Hi Forum friends!
Just returned from Sedona and adjusting to "real life" this week...brrr, it is cold in CT after 67 degrees in Sedona!!!
This was my 3rd trip to Sedona. My first was a family vacation to Sedona and the GC where I first fell in love with Sedona. My second trip was a Phoenix conference with extended time in Sedona and this trip was a chance to further explore Sedona and stay with my folks in their timeshare at Sedona Pines.
I arrived in Phoenix just as the sun set on November 27 and the two hour drive to Sedona was an easy one...even found a good country music radio station. As the hours passed I found myself becoming sleepy so I was anxious to find Sedona Pines. Well...let me just say that it was pitch black and I passed it several times, realizing it was about 6 miles outside of Sedona. Just when I was about ready to scream in frustration as my gps lost signal...I saw the large lit sign of RELICS. Just seeing that sign made me laugh (inside joke here) and I finally found Sedona Pines.
The resort was much nicer than the reviews on TA and it was an enjoyable stay. It would not be my first choice of lodging based on location but since my folks had a timeshare there, it worked for me and I especially liked having my own private space seperate from their condo. The staff at Sedona Pines was very customer oriented and friendly and the hotel's bistro was a very good place to eat.
On our first day my mom, who enjoys shopping, wanted to peruse several of the shops in the area. I am not a fan of shopping although I did enjoy the art galleries and glass shops but I was much more interested in outdoor pursuits. We finally visited Red Rock State Park and walked some of the paved trails and saw the Sedona movie. It was nice. Saw a few hummingbirds too.
The next day we visited Montezuma's Castle, Well and then the Tuzigoot Nat'l Monument. These were all interesting and I would recommend visiting them in that order. I really liked the well and enjoyed hiking down to the bottom to see the indian dwellings. There were a lot of ducks in the well which surprised me. The Well and the Castle are nice places to sit and contemplate nature not just walk through and leave.
My favorite days were the ones that I hiked solo. I had packed the Sedona Hikes book and selected a wide range of hikes for my "to do" list and every evening I would contemplate which ones I really wanted to do with the goal of seeing different areas of Sedona than what I had seen in the past two trips. I also really love heights and panoramic vistas so that helped me narrow down the choices because I wanted to do so many of the hikes but had limited time.
So I finally chose the Bell Rock Pathway followed by the Bell Rock Trail (thanks to RedRox's advice). The pathway was a great way to start my day but I much preferred the upward trail and enjoyed finding a secluded place to have my lunch and contemplate life on top of Bell Rock. I took a ton of photos and really enjoyed my solitude although there were some people that joined me in the pursuit of scrambling higher than the official trail. It was interesting trying to find toe footholds in smooth rounded rock.
The next day I decided that Doe MT was on the top of my list (thanks to another recommendation on TA) plus West Fork and Slide Rock Park. I started my day at the Coffee Pot and then headed out.
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