Sedona Flagstaff trip

Old Feb 4th, 2023, 09:19 AM
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Sedona Flagstaff trip

My wife and I are going to Arizona in early March. We are planning on going to Sedona and maybe Flagstaff. We are in our 60's - excellent physical condition.
Looking for the following:
1. Where to stay in Sedona (hotels or VRBO)
2. Places to eat in Sedona
3. What has more to do - Sedona or Flagstaff
4. Hiking trails to recommend

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Old Feb 4th, 2023, 10:02 AM
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We stayed in a condo at Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Piņon Pointe a couple years ago and thought the facilities and location were top notch. Not cheap, but pretty large unit with full kitchen and laundry machines in the room. Could not be more centrally located.

We took several hikes, and I believe you pretty much can't go wrong. We used the "Sedona Hiking" app ($5 I think) on our phones as well as the always handy All Trails. If you send me a PM, I can provide a link to photos.

At that time of year, it can be cold in Flagstaff, so personally I'd spend more time in Sedona. We were in Flagstaff last year in first week of April last year and found it too cool for outdoor activities (wimpy Californians). Except for the great Museum of Northern Arizona, most of the top things to see are an hour or so drive from Flagstaff, mostly east and north (like Walnut Canyon and Wupatki NM).

Enjoy your trip. Sedona is quite beautiful.
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We have stayed at Enchantment Resort several times. Beautiful setting adjacent to hiking trails. Go into town to Dahl and De Luca for dinner, also recommend dining at Rene at Tlaquepaque.
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Old Feb 4th, 2023, 06:20 PM
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We have stayed at the Bell Rock Inn in Oak Creek. It was fine. A few years ago, we stayed at the Sky Ranch by the airport. We got a room with a little deck and wonderful view, so highly recommend this type of room.

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Why not go a little farther and hike in Grand Canyon? It is only a couple of hours from Sedona
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Walnut Canyon is much closer to Flagstaff (like 15 minutes) but not sure about hiking conditions that time of year. There's also Painted Desert etc farther east.
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For Sedona
West Fork (Call of the Canyon) is probably the best hike in the area but gets crowded. If you want to go there arrive before 9:00AM. Their parking is full later in the day.
There are nice hikes north of Village of Oak Creek (VOC) starting from Yavapi Vista Point or Bell Rock Trailhead. There is a visitor center south of VOC.

Also in the area is the Wet Beaver Wilderness area. with hikes along the creek. This is at a lower altitude than Flagstaff and should be warmer.

Note in Sedona there are hikes on National Forest land, state land, and private land. Each requires a different pass.

Besides the hikes listed above there are trails all over Sedona.

For Flagstaff

Off HW180 NW of Flagstaff FR151 (unpaved) loops through Hart Prairie at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. A hike into Little Spring toward the north end of HW151 is short but scenic.The road into Little Spring is identified as FR418B. Close by is the Bismark trail. You can hike up to Little Spring and behind it is a steep trail taking you up to a large meadow. If you follow the trail to the right it connects with the Bismark trail. You can also continue to the base of the Arizona Snow bowl.

Again from HW180 you can drive up FR 516 (paved) going to the Snow Bowl to the Veit Springs trail, a short hike but has some Arizona history. If you continue to the ski area there is a large parking lot on the left leading to other hikes. From the ski area parking lot you can also hike up to the Humphreys Peak at 12633 feet (3850 meters) although in May this trail may not be open because of snow.
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