Category Archives: Sedona AZ News & Events

One Day in Sedona – What to do Suggestions

The Broken Arrow Pink Jeep Tour is the most popular tour and the 4x4ing gets exciting in places. Tour lasts 2 hours. Our tickets for this are offered at a great discounted prices. If you your schedule permits, last run gets you an AZ sunset as an added bonus.  http://reservations.aguidetosedona.com/5837_attraction-tickets_a1430.html

The Vortex hikes are a must. The quickest one and a great way to see a Sunrise is to explore Airport Mesa. Sunrise is well worth it. You can park and hike up to the top in no time. To go all the way to the top, you need to climb a little. Whether you hit Sunrise or not, still VERY Scenic. And famous for the Vortex twisted trees where the energy is said to twist the trees.

If you do Airport Mesa first, then I would go to Bell Rock second. Lots of fantastic energy the minute you get out of the car and lots of picture opportunities and many stacked rock energy circles. The views get better the higher you hike.

For lunch hit Elote Café for some of the best traditional Mexican food you will ever have. This place is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Also a really cool place to go is Chocola Tree Vegan Eatery. All the food is made fresh each day and their Vegan chocolate, and other sweets are delicious.

After lunch, if you can get there, Devils Bridge hike is awesome. If your car will make it, driving the forest road to then hike to Devil’s Bridge is much quicker. And if you are daring enough to go out on the bridge, you will have a picture you will always remember. But the road is sort of rough for a car, although people do it all the time.

Or if you wish to view the amazing Art Galleries, go to Tlaquepaque. Open air, courtyards, just a cool place to stroll and soak in Sedona. For a taste of Sedona spiritual stuff, across the street from Tlaquepaque is Center for the New Age.

For Dinner, if the Weather is permitting, L’Auberge Restaurant and request a table by Oak Creek, is very cool. Good food and the sounds of the creek, is a great way to end the day. Or for a Red Rock dinner experience, go to Enchantment Resort and eat at either Che-Ah-Chi serving contemporary American/southwest cuisine, or View 180 which is a tapas menu.

As you come into Sedona, depending on the time, stop in at the Ranger station, the folks working there hike all the trails and offer maps and advice.

Have a great trip!

Sedona Things to Do – What if you only have a couple of days in Sedona AZ

Sedona offers plenty of things to do if you’re here for a couple of days.

For ideas of Things to Do in Sedona visit www.aguidetosedona.com

Slide Rock State Park

Named One of “America’s 10 Best State Parks by Fodor’s Travel, people from all over the world come to Slide Rock State Park to slip & slide down the smooth, red-sandstone water slide created by Mother Nature. This is a lot fun and a great way to stay cool when the temps get hot! Get there early and stake out your spot.  It can get crowded and parking is limited.  But hanging out for the day is a lot of fun.  Good times!
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/SLRO/

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Tlaquepaque Sedona ShoppingInternationally renowned artists, shopping and dining in an outdoor environment.  This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon beneath the shade of sycamore trees enjoying local art and music before dining at one of the nearby restaurants.
http://www.tlaq.com/

Visit Sedona Vortex Sites

Click to view our Vortex page: http://aguidetosedona.com/sedona-vortex/
Airport Mesa
Bell Rock
Cathedral Rock
Boynton Canyon

Hiking in Sedona

Devil’s Bridge, Margs Draw and many more are perfect ways to spend the day in Sedona. Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and stunning red rock views that Sedona is famous for.
http://alltrails.com/us/arizona/sedona

4×4 Jeep Tour

There is no better way to experience the rugged beauty of Sedona than by taking a Jeep tour. Depending how brave you are, you can choose from a variety of different tours that range from a nice scenic drive to the white knuckle extreme.  It’s easy to book your tour online direct with the vendors.  Check out:
Pink Jeep Tours: https://www.pinkjeeptourssedona.com/
Sedona Off Road Adventures: http://www.sedonajeeptours.com/
Red Rock Western Jeep Tours: http://www.redrockjeep.com/

A Sedona favorite is Oak Creek Canyon.

With miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails, it’s entirely possible to spend a full day or more exploring Oak Creek Canyon. Or take take a fourteen-mile scenic drive along route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff. The picturesque forests and astonishing rock formations are all visible from the comfort of a car along one of American’s top five most scenic drives!
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=74380

Nothing at all!

Sedona is a great place to do absolutely nothing at all.  Because of all the energy that flows throughout the entire area, recharging your body, mind and sprint comes naturally in Sedona.  Grab a book, hit the pool.  Turn off the cell phone and plug “Yourself” in.  Commencing relax and recharge mode in 3…2…1… Enjoy.

2015 Best – Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in US

Guyot (Pronounced Guy-Oh) has recently published their 2015 Best – Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in US and guess who they chose as #2?

Congratulations to Elote Cafe in Sedona for ranking #2 on this prestigious list.

At Elote Cafe in Sedona, AZ, chef Jeff Smedstad creates elegant Mexican cuisine pulling from his 15 years of travels in Mexico. Pairing his delightful creations with local wines, cheeses and produce, Elote Cafe is always near and dear to AGuidetoSedona.com’s heart and palate. Congratulations Chef and the Elote Cafe team.

Visit AGuidetoSedona.com’s Best Restaurants page: http://aguidetosedona.com/top-sedona-restaurants/
Visit Elote Cafe’s Website: http://elotecafe.com/
Visit the Guyot Best – Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in US article: http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/top-10-mexican/elote-cafe-sedona-az.html

New Sedona Video released Aug 2014

New Sedona Video released from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

This video is a great look at all the things you can see and do in beautiful Sedona Arizona!

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Travel + Leisure Magazine Sedona Mii Amo Spa Ranks #2 in the World

Travel + Leisure Magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards, announced today (published in the July 18 issue) that Mii Amo Spa at the luxury Enchantment Resort in Sedona is the highest-ranking Arizona spa, coming in 2nd behind Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.

Mii Amo Spa at the Enchantment Resort, which was No. 6 last year, scored 94.34 out of 100 in the reader survey, Rancho La Puerta, 95.83.

View article – Travel + Leisure Magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards

Find more Sedona Hotels at www.AguidetoSedona.com.

Devil’s Bridge Hike Alternate Route

Use Chuck Wagon Trail as an Alternate Route to Devil’s Bridge

Sedona Devil's Bridge Chuck Wagon TrailSedona visitors wishing to hike the popular Devil’s Bridge Trail typically have to brave driving the FR 152 road which is supposed to be for high clearance vehicles only.  We see cars crawl along it all the time and wonder… “What are they thinking”?  Or people will park in the limited parking space and then hike the dirt road and they will watch all the people in their sedans brave the road and wonder… yep, “What are the thinking”?  There have been improvements to the newer Chuck Wagon trail which is an easy to moderate hike and can easily access the Devil’s Bridge trail head.  It’s slightly shorter at 1.2 miles, far less congested and much more scenic than hiking the road FR 152.  Plus as an added bonus, there is a larger parking area at the Chuck Wagon Trail trail head.

So here’s how to get to Chuck Wagon trail.  From Dry Creek Road, turn right on to Long Canyon Rd. and go .3 miles to the Chuck Wagon Trail Head.  The parking lot is on the right hand side and shared with Mescal Trail Head access road.

Hike out of the parking lot for .2 miles where the Chuck Wagon trail forks, STAY LEFT (Heading right adds 1.4 miles before the trail ends at the intersection of Lizard Head and Girdner trails).

After staying left at the fork, hike 1 mile and you will see a trail going off to the right at the sign “To Devil’s Bridge”.  Simply follow it for .1 mile to Devil’s Bridge Trail Head off the FR 152.

A big thank you to Mr. Jim Wilson FOF Volunteer for giving us this info, we really enjoyed this version of the hike and wanted to share it with everyone!  If you visit the Sedona visitors center ask for him, he is very friendly and very knowledgeable about hiking in Sedona.

See you on the Bridge!

 

Sedona Slide Fire: USFS 5-22-14 Afternoon Update

Slide Fire: USFS 5-22-14 Afternoon Update
Posted Date: 5/22/2014
A community meeting will be held this evening at 6 p.m. at the Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff.

Crews are continuing to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon. Burnout operations have been conducted south of FSR 535 to create a larger fire break north east of the fire. Hotshot crews are also working to create fire line across the Pump House Wash near the 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east. Winds have become lighter today, with temperatures in the low 70s. As the day continues to warm, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point.

Heavy smoke is likely again in the greater Flagstaff area, Williams as well as Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Residents and motorists are asked to use caution as visibility may be limited at times.

For more information on road conditions and visibility visit Arizona Department of Transportation on Twitter: @arizonaDOT, on their 511 information page: http://www.az511.com you can call their information phone line at 1-888-411-7623

For information on air quality, please visit Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
at: http://phoenixvis.net/ppmmain.aspx

Law Enforcement is seeking any information the public may have regarding the start of the Slide Fire and anyone of suspicion in the area yesterday between Slide Rock State Park and Half Way Picnic Area. The public should call Forest Service Law Enforcement at 928-527-3511 if they have any information that might assist law enforcement in the investigation.

Closures:
• Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff
• Forest Road (FR) 535 at Highway 89A
• FR 533 at Highway 89A
• FR 231 at Rogers Lake
• FR 527 and 530 (west side; Volunteer Canyon area)
• Casner Mountain is closed to all vehicles

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery. Pre-evacuation notice continues for residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands. Residents are advised to be prepared to evacuate. County Emergency Management encourages those in the affected neighborhoods to begin packing important items they may need for several days. These items include prescriptions, important papers, any special dietary needs and pets. No new evacuations are in place at this time.

Coconino County is reminding people to register their cellphone number with the County’s CodeRED emergency notification system at www.coconino.az.gov/emergency.  Only those residents whose numbers are registered will receive a direct phone call about any type of pre- or mandatory evacuation order.

Information will be updated on Inciweb as it becomes available: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3874/

Sedona Fires Growing in Size near Slide Rock

Our hearts and prayers go out to the residents and brave firefighters who are dealing with the fires in Sedona.

(From AZ News)
Hundreds of firefighters poured into Arizona on Wednesday to battle a wind-whipped wildfire burning in a rugged canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff, sending up choking plumes of smoke and scuttling Memorial Day weekend travel plans in the popular camping and hiking area.

Authorities warned about 3,200 residents in two communities that they need to be ready to evacuate if the fire makes another advance. The blaze earlier Wednesday doubled in size to 1 1/3 square miles and could grow by nightfall to 2,000 acres, or about 3 square miles.
http://www.azfamily.com/news/Wildfire-burning-near-Sedona-just-north-of-Slide-Rock-260032651.html

 

Devils Bridge Sedona Video

Devils Bridge Sedona Arizona

Check out the footage from our Hike to Devil’s Bridge.

The video of our hike is only 3 minutes, be sure to watch at the end when the girl does something crazy… please do not attempt this.

 

New Sedona Vortex Page launched at AGuidetoSedona.com

We know over 4 million people a year come to Sedona and most of these people want to experience a Sedona Vortex.  AGuidetoSedona.com has put together information to help you on your quest to find and experience a Sedona Vortex.

Click the link to view & visit Sedona Vortexes