Sedona Fall Hikes: West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon

West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon

When it comes to Fall hikes in the Sedona, Arizona area my all time favorite hike would have to be the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. Fall is the most popular time of year to take this hike when the beautiful red rocks and clear blue skies serves as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant fall foliage in Oak Creek Canyon, but there is no bad time of year to enjoy this hike.

A couple of falls ago my niece Sara came for a visit, and we were both ready to hit the trails and explore. Since Sara has never been on the West Fork Trail and I was aching for some clean crisp air, vibrant colors of fall and the painted scenery of towering cliffs against the crystal blue sky we decided West Fork was going to be the first hike!

We arrived at the trail very early in the morning and was glad that I remember to layer clothing. It was a bit nippy there and let me tell you if you are planning a fall hike on West Fork you will want to do the same. When you first start the trail plenty of sunshine will warm you, but the further you get along the trees provide a great deal of shade, making those early morning hikes a bit chilly.

When you get to the bridge that crosses over the creek make sure to take a minute and just hang out and enjoy the scenery. On this last trip there was a young man Fly fishing which kept me entertained for some time. Not to far from the bridge you come into a section of the canyon were towering cliffs engulf you. You can’t help but just stand there in amazement. You can see were water falls of the cliff, in fact there was still some slowly running down from a rain storm early in the week. The shutterbugs out there will love this hike; there are awe inspiring images throughout the entire hike. I have been known to stop dead in my tracks to catch a photo of the cliffs peeking through the trees. To check out some of my photos of this hike click here.

There will be a three mile marker and just past that there is a steep climb across the wooded hillside that drops down into a stony area mid river. This marks the end of the official path and hiking beyond this point takes a very experienced hiker. I highly recommend that you if you are inexperienced do not go any farther. I have gone a little bit passed this point and realized I was not ready to handle it yet. In fact if you choose to travel all 14 miles from one end of the canyon to the other, plan to do a lot of wading and boulder hopping, and even some swimming.

This three mile hike takes you into the beautiful Canyon and stays fairly level and near the creek. You will however benefit from wearing a good pair of hiking boots. There are tree roots that you can easily trip over if you are not paying attention to were you are walking and keep in mind that there are place where you will be crossing the stream. The rocks crossing the creek can be slippery and I myself have taken a splash. Now I always bring extra socks! This is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona and can be extremely busy. I would recommend either going in the early morning or during the week.

The West Fork and Oak Creek Canyon typically peak around the third week of October. Sedona and the Verde Valley don’t typically turn until the end of October and into November. This page will be filled out and updated regularly as we get information and the season progresses. – from the Cocnoino National Forest Website. Fall Colors on the Coconino National Forest

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The Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is a Pet Friendly Hotel

Pets are welcome guests at Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona! We have a number of rooms reserved for pets in every room type from our most economical to a King Room with a fireplace. There is a one-time only pet-fee of $20 + tax per pet, no matter how long your stay. This fee is non-refundable and includes complimentary items available at the front desk, including dog biscuits and pet waste bags (please clean up after your pet on walks or hiking trails)!

For the comfort and safety of all our guests as well as your beloved pet, we kindly request all owners to review the following pet guidelines prior to booking, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our pet policy.

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Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

Slide Rock State Park Fall Festival

October 21st, 2017

Enjoy the beginning of fall in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon at the Slide Rock State Park Fall Festival taking place on Saturday, October 21st, 2017! Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the park as well as the 60th anniversary of the Arizona State Parks and Trails system.  From Blacksmith demonstrations to antique engines and tractors, from exhibits on Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments to various kids’ activities including “Build a Scarecrow”, there will be something for everyone in your family to enjoy!

 Slide Rock State Park is located in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, seven miles north of Sedona on Highway 89A. Admission for the day will be $10 per vehicle. Bring a picnic for your family to enjoy while you are exploring, learning and having some good old fashion fun at the park.

Highlighted Festival Events

  • William Weathersby is a popular guest at Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park! He will demonstrate the homestead art of Blacksmithing. Come watch a true craftsman swing the hammer as the sound rings though the orchards.
  • Bill Payne and Diane of Payne Gulch Honey will return for this years Fall Fest ! Bill will talk about bees, beekeeping, seasonal flowers in the state. Everyone enjoys learning more about the process and watching a demonstration of honey extraction.
  • Educational booths about the endangered narrow-headed garter snake, Flagstaff Dark Sky Coalition, and Arizona Historical Society.
  • Essential oil distilling demonstration with Phibee Aromatics.
  • Exhibits on Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, the southwest monarch butterfly study, Arizona Flywheelers’ antique engines and tractors, Arizona Game and Fish, and Oak Creek Watershed Council.
  •  Meet Smokey the Bear from the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Ringtail from Arizona State Parks and Trails, and animal friends from Alpacas of the Southwest.
  • Various kids’ activities including Build a Scarecrow. Leave your scarecrow to decorate the festival or take it home for a donation of $10.
  • Story teller and musician, Tony Norris will capture the spirit of Oak Creek Canyon in story and song.

This festival is extremely popular with locals and visitors, we highly suggest arriving to the park early. Your State Park entry fee will get you into this event. for more information please visit the Friends of Slide Rock State Park on Facebook. We hope to see your there!

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All of us here at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona are looking forward to the Fall season! Along with all the great events and festivals, the weather is close to picture perfect, the town is a buzz with activity, and our guests are out hiking and biking the red rocks!

Fall, in our opinion is also one of the best times to enjoy Out of Africa Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad and tours into the red rocks with Pink Jeep! With that in mind we wanted to highlight our most popular Sedona Vacation Packages, click here to save money at the Inn of Sedona!


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Oktoberfest at Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad

“Ales on Rails” Oktoberfest Celebration

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley in the month of October and love a good Oktoberfest celebration, then you will not want to miss “Ales on Rails” at the Verde Canyon Railroad! This is not just a one weekend event, this celebration takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October!

The cooling temperatures inspire the riparian foliage to mellow, filling the Verde Canyon with gold, amber and scarlet. The ripened bronzing of the wilderness is echoed by rich Arizona craft beers served during Verde Canyon Railroad’s ever-popular Oktoberfest celebration! There will be a great selection ranging from light and summery Kolsch to high-octane lagers and IPAs, from coppery-red and Scotch ales to dark stouts and chocolate porters. These Oktoberfest-style brews may have German roots but all are produced in Arizona breweries.

The party starts at 11:00 am on the depot patio with a mouthwatering luncheon of grilled sausages, special-recipe potato salad and hot pretzels served with a variety of gourmet cheeses perfect for dipping. Lunch is only $11 and the logo beer glasses that come with 5 beer tastings are $10! At 1:00 pm the party continues on-board where beers may be purchased during the Fall Colors Tour, along with Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-label beers from Sedona’s Oak Creek Brewing Company.(standard train fees apply)!

This Fall excursion into the Verde Canyon is absolutely one of our all time favorites! Passengers on the Verde Canyon Railroad are treated to a gentle ride through a high-walled canyon painted in an array of vibrant autumn hues that shimmer and change around every curve in the track. Standard train fares apply, so we highly suggest taking advantage of our Inn of Sedona “Romancing the Rails” Vacation Package that includes one night at our hotel and two first class tickets on the train!

The Verde Canyon Railroad is located in Clarkdale, Arizona, only a 25 minute drive from Sedona. The train departs at 1:00 pm. and returns at 5:00 pm. If you are not taking advantage of our “Romancing the Rails” package and would like to purchase your tickets separately; reservations for the train are accepted at 800.582.7245 or online at Verde Canyon Railroad.




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Sedona Plein Air Festival

Sedona, Arizona

13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

October 14th – 21st, 2017

Art lovers will be flocking to Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend to experience over two dozen master painters in action in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! The Sedona Plein Air Festival returns for a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 14th to 21st, 2017!

“En Plein Air”, a French term that translates to “in the open air”, describes paintings that have been created outdoors rather than in a studio. The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting. The week long festival will feature these painters all over town,on the streets, trail-heads, creeks and vistas, capturing the beauty of the Sedona area on canvas. These incredibly talented artists are coming to the Sedona area from all over the United States to spend seven days painting en plein air, and to share their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.

There is a great selection of workshops available during the festival, to see a full listing of workshops an their cost please visit

Special Guest Artist Alan Wolton

As the Sedona Arts Center embarks on its 60th Anniversary Celebration, Alan Wolton is also celebrating his 60th Anniversary painting. The Arts Center has been honoring Sedona’s Legacy Artists as part of their anniversary celebrations. For Alan Wolton, joining the Sedona Plein Air Festival is the perfect fit as an exhibiting artist with works done in the Sedona area. Wolton’s life-long dedication to plein air painting is seen through his brilliant creations—always working outdoors as large as he could in various landscapes from his beginnings in London, to his explorations in South Africa to his more recent paintings in the Sedona area and in Venice, Italy. With over sixty years of painting, Alan has developed a rich, personal style of thick, creamy paint application contrasted with areas of subtle wash and delicate scumbling of paint. The Sedona Plein Air Festival is honored to exhibit his work in this special anniversary year.


Sedona Plein Air Festival Events

  • Opening Wine Reception
    October 14th, at 7:00 pm
    The Sedona Arts Center welcomes all to the opening reception in honor of their invited artists. View their work, learn more about their creative process. Artists have brought work with them from their own terrain across the U.S. Come meet the 30 artists in this year’s festival and see their diversity of style and talent!
  • Artists Paint in Sedona Area
    October 14th – 20th
    Fine plein air painting in action, as our invited artists spread out around town and create new works inspired by local landscapes and vistas. Fresh Sedona works can then be viewed in the Arts Center’s Special Exhibitions Gallery and Theatre Studio. Check the schedule for individual artist demonstrations, mini workshops, paint outs, and creative excursions.
  • Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge
    October 18h, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    The public is invited to watch artists paint both still and moving water, reflections, sycamores and ducks at this beautiful setting along Oak Creek. Awards and Sale immediately following at L’Auberge. Public Shuttle provided by Red Rock Magic Trolley  from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. picking up in the Sedona Arts Center lower parking lot and shuttling to and from nearby L’Auberge Resort.
  • Keynote Joshua Been “ The Plein Air Adventure”
    October 18th, 7:00 pm
    Open to the Public. Joshua Been will give a digital presentation and talk about his personal journey as an artist. Wine reception following in our Special Exhibition Gallery.
  • Paint out at Seven Canyons Resort
    October 19th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    The public is invited to beautiful Seven Canyons to watch artists paint the afternoon and evening light as it carves out the red rock profiles. Artists will explore panoramic vistas from the Clubhouse, driving range, and views from beautiful Rachel’s Knoll. Red Rock Magic Trolley provides shuttle service between all the painting venues. Awards Ceremony and Wine Reception on the event lawn at 4:00 pm.
  • Plein Air to Studio Demonstration with Joshua Been
    October 20th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Cost $50

    Join us for an extended demonstration by our keynote speaker for the Festival this year Joshua Been. This demonstration will be a wonderful overview, and a great opportunity to review and re-take notes on effective studio practices incorporating every bit of knowledge gained through the plein air experience.
  • Plein Air Party and Awards Presentation
    October 20th 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
     Held at Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in the Historic Art Barn. Fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvre and fine art. This is the ‘big event’ artist’s awards are presented throughout the evening recognizing the best work created during the week including Best of Show and merit awards by Festival Judge Josh Been, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.
  • Main Street Paint Out
    October 21st, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      The final paint-out of the festival is held in collaboration with the City of Sedona and is the last chance for visitors and residents to become acquainted with the artists and observe them in action. Artists will paint in Uptown Sedona on 89A from the Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café.  Sale and awards at the Arts Center immediately following, then join us for a free cook-out outside the plein air galleries. Final event sales take place from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

If you are interested in learning more about all the events taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley during October, please visit our Sedona events page!

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries

October 6th, 2017

This coming weekend is a great time to visit Sedona, Arizona, especially if you love exploring the arts! The Galleries of the red rocks will be kicking off October with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on October 6th, 2017. Then on Saturday head up Cleopatra Hill for the Jerome Art Walk. High on our list of must see exhibits this Friday would be the exhibition “Animal Grace” Featuring Kim Kori at the Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery.

If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Goldenstein Gallery
14th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show
Opening Reception October 6th, 2017
October brings the Goldenstein Gallery’s most highly anticipated show of the season; The 14th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show capturing the quintessential spirit of the West. Throughout October view the works of artists such as David DeVary, Ben Wright, Carla Romero and many more. Join them on Friday October 6th for the opening reception! For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Lanning Gallery
Gala Celebration with Gerald C. Moore & Randi Solin
October 6th, 2017
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona kicks off its autumn season with a Gala Celebration to officially introduce new gallery owners Thomas and Jennifer Bryant Nagel and to unveil the gallery’s recent renovations and contemporary new look. Live music, refreshments, an Artist Talk and more add to the excitement of the evening as two of the gallery’s prominent artists, Gerald C. Moore and Randi Solin, arrive in Sedona to unveil their latest new works; Solin gives an Artist Talk at 6:30 pm. Randi Solin creates the hand-blown studio glass that is so well-known at Lanning Gallery (and internationally). Her work represents a fusion of the American Studio Art Glass movement and classic Venetian glassblowing. For more information please visit

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Rowe Fine Art Gallery
“Animal Grace” Featuring Kim Kori
October 6th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
October 7th, 2917 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Sedona artist Kim Kori’s newest bronze sculpture is titled A Moment’s Rest, something Kim hasn’t had much of this year. Kim has had one of the busiest years of her career. As for A Moment’s Rest, Kim will debut the sculpture during Animal Grace, her annual one-woman show happening at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour.  The sculpture features a hummingbird relaxing on a pear. Kim also has several works in progress including one depicting her very first fox, one featuring a garden mouse and another one showcasing an iris with a frog. At least one of these clay sculptures will be unveiled at the show. Kim says the summer monsoon storms brought out flowers and creatures in her backyard that she had never seen before. It was the rainy season that inspired the as-yet-unnamed iris and frog sculpture. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

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Andrea Smith Gallery – “Radiant Gem” 
Featuring Anah Laudenslager

October 6th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
October 7th, 2017 (12:00 pm)

Sedona healing artist, Anah Laudenslager designs simply elegant, gemstone bead jewelry to spark the awakening of a woman’s essential self; her unique radiance. Each design is masterfully, hand-crafted by her and then bathed in sound to energetically clear and recharge gemstones to their pristine frequency. When worn on the body, her gems create a coherent field of protection and healing for the wearer. Anah is offering a sound healing with each Radiant Gem purchase. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery
“The Colors of Autumn”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
October 6th, 2017
The Mountain Trail Gallery is pleased to present “The Colors of Autumn”. Featuring vibrant, colorful paintings by the gallery’s award-winning landscape and still-life painters, including plein air painters Betty Carr, Howard Carr, Bill Cramer,  Joshua Been, Marcia Molnar, Susie Hyer, Gregory Stocks, Troy Collins, E.J. Paprocki, and more. Also featured are paintings by wildlife artists Adele Earnshaw, Joe Garcia, Amy Lay, Jennifer O’Cualain, Stephen J. Krasemann, and Corrina Johnson as well as sculpture by gallery artists. For more information please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
October 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Once again, expect a wonderful night in Jerome. Have dinner, stroll the streets and visit the galleries, sip some wine, sample some treats, savor the art!  Twenty-five galleries and studios will be open with art, music and refreshments. This free event has become a Verde Valley favorite with a shuttle that will transport you from the artist filled Old Jerome High School, up to the center of town with The Lincoln Gallery and Made in Jerome Pottery and everything in-between. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Complimentary “About Town” Guest Shuttle Service

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Hotel Special for Sedona Plein Air Festival

Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Plein Air Festival

Special Rate is available for lodging October 14th – 21st, 2017

Sedona-Plein-Air-FestivalStay with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 2017 Sedona Plein Air Festival and save up to $40 dollars a night! Enjoy great views from the award winning terraced decks, free hot breakfast every morning and use of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle available to all of our guest. This week long festival takes place from October 14th – 21st. All you have to do to take advantage of this special is call our hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Plein Air Festival Rate” to make your reservations. It’s that easy!

13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 14th – 21st, 2017
Our community’s iconic creative event, Sedona Plein Air Festival is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events!Sedona Arts Center invites you along to get creative and experience over two dozen master painters in action—making their art on location in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival! For more information visit Sedona Plein Air Festival.




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Sedona, AZ Events: Sedona Arts Festival

Sedona Arts Festival

October 7th – 8th, 2017

One of our favorite festivals of the year is almost here! The Sedona Arts Festival kicks off Saturday, October 7th, at the Sedona Red Rock High School! Why is it one of our favorite’s you ask? It’s simple, 125 artists from across the US will be showcasing their exquisite work in a variety of mediums including Ceramics, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, Glass, Photography, Drawing,Sculpture, Jewelry, Wood, Metal, and Painting! This is seriously one of the best gatherings of talented artists!

There will also be live music both days of the festival including four time Grammy nominee William Eaton!  There is also a popular KidZone that is all about creative fun and inspiration, using tried and true hands-on activities and a Gourmet Gallery, your one-stop shop for locally made yummy treats! A “Fine Art Gallery” is being added to the festival this year. Festival Hours: Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

One of the new artist to the Festival: Brian Lensink from Phoenix, Arizona

Brian designs and creates wood turned objects that are sculptural and artistic, such as vessels or mobiles or utilitarian such as pepper mills or salad bowls.

“In recent years, I have developed an additional interest in woodturning. I design and create segmented woodturning objects that are often influenced by Native American basket and rug weavers. This involves interpreting their designs into what is possible to do in wood. I am currently working on projects that combine wood turned elements in the construction of mobiles and stabiles. In the process I enjoy using many exotic and beautiful wood species in my work. In the area of woodturning I have been greatly influenced by Malcolm Tibbetts and Ray Allen who do such beautiful and creative work in segmented wood turning”. – Brian Lensink

To learn more about Brian’s beautiful work please visit Lensink Creations.

Entertainment  Schedule

  • Saturday
    10:00 am –  William Eaton
    11:00 am – Rick Cyge
    12:00 pm – Sedona Guitar Duo (Rick Cyge and Steve Gouglas)
    1:00 pm – Earth Speak (William Eaton, Claudia Tulip and Susannah Martin)
    3:00 pm – Meadowlark (Rick Cyge and Lynn Trombetta)
  • Sunday
    10:00 am William Eaton
    11:15 am – Rick Cyge
    12:30 pm – Meadowlark (Rick Cyge and Lynn Trombetta)
    2_00 pm – Earth Speak (William Eaton, Claudia Tulip and Bart Applewhite)

Tickets are only $10 online, $12 at the gate and Children 12 and under are free!
Why are you paying to shop? The Sedona Arts Festival is the primary fundraiser to support art education in the greater Sedona area. To date, the Sedona Arts Festival has donated nearly $300,000 in scholarship and arts education funding.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona leave the driving to us and take advantage of our Complimentary Shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up from this event! To learn more about the festival please visit the Sedona Arts Festival website or visit the Sedona Arts Festival on Facebook!

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Complimentary “About Town” Guest Shuttle Service

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
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October at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

2017 October Guided Hikes and Events

Are you Ready for October in the red rocks, they sure are at Red Rock State Park! The Park is offering a full list of guided hikes in October: Sedona Moonlight Hike, Geology Hike, Archaeology Hike, and their Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike!

Taking advantage of the guided hikes offered by Red Rock State Park is the best way to learn more about the area’s red rock formations, plant and animal life and archaeology from their knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Below you will find information on the guided hikes listed above and a special lecture given by Ken Zoll on October 1st.

Get on those hiking boots and explore!

Red Rock State Park – Naturalist Hike
Daily (10:00 am)
Included with Park Entrance Fees
Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Our naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. Make sure your bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, and clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: From Sun Rise to Meteor Falls
Cultural Astronomy of the Prehistoric Southwest with Ken Zoll
October 1st, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Included with Park Entrance Fees
Throughout history, the ability of a people to survive and thrive has been tied to environmental conditions. The Skill to predict the climate change of the seasons was an essential element in the ability to “control” those conditions. Seasonal calendars thus became the foundation of early cultures: hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating were activities dictated by specific times of year. Join Ken Zoll, executive director of the Verde Valley Archeology Center in Camp Verde, as he discusses this fascinating topic. Seating is limited please call 928.282.6907 ahead of time to reserve your seat. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
October 4th, 2017 (4:45 pm)
$5.00 reservation fee and regular park entry fees
Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Registration for this hike is required, call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Geology Hike
October 8th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
Included with park entrance fees
Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Archaeology Hike
October 15th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
October 22nd, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike. Our volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in our contemporary time and wildlife. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2.5 hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Verde River Day in Cottonwood, AZ

 Enjoy a Family Fun Day on the Verde!


September 30th, 2017

Have some outdoor family fun at Dead Horse Ranch State Park during Verde River Day taking place Saturday, September 30th, 2017. The Park is located in Cottonwood, AZ, only a short drive from Sedona (see map below). Park entrance fees will be waived for all visitors attending the event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors. The celebration will kick off at 9:00 am and go until 3:00 pm.

Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day. Including the Cottonwood Community Band, Verde Valley Voices, Dave Joslin and the Jerome Ukalele Orchestra.

Verde River Day was organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance. The activities on Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde River’s riparian habitat. For more information on this event please visit or call 928.634.5283

Directions from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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A visit to Sedona, AZ can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or jeep tours into the red rocks, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several Sedona Adventure Packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona


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Sedona Winefest this Coming Weekend!

2017 Sedona Winefest

September 23rd – 24th, 2017

Arizona Wine, great food, live entertainment, beautiful scenery and fun is exactly what you will find at the 9th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona.

Take one part Arizona wineries, add tasty Sedona cuisine, marvelous music, vendors galore, mini seminars on all things wine, toss in exciting raffle prizes, an art exhibit, and some fantastic views, and what do you get? Sedona Winefest 2017! Treat your palate to tasty food while sampling the many Arizona wines from the Northern and Southern Arizona.  Enjoy the beautiful vistas while you sip wine and savor the great food and music in the shaded courtyard seating areas. Enjoy relaxing and tasteful music playing throughout the event.

Sedona Select Car Exhibit at the Winefest ~ Sunday Only

A new feature of the Sedona Winefest for 2017 will be a special presentation of high-end, pre WWII motor cars . It’s called the Sedona Select Car Exhibit. Fifteen unique automobiles from before 1940 will be on display on Sunday, Sept 24th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The automobiles are owned by private collectors who will be sharing their love and passion for the motor car with Winfest attendees. Some have rarely been seen in public display and some are one-of-a-kind motor cars. Attendees will be able to view the vehicles and chat with the owners as a special bonus with their Sunday Winefest admission.

General admission tickets are available online at the early online price of $35 and $40 at the door. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available.For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

shuttleStay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 9th Annual Sedona Winefest and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some amazing Arizona wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate.








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