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 3/29/2016
The Sedona Heritage Museum hosts a number of events per year, and one of the biggest is the Oak Creek Canyon History Tour. Led by Paul Thompson, the grandson of the city’s first permanent Anglo settler who called Sedona home in 1876, you’ll be driven in style in a luxury coach while Paul outlines over 20 homesteads, historic locations and squatter sites. Check out Bear Howard’s cabin, the Thompson springhouse, and Purtymun’s Cave Springs.
The tours are held from 9am-noon March 31, April 1 and 2, and tickets are $55 for non-museum members. However, there are a number of additional events happening in April to check out too! On April 13, the “National Registry of Historical Places: What the Heck is It?” lecture will be hosted by retired Historic Preservation Officer Nancy Burgess at the Sedona Heritage Museum from 10-11am.
Join the Red Rock Quilters Demo every Monday at 11am. Stunning quilts from around the area are on display, some for sale, and some quilters work on their masterpieces while discussing their passion and inspiration.
There’s also the Verde Valley Spinners and Weavers Demo Mondays from 11am-1pm. This free event showcases the incredible skills of local weavers working traditional looms and wheels. Stop by the museum for one of the many events, or to check out the impressive exhibits!
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 3/16/2016
Sedona has a thriving pizzeria community, from traditional pies to those with some authentic Mexican flare! Try Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen where you’ll find gluten-free appetizers and desserts. They pair perfectly with the Neapolitan and gourmet or veg pizzas like their Chicken Indian Curry, Rock Shrimp, Wild Mushroom and Spinach, or Fig Gorgonzola.
At Pisa Lisa you’ll find Pizza Rosso and Pizza Bianco, like the classic Margherita, Da Bambini, Justino, and the Passionista. This authentic Italian eatery also offers pasta, salads, and tapas. Pair a pie with the wine lover’s antipasta plate, flatbread, or slaw on the side.
A “Piece” of Paradise
Sedona Pizza Company offers classic pies like The Buttero with extra pepperoni, a Meatball pizza, Chicken Pesto pizza and the Napoli meats with plenty of sausage. Salads, soups, starters, and entrées are also on the menu. How about an eggplant stack, meatball sandwich or shrimp scampi to round out the feast?
Moondog’s Pizza is a local hangout where you’ll find a build-your–own-pizza option! The choices are limitless, or you can go with a favorite pie such as the Beefy Dog, Pizza bites, or the Veggie Delight. The “to die for” calzones are famous, so make sure you save room!
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 1/9/2016
You can go with a reputable tour company or create your own—there’s plenty to see and do in Sedona! Make sure you check out Cathedral Rock, a beautiful climb and/or great view. It’s ranked as the number one sightseeing destination on Trip Advisor and is a great place to start out your tour of Arizona’s stunning natural beauty. The Red Rock Scenic Byway is another option, letting you take in the beauty from the comfort of your car.
Chapel of the Holy Cross is a gorgeous chapel tucked into the Red Rock Mountains. It’s a testament to how the beauty of manmade destinations and Mother Earth can sometimes work harmoniously. Bell Rock is another favorite hot spot, offering distinct landmark features (and it’s great for photo opportunities!).
Check It Out!
Oak Creek Canyon offers stunning views and is a top choice for picnics year-round. Broken Arrow Trail is an off-roading vehicle hot spot, so if you plan to rent an ATV or four-wheeler, make sure to choose a company that offers trail rides at this spot. The West Fork Oak Creek Trail is another top choice, but with hiking and biking trails too.
Sedona star gazing is a must, whether you DIY or choose a tour company to guide your way. From Airport Mesa to Doe Mountain Trail, Sedona is an outdoor lover’s dream come true.