In the midst of Arizona’s red rock country lies one of our happiest places; Sedona. Named after the wife of the city’s first postmaster, Sedona shines like a beautiful gem between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. And I mean it, it really is outstanding. Take it from a girl who hated the desert for the first 22 years of my life. Ready to spend a day there? Here are some suggestions of things you should do:
Hike Bell Rock: Sedona is known for its new age/hippie/native american/spiritual heritage and attitude. There are multiple vortexes found throughout the town that are chock full of positive energy and fresh air. Bell Rock happens to be both a vortex and also one of the best places for a little hiking within the town. Park on the backside and take a moderately difficult hike up. You won’t be able to get to the very top, but if you’re willing, you’ll get high enough to take in some of the most incredible views this country has to offer.
Take a Jeep Ride: There are multiple jeep companies throughout Sedona but I am partial to Red Rock Jeeps because a) they’re awesome, skilled, and incredibly knowledgeable about the local lore and b) they dress up like cowboys. The 1.5 hour tour will take you off-roading deep into the red rocks where you’ll learn about the Indian tribes local to the area and get information about the flora, fauna, and legends of Sedona–all while cruising around in an open-air Jeep.
See Snoopy Rock: It’s a red rock formation that looks like a lying down version of Charlie Brown’s lovable companion, Snoopy.
Eat: Always my favorite thing to do. While you’re in thewild, wild west, you should probably eat like you’re there too. Try the Cowboy Club where you can sample rattlesnake, buffalo, and cactus fries with prickly pear dipping sauce.
Sedona is also a great place for local shopping. You’ll find loads of Native American pieces, jewelry and otherwise as well as your typical tourist souvenirs. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Kokopelli, as he appears in many different forms throughout this great southwestern destination.