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January trip to Sedona, GCNP, Page

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January trip to Sedona, GCNP, Page

My wife and I are traveling by car in January and will spend about 6 days in Scottsdale. We are in our early 60's and like scenic roads, history, maybe some light hiking and eating at casual restaurants other than the chain types.

Below is a partial itinerary of our trip.

From Scottsdale we are going to Sedona for 2 days. We plan on stopping at the Montezuma Castle National Monument on the way up and once in Sedona we plan on doing both of the Trolley tours. The second day we would probably do a Pink Jeep tour and go to the Chapel of the Holy Cross We are staying at the Sedona Real Inn.

The third day we plan on driving to GCNP via Oak Creek Canyon and Hwy 180 north of Flagstaff. We will be staying at the El Tovar. We plan on leaving the car and taking the shuttle around the park.

On day 4 we had planned on going to Page and see Horse Shoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon but it seems Antelope Canyon closes for the winter? Is this true. If so we will drive to Grand Junction, CO and continue our trip.

Any other ideas or advise as to things to do or not do?

Also looking for recommendations for restaurants in these areas.

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1. Re: January trip to Sedona, GCNP, Page

Are you already booked for 6 days in Scottsdale, meaning, after any "scenic roads" and "history" you explore you want to return the same day?

If so, skip this paragraph: If not, I recommend you drive down to Tucson -- the (2 hour) drive from Scottsdale to Tucson is not particularly interesting, but from Tucson you can launch into any number of history-laden, scenic roads - beautiful drives east to the historic towns of Benson, Tombstone and Bisbee; south to the Kitt Peak Observatory and Nogales, Mexico; East to the Saguaro National Forest and Arizona Sonora Desert Museum; North into the Cataline Mountain range and the town of Summerhaven on Mt. Lemmon.

If you need to stay in Scottsdale, you can had east on scenic drives to the small towns of Mammoth and Globe, or North East through Tonto National Forest on the way to Show Low. Due West is the dusty, eccentric town of Quartzite.

On your way to (a nice drive in itself) Sedona, it's worth taking a detour to explore the historic small town of Jerome.

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2. Re: January trip to Sedona, GCNP, Page

Check these sites out for lower antelope canyon for the winter times.



I would recommend that you do the Pink Jeep Tour first as it will give you a great idea of the area. If you do the pink jeep day one then I would only recommend the trolley tour that does Boynton Canyon. The other trolley tour does take you to Chapel of the Holy Cross where you can get out for pictures. I don't know how long it stops there as we always drive on our own. Actually it's on the way into town.

Since Sedona Real is located in West Sedona, you will be very close to Red Rock Crossing State Park. I tell every one to go there. Beautiful scenery and it is a nice place to walk along the creek and behind the icon Cathedral Rock.

For Restaurants Dahl and Delucca is in west Sedona and excellent. Also, the Cowboy Club in uptown Sedona - the main "downtown so to speak" area, is an excellent restaurant. It's across the street from the pink jeep office. Coffeepot Restaurant is the place for breakfast, also located not far from your hotel.

If time permits, you would probably enjoy Talaquepaque - the Spanish Village in Sedona. Charming little village with shops and restaurants.

When you stop to see Montezuma's Castle Cliff Castle Casino is at that exit. If you are near there at lunch time, their Gallery Restaurant is a good choice for a nice lunch. Very good food and reasonable prices.

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3. Re: January trip to Sedona, GCNP, Page

Just to clarify Thelrose's post, Red Rock Crossing is actually a National Forest Service site. Indeed a very beautiful site which you can read about here:


I'm only adding this post because close by is also Red Rock State Park, which you can read about here:


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