There are few places in the world as magical as Sedona. With its red rocks and trails that take you from one wonder to another, this place is at the top of my list for connecting with oneself and with nature. As the first stop in the Grand Canyon adventure, Sedona’s serenity and beauty made a lasting impression on me and by the end of the two days we spent here I was feeling more calm and more relaxed than I’ve been in a very long time.
Start exploring right away…
The drive to Sedona is only 2 hours from Phoenix and as soon as we entered the city we were surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. The first stop we made was at the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte trails. As the maps that we found show, Sedona does provide an abundance of trails suited for all tastes and levels.
The next stop was the Cathedral Rock that we climbed to watch the sunset. The hike was not easy, very steep at times, but once we reached the top the view was so breathtaking that we forgot all about the pain it took to get there.
… Continue exploring the next day
We spent the night outside of Sedona, half an hour away at the Beaver Creek Inn, Lake Montezuma. A small inn in a quite area, this place was a pleasant experience. The staff was friendly, the room was wonderfully decorated, and the included breakfast provided us with a great start to the day.
And since we were in the area we made a stop at the Montezuma Well, a natural lake in the middle of the desert considered sacred by many local tribes.
From here we continued our explorations of the Sedona area and we went on different trails to see famous rocks such as the Snoopy Rock, the Teapot Rock, the Mushroom Rock, the Coffeepot Rock, the Chimney Rock, and many others. The pictures are in no particular order.
We ended the day with a hike to the famous Devil’s Bridge from where we watched the sunset over the valley. This also meant that we got caught in the dark while returning. However, it wasn’t as scary as it sounds as the trail was quite visible in the moonlight.
Enjoy the delicate desert wonders
Although an arid area, Sedona is full of small delights such as cactus flowers and beautiful rock patters. These small details made the hikes so much more enjoyable.
Take a break and just enjoy
Once we conquered all the trails we could it was time to take a break and see what else Sedona has to offer. For gifts and shopping the best place is on the North Route State Route 89A that is packed with stores and restaurants.
One thing Sedona is famous for is its positive energy vortex. Due to these energetic places there are plenty of places around town offering spiritual services and alternative healing modalities. Since I am not big on souvenirs, instead I picked a nice crystal pendant that I know I’ll be wearing in the future.
For coffee we stopped by the Java Love Cafe a cute coffee shop where we restored our energy.
For dinner we stopped by Vino de Sedona, a great place where to try out local wine and beer. The food was also quite good and the live music made everything so much better. Definitely a great place to unwind after a full day.
Overall, Sedona was the perfect first stop for our Grand Canyon adventure. Two days were not nearly enough to explore this area. In fairness, I don’t know if a lifetime is enough. Probably not…