If you plan to hike or do other outdoor activities in the Sedona area, please remember:
With the high elevation and bright sun, there is a high risk of sunburn and melanoma. So, use your head by wearing a hat on it! Always wear plenty of sunblock (at least 30 SPV...I wear 45SPV) and even in the winter months.
Carry extra warm clothing, a flashlight, emergency food and waterproof matches because you might become lost. This is serious business because the high elevation and atmosphere mean hypothermia is possible.
Always wear hiking boots because the trails involve steep ascending and decending. Also, since the sandstone crumbles easily, be aware of of it and take precautions.
Also, be aware of the slick rocks, especially during or after a rainfall.
It's essential that you carry more water than you think you need. The air is dry, the temperatures vary, and the topography is tricky. Remember: One gallon of water per person per day.
Even though it is not likely, you could encounter a bear. remember not to corner a bear.
Be aware of Rattlesnakes. If you see one, just calmly walk away (if that is possible!)
If you visit during the warm weather months (including the early spring) make sure you take your sun block. The sun can get hot very quickly. Take along some sturdy hiking boots, even if you don't think you'll be hiking. You probably will (-8 !! As I mentioned in the above narrative, if you have back problems, the Jeep tours might be a bit of a challenge. The road up on the volcanic rim is very bumpy, and hard on the spine. An excellent alternative would be the 'trolley tours' bus. If you're hiking, be aware of the possiblity of comming across a snake or two.