Scottsdale to Sedona

Old Jul 27th, 2007, 05:57 PM
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Scottsdale to Sedona

I would like to visit Sedona. How far is it from the Scottsdale area? I am not a hiker, what can I do there? Tours? Balloon tours. what is the average price?
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Old Jul 27th, 2007, 06:46 PM
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It's just under 100 miles.

As for activities, I was there for 2 days and all I did was hike. Easy hikes and very scenic.

USNR, who lives there, and others have posted lists of activities. Pink Jeep tours are quite popular.

They have one that goes parallel to the Broken Arrow trail.
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Old Jul 27th, 2007, 08:09 PM
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I definitely recommend the Pink Jeep Tours. They can be pricey, but worth the memories. The jeep will take you to areas that are amazing. We sat on the red rocks and enjoyed wonderful views. There is an energy vortex in Sedona (sounds kind of crazy but true). Our family felt very sleepy the entire stay...we were told that is why. Also, there is a ghost town nearby called Jerome. We visited...very strange. Lots of wonderful memories. Have fun!!!
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Old Jul 27th, 2007, 08:24 PM
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You may not think you're a hiker, but visiting Sedona may just easily turn you into one. During our first visit, we drove out to Boynton Canyon and took our first short walk on one of the shorter trails (less than a mile--it's the same parking lot as Boynton Canyon, I think it might have been Deadman's Pass). We were immediately mesmerized and hooked on hiking the area. After a little sightseeing we bought a book detailing the Top 10 Hikes (Denis Andres) and we are headed to Sedona next March for our third visit. We've completed 9 of those 10 hikes plus many more not in the book. Keep in mind a lot of the trails are really walking, not necessarily hiking and you can choose which to do depending on your activity level.
For non-hiking activity, as Myer stated, I have heard many enjoy the Pink Jeep tours, we prefer to see Sedona on foot and haven't used them.
OK....with that said...you can also drive around the town a little to sightsee some of the landmarks. You can drive to Cathedral Rock for scenic photographs. Same with the airport. Many have posted enjoying a drink or dinner at the airport restaurant (I would arrive early). While descending airport road, you can also take a short walk up to the top of the marked vantage point there, sit atop the rocky plateau and see for miles. You can drive to Bell Rock as well, another landmark for photos (or hiking . Then venture up 89 North through Oak Creek Canyon towards Flagstaff and stop at the lookout at the top for more great photos and a view of the switchbacks behind you. Another scenic drive (best only if you have an SUV) is to drive unpaved Schnebley Hill Road just south of Uptown.
I am sure there are also options for horseback riding and possibly balloon tours as well, but again, we are so busy walking the trails, we never did any of those activities.
As for the drive, it will take approximately 2 1/2 hrs. from Scottsdale, it takes us about that long to drive up from PHX airport.
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Old Jul 27th, 2007, 10:53 PM
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Drive out to The Enchantment in the afternoon for drinks and snacks at their outdoor bar. Dinner at the restaurant was too fancy-smancy for us...my husband does not travel with a tux.
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Visit Montezuma castle on your way to Sedona.Paul
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Old Jul 28th, 2007, 12:47 PM
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Heading to Sedona within the next few months and have started to bookmark info

Hope these help
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the Grand Canyon (south rim), http://www.nps.gov/archive/grca/gran...-rim/index.htm
Wupatki, http://www.nps.gov/wupa/
Sunset Crater, http://www.nps.gov/sucr/
Walnut Canyon, I think it is one of the best preserved dwelling sites in Arizona, http://www.nps.gov/waca/
Montezuma Castle, http://www.nps.gov/moca/
Verde Canyon Railway. http://www.verdecanyonrr.com/
Two state parks: Red Rock State Park http://www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/redrock.html
Slide Rock State Park (within Oak Creek Canyon). http://www.azparks.gov/Parks/parkhtml/sliderock.html
Go visit the old mining town of Jerome, a hour's drive west. http://www.azjerome.com/
Take a jeep ride.
Ride horses.
Contact the Sedona Chamber of Commerce for their free booklet, "Experience Sedona."

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I agree with Hugglynn.

I'm a non-hiker and became hooked on the easy trails as i'm getting a bit older.

I spent a whole trip hiking in bryce Canyon, Zion and Sedona.

The only thing i would have done differently (possibly) is i would have hike the first part of Angels's Landing in Zion, I would have hike part way down Bright Angel in the Grand Canyon and I would not have hike all of Boyton Canyon (too long for what you get).

The Boynton Canyon Vista hike is very short and amazing for the effort. Also, the Bell Rock loop (not to be confused with the Bell Rock Trail) is easy and very scenic. And of course the Broken Arrow trail was my favorite.

I'm planning on going to Arches NP and Canyonlands next spring.

I'm hooked. I only wish i had done this 10-15 years ago.

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