When you think of Arizona, what do you think of? Probably deserts, cacti, and heat – lots of heat. That is what I used to associate Arizona with as well until I did some research on the state and discovered that Arizona is a place with many beautiful parks and small towns to explore. I was particularly intrigued by Sedona, Arizona. It’s known for its beautiful red rock formations and being a spiritual hub.
If you’re planning a trip to Arizona, a stop in Sedona (about a two hour drive from Phoenix) is a must. Fortunately, it is higher in elevation than Phoenix therefore you will catch cooler temperatures, even a light breeze. A trip to the town will allow you to connect with nature and your inner self. Here are a few recommendations of the many things you can do while in Sedona!
Bell Rock Canyon/Courthouse Butte Trail
Bell Rock Canyon is one of the first rock formations you will encounter if you enter from the south end of Sedona. Next to it you will see Courthouse Butte. The trailhead cannot be missed, as it has a large parking lot and a resting area where it begins. The hike is moderate, flat for the most part, unless you decide to climb up the side of the canyons. The entire trail around both canyons is five miles long. My favorite part about this hike was climbing up the side of Bell Rock Canyon. It felt like a playground for adults – jumping and climbing to admire the views.
If you are afraid of heights then this is the perfect trail to conquer your fear. This trail will lead you to a natural sandstone arch that stands 70 feet high! The hike is rated moderately difficult and is about four miles roundtrip (from the Mescal trailhead, which is where most non-4×4 cars park). Along the trail you will encounter views that will leave you speechless. Red canyon heaven! The second half of the trail gets a bit more difficult as you have to climb up rock formed stairs. The ending destination is worth every deep breath taken to get there. Devil’s Bridge has become a very popular Instagram spot. Hike early to get your picture on the famous Sedona bridge. People get very creative with their photos, some even take it to the edge, literally!
Catch lunch at Main Street Sedona where you will feel like you are in a western movie set. Main Street is full of restaurants, boutiques, crystal shops, and unique souvenir stores. Here you will also find tourist offices where you can book Jeep tours, helicopter tours, and hike guides.
Sedona is often overshadowed by Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park but if you have the opportunity to make a stop you will not regret it. Some quick hiking tips; hike early in the morning during summer months, wear hiking boots, stay hydrated, and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat!
For additional information visit: http://visitsedona.com/