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Explore Local Hiking Trails

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.

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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!

Day Trips from Sedona

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.

Spring Break in Sedona

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.

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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!

Summer Vacation

by: Editor on 5/28/2015

Summer VacationIt is time to start planning your summer vacation. School is officially out and before you know it, summer will be long gone. Sedona is the perfect getaway for your summer vacation. Located in the heart of Arizona, Sedona has beautiful views, fun atmosphere, plenty of things to do and is located within driving distance of just about anything in Arizona that may peak your interest.

Stick around for a day or two and explore the amazing red rock views with a hike or scenic drive. Take a jeep tour and see Sedona from a whole new perspective. Pink Jeep Tours is so much fun even the manliest of men will love riding around in a bright pink jeep! Take a day trip up to the Grand Canyon. Just a short drive North, you can be at the South rim looking into one of the most amazing views you will ever see. Head over to Montezuma Castle and see ancient ruins of the Sinagua Indians.

Book your Sedona hotel today before summer passes before your eyes. With villas located right along Oak Creek, you can relax after a long day of exploring to the trickle of the water as it flows by your window. We look forward to having you as our guest and hope to make your summer vacation even more enjoyable.

Grand Canyon

by: Editor on 3/6/2015

Grand CanyonOne of the best things about Sedona, aside from the fantastic climate and amazing views,  is the excellent location. Sedona is  the perfect getaway that allows you many getaways in one trip. Just a short ride from Phoenix, Jerome, Flagstaff, and the best yet, the Grand Canyon. Just a short two hour ride, the Grand Canyon is one of the most majestic views on the face of this earth and you can’t turn down an opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon.

There are a number of things to do at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Inside the Grand Canyon National Park, you will find beautiful walking trails throughout the forest and along the rim. Stop in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and see the interesting displays and exhibits explaining all about the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River and the history of the area. Take a nature walk with a park ranger and learn interesting facts from their experiences and time within the park.

Get a little exercise, see more of the Grand Canyon and have fun doing it on a bike. You can rent a bicycle for the day or join one of the bicycle tours that gives you more knowledge and beautiful sights than you can imagine. If you want to go it alone, take off on foot along the rim and read the signs posted at various points to learn as you take in the beautiful surroundings. Bring your camera and a few snacks for this unbelievable day trip from Sedona.

Fun Facts About The Grand Canyon

by: Editor on 7/8/2014

Visiting the Grand Canyon this summer? We have a few fun facts about the Grand Canyon that you may or may not know. Impress your companions with this knowledge.

– The Grand Canyon is neither the world’s longest or deepest gorge. It is the third largest canyon in the world.

– At its widest point, the canyon is 18 miles across. The narrowest point is only 600 yards.

– Fossilized sloth bones from 11,000 years ago have been found in canyon caves within the Grand Canyon. No fossils have been found on the floor, only fossilized animal prints.

– The most common rattle snake in the park is pink, matching the hue of the rocks.

– The canyon was originally called Kaibab by the Paiute Indians meaning “mountain turned upside down” and was renamed Grand Canyon by John Wesley Powell in 1891 when charting the Colorado River’s course.

– It is the site of the Brady Pin-cushion cactus, a rare cactus discovered in 1958

– 800 million gallons of water flow through it per hour. – It is a ‘Natural Wonder of the World’

– It took 3-6 million years to form

– The base is approximately 1/3 of the earth’s age

– More than 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon every year.

– It is 277 miles long

– The deepest point is just over one mile deep