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    "Lost Canyon" found!

    by blueskyjohn Written Jan 28, 2013

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    If you are into hiking to get your photo shots, here is another "off the beaten track" hike that is not in many guide books and not really recognized by the park service. It is known as "Lost Canyon." The trail starts just at the start of the Brins Mesa trail. The coordinates for this trail start are N34 55.002 W111 48.475. I tell you this because it is difficult to find but once on the the canyon rim it is totally worth it and I think the best hike in Sedona. The trail can be done as an in and out but if your really adventurous, you can continue around the canyon rim which will take you out by Devils bridge. Hike that trail back out to the road. The one way hike is about 5.5 miles. The trail is well established but if you have fear of heights it could be troubling at some points. The trail runs along two canyons, the first not as long but has a small indian ruin at the base. There is another ruin high above the trail but difficult to get to and not recommended. The trail fades at the far pint of the second canyon. You can continue on but there are only sporadic cairns. I've done this about 6 times so I know the way but I can tell you the first and second time were a bit of an epic. The thing is you can see where you need to go from the near side of the canyon but lose perspective once on the other side. I'll add some photos on my Sedona page I've been putting off creating, lol. Email me if you want the entire track log for gps.

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    Best sunset location!

    by blueskyjohn Written Jan 28, 2013

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    A "must do" is the hike to the top of Doe Mountain. It is one of the best places in Sedona to watch sunsets and you can get a 360 degree view of Sedona and the surrounding area. It is a mesa so you can totally explore the top at your leisure. There is no set trail once ontop but walking straight once ontop to the opposite side, then turn right, you can circumnavigate the rim. Be sure to bring a headlamp for the hike out if you go to watch the sunset.

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    Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center

    by Yaqui Written Nov 24, 2011

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    This vistor center was build around the 1935 like a pueblo with local natural materials to compliment the monument. Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the ruins as a U.S. National Monument on July 25, 1939. After a extensive excavation was performed back in the 1934 discovered many wonderful artifacts that are still on display at this wonderful center. Plenty of materials on displays and a small gift shop. Lots of shade during the hot summer months and restrooms available.

    P.O. Box 219, Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
    Directions: From I-17, Exit 287 and travel west Highway 260 to Cottonwood. Continue through Cottonwood Hwy 89A and head toward Clarkdale. At the first traffic light turning on to 89A, signs will direct you to turn left to stay on 89A thru old Cottonwood.

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    Tuzigoot National Monument

    by Yaqui Written Nov 24, 2011

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    Tuzigoot is Apache for crooked water. They were a prehistoric people called the Sinagua who built these pueblos and lived in them from around 1125 and 1400 CE. They benefitted from farming, good source of water, and trade. They were accomplished in sculpting stones and jewelry making. Many wonderful pieces have been discovered from excavation. This pueblo is one the most preserved structures and probably housed as many to 77 and 110 rooms. This structure has been preserved by beefing up the walls with new mortar. What I find so special about this structure is you can actually walk around it, touch it and explore the top floor of the pueblo. By actually seeing it in person gives a small glimpse in the everyday life of such wonderful people rich in culture.

    P.O. Box 219, Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
    Directions: From I-17, Exit 287 and travel west Highway 260 to Cottonwood. Continue through Cottonwood Hwy 89A and head toward Clarkdale. At the first traffic light turning on to 89A, signs will direct you to turn left to stay on 89A thru old Cottonwood.

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    See the scenic vortex

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This will be a free advertising for the Earth Wisdom Tour. This company offers a variety of tours to families and visitors.

    They have the scenic vortex tour, the sacred wheel tour, walk about tour, hikes du jour, easy rider canyon tour, easy rider rim tour, rough rider canyon and rim-n-ruins tour.

    Their tours cater to different ages, too.

    Like for example the Sacre Wheel Tour includes an experience of an-depth journey that merges myth, meditation, native plants and sacred pilgrimage traditions. The tour also includes a tour on private properties which regular visitors can't go.

    The tour is about 3.5 hours and it cost about $78.oo per person. Children under 12 is $39.00.

    For more information of the rest of the tours, please call them directly at 928-282-4714.

    Their office is located at 293 N 89A Sedona, Arizona, 86336

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    by MD2nd Updated Sep 5, 2009

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    When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…

    …to listen to his son whine about being bored.

    …to keep a straight face when people
    complain about potholes.

    …to be tolerant of people who complain
    about the hassle of getting ready for work.

    …to be understanding when a co-worker
    complains about a bad night’s sleep.

    …to be silent when people pray to
    God for a new car.

    …to control his panic when his wife tells
    him he needs to drive slower.

    …to be compassionate when a businessman
    expresses a fear of flying.

    …to keep from laughing when anxious parents
    say they’re afraid to send their kids
    off to summer camp.

    …to keep from ridiculing someone who complains
    about hot weather.

    …to control his frustration when a colleague
    gripes about his coffee being cold.

    …to remain calm when his daughter complains
    about having to walk the dog.

    …to try to be more understanding to people
    who complain about the stress in their jobs.

    …to just walk away when someone says they
    only get two weeks of vacation a year.

    …to be happy for a friend’s new hot tub.

    …to be forgiving when someone says how
    hard it is to have a new baby in the house..

    -A.Crane
    (fwd from Jory)

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    by MD2nd Updated Jul 25, 2009

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    No person is ever truly alone.
    Those who live no more,
    Whom we loved,
    Echo still within our thoughts,
    Our words, our hearts.
    And what they did
    And who they were
    Becomes a part of all that we are,
    Forever.
    -unknown

    With utmost respect for Arizonan Marine LCpl Juan Lopez-Castaneda (died August 14, 2008)

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    The Stones, Rocks and Minerals in Sedona

    by joiwatani Written Apr 27, 2009

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    As I have noted in my tips, there are many jewelry stores in Sedona. But, here is one of the exciting thing, too, is that there are also stores that sells raw beads for jewelry makers.

    If you design jewelries, then this is the place to catch up in picking up your rocks and stones.

    The stores are located at the Sedona Center.

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    Sedona Chamber of Commerce

    by Yaqui Written Apr 12, 2009

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    These centers are always a wealth of information and they are always there to help you find you next tourist destination.

    Uptown Sedona
    Village of Oakcreek
    Tequa Plaza, 7000 Hwy 179 Ste 101
    P.O. Box 478
    Sedona, Az 86336

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    Van Deren Ranch

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    These are always wonderful treasures when exploring.

    The plaque reads: Lee Van Deren, cattleman, arrived to put his children in the new Sedona school opened in 1910. Ranching was a major part of Sedona’s early economy. Round ups and cattle drives were a twice a year occurrence for ranchers when moving their herds from winter to summer grazing allotments.

    About 1924, Lee’s son, Earl, bought 40 acres along the west side of this road and with hard work soon paid off the property and became a successful rancher.

    Earl occasionally added to his income by fighting fires for the Forest Service and providing cattle, horses and wagons for use in movies being made in and around Sedona.

    But after WWII, Earl saw Sedona changing with an influx of tourists and new residents. He could see the end of ranching as he knew it so he sold out and moved to Montana. The first street west of here is named for the Van Deren Family.

    Located on Jordan Road and Hwy 89A

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    Orchards (1890 – 1970)

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    It is always interesting to explore because you never know what you will find. We took a wrong turn, but decide to continue up the road and we discovered these wonderful plaques describing local history.

    The plaque reads: Fruit growing played a significant role in the early Sedona economy. Over time, settlers constructed ditches, flumes, pipelines, reservoirs, and water wheels to provide irrigation to their gardens and eventually to their larger orchards.

    Apples and peaches became the primary orchard crops. The Jordan orchard flanked both sides of this street and grew to almost 1500 fruit trees. Flagstaff and the mining town of Jerome provided markets for fruit, as did far away places. Oak Creek fruit was shipped to Seattle, San Francisco, Minnesota and even to American troops during World War II.

    Before the Jordans, the Pendleys, Thompsons, Purtymuns, and others developed orchards along Oak Creek. Henry Schuerman grew apples, peaches, apricots, pears, quinces and grapes complete with a vineyard for making wines in the German style of his heritage. Roadside fruit stands popped up along the canyon road after it paved in the 1930s.

    Located on Jordan Road and Hwy 89A

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    Center of New Age (mural)

    by Yaqui Written Apr 18, 2008

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    If your into spiritual readings, tarot cards, clairvoyants, massage, past life regression, astrology reports, aura photos readings and many books, jewelry and crystals, then this is the place for you. This place attracted me due to its really neat mural on the outside of the building. This is located right across from the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, so you cannot miss it.

    341 Hwy 179
    Sedona, AZ 86336

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    Bronze Statues

    by Yaqui Written Apr 18, 2008

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    These statues are everywhere. I was never so impressed by the artistry that abounds in this community. I wish I kept better track of where each statue is located at, but there are so many to enjoy. Sedona is a very lucky community to have so many who can sculpture events or individuals who will be forever bronzed in time for future generations to enjoy.

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    Grand Canyon

    by erotikryter Updated Feb 18, 2008

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    The Grand Canyon is about 2 and a half hours from Sedona and makes a great day trip. We've left at seven in the morning and been back in Sedona by ten. It is a long day, but very doable. We normally take the scenic drive up Oak Creek Canyon on 89A to Flagstaff. Definately stop at Midgley Bridge to take pictures of Sedona. At the top of the switchbacks there is a scenic look out, so stretch your legs and taking in the view of all of the canyon. Native artisons normally have booths set up selling all sorts of crafts and local art.

    We drive through Flagstaff along highway 60 to Sunset Crater National Park. This is not the normal route for tourists so traffic is always great and the line to get into the canyon upon your arrival has never been long.

    The loop through the crater park takes you through some amazing scenery and history. The ground has been shaped by lava. Parts of it are twisted sureal rocks, and other parts tiny bits of round rocks.

    The indian ruins are amazing. Wuputki is the most popular, but touristy. Before Wuputki you will spot a sign to the right that takes you to this stand alone ruin that is too cool. Definatley check this out.

    This route gets you to the south rim of Grand Canyon in time to take in some dinner and the sunset before heading home.

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    A Shangra La in the Desert

    by erotikryter Written May 18, 2007

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    There used to be access to Fossil Creek, at the Flume Trailhead, which is an easier hike, but this has been closed to remove the flume. It was decided that the dam at Fossil Springs be removed to allow Fossil Creek to return to its natural state. The only access will be from southeast of the springs, via Tonto National Forest's Fossil Springs Trail (#18). The challenging trail drops 1,300 feet into the canyon from FR708.

    The climb is a steady downward go, pretty steep. Once you make your way to the bottom is it unbelievable. My husband said it reminded him of how he pictured Rivendale from the Tolken novels. This is the source of the natural springs, and water is bubbling up out of the earth. It is so green with vegetation. You criss-cross the water to the sound of bubbling all around you. There is also a gorgeous waterfall.

    There is a camping area, and even though we didn't, I think if you wanted to hike in with your pack, it would be a fun night in a spot that has been little disturbed by man. It is a four mile hike down into the canyon. Pretty steep. I would be used to carrying a large pack. Remember it is four miles back out, uphill. Otherwise this makes a great day hike. Get there early in the morning so you can explore Fossil Creek and start on your way out in the early afternoon.

    Tips: There is little shade on the hike down so wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Bring lots of water. Also, bug spray would be a good idea. I got some nasty bug bites. Also in this area there are hot springs. If you finish your eight mile hike and want a soak, get back on the dirt road, make a right and follow the road down into the canyon. You will cross over a beautiful swimming hole by a bridge. There the water is a blue I've only seen in the tropics. Take a dip and then keep driving and watch for signs for the hot springs. They will be on your left hand side.

    Location: This trailhead is an hour to an hour and a half from Sedona, outside the town of Strawberry. Well worth the drive. For directions, see the link below.

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