Scorpions come out at night for the most part, unless you go looking for them under rocks or dark places like cracks in the sandstone rock. One of my favorite things to do in Sedona is to hike up to a high point to watch the sunset. This means returning to my car in the dark by headlamp. The photo I have here is a Bark Scorpion I came across while hiking down fron Cathedral Rock at night after watching the sunset.
The descent at Cathedral requires you to use your hands, so be careful and look before you place you hand or sit to slide on your butt. While the bite won't kill you, it doesn't tickle!
YOu need to get a National park pass to enter the sites along the Hwy 89A road as well as in Sedona. That pass can be daily for $8, or annual $80, or like me senior for $10 lifetime, as long as I live is the best deal if I get to 90 years. Wherever you go to the mountains around Sedona, yo need to hang this on the mirror. Fines can be steep if not pass shown.
The High Country is great for many activities like hunting, fishing, etc. However, these are regulated.
Make sure to know the forest's rules and regulations before you start discharging your firearms!
Shooting is prohibited within 150 yards of any residence, building, campsite, developed recreatio site, or occupied area and shooting across roads, trails, or boides of water is prohibited. Hunting is prohibited within the city limits of Sedona.
Pick up a copy of the Arizona State Game and Fish regulations at any information center is Sedona to check on this regulation. Or go to www.azgfd.com for more information.
Don't be attracted to collecting natural objects and rocks when in Sedona. Even this requires a license!
Collecting is allowed but to a limited degree. This is to protect the area's beauty. Just leave these things in their natural place.
Collecting of cultural artifacts is illegal!
Do not approach wildlife. Use binoculars when you see one. Respect wilderness!
Also, be respectful and courteous with other visitors. They like to listen to the wilderness and not your boisterous and loud voices!
Don't be fool now. Fishing is allowed under Arizona State Game and Fish Regulations. Pick up a copy of the regulations at any visitor center or go to www.azgfd.com for more information.
Fishing licenses are available at most sporting goods stores, grocerystores and through the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
If you look at this picture you can understand my concern. This is at the Chape of the Holy Cross. I had even yelled up to the youngster hoping the parents could hear me. I think they did, because I saw a arm appear grabbing him immediately…lol….and could hear a good scolding going on. Hey, I am a parent and I well know how fast our kids can put themselves in a dangerous position. Its tough keeping them out of harms way or at least we try.
If you bring your pooch to Sedona, be sure to keep them on a leash when walking or hiking. There are many dangers for dogs such as snakes, burrs, or coyotes. I have a friend whose small dog was taken by coyotes while walking on a street in an established neighborhood. She did manage to save her dog by yelling at the coyotes and chasing them down, but the dog required extensive surgery to save its life. It really isn't wise to let any dog loose beside you while you walk or hike, even if they are well trained. Periodically, wild animals also carry rabies here, so make sure your dog has its rabies vaccinations up to date also. Not worth risking their lives.
I spoke with two tourists who had called a guide service and were told to meet a guide out of town at a remote spot. When they arrived a very scruffy man standing by an old beat up car began to walk towards them. They realized that they were putting themselves in a dangerous place and so they got back in their cars and went back to town. Later they discovered that the whole things was part of a scam and they were right to be cautious.
So....when you want to go out in the wilderness, take a jeep trip. The hotel will arrange this and they will come to your hotel. That way you know things are on the up and up.
Watch out. These things may look little and cute, but they are PRICKLY. They may look like they have just a few big needles which you can avoid with your hand--or tear out before you touch. Don't try it. They generally have lots of smaller needles which they can shoot at you. When walking, don't bring your leg too close. It is NOT comparable to a thorn bush. You will have to spend a long time digging out tiny needles that have penetrated your skin. These plants can be handled--and were handled by the Indian tribes here--but you need special skills and an excellent understanding. Otherwise DON'T TRY THIS YOURSELF.
I was surprised to find how quickly a clear blue sky could turn black! During our week-long stay, there were several times when we witnessed relatively sudden thunderstorms with heavy rain and high winds seem to appear out of the clear blue sky (literally). For instance, when we started up Doe Mesa, the sky was blue with just a few fluffly white clouds. When we reached the top an hour later, the sky was black and there was thunder and lightning. By the time we were back to the car, the rain was coming down and the winds were so high they almost blew my umbrella inside out. It made for some pretty photos though! So be prepared for an unexpected shift in the weather...especially if you plan on taking a hike of any significant length.
I was warned that navigating the top of Doe Mesa would be tricky as the numerous trails (if you can even call them that) are confusing and not well-marked. There is only one good, safe way down and it is marked with a pile of cairns. However, once you get up top and start wandering around, you'll find there are dozens of cairns and everything looks the same. Despite carefully consulting my hiking book and map, we became hopelessly lost within five minutes of reaching the top. We spent about five minutes enjoying the scenery, then about another hour panicking and trying to find our way down. It would have been manageable if the weather had been good, but the blue sky had turned black by the time we got to the top. We felt like we were racing against time when we kept hearing thunder and we could see lightning striking nearby Bear Mountain! We eventually found our way back down....but the moral of the story is - be prepared and pay close attention to where you have been and where you are going!
When you are in a confined space with your family for quite a number of days--may I suggest that as a family you don't eat refried beans too many days in a row. Also- always keep a bottle of gin handy to help you cope with it all or you can use it to knock a member of your family over the head in order to keep them quiet.
--Talking with the local merchants, I was told that since Sedona is such a polular spot for artistic people and those with artistic appreciation, traffic can get to be quite a problem during long holiday weekends. The 'highway' into Sedona is two lanes each way, and was quite congested during the daylight hours when I visited over the Memorial Day weekend. I arrived early in the week and left on Tuesday vs. the Friday-Sunday stay. Gasoline was expensive as expected, but food at the restaurants was fairly priced with a large variety from whick to choose .
When taking pictures, don't be stepping on the rocks at the top of the Holy Cross Chapel. There are many warning signs as you might fall down on the steep hill!
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