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Sedona: The Ultimate High Desert Getaway

Sedona: The Ultimate High Desert Getaway


I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings …

America – A Horse with No name


My wife and I spent Thanksgiving week in Sedona, Arizona and enjoyed the desert mountain air and clear dark sky at night. at a later date I will post videos and separate blogs on our outings, here’s a review of our week:

Hiking


Did a few small hikes with my wife who has respiratory issues which inhibits long hikes at high elevations. Nonetheless we had fun on a few basic trails within slide rock state park, coconino national forest.

Alec and Silvia Sedona

Exploring


One can spend a month exploring the red rock canyons and not see all the is out here, so I feel we only scratched the surface of what’s available.

Montezuma castle

Native cliff dwellings dating back 700 to 1,000 years located in Camp Verde, Arizona, which were built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture. Nothing to do with Montezuma and not a castle, just bad taxonomy from European explorers.  

cliff dwellings


V Bar V heritage site and petroglyphs

Native American and petroglyphs also dating back more than a 1,000 years. The rock below is a solar calendar used for planting crops and the summer solstice.

petroglyphs

Red Rock Canyon scenic drive

Scenic drive along 179A south of Sedona. Spectacular views of red rock landscapes.

Red rocks Sedona

4×4 Jeep tour


We booked a 2.5 hr off road keep tour on some the the toughest trails outside Sedona. Up the old Mund trail to the merry go round rock where we hiked up the red rock formation.

The views were awe inspiring and defies explanation other the say it was right out of a western movie, of which more than 60 were filmed in and around Sedona.

Dark Sky


Sedona is a dark sky community meaning they reduce / eliminate all night time lights to enhance seeing the stars. One one of the clear cold nights we drove to an overlook and were captivated and enchanted by the stars and the Milky Way.

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