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Hop on the Red Rock Magic Trolley

by: Editor on 5/22/2017

 

Have you seen the little red trolley cruising around Sedona? That’s the Red Rock Magic Trolley, offering a variety of tour options so you can take in the best sights and hidden gems of the region in one fell swoop. Tours range from 55 – 85 minutes depending on which is selected, and it’s a fantastic quick trip even for locals who haven’t explored every nook and cranny of their gorgeous town.

The trolleys are also available for private rentals, as is renting a fleet of vans. Popular for business conferences, weddings and more, it’s a unique way to get around Sedona. However, day tours are by far the most popular. Guides are always local and know every inch of the city—as well as a few jokes to keep the party going.

Get on Board

Choose from three tour options, and book your reservations online. The Chapel of the Holy Cross Tour showcases the most visited destination in Sedona, just down Highway 179. Tickets are just $15 for adults, and the trolley departs seven days per week at 3 p.m. Choose the Boynton Canyon Tour and see Jordan Park while finding out about Native American history and the western film industry. These tours are $25 for adults.

The Bell Rock Tour’s highlight is the “land of giants” where vortex sites and the most famed rocks are the stars. Tickets are $25 for adults to join this 85-minute tour. You can opt for a Sunsetter Tour, too, and see the rocks in a brand new light!

 

Discover the Verde Valley Wine Trail

by: Editor on 2/22/2017

 

Go where the trail leads! In gorgeous Sedona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail is nearby and attracts wine lovers from around the world. Enjoy local Arizona wines surrounded by the red rock scenery with seven wineries and eight tasting rooms at the ready. Each winery is one of a kind and offers unique wines at every stop. Near Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Cornville and of course Sedona, it’s a fun way to see more of the local region.

Cottonwood is the hub of the Wine Trail, nestled above the desert heat yet away from the chill of the high country. Buttes and mountains surround the town, it’s the perfect place to start your wine-fueled journey. So far a largely under-discovered mecca, you’ll quickly fall in love with this gem as you explore the fantastic wine producing areas.

Happy Trails

Sedona features rocky soil that makes the vines struggle, leading to vines that are more energetic and produce higher quality grapes. This means a more intense fruit with higher flavor concentration. In the past decade, wineries and vineyards have really sprung up in the area, and as pioneers, they’re setting the bar high.

Stop by each tasting room for samples. The seven wineries include Oak Creek Vineyards, Javelina Leap Vineyards, Alcantara Vineyards, Clear Creek Winery, Chateau Tumbleweed, D.A. Ranch and Page Springs Cellars. See how wines are crafted, and also discover some of the best hidden bistros in town.

 

Sedona Marathon

by: Editor on 2/1/2017

 

The 12th annual Sedona Marathon takes place February 4th, and if you’re a runner looking for a new challenge with stunning scenery, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Prefer to cheer on the runners, or want a different length for your race? You’ll find 5k, 10k, half marathon and youth events also racing through the red rocks at this spectacular event.

February registration is $120 for the full marathon, and last-minute registrations might be possible. The Sedona Marathon is one of the most breathtaking in the U.S., and the organizers take pride in giving runners and spectators plenty of southern hospitality and a one-of-a-kind experience.

Run On

Whether you’re a regular marathoner or a first-timer, the course is designed to be full of supporters, stunning scenes and plenty of hydration and snack stations. The start and finish line is on Navoti Drive, convenient to major streets and highways. The venue opens at 7 a.m., and the marathon starts at 9, with massage tents available starting at 10.

Stick around for the full marathon awards at 1 p.m. It’s dubbed the best marathon in Arizona, one of the most beautiful races in the country, and a race that “takes runners through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.” All participants get swag, bragging rights and a world-class experience.

 

What Makes the Red Rocks Red?

by: Editor on 1/10/2017

 

Arizona, and especially the Sedona area, is world-famous for the “red rocks,” but how did they get that hue? Made of red sandstone formations, they can look like they glow a bright red and orange thanks to the sun’s rays. It’s no surprise that they’re a favorite backdrop for a number of activities from photography and hiking to spiritual retreats and, of course, outdoor weddings and photos.

The city of Sedona also has some unique history. The city was named for Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly, wife of the city’s first postmaster circa 1910. She was known for her hard work ethic and hospitality. However, her name was made up by her mother simply because “it sounded pretty.”

Rock On

The sandstone red rocks are full of hematite, also known as rust, which stains the stones along Schnebly Hill especially deep. Much of the Sedona rock terrain is very steep because the top layer of the “strata” is made up of limestone and basalt—these materials are harder than the actual sandstone underneath.

When water runs along the edge of the terrain, the lower layers are eaten away to create the stunning cliffs Arizona is famous for. Eventually, big slabs break off and form canyons. Where the slabs have fallen away, you can see the raw material underneath before the process begins all over again.

 

Bell Rock for Hiking

by: Editor on 11/2/2016

 

The Red Rocks are renowned for hiking, mountain biking and exploring, but don’t miss out on Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s smaller hidden gems. It’s a short, accessible hike at just 0.75 miles long and takes you up the northern face of the aptly named Bell Rock. The trail is marked clearly and begins at the Bell Rock Pathway. At the peak, you’ll take a loop before gently descending.

This is a favorite short hike for locals and can be a popular pick on weekends and holidays. It’s best to tackle this outing early mornings or on off days, such as weekdays and key holidays (Thanksgiving is a perfect pick!). Many rock climbers also try to take on the rock itself.

A Rocking Good Time

The slide area is a unique challenge that some hikers like to attempt, and to the east is a spot where you can try to climb even higher. Getting to the peak of the spires is an obstacle nervier hikers attempt, but you’ll need plenty of experience for this. To go above and beyond turns Bell Rock into a hazardous and strenuous hike. However, the rewards are incredible with views you can’t get anywhere else in Sedona.

The short trails and numerous options make Bell Rock a great choice for groups with a variety of skilled hikers. Take the northern parking lot to the base of Bell Rock for a simple hike, or choose the Lower Bell Rock Trail. A moderate hike can be made via the Upper Bell Rock Trail, or try the Ascent if you’re an experienced hiker.

Summer Starlight at Verde Canyon Railroad

by: Editor on 8/10/2016

 

The Starlight Ride is a seasonal tradition for many, leaving during the late afternoon on select Saturdays June through September. You will be whisked away on the local train across the riparian canyon through a stunning sunset and into the moonlight. The August event takes place on the 20th and admission starts at $59.95. From 5:30-9:30 p.m., you’ll be covered under a blanket of stars as you’re guided through the Verde Canyon to see the gorgeous vista in a way few Sedona visitors get to enjoy.

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It’s a romantic getaway that takes you to the turn-around point at Perkinsville during just the right time to give you a glimpse into the nightlife of Sedona. Celestial bodies provide the perfect backdrop to once-in-a-lifetime sightings, such as bald eagles flying into the horizon, all while the Verde River flows below you, reflecting the unbelievable sunset hues.

The Romance of a Train

These Saturday night train tours are a popular choice for date night, but they’re also great for families. It’s also a great alternative, or complement, to a hike through the canyon, and the on-site menu, like the Prickly Pear Margarita, goes perfectly with the scenery. See the unspoiled beauty of the canyon up close in an intimate setting where you can kick back, relax and take it all in.

Tickets do sell out, so book yours early here.