by: Editor on 12/4/2014
Hiking is Sedona’s number one activity for locals and visitors alike. With ample opportunity to connect with nature and many trails for all skill levels most would consider Sedona the mecca of hiking. For those of you who are looking for an easy hike/stroll in a peaceful area, we have one more spot for you, Crescent Moon Ranch.
Crescent Moon Ranch is not only beautiful but very peaceful as well. While this is a hot spot to visit during the summer months it can be just as great in the winter months also. The water may be a bit chilly for a swim but you can still stroll along the banks of the river and enjoy the breath taking views of Cathedral Rock.
Pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket and a book or even a frisbee and enjoy relaxing in the sun while taking in the amazing views around you. Bring your furry friend, Fido, or the kids along. They are bound to run out some energy! And you certainly don’t want to forget your camera. With a majestic background, you might even capture your Christmas card picture while visiting.
There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle to help with the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and the public facilities.
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.