We are already talking about returning to Los Abrigados. We exchanged a timeshare week and never even got to play the onsite miniature golf course, bocci ball or even stroll the famous Tlaquepaque center next door! There is so much to do in the surrounding areas, we actually ran out of time.
We are not the type of family to hunker down into our room, so we found the accommodations more than adequate for our needs. The onsite restaurant offered tasty dishes and was reasonably priced with such large portions, we were actually able to create a couple of extra meals utilizing the half kitchen. We didn't mind the decor, as the colors were retro, but the furnishings were not old or worn by any means.
Although there was quite a bit of landscaping being done at the time, my family enjoyed the grounds. The purposefully rambling walkways prompt a more relaxed attitude. Once all the fountains are installed, it should be very pleasant.
Our excursions included a day hike to view Cathedral Rock from the river followed by an afternoon at Slide Rock. Our two elementary school-aged kids loved sloshing and sliding and finding fish hiding in the crevices (Be sure to wear aqua socks as the moss on the rocks are very slippery. Goggles also help find the fish). One morning, we drove out to Meteor Crater just east of Flagstaff and followed it up with the gorgeous Walnut Canyon hike, where you can actually walk into ancient Indian cliff dwellings. That was a great day, filled with history, wonder and exercise (my personal favorite)! Another morning, we took the "Sedona ATV" off-road tour, which the kids loved. We rented 2 ATVs with the kids as passengers. The ride was 30 miles with sweeping vistas and candy bar snacks! You know it's a good day when everyone is covered in dirt and ready to jump in the pool.
One day, we paid for the day-long Hopi Mesa tour booked through Los Abrigados. The concierge was extremely helpful and got us a discount. It is not inexpensive, but it was a day to remember. You can tour the mesas on your own, but you will have to drive for hours and will not gain access to the restricted area on the Third Mesa, which was the highlight. The tour guide (I can't remember the tour company), Brian, is a Navajo with teaching experience who filled our day with history, anecdotes and the similarities and differences of Navajo and Hopi culture. No photos can be taken any more on the mesas (out of respect for the people), but I later went online for historical photos to put in our scrapbook. The tour included lunch at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant on the Second Mesa where the kids ordered chicken strips and my husband and I had authentic Hopi lamb stew and Navajo tacos. Delicious. It was a bit awkward always being introduced to craftspeople selling their wares, as it is difficult to pace yourself buying souvenirs. Since we are not big on buying Indian pottery and kachinas, I did not appreciate the deals that could have been made on the tour until we returned to full-price retail shops in Sedona. If you are an Indian art collector, you should take this tour and plenty of cash. You can haggle, if you have the heart. I, however, could not once I saw the daily living conditions of this proud people. A true life experience.
For the kids, the highlight of the trip was Out of Africa. Only half an hour south of Sedona, it was really fun, despite the heat of August. Feeding camels and giraffes "cookies," petting boa constrictors, riding a camel, watching tigers pop pool toys, escorting the feeding crew in the afternoon and getting the best unobstructed views of large predators was a thrill. And, the best part was, when we drove to Arizona from California, the Carl's Jr. in Quartzsite had a coupon for $10 off each admission for two people. What a deal! Even the hotel concierge was impressed when she tried to hand us a $2 off.
Next time we go to Sedona, we will endeavor to spend more time relaxing, maybe even fishing, if possible. Maybe drive to historic Jerome or see the volcanic crater and Indian dwellings north of Flagstaff. But we will have to return to Slide Rock for the kids. Los Abrigados is a good "home base" for all these activities.
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