15 Aug 2015
we are spending this week with family in Phoenix, Arizona (one of the most gorgeous land-locked states), and knew we had to make the two-hour drive up I-17 (an incredibly scenic highway that includes the cities of Phoenix, Prescott, Sedona, and Flagstaff) to visit the picture-ready red rocks of Sedona.
Sedona is known for it’s iconic, picture-ready rocky landcape, but there are many must-do attractions outside of sight-seeing and taking pictures. If you’re like me, you don’t just want to see nature, you want take part in it. Sedona boasts rad hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as gorgeous state parks and national forests.
The Coconino National Forest encompasses Cathedral Rock, the primary Sedona tourist attraction and a runner-up to the Grand Canyon in the category of most photographed attraction in Arizona. A popular vista is the glass-front Chapel of the Holy Cross. Built into the red rock mountainside, Chapel of the Holy Cross offers a wonderful panoramic view, “that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.” Interestingly, there is a giant estate visible from the chapel which, in my opinion, ruins the picturesque and natural view. No one seems to know to whom the house belongs, but urban legend says it’s Nic Cage (“Nic Cage: just because”). Although that would seem fitting, I don’t think it’s Nic Cage’s house.
This trip, we spent the majority of our time visiting, for the first time, Slide Rock State Park. For the inappropriate fee of $30 for parking per car, you too can hike down the mini-valley and almost fall and break your neck in the aptly-named Slide Rock park. At first, you are able to walk on slate-like red rocks near a gulley with rushing, unexpectedly cold, mountain spring water. Eventually, you’re slipping on mossy rocks and semi-purposely falling/sliding down a naturally-formed gulch. Nature makes the most exhilarating water slides, apparently. And the most dangerous. Be careful, but do try it.
We ate at a Mexican restaurant called Javelina with wonderful views. The food was typical Mexican food, but slightly more fresh than I am used to. I would recommend it, but not exclusively.
What are some places/things/restaurants you’ve tried in Sedona, and what was your experience?