We have a trip planned late this month. We fly into PHX early on Friday morning. Have reservations in Sedona for the week. Based upon all of your comments and recommendations here – our plans in Sedona are to probably take a hike every morning focusing on different areas. We plan to do the jeeps, take a scenic drive around the area one day, maybe have a picnic one day somewhere in/near one of the parks that have some water, take another drive one day maybe heading to Jerome. I don’t think that we will run out of things to do in and around Sedona.
Our current plans are to skip out of our timeshare a day early and head to the Grand Canyon Thursday morning. Based on recommendations, we plan to take the day to head up and into the east entrance of GCNP via Cameron. Maybe hitting Sunset Crater and Wupatki Nat Mon. Then spend the rest of the afternoon traveling towards the village where we have reserved a room for two nights in the park. On Friday we plan to go from the GC Village out to Hermits Rest and maybe a short hike down one of the trails. Getting up Saturday morning, checking out and take the day to get back to PHX for an 11PM flight back home. Going back to Phoenix thru another route maybe?
My question is, I have a nagging feeling that we should somehow squeeze in some time in Page. Pictures of Glen Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Antelope Canyons make me think that we just need to go there! I used the detour as an excuse not to plan anything in Page, but it doesn’t sound like it is that much trouble. And I’ve read as much as I can, and it sounds like we really need more than a day to do Page justice. But I’m not that sure that I want to take another day off of Sedona or the Grand Canyon. Two days seem like we might have too much time in the GCNP as we aren’t serious hikers, but one day sure doesn’t seem like enough! And I really wanted to take advantage of the fact that we were actually able to get two nights in the park. And two days seem like a nice leisurely way to do it.
Would you – and would it be feasible to skip out of Sedona another day early (we will have had four full days there), go straight to Page from Sedona on Wednesday very very early morning to catch the only rafting trip this time of year at 10:30? Maybe then hit Horseshoe Bend later that afternoon. Spend the night in Page, hit the first Antelope Canyon tour Thursday morning and then head back down to the GC’s East Entrance, stopping in Cameron. And then we could follow out original itinerary.
I’m slightly concerned about the early morning drive to Page – and already feeling a little sad to skip out of Sedona another day early. Just not sure when I will be able to come back!
Thanks for any comments! After spending weeks on these boards, thought that all of my questions would be answered, but they just make me want to see more! :)