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    Desert Flowers

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Hiking the trails in Red Rock country is beautiful. But in spring, all the desert flowers and cactus are blooming and makes for incredible scenery. There are several good reasons to plan a Sedona trip for the spring time.

    1. The temperatures are not as high as summer time so the hiking is more enjoyable
    2. The spring flowers are blooming

    There is a wonderful variety of wild flowers and cactus to check out.

    Fondest memory: My late afternoon hike to the Cockcomb. The trail was lined with beautiful desert daisy's.

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  • Horseback Riding

    by detoursaz Written Aug 18, 2011

    Favorite thing: Hello cwick102,

    I known two ranches in Sedona which offer horseback riding in Sedona. One is the Horse Mesa Ranch and the other is the M Diamond Ranch. You can visit their website to know more about their offers.

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    SEDONA'S RED-ROCK FORMATIONS

    by LoriPori Written Oct 11, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Sedona is surrounded by beloved RED-ROCK FORMATIONS named for the distinctive objects their shapes resemble.
    COFFEEPOT:
    located out on Soldier Pass Road

    STEAMBOAT:
    towering above Old Town's north end

    MERRY-GO-ROUND:
    up on Schnebly Hill Road

    SNOOPY:
    laying about east of Old Town

    CATHEDRAL ROCK:

    BELL ROCK:

    COURTHOUSE ROCK:

    THREE NUNS ROCK:

    Bell Rock Three Nuns Rock Steamboat Rock - Old Town

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    JOSHUA TREES

    by LoriPori Written Oct 11, 2009

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    Favorite thing: I have always been fascinated with the JOSHUA TREE. The Joshua Tree, or Yucca Brevifolia, is tree-like in form and is native to southwestern USA in the states of California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. It thrives in the open grasslands, between 400-1800 metres / 2000 - 6000 feet elevation. Whenever I see them, I always take note of when the trees begin and when they start to fade away. Its amazes me that they only grow at a specific elevation. We saw plenty of them on the 93 Hwy North towards the I-40.
    Joshua Trees are fast growers in the desert. New seedlings may grow at an average rate of 3 inches per year in their first ten years, then grow about 1.5 inches per year after. The trunk is made of thousands of small fibres and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine a tree's age. The tree has a deep and extensive root system and if it survives the rigors of the desert, it can live for hundreds of years.
    The tallest trees reach about 15 metres tall and its leaves are dark green, linear and bayonet -shaped, tapering to a sharp point.
    The creamy-white flowers produce in spring from February to late April. Its fruit is green/brown and contain many flat seeds.

    Joshua Tree

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    SAGUARO CACTUS

    by LoriPori Updated Oct 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: A large, tree-like Cactus, the SAGUARO CACTUS is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The Saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona. Saguaros have a long life span and may live for more than 150 years. It takes as long as 75 years to develop a side arm. The growth rate is dependent on precipitation. Saguaros in drier western Arizona grow slower that those in and around Tucson.
    Night blooming flowers appear April through May and the ruby-colored fruit matures by late June. Each fruit can contain as many as 2,000 seeds.
    Damaging a Saguaro is illegal in Arizona, so look at them, enjoy them but do not touch or harm them.
    Hans and I saw many Saguaros as we drove along Highway 60 north. Of course, I had Hans pull over the side of the road, so I could take some pics.

    Saguaro Cactus

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    Restrooms UpTown & Hiking Trails Are Available

    by Yaqui Written May 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: There are not enough restrooms in Uptown Sedona or the hiking trails. There are plenty of restroom available. You just have to look for the signs. Generally I found them where the public parking areas in uptown. Pink Jeep Tours as a huge one just behind the building and down the stairs. Awesome view back there BTW. Oh, the trolley tour there is one behind there building too. Just ask someone or look for the signs.

    If your wanting to go hiking, each parking facility for the hiking trails usually has a restrooms. Now you just have to get past the smell sometimes, because they are probably steptic tank restrooms, most parks are, but they usually very clean and are available.

    Behind Pink Jeep Tours Palatki Heritage Site parking Bell Rock Pathway Hiking
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    Wayside Chapel

    by Yaqui Written May 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: While exploring the uptown blvd we came upon the chapel. Service was in progress so we were able to take part in it. Just think it is nice to know where a place of worship is available. I also found this little garden to the left with a very lovely sculpture.

    Sunday Events
    Worship Service 10:30 am

    Located at: 401 N. Highway 89A, located in uptown

    Located at the north end of Uptown Sedona, on the west side of Highway 89A.
    Entrance and parking is available behind the church. From Highway 89A, turn west on Apple Road, then right on Mountain View, to the 4-way stop. Handicapped parking is immediately on the right. For general parking, turn left at the 4-way stop sign. The parking lot is located on the right.

    (928) 282-4262
    Wayside Chapel

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    The Wildlife in Sedona

    by joiwatani Updated May 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Have you seen those prickly pear cacti in Sedona? If there are prickly cacti in the wilderness, that means that there are also those animals that feed on them.

    If you are one of those lucky visitors who went and hiked on those trails in Sedona, you might see the Javelina (hah-vel-EEN-a). They are usually in a herd. These are animals that feed mainly on the prickly pear cactus.

    They look like wild boars and they usually feed at night during the summer months but are also active in the day during the cooler months. These animals don't see well but have great sense of smell. They can find the tubers deep underground.

    These Javelinas are not aggressive but they have sharp canines! Just be careful when you see them!

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    The Average Annual Weather in Sedona

    by joiwatani Updated May 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Okay, this is maybe a bit too much. Giving you a yearly average of the weather in Sedona! However, if you are intending to camp in Sedona, this is a very helpful tip for the camper!

    I camped once and didn't check the weather and we were soaking wet going home. We were there for three days and the whole time, it rained. My daughter also went on a camping trip and her whole crew were soaking wet. Luckily, some of their tents are water-proof!

    So, here is the Annual Weather of Sedona:

    Average Temperature Average
    Total Precipitation

    Month High Low Inches
    January 55 30 1.70
    February 59 32 1.54
    March 63 35 1.67
    April 72 42 1.17
    May 81 49 1.17
    June 91 57 0.49
    July 95 65 1.89
    August 92 64 2.42
    September 88 58 1.51
    October 78 48 1.16
    November 65 37 1.31
    December 56 30 1.72

    Total Average Yearly: 17.76

    Fondest memory: (This is very tedious to type but I did it anyway!!!Whew!!!Must practice more on those keyboards!)

    Don't rely on those clouds in Sedona!!!
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    Important Numbers to remember in Sedona

    by joiwatani Written May 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This is just a general tip. You can dismiss it or have it on hand. But, if you are thinking of hiking those strenous hills, make sure to have this on hand.

    Also, there are important numbers to have especially when you wanted to report wildlife incidents or violations of the park.

    Red Rock Ranger District
    (928) 282-4119

    South Gateway Visitor Center
    928-284-5323

    Coconino National Forest Sueprvisor's Office (Flagstaff)
    928-527-3600

    Verde Ranger District
    92567 4121

    Sedona Chamber of Commerce
    928-282-7722 or
    1-800-288-7336

    Sedona Parks and Recreation
    928-282-7098

    Oak Creek Visitor Center
    928- 203-0624

    Road Conditions
    1-888-411-ROAD

    Highway Patrol
    928-773-3600

    Weather Forecast N. Arizona
    928-774-3301

    Sedona Police Department
    928-282-3100

    Yavapai County Sheriff Department
    928-567-7710

    Coconino Country Sheriff Department
    1-800-338-7888

    Grand Canyyon National Park
    928-638-7888

    Arizona Game and Fish Department
    692-942-3000

    Sedona Medical Center
    928-204-3000

    To Report Wildlife Incident or Violation, call 1-800-352-0700

    To Report Illegal Dumping, call 928-771-3430

    Fondest memory: Other Important Numbers:

    Arizona State Parks:

    AZ State Parks:

    AZ State Parks
    www.pr.state.az.us

    Red Rock State Park
    928-282-6907

    Dead Horse State Park
    928-634-5283

    Slide Rock State Park
    928-282-3034

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    The Red Rock Pass

    by joiwatani Updated May 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Some visitors might get disappointed that they have to buy a Red Rock Pass in order to go on a hike, bike or camp.

    The Daily Red Rock Pass is $5.00, the weekly Red Rock Pass is $15.00, the Annual Pass is $20.00 and the Grand Annual Pass is $40.00.

    I was informed that 95 percent of the fees collected from the Red Rock Pass program stay in Red Rock Country!

    According from the information I got, the Red Rock Pass funds "help to achieve many important tasks on the Red Rock Ranger District to help care for the land and serve visitors to the land".

    Here is how they use the fees per the Recreation Guide of the National Forests Services:
    -500,000 visitors contacts made at contac stations
    -8,000 visitor contracts made in the field
    -40,000 pounds of trash removed from the forest
    -850 miles of trail patrolled
    -100 dump sites cleaned up
    -200 fire rings dismantled and naturalized
    -100 social trails closed and naturalized
    -500 rock cairns dismantled
    -50 fallen trees removed from trails
    -900 "Leave No Trace" contacts made
    -15 abandoned vehicles reomved from the forest
    -450 violation reprots
    -30 public assists
    -20 transients contacted

    Here's how they distribute the fees:

    1. 5 percent goes to Froest Service Regional Office
    2. 6 % goes to Wilderness Patrol
    3. 7 % goes to trails and maintenance
    4. 17 % goes to visitor information and education (those maps are free)
    5. 17 % goes to cost of collection
    6. 17 % goest to Heritage Site Protection
    7. 30 % goes to field patrol, trash pickup, and resource restoration.

    Fondest memory: So, there, that's where the Red Rock Pass go to. Besides this, there are many volunteers to help man the Sedona's Visitor's Centers. Without them, the maintenance of the parks needed more funding. Just imagine their salaries and benefits would be?

    We have to help the forest services maintain a beautiful park so that the Red Rock Pass is necessary!!!

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    Driving in Sedona

    by joiwatani Written May 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: There are many of driving options once you get to Sedona. There are many places to see so I am giving you information just in case you don't have a lot of time to explore Sedona.

    1. Broken Arrow Drive - This drive is approximately about 2 hours.
    2. Ancient Ruin Drive - 2-3.5 hours
    3. Diamondback Gulch Drive - 2.5 hours
    4. Ancient Ruin/Diamondback- 4 hours
    5. Coyote Canyons - 1.5 hours
    6. Oak Creek Canyon 2 hours
    7. Grand Canyon - 10-11 hrs.

    Fondest memory: We rented an SUV which was a hybrid. It was very spacious for all of us including our packed lunches!

    Cars park in Sedona
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    Handicap Accessible

    by Yaqui Written May 8, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This park is pretty much handicap accessible. They have large sidewalks and even has a wonderful viewing area that is near the river. There is no access down towards the river, but everything else is accessible.

    Contact the Park:
    (928) 282-3034
    Slide Rock SP
    6871 N. Highway 89A
    Sedona, AZ 86336

    Park hours:
    January – April: 8 am – 5 pm
    May: 8 am – 6 pm
    Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend: 8 am – 7 pm
    September: 8 am – 6 pm
    October – December: 8 am – 5 pm

    Slide Rock Park Info

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    Fishing, Hunting and Firearm Use

    by joiwatani Written Apr 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Fishing and hunting on the national forest in Red Rock Country are allowed under Arizona State Game and Fish Regulations.

    If you are an avid fisher and hunter, make sure to stop by the Information Center and get the copy of the regulations. Or you can access this at www.azgfd.com for more information.

    Shooting is prohibited within 150 yards of any residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area and shooting across roads, trails, or bodies of water is prohibited. Hunting is also prohibited within the city limits of Sedona.

    Fishing licences are available at most sporting goods stores, grocery stores, and through the the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

    Fondest memory: My favorite memory of Sedona is drinking my tea at a local restaurant and overlooking the majestic red rocks on the background. I enjoyed the view and the relaxing sight of nature. The weather is warm and the sky is so blue!

    Sedona's red rocks
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    RELAX!!! Leave ALL of your...

    by thechels Updated May 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: RELAX!!! Leave ALL of your troubles behind! Get lost in the beauty of the red rock, and the vortex that pulls you in for sheer relaxation! Shopping is a must, spas are a have to!!! Go hiking in Oak Creek, the West side is GORGEOUS!!! Then off for a mud bath and HOT shower to soothe those muscles.

    Fondest memory: All of them. Each time I go it is a wonderful experience. Sedona seems to remove bad 'energy' from the body, leaving you feeling like a suit of armor was taken off. Listen to the running water and enjoy the crisp cool breezes that blow through the trees bringing the scent of peace and harmony.

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