ah SEDONA! I don’t even know where to start with this blog. You need to just get there, feel it…ok let’s start at the beginning I guess…
What to pack:
The weather can really vary depending on what time of year so I suggest checking out a reliable weather almanac or website like accuweather.com or whichever you love for average temperatures, rain fall, etc. We went in the middle of October and it was perfect. A little warm in the middle of the day but cooled off at night. I brought a summer dress for day time adventures and jeans, cute top, and a light sweater for nights out.
You have to do some hiking or at minimum walking. The most important item here is hydration. Bring a comfortable back pack that can carry a big water bladder and an additional water bottle. I am still searching for the perfect bladder but, I love my LifeStraw filtering water bottle. I have used it all over the world including Africa. Most of the hikes are pretty mild so good sneakers are fine but hiking shoes are always best. I love my Keens. Saved me on Machu Picchu and lots of other hikes. Other than that some nice leggings like these from North Face or shorts and a light top layer are great.
All right now you have to get there:
We flew out of Sacramento (SMF) to Phoenix (PHX). We booked our flight super last minute. Like literally the morning before we left so, our options were limited. With more prep we probably would have opted for Flagstaff (FLG) because it is closer. Grand Canyon National Airport (GCN) would be a good option too if you want to add viewing this majestic beast to your itinerary. There is a small non-towered airport in Sedona that as far as I can tell you can catch a tiny commuter plane to out of most surrounding airports.
The variety and quality of places to stay in Sedona runs the full spectrum. From five-star resorts to hostels, there is something for every taste and budget. We found a nice room at an AirBNB in a home close to everything. Although, everything is close to everything. The town commodities of Sedona seem to grow out of the red rock spires of the post card pictures. It is beautiful and convenient.
What to Do:
As I said earlier, HIKING! Sedona is a playground of hikes that meander through ancient rock formations and energy vortexes. We read a number of blogs on finding the vortexes but they found us. We could barely take a picture without energy waves permeating our focus. It is absolutely amazing!
The hikes we did –
The Airport Loop Trail
This hike can be as much or little as you want. Park at the small lot (with permit) on the side of the road or up top in the airport lot. You can hike along the edge of the mountains, up and back to the airport, and up to the top of 360 degree view point. Go here to watch the sun set. The views are incredible and the the rocks turn vibrant red as the sun goes down. The trail down from the look out area is relatively easy and very clearly marked but you may want a small flash light or headlamp. Honestly, the flashlight on your phone is probably sufficient.
Devils Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch located in the Sedona area of the Coconino National Forest. This is a very popular hike that offers breathtaking views of Red Rock country. It is a steep but short hike. The official trailhead starts off the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road and requires a high clearance vehicle to access. If you only have a low clearance vehicle, you can park at the Dry Creek Road trailhead at the paved section, approximately 1 mile from trailhead, or at the Mescal Trailhead located on Long Canyon Road. Depending on where you park you have a few routes to choose from to access Devils Bridge Trail, including the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road, Chuckwagon Trail, or Mescal to Chuckwagon Trail. From the parking area off of the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road, follow the trailmarker for Devil’s Bridge Trail. The early portion of the trail was originally a jeep trail so it is smooth and traverses through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus. The path gently inclines uphill and gets steeper as you continue on. About 3/4 of a mile from the parking area the trail will come to a fork and you will go left. Here you’ll end up at the base of the bridge. You will then continue up a natural rock staircase from which there are beautiful views. You will reach another level of stairs which will take you up to the bridge.
Courthouse Butte Loop Trail
This one was our favorite! We set out early to avoid the forewarned crowds and beat the heat which turned out to be a fantastic foresight. We got great parking and lots of time with the trail by ourselves. The whole area is oozing energy. The healing and revitalizing pulse of the earth hums through you as you explore the ancient area. Following the whole loop takes you around the Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. I don’t even have enough words to describe this place, just go!
Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Hope this helps you get inspired and organized for your next healing vacation. Salud!