Many of you assisted me greatly on an earlier thread is piecing together what we wanted to do, so now I am back asking for more detailed advice.
I am starting to look at the day to day of our itinerary, and I’ve come up with a skeleton.
If folks had time, I would appreciate help filling it in, particularly with hike suggestions. I know that we will be unable to do the West Fork hike, and while I am disappointed because we really wanted to go there, I realize that I am just a visitor, and cannot begin to imagine how saddened residents are by the destruction caused by the fire. But outside of that area, I am unsure what will be off limits, as I am not familiar enough with the layout, so maybe folks can give me a “heads up” as well if something we would like to do looks impossible given the circumstances
Day One – Wednesday, June 18:
We will arrive mid-afternoon, and check into our rental in West Sedona, with groceries for the week. We would like to pick up a Red Rock Pass. We also need to call to make a 9:30 a.m. reservation at Palatki for the next day (should we call now?). We may just stay in for dinner, or if Wednesdays are less busy than other evenings, we may actually clean up and line up at Elote Café. But if we are too tired from our drive, we may just eat in and go for a pre-sunset stroll. Any suggestions on trails/strolls (nothing hard core) in the West Sedona area? Or stargazing perhaps?
Day Two – Thursday, June 19:
Breakfast in our rental, and head for Palatki and Honanki, with a picnic lunch in tow. Considering the slow drive in (we will be in a car, not a truck or SUV), and that we like to explore in an unrushed fashion, how long will this take if we make it to Palatki by 9:30 and move on to Honanki from there? I am pretty sure this is likely to be a most of the day operation. Any suggestions in the way of light hikes for afterwards? We will either do dinner at home base, or go out, maybe Simon’s Hot Dogs at the Oak Creek Brewery. Is the forest service road to these sites likely to be closed because of the fire? We can switch this whole day to our last full day, Tuesday the 24th, if need be.
Day Three – Friday, June 20:
Today, we would like to go out for breakfast, maybe Wildflower Bread Company, and perhaps go for an early morning hike (suggestions?) before heading for the V-Bar-V Petroglyphs Site, which is open on Fridays, and opens at 9:30. We would also like to visit Montezuma’s Castle and Montezuma’s Well on this day. I am thinking that maybe all of this might be done by 1 or 1:30 without rushing, unless I am totally off. If we wanted to just take a picnic lunch and go swimming, should we spend the afternoon at Red Rock Crossing?
Day Four – Saturday, June 21:
This looks like it will be Jerome Day. We will eat breakfast at home and go for an early morning hike (suggestions?), and plan to get to Jerome by 10:00 in the morning. In addition to other stuff, we would like to go to the Gold King Mine Ghost Town and look at stuff there, probably first, and then go out for lunch (best burger there? This will be a kid day, is why), and check out shops and mine shafts and what not before heading back. I’m a little skittish about heights, so I might not want to take the same road back from Jerome – thinking of looping around and coming back from another direction and having a look at Arcosanti in the process (without doing a tour, though, just want to have a look at the place – is that possible?).
Day Five – Sunday, June 22:
:( This was the day we were planning to go to West Fork, and we are looking for an alternate plan. Maybe Tuzigoot this day, after some hiking in the morning, and meeting my friend who lives in Clarkdale for dinner – restaurant suggestions over that way? Hikes in that area?
Day Six – Monday, June 23:
Hiking and/or swimming holes? Suggestions? We were thinking all meals in the rental and picnic lunches. Maybe this should be the Red Rock Crossing/swimming day instead? Or Maybe Slide Rock State Park (is it open? I was thinking it would be, since the fire started north of it, and perhaps it would be less crowded on a Monday than a Sunday, I was thinking, but I’m probably wrong)?
Day Seven – Tuesday, June 24:
Hiking and/or swimming holes? Suggestions? Window shopping? We were thinking breakfast in the rental, and picnic lunch, and dinner out, maybe Picazzo’s.
Day Eight – Wednesday, June 25:
Super early breakfast in the rental before a super early checkout – then we head to the Grand Canyon in order to have as much of our day there as possible.
Afterwards, we will spend 1 night at the Grand Canyon, 2 nights in Page (float tour, Antelope Canyon, swimming in Lake Powell), 2 nights in Chinle (Canyon de Chelly), and 3 nights in Flagstaff (Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, Lava River Cave, Museum of Northern Arizona, Two Guns).
Basically, I am looking for hiking, swimming hole, and star gazing suggestions to fill in the holes in our plan. We are not looking to over pack our days, but I don’t know how to distribute the hikes properly. My son is almost ten, and hikes a lot, but I would kind of like to restrict our hikes to 5 miles round trip or less (less if there are significant elevation gains). We are forgoing a Pink Jeep Tour this time for budget reasons (I needed to afford Chelly, which was a must do). Thanks for all your help.Edited: 27 May 2014, 00:37