rim. Erosion has eaten at the rim over time leaving spectacular portions of the rim in clear view and creating some of the most amazing canyons and buttes around.
Sedona’s red rocks are iconic glow a brilliant red and orange in the rising or setting sunlight. One might wonder how the rocks became so colorful. While the answer is not simple as it takes millions of years for these rock layers to become so majestic, we can sum the answer up for you in a simple reply: The unique red rocks that puts Sedona on the map is due to the presence of hematite, also known as rust (iron-oxide), that stains the rock layers. A thin layer of iron-oxide coats each grain of sand in the sandstone. A minimal amount, when exposed to groundwater, becomes a small sample of red dye that stains the sand when it hits groundwater and turns the rocks red before they emerge from underground.
While it has taken a very long time for these picturesque formations to reach their current state it only takes a moment to marvel in their beauty. Knowing that these rocks hold millions of years of geological history it makes the surroundings of Sedona that much more amazing.
by: Editor on 7/23/2014
Just down the road from the beautiful Sedona is the town of Jerome. What was once the largest copper mine in Arizona producing a massive 3 million pounds of copper per month. People from all over flocked to Jerome in search of work and the town had a population of over 10,000 in the 1920’s. It has now become the largest ghost town in America.
The town sits high atop Cleopatra Hill at 5,000 feet above sea level with amazing views of the surrounding area including the red rocks of Sedona. The town is considered haunted and has several establishments such as the Historic Jerome Grand Hotel. Once a hospital, the building stood unused and empty for 44 years before being turned into a hotel. The Community Center is considered haunted by the locals due to the odd happenings in the facility as well as the Inn at Jerome which is located on Main Street, once a brothel and home to Madam Jennie Banter, the wealthiest woman in town during her time.
Aside from the rumored haunted buildings, Jerome is a quaint town with much to see and do. Enjoy walking through the unique shops that line the small yet quaint streets of the town. Stop in and have a scoop of hand dipped ice cream or enjoy any one of the surprisingly delicious restaurants. Jerome is surprisingly busy each and every weekend as visitors from surrounding areas flock to this unique town to get away and enjoy the atmosphere.
by: Editor on 7/17/2014
It has been a rough summer here in Sedona with the forest fires and closures in the area. Many tourists and visitors have not had the chance to enjoy the extent of beauty our area holds dear. Many have been scared away by the news of the fires as well as closure of Oak Creek Canyon. Fortunately, we are here to tell you that all is well in Sedona and there is still much activity going on in our area.
We still have the same beauty as before with the towering red rocks and canyons that we call home. While Slide Rock and other areas remain closed due to weather conditions and precautionary measures, we are proud to say that here at Best Western Sedona we have Oak Creek waterfront access! With creek side villas available and over 600 feet of riverfront access and swimming holes. Book your weekend stay with us and enjoy what many can’t. Take in the sun while cooling off in the cool waters of Oak Creek.
Our mission is that you will have a peaceful and enjoyable stay with us here at Best Western. Our staff strives to make you feel at home. Reservations can be made online or by calling us at . Come and enjoy a relaxing weekend here in Sedona and see all that we have to offer.
by: Editor on 7/8/2014
Visiting the Grand Canyon this summer? We have a few fun facts about the Grand Canyon that you may or may not know. Impress your companions with this knowledge.
– The Grand Canyon is neither the world’s longest or deepest gorge. It is the third largest canyon in the world.
– At its widest point, the canyon is 18 miles across. The narrowest point is only 600 yards.
– Fossilized sloth bones from 11,000 years ago have been found in canyon caves within the Grand Canyon. No fossils have been found on the floor, only fossilized animal prints.
– The most common rattle snake in the park is pink, matching the hue of the rocks.
– The canyon was originally called Kaibab by the Paiute Indians meaning “mountain turned upside down” and was renamed Grand Canyon by John Wesley Powell in 1891 when charting the Colorado River’s course.
– It is the site of the Brady Pin-cushion cactus, a rare cactus discovered in 1958
– 800 million gallons of water flow through it per hour. – It is a ‘Natural Wonder of the World’
– It took 3-6 million years to form
– The base is approximately 1/3 of the earth’s age
– More than 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon every year.
– It is 277 miles long
– The deepest point is just over one mile deep
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.