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Itinerary thoughts?

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Itinerary thoughts?

The main purpose of our trip is that my wife is taking a 3 day art workshop (Friday-Sunday) at the Sedona Art Center. We arrive Phoenix on September 20 at 7am. We cannot access our Airbnb until 3 so we’ll mosey along until we get to Sedona. Monday and Tuesday will be our only full days as we check out Wednesday to return to Phoenix. One of those 2 days will be a day trip to the Grand Canyon. The other for hiking around Sedona and seeing the sights. MY F-Su itinerary, however, is wide open. I’ll probably scout out some trails and redo some them with my wife on our other open day. I thought we’d prebook (thanks RedRox for the prebooking advice) a 5pm broken arrow Pink Jeep trip on our arrival day. Sound reasonable? Any other thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Itinerary thoughts?

If you want a great meal in Sedona, consier Mariposa Latin Grill. You can make advance reservations on opentable. :)

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2. Re: Itinerary thoughts?

Don’t mosey around on your way to Sedona, do your moseying in Sedona. There’s more there than you can cover in your limited time.

Sorry, but I’m confused about your schedule. How many days are you in Sedona? What are you asking?

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Where is your airbnb located? How you plan your drive up from Phoenix and then plan your full day there wisely to avoid a lot of backtracking and to zero in on what exactly you want to do...depends quite a bit on where it is located.

Look at the following to get a general idea of what you can do and where things are located. It includes a day-trip to Grand Canyon at the bottom.


There are 5 basic areas in/near Sedona to visit and you can group things together accordingly to avoid a lot of backtracking or multiple trips/delays at the Uptown traffic circles.

If you have an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass or the "real bargain" Senior NP pass, great. If not buy one. The Senior Pass works for a lifetime for over 2,000 federal parks and National Forest areas. For this trip now, it works for Grand Canyon and all of the National Monuments you may be visiting near Sedona and Grand Canyon. It also works as a Sedona Parking pass. It just does not work for State Parks or independently run areas like Red Rock Crossing and the parking at West Fork hiking area up Oak Creek Canyon.


Driving from Phoenix and once you turn off the I-17 freeway and onto the #179:

There are 5 distinct areas in Sedona, but most within a few short miles.

1...To the south: The Red Rock Byway is the #179 from the Village of Oak Creek to Sedona Uptown. You will come first to the Ranger Station Visitor's Center just before you reach the Village of Oak Creek. Stop to pick up all kinds of area information and free trail maps. Look also at these 2 links before you go or print out some information from them: https:/…


Just on the other side of the Village of Oak Creek heading north is the exceptionally beautiful Bell Rock area, with its easy pathway and many connecting trails. Just a little further north on the right comes the architecural wonder of Chapel of the Holy Cross and then almost immediately after that, comes Tlaquepaque, the adobe-style gallery and dining village under the big trees. Tlaquepaque will be on your left heading north. It is also the last attraction until you reach the first Uptown traffic circle.


Restaurants in/near Village of Oak Creek, Red Rock Cafe, PJ's pub, Cucina Rustica and some fast food.


2...Oak Creek Canyon: The canyon drive from Uptown, past Midgley Bridge, its box canyon trail, all the way to West Fork for its famous canon/creek Hiking...expect to get wet feet. Garland's for really nice Native art and jewelry. That is also the route you take when you are going to and coming back from Grand Canyon. A popular place for breakfast when heading to GC is Indian Gardens.


3...The area west of West Sedona:

A....That includes Airport Mesa Drive with its Big Red Knoll, loop trail and overlooks. Best done in the morning and NOT at sunset. Too crowded and has limited parking...views also have buildings and homes in the way of the red rocks.

B...The Dry Creek/Boynton Canyon Scenic byway, a right hand turn off of the 89A out along the red rock cliffs to the famous Enchantment Resort. It is an in-and-out drive and not a circle drive. You know how scenic it must be for that resort to be out there.

Out there too are the Devil's Bridge (too busy at times and daredevils can ruin the day), Fay, Boynton and Long Canyon hikes plus others. Given the choice for a short Sedona Visit...Boynton Canyon. Drinks or a meal at Enchantment would be a treat for views alone...no need to be guests.

C...The Red Rock Loop drive is further out the 89A past the Dry Creek area. Its a left hand turn...enter the loop drive at Lower RR Loop drive...its further west....make the circle for views and photos. https://sedonadrivetours.com/map.htm

D...It is also out there where you will find the renowned Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Park along the Upper RR Loop drive. That is great for the creek-walk, Buddha Beach (rock cairns) and the **classic sunset or daylight views of Cathedral Rock with the creek in the foreground. It also has a nice picnic area and nice restrooms. Expect that to cost $10 as it is not included in the parking pass program. Great place to wade in the creek and exceptional for photos. The classic view is across the meadow, down by the creek behind the first restroom just after you pass through the entrance gate.

A spectacular dining option for after sunset...Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill. Or if you want to watch sunset from there make reservations for the outdoor patio...at least an hour or so before the actual sunset time.


4...Uptown...for some more touristy, yet fun shops, the Cowboy Club and other restaurants and the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow off-road tour.


5...***For those with short Sedona stays...this would not be much of an option unless you are not going to do a lot of Hiking.

For a day trip west of West Sedona, you can include some or all of the following. The Verde Canyon railroad tour, seasonally, the Verde Valley wine trail, Toozigoot National Monument, Cottonwood for antiquing, wine tasting and the quaint town of Jerome, now an arts and restored mining town up on a hillside. *Its easy to combine Toozigoot, Cottonwood and Jerome with sunset later at Red Rock Crossing.





We make the Grand Canyon loop drive nearly every time we come to the area. It will take all day or better yet, an overnight. Using your car gives you great freedom to stop when and where you want. We are not fans of the GC tours. Although if you truly want one...Pink Jeep is the way to go.

1...Leave Sedona fairly early after breakfast via the 89A to Flagstaff.

2...Take the 89 north from Flagstaff, but also take the Sunset Crater and Wupatki Ruins National Monument loop drive along the way. It is a very interesting drive and both have easy access to walks to the lava field and to two or three stunning ruins at Wupatki. Both are nothing at all similar to what you will see at GC. Great photo ops from easy walks to the ruins.http://www.arizona-leisure.com/wupatki-ruins.html

3...After the loop, take the 89 again and stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post for lunch and a look about. The stone gallery north of the parking lot is all certified Native-made art of all kinds. https://www.camerontradingpost.com

4...Enter the park using the east gate via the #64...the Desert Rim Drive. Begin with the Watchtower/Desert View. You will be making all right hand turns to the overlooks, so no waiting for traffic. If you are enjoying an overlook, stay and enjoy it. Don't feel obligated to rush to the next one or to every single one...they are all actually quite similar. Grandview, Lipan Point and the area around the Village and the El Tovar Hotel are musts. There is the visitor's center, museum and trading post there that are fun to visit. The Trading Post and some of the other stone buildings are historic. A meal at the Historic El Tovar might be nice.

5...You do not have to take the shuttles west to Hermit's Rest...it can take forever sitting in the shuttles and then standing in line again to catch the shuttles back. The overlooks are much the same and more geared for the really serious hikers who want to hike down into the depths of the canyon.

If you are making a day trip, skip that and begin the drive back to Sedona so that you arrive before dark. Use the 64 south from the Village to Williams. Williams is a very well preserved Rte 66 town and if that is of interest to you...worth a walk about. https://experiencewilliams.com/route-66/

6...Finally from Williams take the I-40 back to Flagstaff and down the Oak Creek Canyon drive (89A) again to Sedona. Plan to complete the Oak Creek Canyon drive before darkness. It is 115 miles from the GC Village and that drive alone will take about 3 hours without a stop in Williams. You do not want to be driving Oak Creek Canyon after dark...you will see why on the way up.

Sunset at the time you will be here in September is around 6:25 more or a tad less. Sunrise around 6:15. So days are shortening by then.

Edited: 05 August 2018, 08:03
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