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Sedona Balloon Flights

• Northern Arizona’s original, largest and most experienced balloon company — FAA certified since 1974 • Year-round daily sunrise flights • First flight certificates • “Day before” reservations usually available • Free local hotel pickup All of our pilots have over 1,000 hours balloon time — we only use high-hour pilots with perfect safety records. OUT OF CONSIDERATION FOR OUR GUESTS’ COMFORT AND SAFETY, WE DO NOT USE THE LARGER 16 TO 20 PASSENGER BALLOONS.



P.O. Box 1695, Sedona, Arizona 86339 • • One of only two hot air balloon companies permitted by the Coconino National Forest to fly in the Sedona Red Rock Area. 48-hour cancellation policy

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See, go, do! FEBRUARY


Sedona welcomes thousands of runners participating in the 5K, 10K, half- and full-marathon races on the spectacular course through red rock country. 928-204-1123.

Presented by The Hummingbird Society, the annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival features a gala banquet, presentations from photographers and talks by conservationists. Go on a tour to hummingbird hotspots or enjoy a “Sunrise Hummingbird Breakfast.” 800-529-3699.

Sedona Marathon

Sedona International Film Festival

Experience the magic of independent filmmaking, including full-length features, shorts, documentaries, animation, student films and foreign films at this world-class annual film festival. 928-282-1177.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate at the Sedona St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Uptown Sedona, presented by Sedona Main Street Program. Enjoy live music and entertainment, food booths and a beer garden. 928-204-2390.


Sedona Hummingbird Festival

Celebrate Your Spirit

Held in the courtyards of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association will showcase members’ services, products & talents. Explore Sedona’s full-range of spiritual-based amenities: psychics, astrologers, massage therapists, energetic healing practitioners, counselors, hypnotherapists and life coaches. 928-282-4838.

Red Rocks Music Festival

This week-long music festival features chamber and orchestral performances, master classes and workshops. Enjoy performances by world-class

Sedona Arts Festival

Featuring 125 juried artists in a range of mediums, this annual event also includes the Gourmet Gallery, KidZone, raffle prizes and wonderful food. 928-204-9456.

Sedona Plein Air Festival

This annual festival presents award-winning, nationally-recognized artists who paint from life in the outdoors, “en plein air,” capturing moments in time. Activities around Sedona include the Plein Air Exhibition Gallery, keynote speakers, a “Quick Draw” event, wine tasting, and always popular Main Street “Paint Out.” 928-282-3809.

NOVEMBER Festival of Trees

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village celebrates the holidays with over 45 Christmas trees and gingerbread houses fully decorated in fun and

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Fostering awareness of the natural world for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley, this annual festival is held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood and features educational workshops, recreational activities and area vendors. 928-282-2202.


Sedona Singletrack Celebration

This grassroots mountain bike festival celebrates the fat-tire experience in Red Rock Country. Take a ride on singletrack, slickrock, forest, exposed, smooth, rough; you name it, we got it. Bring your bike, rent one here, or demo some of the finest.,

SFS Shorts Film Festival

Sedona Marathon

Festival of Lights

pianists, violinists, horn players and cellists. The festival educates, engages and challenges audiences. 877-733-7257.


Fiesta del Tlaquepaque


Celebrate at this annual festival of music and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. Stroll the streets, plazas and patios of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village while enjoying mariachis, Flamenco dancers and the wonderful colors and tastes of Mexico. 928-282-4838.

Enjoy magical days of music at this annual pilgrimage of bluegrass performers to Red Rock Country. Concerts, contests and BBQs highlight the itinerary at Sedona’s most spectacular locations. 928-204-2415.

Toast the wine growing industry of Arizona with our local and regional vineyards. Sample local food and enjoy spectacular views at Sedona Airport while live music fills the air. Purchase wines by the case, bottle, or glass. 928-284-8657.

Enjoy three days of independent short films at this annual festival presented by the Sedona Film School. 928-649-4257.

Sedona Bluegrass Festival

Sedona Winefest

Sedona Taste

Celtic Harvest Festival

Sponsored by Pink Jeep Tours, the annual Sedona Taste is Sedona’s premier wine and dine event of the year. Stroll along the banks of Oak Creek, listen to live music and sample the flavors of the finest local restaurants and wineries at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. 928-282-0122.


National Day of the Cowboy Celebration

Celebrate cowboys, their Western art, culture, music and traditions. Enjoy live Western music, performances by gunslingers and some cowboy vittles in Uptown Sedona. 928-204-2390.

“Eat, drink and be merry!” Celtic tradition always includes good food, music and libation. Enjoy a vast selection of Celtic beers, single malt Scotch, mead and wine. Stroll the food court, shop the merchandise vendors, and dance to Celtic music.

OCTOBER Ales on Rails

Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates the autumn season every weekend in October. Revelers gather on the depot’s patio to enjoy a wide selection of beer and Bavarian favorites such as brats, pretzels and strudel. The train departs Clarkdale depot at 1 p.m. for the journey into beautiful Verde River Canyon. 877-800-7313.


Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

exquisite ways. The trees, displayed both indoors and outdoors, are available for purchase during the ongoing silent auction. 928-282-4838.


Sedona’s Tree Lighting & Santa Visit

Presented by Sedona Main Street Program, this free event kicks off the holidays in Sedona! Listen to Christmas carols and let youngsters tell Santa their wishes. Celebrate the season when the tree is lit. 928-204-2390.

Festival of Lights

Witness the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in the courtyards and walkways of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The annual tradition is cherished by families who participate in this celebration of the holiday season. 928-282-4838.


Sedona is home to many seasonal events and activities hosted by local non-profit organizations, parks, museums and tour companies. For detailed event calendars visit the following websites: Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Verde Canyon Railroad, Chamber Music Sedona, Verde Valley Sinfonietta, Sedona Film Festival, Sedona Heritage Museum, Sedona 30, Red Rock State Park, Sedona Events Alliance, The charming art galleries located in Red Rock Country host art walks and seasonal shows. For more information go to:,, and



In this place that looks like nowhere else, visitors from all over the world are discovering the “wow!” of Sedona. Story by Hoyt C. Johnson Photographs by Tom Johnson


550 and 1400 A.D., are now intriguing ancient ruins that dot this area today. Indeed, Honanki and Palatki archaeological sites, Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well national monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument and V-Bar-V Heritage Site still offer the public a glimpse into pre-Sedona’s extremely interesting lifestyle.

ong before T.C. Schnebly and his wife, Sedona, settled on an inviting site near Oak Creek, the Sinagua Indians farmed and fished nearby, and they harvested wild desert plants like yucca for medicinal and other practical uses. Yucca, abundant in what is now Sedona, provided fiber, food and soap to the Verde Valley’s original craftspeople. And their homes, occupied between




ertainly, Sedona’s early days were amazing for a long list of mesmerizing reasons, but for the fortuitously endowed, historically rich Sedona area, which has witnessed an absolutely intriguing, impressive, century-plus historical evolution, “now” is still a wow! Imagine, just a few years ago, after soliciting opinions from travel writers and photographers, talking to outdoor enthusiasts and historic preservationists, and polling colleagues, professional representatives of nationally distributed USA WEEKEND selected the 10 prettiest places in this entire country. And subsequently, this extremely popular publication named Sedona “THE NO. 1 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA”— obviously, quite a distinction for this unique, little city, which is described as “a place that looks like nowhere else!” Also, because of its spectacular natural beauty, which is accented by massive red-rock formations, as well as its ideal setting at the mouth of one of the Southwest’s most alluring canyons, Sedona attracts adventurous people who become attached to this entire area in a very strong, magnetic manner — and this unique attraction, which continually is enhanced by annual festivals, concerts, art shows at extremely popular galleries and challenging athletic contests, has proved to be lasting! Today, tourists from throughout the world repeatedly ask: “Is there another city anywhere that is, itself, the site of spectacular natural beauty and that also is the hub of nearby geological and historical attractions that lure visitors from throughout the world?” And the most popular answer is that the most convenient and enjoyable way to see the Grand Canyon and dozens of other unique, natural attractions is to visit Sedona. You see, during recent decades, Sedona’s role in the tourism world has changed dramatically — from a place to pass through, to a place to go to. And instead of being “on the way,” it has become the destination. Indeed, more than being just a sight, it also is a site. In fact, it has become the important hub of northern Arizona’s extremely popular tourism industry, which is focused on myriad day trips from Sedona to favorite north-central communities like Williams, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Camp Verde, Jerome, Old Town Cottonwood/Clarkdale and Prescott/Prescott Valley. Not that there isn’t enough to do just in Sedona, because there is. For example, “world class” archaeological sites Palatki and Honanki offer visitors the unique opportunity to explore impressive cliff dwellings and fascinating rock art — and the best way to do this is with experienced Pink Jeep guides and well-trained Forest Service hosts. With regard to a fascinating lifestyle, Sedona visitors and residents can spend a day hiking, horseback riding, bouncing in an off-road vehicle on trails or dirt roads, and then enjoy the comfort of a country inn, acclaimed resort — or in the case of residents, a beautifully located private residence. This is the paradox of Sedona: unique shops, impressive galleries and classy restaurants nestled in a rugged canyon with splashing creeks and waterfalls surrounded by an expansive national forest. Also, for those who are interested, Sedona boasts of a variety of unique in-town homes and condominiums, remote ranch-style properties and fine residential communities with sites that feature panoramic views and so much more. And it is interesting to note that local real estate experts have teamed together to create Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals, a collaboration of highly experienced, top-producing agents who specialize in the luxury home market. As it happened, most of the people who came to Sedona years ago were attracted by spectacular scenery and not anything else. But times have changed and today, the millions of visitors who come to this unique community are pleased to find not only award-winning resorts, restaurants and art galleries — they also are attracted by fashionable shopping and related services. Obviously, this land that is called Red Rock Country is a four-season



playground for history, geology, archaeology, art and scenery buffs, but especially for enthusiasts who love outdoor recreational activities. For instance, if your family wants to take a tour, select from an inviting variety of entertaining off-road trips — or maybe horseback rides, hikes and bikes, helicopters, hot-air balloons, trains and kayaks are more tempting. And if golf is your game, choose from courses bordering national forests near Sedona and Village of Oak Creek. Fortunately, Red Rock Country offers myriad spectacular trails for hiking and horseback riding, and the exceptional attractions of these trails are as varied as their degrees of difficulty, unique locations and historical significance. Also, awesome views, narrow canyons, winding creeks and massive slickrock are attributes that make these trails very special. But this area is a mountain biker’s paradise, too, with miles of single track, slickrock and forest trails. Interestingly, easy trails for beginners to extremely difficult routes for advanced cyclists challenge riders of all abilities — and it should be noted that Sedona is designated as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. With regard to Sedona’s popularity in the world of arts and culture, it is of substantial interest to note that during recent years, its enhanced prominence has been documented by the impressive public display of sculpture that has been placed in prestigious shopping villages, in front of public institutions and in the courtyards of professional buildings. Also, it is not a surprise that local tours focused on vortexes and



SCHNEBLY HILL related Native American history are popular in this community, as are world-class inspirational mind and body therapies offered by several spas. Additionally, well-known metaphysical practitioners offer divine educational seminars, and they also conduct a variety of spiritual experiences. Interestingly, the fact that Sedona and the other relatively small towns in this area that draw visitors for good food, art and mining lore also are noted for producing world-class wines in stylish wineries. And this is still another reason why The Arizona Republic recently reported that the Verde Valley — which includes Sedona, Page Springs, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome and Camp Verde — was listed among the Top 10 Travel Destinations in the United States. It is interesting, too, that the unique character of Sedona surprises the millions of people who visit this area every year because nestled in a rugged canyon where remote wilderness areas and national forests invite outdoor recreation, this community boasts of an upscale collection of hotels and cozy inns lauded by the national and international press. And finally, for couples seeking the perfect setting for a dream-like wedding, Red Rock Country can provide a treasure-trove of uniquely beautiful settings for tying the knot. For instance, how about in a hot-air balloon or a helicopter, maybe on your favorite hiking trail surrounded by spectacular red-rock formations — or even at the edge of a stunning, breathtaking overlook. Certainly, whatever you do, DISCOVER SEDONA, where the famed, red glow of spectacular buttes, spires and pinnacles — as well as the rich riparian character of Oak Creek Canyon and the quiet peacefulness of surrounding wilderness areas — characterize an almost unbelievable site of personal renewal for appreciative visitors from all over the world!




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ears ago, when people came to Sedona, most of them were attracted by spectacular scenery and not anything else. Times have changed, however, and today, the millions of visitors who come to this unique community are very pleased to consider it a major destination. Magnificent red-rock formations and refreshing riparian areas nourished by splashing Oak Creek still are this canyon’s most popular attractions, of course, but these naturally beautiful amenities are complemented by a great deal more. Visitors are pleased to find awardwinning resorts and restaurants, prestigious art galleries and an inviting roster of outdoor activities and historic sites, of course, but they also are attracted by fashionable shopping and related services. Today, Sedona is full of prestigious galleries and rows Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village of enticing shops – yes, enough to challenge the most A shopping experience in Sedona is a delightful exploration while also ambitious collectors and buyers, who literally flock to enjoying spectacular scenery. Sedona’s original Uptown, a favorite of residents and visitors alike; the nearby Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe; Hillside, Hozho, and the impressive, new Garland’s Collector’s Room West Sedona, a “real town” that is the site of Old Marketplace; historic next to Garland’s Navajo Rugs; Village of Oakcreek, which is marked Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, a substantial collection of Spanishby gigantic Bell and Courthouse Rocks; and Oak Creek Canyon where style buildings and courtyards with splashing fountains reminiscent Garland’s Indian Jewelry and Oak Creek Market are hidden. of a Mexican hamlet; the State Route 179 corridor, which includes Walking the streets in Uptown Sedona is a wonderfully unique experience because not only is this area historically significant, it boasts of an eclectic collection of shops right on main street, plus the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and stylish Shops at Pinon Pointe. And just down the hill on Red Rock Scenic Byway, cobbled streets, intimate courtyards, wrought-iron gates and balconies create the appealing Old World charm of Tlaquepaque, where excited shoppers find a charming village composed of art galleries and gift shops. In contrast, the State Route 89A strip in West Sedona is a more traditional shopping and service area that offers home-grown goods and organic treats displayed between a unique mix of galleries, grocery stores and gas stations. Obviously, a shopping experience in Sedona is a delightful exploration leading to nooks and crannies that are fun to find – and wherever shoppers find themselves, they also are enjoying spectacular scenery that is among the most beautiful in the entire world!

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village



Sedona before Sedona




eaching from the Mogollon Rim – which marks the southern boundary of the Colorado Plateau – to the Black Hills, the area identified as Verde Valley includes the creek-rich, red-rock canyons of Sedona. Just as water, lush vegetation and plenteous wildlife attract visitors today, numerous Native American cultures were drawn to this beautiful area centuries ago. The history of these early Native Americans extends over a period of approximately 1,400 years, starting in A.D. 1 and ending mysteriously about A.D. 1425. And though the interpretation and chronological classification of what occurred during this historic period often is altered, it generally is conceded that the ancient cliff dwellings found in the Sedona area were constructed during The Honanki Phase, A.D. 1130-1300. As with so many of Sedona’s attractive features, the two largest cliff dwellings in this intriguing redThe J.J. Thompson family, above; T.C. and Sedona Schnebly, below; and Mike Peach, rock area have been labeled “world class” by learned certified Pink Jeep guide at Honanki. authorities -- and these ancient ruins, named Honanki and Palatki, were occupied by Sinagua people between Phoenix and Los Angeles. And today, the Pendley homestead is A.D. 1130 and A.D. 1280. known as Slide Rock State Park. Today, Honanki and Palatki Archaeological Sites offer visitors Finally, as it happened in the very early 1900s, early resident the unique, personal opportunity to explore impressive cliff T.C. Schnebly started picking up mail for area residents and after dwellings and fascinating rock art. And it is well known that the they complained about slow service, he filed an application for the best way to do this is with experienced Pink Jeep guides who are establishment of a post office. And when the Postmaster General certified as Interpretive Guides by the National Association for in Washington rejected several names for a Interpretation. As well as being stewards of the land, these guides are also excellent storytellers! Learn about the customs, myths and legends of native people, and the mysteries and meanings of world class rock art on cliff walls. Simply visit and to access valuable information about touring these ancient sites. Centuries after the era of Palatki and Honanki, homesteaders like J.J. Thompson claimed property under the Homestead Act, and in cancellation stamp because they were too long, 1876, Thompson took squatter’s T.C. suggested the name of his wife, Sedona. rights to a parcel of land across Obviously, postal officials approved the name from today’s Oak Creek Market, and on June 26, 1902, the post office was in located in Oak Creek Canyon. More business – in the back of the Schnebly home! settlers followed, including Frank For more information, visit Pendley, the most notable farmer in or even more entertaining, visit Sedona Heritage the history of Red Rock Country Museum at Jordan Historical Park for an because his apples and pears were enlightening, extremely interesting experience. sold in Jerome, Cottonwood,


What’s the Name of That – and how did it get there? Story by Hoyt Johnson • Photos by Tom Johnson

It’s quite bizarre, really!

Unlikely and strange as it seems, the only people that aren’t confused regarding the name of Sedona’s famous red rocks and other landmarks are the visitors – because they don’t know that Cathedral Rock used to be over by Bell Rock, where Courthouse Rock is now. But that was when Courthouse Rock was Church Rock, and when Cathedral Rock was Court Rock. There’s a whole lot more humorous confusion, too – but no matter what direction they come from, when visitors emerge from mystic Oak Creek Canyon; suddenly confront Bell and Courthouse rocks; carefully wind down Schnebly Hill Road; or catch an unbelievable glimpse of Bear Mountain, strategically situated in front of the Mogollon Rim, they are spellbound by the spectacular beauty and awesome magnitude of this area’s incredible landscape. More than anything, people are stunned by the way this landscape is punctuated by massive red-rock formations that have become renowned throughout the world. This is Red Rock Country; this is a land that features magnificent sights as beloved as any other natural splendor on Earth. Indeed, Sedona has been called “The most uniquely beautiful site on Earth.” And testifying to the insatiable curiosity of our civilization, the questions that echo throughout the enchanting canyons that give this area its distinctive character are “How did it happen?” and “When did it happen?” Well, as it happened, this unique area was positioned at the temperate base of the Mogollon Rim escarpment, which was carved by perennial Oak Creek and other Verde River tributaries. Consequently, abundant clues revealed by powerful natural forces are offered by the same spires, buttes and mesas that cause these questions to be asked. Also, Oak Creek Canyon, eroded into the southwestern margin of the Colorado Plateau, provides a complementary exhibit of geological information. With regard to “how” and “when,” geologists trace the origin of the stratum now called the Schnebly Hill Formation to a period of almost 300 million years ago, when a slowly subsiding basin gathered and preserved sand blown into this area by prevailing northerly winds. Also, these scholars credit the presence of an area-wide ring of Fort Apache limestone as evidence of the formation’s coastal position, saying that this distinctive layer of erosion-resistant rock was deposited during a brief period when this area was covered by the ocean. Cathedral Rock, near Red Rock Crossing; Coffeepot Rock, in



viewed from Red Rock Crossing, late afternoon

the canyon at the end of Soldiers Pass Road; and Mitten Ridge, east of Midgley Bridge, are among the most beloved, spectacular exposures of the Schnebly Hill Formation. The naming of these and other popular formations such as Capitol Butte, Merry-Go-Round, Rabbit Ears and Wagon Train, as well as Chimney, Lizard Head, Snoopy, Bell and Courthouse rocks is an interesting and sometimes very confusing story. Indeed, this story also is amusing, because during an entire century, Sedona’s landmarks have been given proper names and nicknames, been renamed, and have been identified with wrong names on maps. To make matters worse, but not really awful, old-timers say that new residents and visitors who don’t know the name of a rock, call it whatever they want. Obviously, these people don’t know that Camel Head used to be Tiger Head; they’re oblivious to the fact that some oldtimers think that Marg’s Draw should be called Morg’s Draw; they’re not concerned about Brind’s Mesa being identified as Brin’s Mesa; and they don’t know that Capital Butte used to be Judge Otey’s Tombstone. So, a warning! Don’t get caught up in a game of “Name That Rock” unless you don’t care if you sleep at night!


viewed from Teacup/Sugarloaf Trail, afternoon


viewed from Margs Draw Trail, midday


viewed from Bell Rock Vista, morning



Location! Location!



t is well known that T.C. and Sedona Schnebly were attracted to Upper Oak Creek or Camp Garden – both names were being used in 1902 – by the area’s beauty. And as the story goes, the couple purchased an 80-acre site where T.C. constructed a handsome house with two stone fireplaces on a site near present-day Los Abrigados Resort and Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Of course, there is no evidence that T.C. answered, “Location, location and location,” when asked why he was attracted to the property, but he might have – because today, natural wonders, a small-town ambience and a high-end bent make local real estate a hot commodity for buyers from around the world. And many of Sedona’s new residents have perused a wideranging choice of amenities, home styles and settings in prime locations throughout the world. Sedona’s natural wonders and a small-town ambience make local real estate a hot commodity. Today, Sedona boasts of a variety of here or simply make an investment, Sedona properties promise unique in-town homes and condominiums, remote ranch-style heavenly returns. properties and fine residential communities with sites that feature However, with regard to investing in Sedona real estate, it is panoramic views and so much more. important to note that while multimillion-dollar homes have become Almost every choice of lot imaginable is available, from those commonplace in Red Rock Country, as well as the Verde Valley, the that sit on high hills or blend into rolling ridges, to properties that process of buying and selling such properties is anything but a routine are hidden in cozy little canyons or hug the cliffs of Oak Creek. procedure. And some of the communities feature clubhouses, parks, hiking For a list of area real estate agents, visit, and to view trails and resort-style pools, while others offer maximum privacy. a gallery of fines homes go to Indeed, whether interested buyers are looking to establish a life



Inspirational beauty



ccording to respected art historians, no other community anywhere has a more fabulous precedent for the continued development and prospering of an industry focused on art and culture than Sedona, which is internationally renowned for natural beauty. Indeed, Sedona Arts Center was established more than 50 years ago – and shortly thereafter, Cowboy Artists of America, which has been labeled “one of the most successful art organizations in American history,” was founded in a back booth at what now is the Cowboy Club on main street. Also, this artful community has been home to Western art legends Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, John Hampton and Jim Reynolds, as well as internationally famous Max Ernst, whose works paved the way for surrealism. But obviously, the future is just as important as the past, and among Sedona’s current artists are many who are, Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art or definitely will be, legendary. In fact, this city, which In Sedona, arts & culture form a classic synergism with inspirational natural beauty. not too long ago had 500 residents, now has at least that many artists, plus more than 80 galleries that feature 759-seat, two-tiered, state-of-the-art Sedona Performing Arts Center every art form imaginable. at Sedona Red Rock High School. Additionally, an impressive roster of annual events such as the Also, Patrick Schweiss, executive director of the very popular Sedona Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona Plein Air Festival and Sedona International Film Festival, very fortunately utilizes the new Performing International Film Festival attract recognized exhibitors from Arts Center, as well as the festival’s new Mary D. Fisher Theatre. throughout the entire country. And of particular interest, art With regard to Sedona’s popularity in the world of arts and culture, it aficionados enjoy this community’s premier galleries by visiting them is interesting to note that during recent years, its enhanced prominence from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, when Sedona has been documented by the impressive, public display of sculpture Gallery Association hosts First Friday Gallery Tours. Obviously, that has been placed in prestigious shopping villages, in front of public as the name suggests, this is when SGA galleries and participating institutions and in the courtyards of professional buildings. Also, as artists reveal new work while so-called “gallery-goers” enjoy wine, previously mentioned, the annual Plein-Air Festival attracts hundreds of hors d’oeuvres and even live music. recognized “open-air” painters from the entire nation and Sedona Arts Also, ongoing world-class arts programming is presented Festival has been called one of the best arts festivals in Arizona. year-round by Chamber Music Sedona, Northern League of Arizona In Sedona, arts and culture go hand-in-hand with inspirational Opera and Canyon Moon Theater. And more recently, Sedona 30 natural beauty – an example of classic synergism. Indeed, this beloved has organized programs staged at the still-new, extremely impressive, community is both artful and art-full!

Sedona Performing Arts Center

Mountain Trails Galleries






by Tom Johnson Red Rock Country offers spectacular trails for hiking and horseback riding. The special

attractions of these trails are as varied as their degrees of difficulty, unique locations and historical significance. Awesome views, narrow canyons, winding creeks and massive slickrock are attributes that make each trail special. Some trails are designated as “hiking only.” Please see reference included with trailhead locations on the map to determine which trails are appropriate for horseback. More information on area hiking and horseback trails is available at the Red Rock Ranger District website,, or call the ranger station at 928-203-2900. Maps, guides and gear are available at Sedona Outdoors in Uptown Sedona.



Call of the Canyon Trailhead

West Fork Trail #108

Located on Hwy 89A in Oak Creek Canyon at milepost 384.5, 10 miles north of the Hwy 89A-Hwy 179 Roundabout. Parking, restrooms and interpretive information are available.

(intermediate) Hiking only

Bear Mountain/ Doe Mountain Trailhead From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 3.2 miles west on SR 89A. At the Dry Creek Road stoplight turn right and proceed 5.7 miles following Dry Creek Road, Boynton Pass Road, and FR 152C with left turns at both stop signs.

Fay Canyon Trailhead From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 3.2 miles west on SR 89A. At the Dry Creek Road stoplight turn right and proceed 4.8 miles following Dry Creek Road, Boynton Pass Road, and FR 152C with left turns at both stop signs.

Call of the Canyon Trailhead Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness West Fork of Oak Creek is a fascinating out-and-back canyon hike. The relatively flat trail is marked for three miles into this 14-mile long canyon ecosystem. The hike is rewarding as either a short two-hour hike or an extended all day exploration into the depths of the canyon. It is one of Red Rock Country’s most popular three-season hikes. There is refreshing growth in spring, cool temps during summer, and a painter’s pallet in fall. Hiking West Fork in winter can provide isolation and beauty that is unmatched. After a snowfall the frozen canyon walls, massive icicles and blanketed vegetation can wrap you in a scene that is otherworldly. Numerous crossings of the shallow creek can be done by rock hopping or tip-toeing across logs. In warmer months it is refreshing to splash through the clear water. A word of caution though, West Fork is subject to flash floods any time of year.

Harding Springs Trailhead Located on Hwy 89A in Oak Creek Canyon at milepost 385.5, 11.2 miles north of the Hwy 89A-Hwy 179 Roundabout. There is a small parking area on the west side of the road at the entrance to Cave Springs Campground.

Soldier Pass Trailhead From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 1.2 miles west on SR 89A. At the Soldier Pass Road stoplight turn right and travel north 1.3 miles. Turn right on Rim Shadows Drive and proceed 0.3 mile continuing on Canyon Shadows Drive to the trailhead. The gated trailhead is open 8 am to 6 pm.

Doe Mountain Trail


Bear Mountain Trail #54 PHOTOS TOM JOHNSON

(advanced) Hiking only

Bear Mountain / Doe Mountain Trailhead Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness This is one of Sedona’s “big” hikes with a climb of 1800 feet. Logistics should include five hours for this five-mile round-trip excursion, best done during fall or spring. Summer is very hot, and winter can be unpredictable on this exposed trail. Those who conquer this “bear” will be rewarded with spectacular views of Red Rock County. The trail starts in a serene meadow, crosses a couple of arroyos, and gradually ascends up four distinct plateaus. Experienced hikers with some route-finding ability using cairns will find this hike much more enjoyable than novice trekkers. Stay focused on the main trail. Avoid enticing side trails to lower overlooks which will only spend valuable time and energy needed to reach the summit. The ridge below the summit provides a beautiful picnic spot among ponderosa pines and breathtaking vistas. One last climb and a short scramble across the summit through sandstone and brush will bring you to the hidden viewpoint at 6,450 feet elevation! Although possible, don’t plan on seeing any bears while hiking. This isolated mountain is named from the old-timers story that from a distance it looks like a sleeping bear.

Doe Mountain Trail #60 (easy) Hiking and Horseback

Bear Mountain / Doe Mountain Trailhead Starting at 4600-feet elevation, hike the gentle switchbacks for 0.7 mile to gain 400 feet of elevation required to crest the Apache Limestone rim at 5000 feet. Once on top, follow unmarked trails to the north, east or south for spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. More adventurous hikers can scramble along the slick-rock rim for a 1.3-mile circumnavigation of Doe Mountain. Plan for 30 minutes each way on the trail, and an hour or more to explore the top. The narrow slot hikers must navigate just below the rim can be hard to locate for the return trip. Before setting off on an exploration of the top, note any landmarks or rock cairns marking this area. The slot is the only place to safely begin a descent back to the trailhead. Doe Mountain is actually a flat-topped mesa creating a scenic-view platform above Dry Creek Basin. This “island in the red rocks” is a haven for wildlife so watch for deer, javelina, rattlesnakes and other desert critters. Please don’t bother them and they won’t bother you.

Fay Canyon Trail #53 (easy) Hiking and Horseback

Fay Canyon Trailhead Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Fay Canyon, named after an early pioneer who ranched in the Dry Creek Basin, is hidden among the more famous landmarks of Sedona, but this jungle-like riparian gorge contains one of the area’s most amazing geologic features, Fay Canyon Arch. The 1.1-mile flat trail meanders through a forest of Live Oak and Alligator Juniper to a Supai Sandstone wall which marks the end of this box canyon. The arch, a 94-foot span located along the east wall of the canyon, is the longest in Red Rock Country. Because it separates only 10 feet from the cliff-face it can be hard to spot from the main trail, but the arch, and its alcove, can be reached by navigating a steep side trail usually marked by a rock cairn at 0.5 miles. Cross the dry wash and ascend to the arch and alcove. Plan an hour for the round-trip scramble to the arch, and add an additional hour to explore the length of the canyon.

Harding Springs Trail

Harding Springs Trail #51 (intermediate) Hiking and Horseback

Harding Springs Trailhead Harding Springs Trail was constructed in the late 1800s as a cattle trail and route to Flagstaff for canyon residents. Covered in a blanket of pine needles, the trail begins at 6300 feet elevation and gently switchbacks 0.7 miles one-way up the east side of Oak Creek Canyon. Enjoy the shade of the pine forest while gaining 700 feet of elevation, and after climbing for 30 minutes, spot the wooden post which marks the trail junction on top. Trails lead both north and south along the canyon rim with numerous outcroppings for spectacular views of Oak Creek Canyon. Walk south 100 yards for an easy resting place and viewpoint. From here, look for the SR 89A switchbacks at the head of the canyon and try to spot Oak Creek bending around Harding Mountain which is the round peak on the west side of the canyon. It is named after Col. Harding, a brigadier general in the Civil War. Another historical fact is that canyon pioneers would use horses to pack supplies up and down this canyon trail. Wagons parked on the rim would then be hitched-up for the multi-day trip to Flagstaff.

Soldier Pass Trail #66 (easy) Hiking and Horseback

Soldier Pass Trailhead The rewards of this 2.25-mile trail are found at the beginning. Devils Kitchen Sinkhole is five minutes from the trailhead and the Seven Sacred Pools are located just .5 mile in. Both are amazing geologic formations and worth extra time for contemplation. Continue through the Arizona cypress forest, past the end of a Jeep road and climb Brins Mesa on this route used by military soldiers in the late 1800’s. At two miles the trail levels on top, 450 feet above the wash. This is a great spot for a picnic and spectacular views of Red Rock Country. Just another .25 mile is the junction with Brins Mesa Trail which is the turnaround-point. Plan two hours for the entire 4.5 mile round trip hike With a second vehicle this round trip hike can become a one way shuttle hike. From the Brins Mesa Trail junction travel 1.5 miles south to the Jim Thompson trailhead in Uptown Sedona or hike 1.5 miles north to the Brins Mesa trailhead on Forest Road 152.

Soldier Pass Trail


Baldwin Trail

Bear Mountain Trail

• For directions to trailheads and route descriptions see pages 26, 27 and 30. • A Red Rock Pass (available at trailheads and visitor centers) is required for parking at some recreation sites in Coconino National Forest. • Always bring water, snacks and proper gear. • Tread lightly and leave no trash. • Enjoy at your own risk, create your own experience, and have fun! • For more information, contact the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest: (928) 203-2900,

A7 - West Fork Trail #108 (intermediate) Hiking only E4 - Bear Mountain Trail #54 (advanced) Hiking only E5 - Doe Mountain Trail #60 (easy) Hiking and Horseback D4 - Fay Canyon Trail #53 (easy) Hiking and Horseback A8 - Harding Springs Trail #51 (intermediate) Hiking and Horseback E6 - Soldier Pass Trail #66 (easy) Hiking and Horseback D5 - Long Canyon #122 / Deadman’s Loop (easy) Bike Route E4 - Aerie / Cockscomb Loop (intermediate) Bike Route D6 - Chuck Wagon Out-n-Back (intermediate) Bike Route F8 - Broken Arrow #125 / Llama Loop (intermediate) Bike Route H6 - Templeton / Baldwin Loop (advanced) Bike Route

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Templeton Trail



by Tom Johnson Red Rock Country is a mountain biker’s paradise with miles of single track, slickrock and forest trails.

Easy trails for beginners to extremely difficult routes for advanced cyclists will challenge riders of all abilities. Sedona is designated as a “Bicycle-Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists, however, not every trail allows for bikes, especially in designated wilderness areas where biking is prohibited. The exciting routes described here all travel on “bike-friendly” trails and ride-times are estimated based on average ability. For more information and maps about biking in the Sedona area ask the experts at Over The Edge Bikes located in West Sedona at 1695 W. State Route 89A, call them at 928-282-1106, or visit their website at


Long Canyon Trailhead

From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 3.2 miles west on SR 89A. At the Dry Creek Road stoplight turn right and proceed 3.0 miles. Turn right on Long Canyon Road and travel 0.5 mile to the trailhead.

Boynton Canyon Trailhead

From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 3.2 miles west on SR 89A. At the Dry Creek Road stoplight turn right and proceed 4.5 miles following Dry Creek Road and Boynton Pass Road. Turn right on Boynton Canyon Road and the trailhead will be 0.1 mile ahead on the right.

Vultee Arch Road Parking Area

From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 3.2 miles west on SR 89A. At the Dry Creek Road stoplight turn right and proceed 2.1 miles to Vultee Arch Road FR152. Turn right and follow the dirt road for 0.2 mile to the parking area.

Broken Arrow Trailhead

From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 1.4 miles south on SR 179. At the Morgan Road roundabout turn left and proceed 0.5 mile to the dirt road and across the cattle guard to the trailhead parking area.

Little Horse Trailhead

From the SR 89A-SR 179 roundabout drive 3.6 miles south on SR 179. The trailhead and information is across the northbound lane of the divided road.


Long Canyon #122 / Deadman’s Loop (easy) Long Canyon Trailhead

Begin by riding northwest on Long Canyon Trail while enjoying spectacular views of Maroon Mountain and Secret Mountain towering above Long Canyon. Turn left and travel west along the base of massive red rock walls on Deadmans Pass Trail to Boynton Canyon Trailhead. From here continue on, following the Aerie Trail, left on Cockscomb Trail and then left on Dawa Trail. Upon reaching paved Boynton Pass Road turn right and follow the road to Long Canyon Trailhead to complete this three-hour loop.

Aerie / Cockscomb Loop (intermediate) Boynton Canyon Trailhead

Hop on the Aerie Trail right out of Boynton Canyon Trailhead. Ride the Aerie Trail past Doe Mountain Trailhead and Aerie Parking Lot, continuing on

Cockscomb Trail around towering Doe Mountain. At the junction with Dawa Trail turn left to stay on Cockscomb Trail, then right on Aerie Trail to return to Boynton Canyon Trailhead and finish an enjoyable two-hour ride.

Chuckwagon Out-n-Back (intermediate) Vultee Arch Road Parking Area

Chuckwagon Trail starts on the north side of Vultee Arch Road FR152. This trail provides an awesome experience in both directions for a two-hour out-nback ride. Enjoy panoramic views of Thunder Mountain, Dry Creek Canyon, Secret Canyon and the Mogollon Rim while riding through the Dry Creek Basin. The turn-around point is at the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness sign and although traveling the same trail back, you will be rewarded with entirely different views of Red Rock Country.

Broken Arrow #125 / Llama Loop (intermediate) Broken Arrow Trailhead

Broken Arrow Trail, famous for amazing off-road adventures with Pink Jeep Tours, is a fantastic ride through Juniper forest and across slickrock. Bikers now have the opportunity to experience this route by riding the exciting Broken Arrow single track trail to spectacular Chicken Point. From here continue on Little Horse Trail for a breathtaking descent to Llama Trail, making a left turn at the junction. Follow Llama Trail along the base of massive Munds Mountain to Bell Rock Pathway and turn right to travel north on this easiest section of the ride. After passing the Little Horse Trail intersection watch for Mystic Trail near the Little Horse Trailhead. Follow Mystic Trail until it ends, turn left to hop on paved SR 179 for a short distance north to Chapel Road, turn right and continue to the Mystic Trailhead. Again ride Mystic Trail north until reaching the Pine Knoll neighborhood, another left and then right on SR179 will get you to Morgan Road which can be followed back to Broken Arrow Trailhead to complete this two-hour adventure.

Templeton / Baldwin Loop (advanced) Little Head Trailhead

Begin this exhilarating, three-hour ride by traveling south on Bell Rock Pathway to a small bridge. Watch for HT Trail and turn right to go under paved SR179. Turn right on Templeton Trail and continue on this beautiful, slickrock route at the base of world-famous Cathedral Rock, eventually navigating a technical downhill to the riparian banks of Oak Creek. Ride the trail downstream along Oak Creek, watch for signs and continue in the same direction at the Baldwin Trail junction. Ride Baldwin Trail counter-clockwise back to Oak Creek and from here, return to the trailhead via the same route on Templeton Trail, HT Trail and Bell Rock Pathway.


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nterestingly, the paradoxical character of this beloved community amazes millions of people who visit this unique area every year because nestled in a rugged canyon where the main activities enjoyed by visitors include exciting Jeep tours and trail rides to explore the geology, archaeology and history of this spectacular land, as well as challenging hikes into surrounding wilderness areas, Sedona boasts of a surprising collection of acclaimed hotels and cozy inns. In that regard, guests can choose from an assortment of all-encompassing facilities that offer fine dining, fitness centers and spas, golf, kids’ programs and pet-friendly accommodations, as well as spectacular scenery. And these acclaimed resorts are recognized as more than local and Arizona favorites. In fact, in many cases they have been lauded by the national and international press. Visitors might also pick from an assortment of private Best Western Plus/Arroyo Roble Hotel cabins with fireplaces, and there are more than 20 bedSedona’s acclaimed collection of lodging and spas has been lauded by and-breakfasts in creek-side and scenic hillside locations. the national and international media. However, the beauty of this town’s lodging choices is that million-dollar views are not restricted to high-end hotels. On a slightly different note, perhaps the words to the following Indeed, motels, as well as RV parks and popular campsites, constitute ancient Native American prayer describe Sedona’s unique spa another pleasing aspect of this community’s tourism industry. experiences best. In fact, it is doubtful that the following words could apply to any other spas in any other locations. Indeed, consider the following engaging words: “May you walk in beauty above you, beauty below you, beauty behind you, and beauty surrounding you! ” This prayer aptly describes local spa experiences for visitors and residents alike – but obviously, Sedona spas utilize more than visual splendors to help their guests experience this almost unbelievable area’s beauty from the inside out. Indeed, it is well-known that this area’s modern, luxurious spas rank among the entire country’s best because they employ top therapists who excel in facilitating wellness, relaxation and renewal. In Sedona, individuals or couples at spas enjoy a variety of massage techniques – from Swedish, cranial sacral and deep tissue to reiki, stone and water therapies. They also value a wealth of traditional and cuttingedge treatments for body, mind and spirit such as the Myofascial Release Approach developed by John F. Barnes at Therapy on the Rocks. Additionally, local spas also offer complete lines of bliss-inducing body and healthcare products to keep clients walking in beauty long El Portal Sedona after their visits.

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Eat, drink, be merry ward-winning chefs, restaurants in superb locations, outstanding food, satisfying service and ideal eating environments are just some of the reasons why The Arizona Republic recently reported that the Verde Valley – composed of Sedona, Page Springs, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome and Camp Verde – was listed among the Top 10 US Travel Destinations. Sedona and the other relatively small towns in this area which “have long drawn visitors for good food, art and mining lore” are now adding a reputation for world-class wines, vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms! Visitors and residents enjoy French, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Southwestern and classic American restaurants – plus high-end delis and sweetly sinful bakeries – all ranging in style from sophisticated to casually elegant, to simply casual or come-as-you-are. And settings include dining by the creek, atop a ridge, on a garden patio, on a deck or near a wall of glass affording spectacular, red-rock views. Also, it is said that when visitors and new residents ask about this area’s “renowned reds,” natives and longtime residents tell them to look beyond Sedona’s famous rock formations. “Nearby Page Springs and the surrounding Verde Valley have developed a fast-growing reputation for their reds, too – and also their rosés and whites,” they say. And it might be a surprise, but the water and soil of this region are prime for producing wine. Consequently, Whatever you desire, you won’t go hungry – or thirsty – in Sedona! vineyards and wineries have sprung up along the banks of both Oak Creek and the Verde River. The relaxed atmosphere and foamy ferments of local breweries are a big draw, too – as are a growing number of intimate cocktail lounges featuring live music. And despite its small size, Sedona offers dining choices for nearly every taste – from vegetarian and raw-food cafes to cowboy-style steakhouses and everything in between. Whatever you desire, you won’t go hungry – or thirsty – in Sedona! And for information on local wineries go to;





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n addition to being one of the most uniquely beautiful places on Earth, many people throughout the entire world consider Sedona to be a site for exceptional healing. Powerful vortexes are believed to create positive, negative and neutral releases of the Earth’s energy and evoke balance, a heightened sense of awareness and an awakening of the spirit. Indeed, with what is considered to be powerful, metaphysical energy emanating from these sites, Red Rock Country is considered to be a Mecca for spiritual growth, healing, relaxation and rejuvenation. In fact, even centuries ago, native people established spiritual connections with this sacred land and its mystical properties. And today, a new age of people from around the entire world come here seeking similar Red Rock Crossing connections. In Sedona, powerful vortexes are believed to create positive, negative and neutral releases As the story goes, the birth of Sedona’s “new-age” is traced to a range of the Earth’s energy and evoke balance and an awakening of the spirit. of experiences beginning in the 1980s, that psychics read people. when an internationally known psychic counselor stated that The counselor emphasized that though “hot spots” of natural people needed to read Earth’s natural energies in the same way energy are found all over this planet, Sedona was an ideal site for reading that energy because all of the three known types of hot spots, or vortexes, exist here. Since then, Sedona has become a particularly attractive “hot spot” for metaphysical and spiritual activities, as well as a premier location for coaching and lectures in the metaphysical realm at meetings attended by anxious groups of curious people. Currently, local tours focused on vortexes and related Native American history are popular here, as are the world-class inspirational mind and body therapies offered by several spas. Also, well-known spiritual centers and metaphysical practitioners offer divine educational seminars, and they also conduct a variety of spiritual experiences. If residents or visitors are seeking such an experience in Sedona, it is suggested that they contact Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association, reputed to be a highly respected organization whose goal is “to connect spiritual seekers with the metaphysical practitioners and related businesses that can best assist them in their journey.” For additional information visit or stop by Crystal Magic in Airport Overlook West Sedona.



I do, I do, I do! f you’re looking for the perfect setting for a dream-like wedding, look no further than magical, mystical Sedona because not only does Red Rock Country provide a treasure-trove of beautiful backdrops for tying the knot, Sedona also offers a wealth of people who specialize in making fairy tale weddings come true! Yes, more than 100 wedding experts are committed to helping couples create the wedding of their dreams in Sedona, and these people can tailor a wedding around virtually any budget. Find everything and everybody you need from professional wedding planners and officiants to renowned photographers and videographers, to florists and decorators, to DJs and musicians, to nationally acclaimed caterers and wedding-cake designers, to stunning attire and luxury transportation – all right here! Beyond picturesque locales of creek-side and red-rock resorts, churches and chapels,

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this area also offers fantastic options for couples who like to think outside the storybook. Have you ever thought about exchanging vows in a hot-air balloon or a helicopter? How about on a train, a trolley, a mountain bike or a Jeep? Maybe on your favorite hiking trail with spectacular red-rock formations in view? Actually, there are almost no limits to the kind of wedding and reception you can have in or near Sedona. And the options are not limited to weddings because Sedona’s spectacular setting and professional services can help you create a most memorable engagement, honeymoon, anniversary or other milestone celebration.

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bviously, Sedona and the surrounding area is a world-famous arts, culture and shopping destination – but not surprisingly, perhaps, its biggest, most magnetic draw is the surrounding, breathtaking, great outdoors, where recreational and sightseeing opportunities are seemingly endless! Indeed, this land that is called Red Rock Country is a four- season playground for history, geology, archaeology, art and scenery buffs – but especially for enthusiasts who love outdoor recreational activities like hiking and biking. Without question, the famed, red glow of Sedona’s spectacular buttes, spires and pinnacles; the rich, riparian character of Oak Creek Canyon; and the quiet peacefulness of surrounding wilderness areas, make Sedona an almost unbelievable place of personal renewal for the most dedicated residents and even the most-jaded visitors. Northern Light Balloon Expeditions Pink Jeep Tours For instance, does your entire family want to take a tour? Choose from Jeeps to luxury vans, horses to Red Rock Country is a four-season playground for outdoor enthusiasts and families. hiking, scooters and helicopters to hot-air balloons and trains to kayaks. And if golf is your game, choose from primitive experience, Out of Africa Wildlife Park features more than among three fantastic courses that border national forests in Sedona 100 acres of wilderness with more than 400 exotic animals in their and Village of Oak Creek. If you are looking for nightlife, Cliff Castle natural habitats. Also, if you’re a history buff, hike over to the Casino in Camp Verde offers exciting entertainment for adults. educational and entertaining Sedona Heritage Museum, which is located Are you in the mood for inexpensive educational and scenic family just north of Sedona’s uptown at Jordan Historical Park. fun? Among Sedona’s precious assets is its proximity to state parks, Actually, Red Rock Country and the Mogollon Rim offer a national monuments, national forests and precious wilderness areas. perfect mix of spectacular sights – to the extent that it’s almost Montezuma Castle is a historically significant documentation of the impossible to experience one without the other. Whether you’re Hohokam civilization, and Tuzigoot National Monument features one looking forward to hiking in the colorful shade of a canopied of the best Native American exhibits in Arizona. Also, the scenic canyon, cooling off in the waters of Oak Creek, cycling over Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area is located just west of Tuzigoot. smooth sandstone surfaces, camping in the majestic solitude of the Sedona also is home to Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State world’s largest ponderosa pine, or climbing a spectacular red-rock Park, which feature a perfect mix of red-rock views, riparian habitats spire, there is no end to the opportunities available in Sedona’s and creek-side coolness. And if you have a hankering for a more great outdoors.



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Enthusiastic travelers and visitors from throughout all parts of the U.S., as well as other areas of the word, proclaim: “Anytime is a perfect time to visit Flagstaff!” And indeed, with four ideally mild and beautiful seasons, it is! This uniquely located city, which is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest, is a sightseer’s delight – and in addition to its impressive natural beauty, its recreational opportunities are literally countless. Indeed, Arizona Snowbowl in the beautiful San Francisco Peaks, is one of the Southwest’s most popular ski and snowboarding resorts Even Flagstaff ’s historic downtown, bordered by historic Route 66, which is affectionately dubbed the “Mother Road,” is uniquely characterized by train tracks and a depot. And Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona and Northern Arizona University reveal this community’s exceptional interest in education. The Flagstaff events calendar is packed with festivals, shows, concerts and markets. Art and theater aficionados, music fans; outdoor and nature enthusiasts; animal lovers; sports nuts; culinary connoisseurs; and families can all find something on the Flagstaff events calendar for a memorable experience. Especially fun are “Summer Nights on the Square” in downtown Flagstaff. Enjoy live music, theater and movies at historic Heritage Square every weekend.;;;


Summer Scenic Lift Rides

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views on the Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Skyride. The lift whisks you up to 11,500 feet in 25 minutes for spectacular panoramic views of northern Arizona. Enjoy lunch at the Peak Side Cafe with live music on the deck. Open through mid-October. 928-779-1951.

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Hart Prairie Preserve Guided Nature Walks

The Nature Conservancy’s Hart Prairie Preserve offers free guided nature walks on the western slope of the San Francisco Peaks. These ninety-minute walks offer the opportunity to learn more about birds, wildflowers and forest ecology. 928-774-8892.

Wine & Dine In The Pines

Northern Arizona University’s “Wine & Dine in the Pines” is one of the premier culinary events in Flagstaff. Presented by NAU Athletics at the picturesque Hart Prairie Lodge, enjoy an afternoon tasting fine wines, gourmet food, specialty coffees and decadent desserts. 928-523-8766.


Labor Day Star Fest

Featuring indoor multimedia programs and telescopes at Lowell Observatory, this educational event is an opportunity for viewing amazing celestial objects. 928-233-3212.

Presented by Greenhouse Productions, folk music group Elephant Revival will appear in the acoustic theater at the Coconino Center for the Arts. From Nederland, Colorado, this quintet is a sound to be experienced. 928-779-2300.

Pumpkin Walk

The Pumpkin Walk at The Arboretum at Flagstaff features nocturnal animal displays, hot cider, a fire pit, and a kids’ craft station. Join the fun and come in costume, bring your flashlight and a sweater for a walk through the gardens and view glowing jacko-lanterns! 928-774-1442.

Presented by Lowell Observatory, this interactive exhibition continues through August. The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? 928-233-3212. This indoor program at Lowell Observatory will focus on the upcoming Perseids meteor shower. You will also observe breathtaking objects through telescopes, experience live presentations in the miniplanetarium, and view exciting multimedia programs. 928-233-3212.

Elephant Revival in Concert Pickin’ in the Pines Festival — The Infamous Stringdusters

Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids

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Celebraciones de la Gente Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival

Presented by Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music at Fort Tuthill Park, Pickin’ in the Pines is Flagstaff ’s premier music festival. Performers from around the U.S. will appear at the Pepsi Amphitheater. Workshops, informal jamming, camping, kids’ activities, and vendors highlight this musical weekend. 928-525-1695.

Wine in the Woods

Presented by The Arboretum at Flagstaff, this wine festival features all things local. Stroll the magical gardens while enjoying the tastes of local vineyards, culinary treats and music. 928-774-1442.

Fourth Annual Hopi Festival

Presented by the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation, this festival includes artisans from many cultures and backgrounds. Heritage Square in Historic Downtown Flagstaff is the setting for music, art, dance performances and traditional foods that showcase the Hopi people and their culture. 928-522-8675.


Celebrate the 10th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente. The Museum of Northern Arizona comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mesoamerican holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. 928-774-5213.


First Friday ArtWalk

Presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Downtown Flagstaff ’s First Friday ArtWalk features new art exhibitions in galleries, transformed spaces, restaurants and other businesses. Enjoy the night as musicians play live music on the streets, performers overtake Heritage Square, and art comes to life. 928-779-2300.

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK 114 miles • 2.25 hours • 7300 ft. elevation

Almost five million people visit the one-mile-deep Grand Canyon each year. And most of them view it from overlooks along the South Rim, which is the site of Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest and Desert View. The South Rim, which averages 7,000 feet at the top of the canyon, is the most accessible part of Grand Canyon National Park which is open all year. Consequently, a much smaller number of people view the Canyon from the North Rim, which is 1,000 feet higher and located 10 miles directly across from the South Rim, but 220 miles by road. Combine your day trip to the Grand Canyon with a visit to Williams. From there you can enjoy a truly unique experience and ride Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim. Obviously, the Grand Canyon offers numerous opportunities for adventurous visitors who choose to backpack, ride a mule down to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through the canyon, which can take from several days to three weeks.;;

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El Portal Sedona/Segner Farm

Grand Canyon Railway



Sedona, strategically situated at an elevation of 4,500 feet in an area considered as beautiful as many national parks, is a uniquely perfect base camp for visiting a captivating area that includes the Grand Canyon and a collection of this state’s most interesting and beautiful northern Arizona communities. Distances indicated are from Sedona.


61 miles • 1.25 hours • 6766 ft. elevation

Visit Williams, a charming town nestled at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest ponderosa pine forests in the world, for an extraordinary way to enjoy the majestic Grand Canyon – by train! Only in Williams, which is considered an outdoor paradise, will you enjoy the beauty of a mountainside town, the best-preserved stretch of historic Route 66, outdoor adventures to suit every desire, a railway to get you to the Canyon in style, an adventurous drive through a wildlife park, an authentic Western setting with cowboys swaggering through town, plus a truly friendly atmosphere greeting you the moment you arrive and bidding you farewell when you leave! Enjoy breakfast at a café on Route 66 before boarding Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon or stroll the shops on main street before spending the afternoon at Bearizona where you will view wildlife in a natural environment from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. After your GCRY or Bearizona adventure, relax at one of the many dining establishments that will treat your taste buds to a true Western flavor. Experiencing Williams is an extraordinary way to enjoy the Grand Canyon!;;

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Prescott Courthouse Plaza

65 miles • 1.5 hours • 5400 ft. elevation


It might be that the most colorful history of all Arizona communities belongs to Prescott, an early capital of Arizona that still is one of this state’s most beloved and entertaining cities. Among Prescott’s favorite attractions are Watson and Willow Lakes, The Sharlot Hall Museum, The Phippen Museum of Western Art, Fort Whipple Museum, and Whiskey Row, considered to be one of Arizona’s most famous streets. In its heyday, Whiskey Row was lined with saloons that attracted many well-known cowboys and outlaws on a regular basis. Today, it is an ideal place for unique shopping, dining and entertainment – and the saloons are still open too! Nearby, Prescott Valley is located in a spectacular valley between the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. Called “The Star of Arizona,” this inviting community with wide open spaces and clean, mountain air boasts of a lifestyle marked by exceptional cultural, recreational and educational activities, as well as an abundance of community parks just 10 minutes from Prescott.;; search Springhill Suites or Residence Inn.

20 miles • .5 hour • 3320 ft. elevation

Located in the heart of the Verde Valley, Old Town Cottonwood is home to an interesting array of businesses including art and antique galleries, uniquely themed restaurants, clothing shops, wine bars, jewelry stores, and home décor shops that line historic Old Town Cottonwood’s Main Street. Named for the beautiful cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, Cottonwood offers a variety of recreational activities that include camping, picnicking, horseback riding and fishing. For a taste of the Old West, belly up to the bar at Blazin’ M Ranch and then enjoy a feast when the dinner bell rings followed by the music, cowboy poetry and humor of the Blazin’ M Cowboys. Nearby, the historic mining Town of Clarkdale, founded in 1912, is the headquarters of Verde Canyon Railroad. Called Arizona’s longest-running nature show, VCRR gives passengers spectacular views of narrow and inaccessible Verde Canyon in the comfort of beautifully restored train cars and outdoor gondolas.;;;;

Verde Canyon Railroad


28 miles • .75 hour • 5070 ft. elevation

Jerome was built on Cleopatra Hill above a vast deposit of copper. Miners staked the first claims in the area in 1876 and United Verde mining operations began in 1883, after which Jerome grew rapidly from a tent city to a prosperous company town as it followed the swing of the mines’ fortunes. Subsequently, Jerome became the talk of the territory, the boom town of its time, the darling of promoters and investors who brought billions of dollars in copper, gold and silver from its depths. However, after the mines closed in 1953 and “King Copper” left town, Jerome’s population dropped from a peak of 15,000 in the 1920s to a low of 50 people. Subsequently, Jerome became a National Historical Landmark in 1976. And today, Jerome is very much alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians and historians. Walk the switchbacks through town to visit fascinating shops, galleries, restaurants, inns and Jerome State Historic Park. Jerome;


25 miles • .75 hour • 3147 ft. elevation

Often referred to as “Arizona’s base camp to adventure,” Camp Verde is the launching point for journeys on the Verde River with Sedona Adventure Tours. Paddle your own inflatable kayak with knowledgeable guides on one of Arizona’s most scenic rivers. Out of Africa Wildlife Park features more than 100 acres of wilderness where animals from across the globe enjoy spacious natural habitats. Watch professional trainers interact with Bengal tigers, take a safari tour, or walk to observation decks to view amazing creatures from the wild kingdom. And for exciting nightlife, plan an evening at Cliff Castle Casino which has been voted Arizona’s number one casino for the last 13 years. Slots, blackjack and live poker as well as a 20-lane bowling center and several restaurants make this an entertaining getaway!;;;;


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