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2012-06-25 7:58 PM

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Ok BT travel guides! Going to Sedona and any tips on where to stay? Where to hike? Are the streams/creeks flowing right now? I've had amazing luck with getting rates in cities like Seattle, Santa Fe, ABQ, with Priceline name-your-price. I was going to do the same with Sedona since I don't have a preference. Just get the best place for the best price. So, certain areas to stay & play??


2012-06-25 8:17 PM
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Post IMAZ we stayed in the Briar Patch Inn, in the Ivy cabin.   Absolutely fantastic grounds, would stay there again in a hearbeat

 

http://www.briarpatchinn.com/

2012-06-26 6:49 AM
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I am not much for "tours" as I like to control where I go. However, I recommend the Pink Jeep Tour.
2012-06-26 7:29 AM
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jacasa - 2012-06-26 7:49 AM I am not much for "tours" as I like to control where I go. However, I recommend the Pink Jeep Tour.


Eh, thanks, but I don't think that will work. My husband gets motion sickness from bouncy/bumpy stuff and a Jeep fits right in there. The Ruins tour looks awesome though! 

2012-06-26 8:04 AM
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I was there last year, beautiful. Hike around the area/Red Rocks Park and if you haven't been, go to the Grand Canyon and hike down into the canyon if you have time. 
2012-06-26 8:58 AM
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Find the Westfork 187 trailhead. Goes through Oak Creek Canyon.. The river/creek is flowing


2012-06-26 9:04 AM
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I don't travel much, but back in '94 me and my volleyball team were there for a big tournament...Sedona was easily my highlight of the week...okay, Sedona and all the hotties on the ASU campus!  

Seriously, we just pulled our team van off on the side of the road and we proceeded to scale some very tall red rocks with completely inappropriate footwear...I'm surprised none of us were maimed or killed climbing up so high.  It really is the most beautiful, surreal, and serene area I've ever been...we did see a baby rattlesnake out there...glad we didn't see the momma.  Be careful!

2012-06-26 9:18 AM
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Comet - 2012-06-25 8:58 PM Ok BT travel guides! Going to Sedona and any tips on where to stay? Where to hike? Are the streams/creeks flowing right now? I've had amazing luck with getting rates in cities like Seattle, Santa Fe, ABQ, with Priceline name-your-price. I was going to do the same with Sedona since I don't have a preference. Just get the best place for the best price. So, certain areas to stay & play??

I worked near there (north of there mostly) for 2 years.  When I stayed in Sedona, I stayed at the Best Western Casa Robles.  It was pretty nice.  Trails are everywhere out there.  The verde river runs almost year-round.  Oak Creek runs in some areas. 

Even though they're at 4000 feet of elevation, it gets pretty darn hot there in the summer.  97-100 this week.  Traffic can be pretty busy down in the canyon with all the summer tourists.

If you're looking for two really great hikes this time of year, go up the hill to Kendrick Mountain (11,000 feet).  The trail is so nice and clear and shaded most of the time.  The altitude doesn't hit you until you're about 1000 feet from the summit.  It's such a nice hike with beautiful views.

The other hike near there is up Mt Humphreys.  It's a pretty tough climb (12,633 feet, parking area is at 8000 feet).  Trail is tough to find toward the top because it's so rocky.  But it too is a very cool climb.  When you reach the top, you can see into the Grand Canyon, south to Crown King, all of Northern AZ basically.

Unless you're married to the idea of Sedona, I'd recommend Flagstaff this time of year. It has very nice weather (70s-low 80s), it has great outdoor activities (hikes, climbs, rides) and Great food (Diablo Burger, Tinderbox, Nandos).  

2012-06-26 10:42 AM
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My husband is set on Sedona. He's been through there twice, shortly (less than a day), and wants to take me & stay longer. I like those 2 big climb ideas! I live at 4,000 feet too, and it's been over 100 degrees for several weeks. Familiar with the weather/elements, not too worried about that. Hiked here at 6,000feet and 100 degrees last weekend
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Fitzy - 2012-06-26 9:58 AM Find the Westfork 187 trailhead. Goes through Oak Creek Canyon.. The river/creek is flowing

This. Sedona is one of my favorites places ever.

2012-06-27 12:21 PM
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Don't forget the vortices 


2012-06-27 1:45 PM
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Regarding the creepie-crawlies: Do not put your hands where you can't see them, and shake out your shoes before putting them on.

Sedona is beautiful. Tell us how your trip went. My grandmother had a cabin there and we spent many weekends there when I was a kid.

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2012-06-27 3:25 PM
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ChrisM - 2012-06-27 10:21 AM Don't forget the vortices 

Oh yes!!!  You can get a map of where the vortices are!  Go sit in them.  Bring your crystals too!

I joke but I loooooove Sedona.  One of my most favorite places to be in the outdoors!  Absolutely beautiful! 

Actually I thought the twisted trees in a couple of them were pretty cool.  But yes, it's very new agey

2012-06-28 11:53 PM
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Love it there, we lived in AZ for 3 years and even named our Choc Lab 'Sedona".

Look up some bed and breakfast places, that way you feel like a local and have the locals tell you the best places to go.

2012-06-29 9:37 AM
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My wife and I have been to Sedona for vacation 5 of the past 6 years. We typically go for a week, but have also gone for two weeks with a few days north to Page/ Lake powell /Lee's Ferry. The Grand Canyon is less than three hours away and is hard not to sqeeze in if at all possible. We stay in a timeshare when we travel but we did have had family come join us a couple of years back. They went on Priceline and got a couple of nights at the Best Western Casa Robles (mentioned earlier). The room was more than adaquate, clean and comfortable. I believe the cost was around $95 pre night.How long do you plan to stay? What time of year are you going? Are you looking to hike? Mtn bike? It is not well suited for safe road cycling. We have hiked dozens of trails and am happy to offer recommendations on trails, restaurants, and outfitters if you give an idea of what you're looking for, including Indian ruins on free social trails that are less than a 2 mile hike. We've been going often enough that we have our own routine from the time we land in at the airport in Phoenix. We don't have kids, but, I suspect younger kids would get bored in this paradise after a couple of days.We just returned from a trip in early June. I posted a few pictures in my BT album last week.


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Hike to Devil's bridge.  Well worth it and not a ton of people. Bring water.

Here are directions to Devil's Bridge. If you get to the stop sign at Boyton Road and  Long Canyon turnaround and go back about 500 ft.
 
 

http://www.greatsedonahikes.com/devilsbr/devilsbr.htm

2012-07-03 7:24 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions! Will try for that Devils Bridge hike. I would love to do Mt. Humphries, but I did a ton of climbing this past weekend in Angel Fire, my legs are not recovered. I'd love to see some Indian ruins, runamarathon. Sent you a PM. Oh, and Tinderbox was excellent food!
2012-07-03 8:32 AM
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Comet - 2012-07-03 8:24 AM Thanks for the suggestions! Will try for that Devils Bridge hike. I would love to do Mt. Humphries, but I did a ton of climbing this past weekend in Angel Fire, my legs are not recovered. I'd love to see some Indian ruins, runamarathon. Sent you a PM. Oh, and Tinderbox was excellent food!

Yay.  I had eaten there just once on our cross-country jaunt last summer but it was memorable.  That was no guarantee that your experience would be the same.  Glad I and some others in this thread steered you to a good meal.

Did you get the ribs?

TW



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tech_geezer - 2012-07-03 9:32 AM

Comet - 2012-07-03 8:24 AM Thanks for the suggestions! Will try for that Devils Bridge hike. I would love to do Mt. Humphries, but I did a ton of climbing this past weekend in Angel Fire, my legs are not recovered. I'd love to see some Indian ruins, runamarathon. Sent you a PM. Oh, and Tinderbox was excellent food!

Yay.  I had eaten there just once on our cross-country jaunt last summer but it was memorable.  That was no guarantee that your experience would be the same.  Glad I and some others in this thread steered you to a good meal.

Did you get the ribs?

TW

Ribs were not on the menu. I'm assuming it's a seaonsal, rotating menu, kinda place? K had the duck with jalapeño mac & cheese with an extra side of blue cheese grits, and I had scallops with fresh "creamed" corn (not the typical southern style, but ohhhh so good). 

Off to hike!  

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