Coming from the southeastern US, where the heat and humidity keeps everything lush and green and covered in kudzu, the Arizona desert climate was like another world to us. But we absolutely loved it! The red rock in Sedona is so different from the Saguaro Desert in Tucson, and the limestone and shale (and nearly 40 different layers of sedimentary rock) in the Grand Canyon. Broken Arrow Trail was the first trail we hiked during our Sedona adventure, and because it was our first glimpse of the soaring, majestic monoliths, it will remain one of our best hikes ever. Three of us participated in this adventure, my husband and I with our (then) 14-year-old son. It was perfect. Remember to take plenty of water, and know that you will be pretty solitary on the trails (we went for spring break the last week of March/first week of April). The only downfall was the stupid pink jeeps that occasionally broke up the beauty of our hike with lazy off-roading riders. Then again, we're hikers by nature, not riders. Be sure to sign in at the trail head so the rangers can make sure you check out before the trail closes. :)
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