by: Editor on 4/4/2016
Meet fellow bird lovers at 9am every Wednesday and Saturday during the month of April. Located at the Visitor Center of the Arizona Red Rock State Park, a naturalist guide will take you on a walk suitable for birders of all levels. Binoculars are recommended. If you prefer a DIY approach, start from the Hummingbird Patio and don’t forget the Visitor Center’s roof! Most birds can be spotted in the riparian area near Oak Creek. All walks are included with park entrance fees.
Daily guided nature walks are also available starting at 10am. Meet with a volunteer as you’re taken on a journey throughout the park. Learn about various life zones, wildlife, geology, archaeology, and the history of the park.
Meet Mother Nature
Inside the Visitor Center is a theater, where displays and exhibitions are in constant rotation. Information on the flora and fauna of the area, an interactive Sedona map, and the House of Apache Fire’s computer program information booth is here. “The Natural Wonders of Sedona” narrated by John Conway is featured many times throughout the day.
There are also special events throughout the month but may be posted on short notice. From Native American drumming to meditative walks, check with the State Parks system to see what will spring up in April!
by: Editor on 3/26/2016
Outdoor adventurers come from around the world just to discover the incredible hiking in and near Sedona. Airport Loop Trail might not have the best name, but it’s an enjoyable trail that offers a prime view at Overlook Point. The elevation shift is mild, the parking lot is clearly marked, and there’s enough trail to allow for a lengthy hike if that’s your MO.
At Bell Rock Pathway, hikers enjoy Bell Rock (of course) as an easy to spot final destination (and a great space to break for lunch). The eastern part of Twin Buttes can also be seen from this trail, as well as a little wooden bridge that’s prime for a photo opportunity.
Take a Hike!
Doe Mountain Trail takes you up the west side of a sloping mountain and is best tackled in the morning so you can enjoy shade both up and down the trail. Just 0.7 miles long and with an elevation change of 400 feet, this is a trail that most ages and abilities can manage. At the very top there’s a steep stepping stone section, so proper footwear is a must.
Also check out the Crescent Moon Picnic area, Dry Creek Vista, and dozens of more trails surrounding the Sedona area!
by: Editor on 3/20/2016
It’s a gorgeous destination in itself, but if you want to explore more of Arizona, Sedona is home base to some fantastic day trips. Head over to Red Rock State Park, the aptly named destination where the fantastical red rocks loom over you. It’s a great drive, and the hiking and mountain biking options once you arrive are well worth the quick trip.
Slide Rock State Park is in the other direction, and for many outdoor enthusiasts, birders and photographers this is the best park in the region. It’s a top destination for rock climbing and bouldering too. Pack a picnic lunch or swing by one of Sedona’s local restaurants to pick up takeout and enjoy it in the great outdoors.
What a Trip!
The Tuzigoot National Monument is a must-see and not far from downtown Sedona. It’s also a great spot for water sports from jet skiing to SUPing. Near the town of Clarkdale and close to the Verde Canyon Railroad, you can easily spend the entire day in this charming region.
The Out of Africa Wildlife Park introduces you to exotic animals from around the world in a sprawling natural habitat. Just off Highway 17, it’s a short drive from Sedona and fun for the whole family.
by: Editor on 3/2/2016
Truly take a break from it all when you spend spring break in one of Arizona’s most peaceful and beautiful cities. Oak Creek Canyon is the perfect escape for hiking, mountain biking, camping, and fishing. Cathedral Rock is a gorgeous destination where hikers feel whisked away to another world. At Chapel of the Holy Cross, stunning architecture is built right into the rocks and there are a number of trailheads nearby.
Sedona stargazing is some of the best in the country, whether you plan to rent a truck and sit back in the bed for an evening of wonder or want the most remote camping spot possible. Trailhead Tea, the “best of the best” local tea shop, is nestled close to a favorite trailhead offering the perfect way to perk up or relax before and after a hike.
Spring Has Sprung
There are over 50 spas in Sedona, each catering to whatever indulgence strikes your fancy. Whether it’s a hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, body wrap, mud bath, mani/pedi combination, or something else you have in mind, make sure to carve out time for a little pampering.
Sedona is also a foodie city, with an eclectic mix, from the Elote Cafe for authentic Mexican fare to Dahl & Di Luca’s Italian eatery. Plan your spring break now and enjoy all Sedona has to offer!
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.