If you ever get the opportunity to visit Sedona, Arizona then jump on it. The scenery around town is to die for. Stunning red rock formations everywhere. The town is full of local art galleries, craft stores, world-class resorts, I swear every commercial building blended in with the rust-red like landscape, and beautiful southwest style homes line the streets throughout the town. ATV rentals, jeep tours and rentals, spiritual healing stuff for those that are into that kind of jazz. There is something to do and see for everyone. You will not leave disappointed. I put money on it, if I had any. #broke
I had some free time while in the area for work. So I made the best of it and we (2 co-workers) decided to start off hiking Devils Bridge trail which was about 3.6 mile in and out. Thank God it wasn't too hot, low 90s. We finished our hike in about 2 and half hours. Be forewarned, the parking lot at the beginning of Devils bridge trail-head is only for high clearance vehicles. Any car will be stuck and I will point and laugh at you if you dare. Parking at the end of the paved road and follow the 4x4 road. The hike is pretty easy with about a 300 foot elevation gain at 4500 ft elevation and a few steep ascends. When you get to close to devils bridge, the path splits in two. Go left to go under the bridge or go right and climb up the steep "staircase" to the top. Soak in the stunning views while catching your breath, get in line to Devils Bridge, strike a pose for the camera, and get the hell out. People will be patiently waiting to do the same thing.
- Bring water
- Dog friendly
- Beat the traffic so come early
We followed up with lunch uptown Sedona. Doner' empire was the overall consensus between the three of us which was amazing by the way. It reminded me of the good times while I was in Germany stopping at New York Doner in Landstuhl to get my fix. If you never had one then it's German/Turkish street food. Widen your horizons and try it. It'll change your life!
Next stop was the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Not being much of a religious person, I was fascinated with the architecture of this building. A stunning Architectural wonder built into the red rock cliffs. If you are on a time crunch, this is a quick "must-see" places in the middle of town. Id like to get a hat tip to the architects Richard Hein and August K. Strotz.
Last stop of the day had to be somewhere where water was abundant. Red Rock Crossing or "Crescent Moon Picnic Site" was the lucky winner over Slide Rock State Park because well, I'm not a fan of thousands of kids running around like a chicken with their heads cut off kicking and screaming. The park had a $10 entry fee that offered a good amount of shady picnic sites and Oak Creek. That is where all the fun was. Walk toward the shallow creek and there were kids in the water having a blasty blast sliding down the mini "natural slides" in the creek. I saw a family that put a picnic table in the creek as they went about their business barbecuing and drinking away. Quite entertaining personally.
At the end of the park there is a trail that runs along the creek. This is for people who want to beat the crowd and enjoy the peacefulness, oh and a rope swing! Cairns are scattered everywhere so bring the camera. One of the main reasons we stopped here was for the Photo-op of Cathedral Rock. One of the most photographed spots in Sedona. The photos still will never do it justice to the pristine beauty of what Sedona has to offer.
Stay classy Sedona. Murica!
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