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Visit the Palatki Ruins

by: Editor on 4/25/2014

While in Sedona, take in some history and explore the past of the Native American Indians that once roamed the area. Located on the outskirts of Sedona, the Palatki Ruins are ancient Native American Indian ruins dating back to the early 1800’s.

Nestled in the red rocks, these ruins are an outdoor museum of American Indian life available for the public to explore. This ancient settlement once had a town square that is now open spaces and alcoves. Notable artwork along the remaining walls include images scratched into rock and painted images. The rock art spans thousands of years and the colored human and animal forms are easy to distinguish.

Living quarters from two dwellings still exist although due to deterioration, one has been closed to the public. The second dwelling consists of nine rooms and is open for tours. The agave roasting pit that is on display is one of the largest in the Verde Valley. The roasting pit, along with the large public alcoves gives visitors a glimpse into the building techniques and skills the Shinaguan Indians used.

Palatki is open seven days a week. Stop in for a few hours, listen to the guides and learn a little more about the area. There are picnic areas for you to enjoy an afternoon snack and give your feet a rest.

Fly Fishing in Sedona

by: Editor on 4/2/2014

Sedona tops the charts for one of the most outdoor oriented community and serene surroundings. Aside from the relaxing element of being in the great outdoors, there is plenty of adventure and fun to be had too.

Fly fishing is one of the many activities that not only promotes relaxation but it offers a very enjoyable experience. Whether you are an expert at the fly rod or you don’t even know what a fly rod is, the fly fishing in Sedona’s Oak Creek will have you hooked in no time. Enjoy the sound of the trickling waters as you watch your fly gracefully float along the surface slowly baiting the fish for your big catch!

Oak Creek primarily consists of brown trout and rainbow trout but you might get lucky and encounter a few brook trout also. Fishing around the campgrounds has proven to be successful as well as the catch and release areas. A few of the popular areas that have had great success are Grasshopper point, Banjo Bill’s  and the Pine Flats.

If you need a little more guidance, check out the guys over at Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures. They offer a variety of guided trips and are pros when it comes to teaching the novice angler to become an expert.

While fly fishing can be enjoyable it also takes practice so don’t be discouraged. Keep up the hard work and you will be bringing dinner home for the family in no time!

Sedona Day Hikes

by: Editor on 3/26/2014

Grab your tennis shoes or your hiking boots and get outside to enjoy the beautiful AZ weather. Sedona is the day hike capital of Arizona and gives you lots of opportunities to stretch your legs and take in the sun and amazing scenery. With over 120 hiking trails to choose from ranging from easy to very difficult there is a trail for you no matter your skill level.  Every trail is different and offers a different experience. With the beautiful views and the serene atmosphere, there is no better way to spend a morning, afternoon or full day in Sedona.

Some of the most popular hiking areas are Bel Rock, Boynton Canyon, Doe Mountain, West Fork of Oak Creek Cathedral Butte, Bear Mountain and Devil’s Bridge. Don’t fool yourself, there are many others too! Most of the trails are located within the Coconino National Forest.

Before you hit the trail, be sure to take safety into consideration. Pack water and snacks for everyone. The trails can be longer than you expect and it can get warm. Lastly, take a look at a trail map. It is essential that you know your skill level and choose a trail that works for everyone. Review the trail map and be familiar with where you are going. If you plan on heading out in one of the popular hiking areas, you should see people on the trails but don’t always count on that. If you choose to venture in a more quiet and peaceful area away from the crowds, take precautions and let our front desk know where you are going, what trail you are taking and when you expect to return. Safety is always the top priority.

Kids Can Have Fun Too!

by: Editor on 3/7/2014

Sedona, while beautiful and serene, is not always considered a place for children. If you are looking for some activities for the kids, have no fear, we have lots for you to do.

Slide Rock State Park is a fun adventure for both kids and parents. This swimming hole is a popular spot by visitors and locals alike. If the weather is too chilly and you aren’t brave enough to try the Slide into cold water, check out the orchards. Slide Rock State Park is a nature preserve and apple orchard. Take a walk around and see the exciting vegetation and wildlife that the park holds.

If you need a little more action, head over to Posse Grounds Park. Filled with activities, this park has sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, hiking trails, dog park, and skate park. The Jack Malmgren Skate Park was built and designed for skateboards, roller skates, inline skates and bmx bikes and has areas designated for beginners all the way up to advanced level skaters. Bleachers are nearby for your viewing pleasure.

Just south of Sedona is the Out of Africa Park  in Camp Verde. This one of a kind wildlife park is worth the 30 minute drive. This interactive park allows you to feed the animals, experience exciting shows and give you the feel of being in the middle of Africa with the exotic animals. Be sure to check out their website for discounted tickets and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes!!

While staying in the area, consider our Best Western in Sedona for a amazing stay at a great rate.

5 Great Eco-Tourism Options in Sedona

by: Editor on 12/31/2013

When staying at the BEST WESTERN Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas, you will get more than luxurious rooms and great customer service.  You will also have an excellent location close to numerous eco-tourism attractions.

Red Rock State Park: Sedona is famous for its beautiful red rocks, so a trip to this area wouldn’t be complete without exploring all the beauty of this novelty at the Red Rock State Park.  Plan a day to take a hike through the park’s trails, and don’t forget your camera!

Secret Mountain: Sedona’s Secret Mountain Wilderness is the perfect place for an adventurous camping trip.  Located in the northwestern portion of Sedona at the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, this mountain area lives up to its name with high mountains, deep forests, large canyons, red rocks, natural arches and the west fork of Oak Creek.  See if you can discover what the secret of the mountain is and enjoy a trip like no other.

Sycamore Canyon: Red Rock Country’s second largest canyon provides a perfect backdrop for photo opportunities with its rare and beautiful scenery.  With colorful rock formations, numerous varieties of desert plants, rare wildlife and a lush riparian habitat along Sycamore Creek with secluded blue pools, you can spend days just exploring all the different and spectacular scenic spots. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a black bear, mountain lion, ringtail cat, rapture birds and other amazing wildlife while hiking through this area.

Vortex Tour: Vortex refers to an area of concentrated energy. The vortexes of Sedona are believed to be sacred.  These sites have powerful spiritual significance, and are a popular place for people to visit who are seeking vision, wisdom, support and meditation.  There are a number of these vortex sites in the Sedona area, including upflow and inflow vortexes.  Make sure you take some time to visit these sites while in Sedona.

Oak Creek: Home to the rare desert riparian habitat, this creek is a must-see while in the area.  Take a hike along the creek and discover numerous species of lizards, amphibians, fish, insects, beavers and birds.  This is an excellent spot for the budding scientist and will make a great addition to your wildlife photo album.

5 Great Romantic Date Ideas in Sedona

by: Editor on 12/31/2013

Whether you are here in Sedona for your honeymoon or just a romantic getaway, there are plenty of options for special date nights that will always be remembered when staying at the BEST WESTERN Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villa.

Hot Air Balloon Tour: There is nothing more romantic than trying something brand new together for the first time, and a hot air balloon ride not only gives you a spectacular experience, but a superb view of the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. With a slower pace than planes and helicopters, a balloon ride provides the perfect atmosphere for conversation and thrills.

Trail Horse Adventure Tours: Guided horseback tours are a wonderful choice for a casual romantic date.  If you’re not an experienced horse-person, you won’t have to worry about making a bad impression on the horse. These are experienced trail horses, and the guide is there to make sure nothing goes wrong. So you can relax and enjoy the spectacular landscape up close from the back of a horse, and make a special memory for your scrapbook.

Vortex Tours: The incredible energy that surrounds Sedona is something that can’t be missed.  With special vortex tours available, you can choose what you want for your tour, whether it is native teachings, medicine wheel ceremonies guided meditations or nature walks with dyades. For an unusual date that makes for great conversation afterwards, this is an excellent choice for couples to learn more about each other and themselves.

4WD Jeep Adventure Tours: For a different type of date that provides both adventure and a touch of romance, take one of the jeep and hummer off-road tours in Sedona.  You can experience the beauty of the red rocks up close and take great pictures to remember your special date. Afterwards, enjoy a special meal at the Heartline Cafe, an excellent choice with a romantic ambiance.

Verde Canyon Railway Tour: For a special date that provides a bit of romance and nostalgia, take a ride on the railway to visit Sinagua Indian dwellings, the S.O.B. trestle and a riparian sanctuary with glimpses of wildlife.