Arizona Birding and Nature Festival

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

“Migration Madness Birding Festival”

April 27th – 30th, 2017

Attention all Bird lovers, the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival is close at hand! The Verde Valley is home to many species of birds and normally at the festival over a 100 species of birds are seen including herons, cardinals, tanagers, warblers, hawks and egrets to only name a few. The festival celebrates nature with Field trips led by experienced guides in beautiful central Arizona’s diverse habitats. Guided walks and workshops, vendors and exhibitors along with special events round out this four day event.

The keynote program features Noah Stryker. Noah Strycker is a 30-year-old writer, photographer, and bird man based near Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, during a quest spanning 41 countries and all seven continents, he set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds (more than half the birds on Earth) in one calendar year.

The featured contributing artist is Deedy Gregg. Deedy Gregg is a longtime resident of the Verde Valley in central Arizona, having grown up in Sedona, AZ in the early 1950s and ’60s. Interested in art at a young age, she pursued portrait drawing in her teens and over the years, has honed her skills to include realistic drawings of wildlife and birds. She works exclusively in graphite and colored pencils.

The Festival has been attracting hundreds of birders to the Verde River Valley for over 14 years now and due to the popularity of this event we highly recommend that you register now. To register for the festival please click here, to learn more about the events taking place please visit the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival.

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April and May are very busy months in the Verde River Valley and Sedona, if you are considering the Inn of Sedona for your accommodations please make your reservations soon, rooms are going quickly.
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Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Take a Walk on the Wild side!

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Out of Africa Wildlife Park Sedona Vacation Package

Now is the perfect time to visit Sedona, Arizona and take a walk on the wild side! Spring has arrived for us in the red rocks and along with the beauty this time of year brings it also is the best time to visit our friends at Out of Africa Wildlife Park! The weather is perfect to visit the park and see hundreds of animals from all over the world in their natural habitat along with wonderful and exciting educational attractions that get you up close and learning about the wonderful animals that live there. With that in mind we are reintroducing our “Out of Africa Adventure”  Vacation Package that will save you money on lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona and includes two adult tickets to the park.

“I have come to expect wonderful experiences at the park, and I have yet to be disappointed. It seems like every time I have visited, there has always been a special experience waiting for me. I can still remember the very first time I witnessed “Tiger Splash”, the first time I came across the beloved Boom Boom, getting over my snake fear at the Giant Snake Show and my first Giraffe kiss! Now I get to add meeting Jericho to the list!” Read More…

Out of Africa Adventure Package

  • Out of Africa wildlife ParkOne night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • Two adult tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • General Admission Includes: African Bush Safari, The Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, The Wonders of Wildlife Show, The Giant Snake Show, Predator Feed
  • Additional nights available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4:00  pm) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay. To book this package and inquire about further discounts on additional nights, please contact the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 or email: stay@innofsedona.com
  • Out of Africa Wildlife park is about a 40 minute drive from Sedona, see map here.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

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Events, Festivals and Fun Things to do in the Red Rocks

March 24th – 26th, 2017

The weekend is here, and the weather is going to be perfect with highs in the low to mid 60’s! The first Sedona Stumbler 5-Miler trail run takes place this Saturday along with the Sedona Food Truck Festival! V Bar V Archaeology Discover Days will also be taking place this weekend as well as the Old Times Blues Fest in Cottonwood, AZ (About a 35 minute drive from our hotel). Add those events to hiking, biking and exploring the red rocks and you are in for great weekend! Below you will find the featured events taking place in Sedona and the surrounding areas.To  see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page.  

Before hitting the trails make sure to check out our 2017 Sedona Hiking Guide to find the right hike for you! Have a great weekend!

Featured Events and Entertainment in Sedona and Camp Verde, AZ

Flash Back Fridays
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March 24th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 cover, no cover with entree purchase
Sedona Sound Bites Grill invites you to take a step back into the past during Flash Back Friday’s! Enjoy the Rock & Roll from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with Robin Miller on Guitar, Troy Perkins on bass and Ed Barattini on drums. Three of Sedonas TOP musicians play all of your favorite dance tunes and let the good times roll. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Trail Race – Sedona Stumbler 5-Miler
March 25th, 2017 (9:00 am)
Registration Fee: $25 before March 1st, $30 after
Sedona Trail RaceThe Sedona Stumble 5-Mile Trail Run will be Presented by Sedona Running Company. The course will begin on the paved roads of Posse Grounds Park. This will allow the crowd to thin so that the trails don’t get too crowded. The course then hits the dirt trails of Posse Grounds Park. Expect to run on steep, loose and narrow single-track trails. The race will be expertly timed and scored by Run Flagstaff (a Flagstaff, AZ based company) using RFID chip technology. Post race festivities include a beer garden, 8+ food trucks, and 2 live bands! For more information or to register for this Sedona event please visit www.sedonarunning.com.

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V Bar V Archaeology Discover Days
March 25th – 26th, 2017 (9:30 am – 3:00 pm)
VBarBVisitors are  invited to V Bar V Heritage Site for Archaeology Discovery Days! Discover how the people of the past thrived in this region for thousands of years.  Enjoy learning about ancient techniques for spinning and weaving cotton, making bows and arrows, flint knapping and many other interesting tools. Visitors can also try their hand at making “pinch pots” with clay and throwing a dart with an atlatl. Dancers from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will perform at 10:30 am. and 1:00 pm on March 25th at the V Bar V Heritage Site. The V Bar V Heritage Site is located 2.8 miles southeast of I-17 exit 298, just past the Beaver Creek Day Use area. A Red Rock Pass is required for parking and will be available at V Bar V for $5 per car, or a Federal Interagency Passes can be displayed. For more information, visit Coconino National Forest or call 928.282-3854.

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Sedona Entertainment – “A Salute To Glen Campbell”
Featuring – Jeff Dayton Band
March 25th, 2017
Doors Open 5:30pm, Showtime 7:00pm
Show Only Tickets $30/$40/$50
Supper Club Package $70/$80/$90
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is please to present the Jeff Dayton Band –  “A Salute To Glen Campbell”! Jeff will tell the stories and play the music that he experienced with his 15years on the road and in the studio with the legendary Glenn Campbell!! From the White House to the Wildhorse Saloon, Jeff has been playing guitar and performing all his life. He’s been a Nashville writer for fourteen years and thrives on the concentrated creative scene in Music City. His hometown roots in Minnesota and years in Arizona earned him a the job of bandleader with Hall of Fame artist Glen Campbell. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Cottonwood, AZ – Old Time Blues Fest
March 25th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
$18 advance, $20 door, $25 priority
BresnanOld Town Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 7th annual Old Town Blues Fest taking place at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. Headlining the event will be the Chuck Hall Band. Chuck Hall has been a mainstay in the Arizona music scene for since 1984, and was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. The Dirty Verde Blues Band will open the show, featuring local and legendary blues musician Joe Neri, backed by Gregg Gould on harmonica, J.R. Robusto on guitar, Hutch Hutchinson on bass and Gino Romeo on drums. Also performing will be Bresnan Unplugged. Bresnan Unplugged is a 3-piece acoustic ensemble, presenting original compositions as well as a fresh take on blues standards. This event will take place at Old Town Center for the Arts located 5th and Main Street in Cottonwood, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
March 26th, 2017 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
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! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ 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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Voila Tour in Sedona, AZ

Voila Tour in Sedona, AZ

Voila Tour

April 4th – 8th, 2017

France is coming to Sedona, Arizona when the Voila Tour stops in the red rocks April 4th – 8th, 2017! The Voilà Tour French Festival combines several Arts for different kinds of events: Music, Singing, Paintings,  Art & Crafts, Wine, Gastronomy and more! The Voilagers, recognized talented professional artists, are traveling all the way from France to perform. There will be several events taking place in Sedona starting with “Around France” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on April 4th and ending with “Tlaquepaque, a Taste of Provence” on April 8th. Make you plans today and don’t miss the fun, food & music!

You will find the Sedona Voila featured events below, for a full listing of Voila Tour events taking place in Arizona please visit the Voila Tour website. You can also connect with them on Twitter.

Voila Tour Sedona Events

“Around France at Mary D. Fisher!”
April 4th, 2017 (3:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Tickets: $20 one movie – $25 two movies
(includes live music, one glass of wine and its tapenades)
The Mary D. Fisher Theater and Sedona International Film Festival partner up with tje Voilà Tour in order to create this nice artistic and cultural exchange. Two movies will be shown: A French film paying tribute to Hollywood and an American film made as an homage to Paris. Before and between the screenings, Belen la Parisienne, accompanied by Jo, will take you to the streets of Paris by singing a mix of French standards like Edith Piaf or Brigitte Bardot. While listnening, enjoy your glass of Provence rosé wine and homemade tapenades from Chef Marie-Pierre Gall! To purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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“For Sedona with Love”
Non-profit event
April 5th, 2017 (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm)
Voilà Tour is proud to offer this event the Friends of Jack Jamesen Memorial Park who are dedicated to honoring those who made a difference in others lives. “They support our military men and women, the North American Indian culture, service animals, and women who have changed lives. We believe that public art lifts the esteem of a community”.  For more information please visit the Voila Tour website.

  • Cattaneo‘s performance
  • Live Action Painting on CadiJo’s live music. This painting will be auctioned to the benefits of Honoring Women and Friends of Jack Jamesen Park.
  • Shondra Jepperson performs side by side with our Voilagers and to host with Cynthia Richmond.
  • Live demo of glass beads Artcrafts making process by Bénou.
  • Get your glass of Provence rosé wine and its homemade tapenades from Chef Marie-Pierre Gall!
  • The fundraising is based on sales, crafts and painting auctions.

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“A French Cabaret Night”
Dinner and Concert
April 6th, 2017 (7:30 pm = 11:00 pm)
Dinner & Concert $85 per person
What a better place in Sedona to host such an event than Sound Bites Grill? French inspired dinner, made by Sound Bites Chef, and a selection of French wines will get you into the mood before Voilagers cabaret style concert. Belen & Jo will sing La France, CadiJo will take you to the streets of Paris and Fanny Melili will definitely charm you. From Piaf to Gypsy Jazz, from Montand to harmonica Melodies, from Pop to Blues, this night will sure be an easy and pleasant way to go to France… In uptown Sedona! To purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Voila at “Sedona First Friday”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sedona Arts Center – Live Music, Painting, Wine
  • Kuivato Glass Gallery – Crafts live creation
  • Renée Taylor Gallery – Live Painting, Wine

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“Tlaquepaque, a Taste of Provence”
April 8th, 2017 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Mix and mingle with 12 artists and craftsmen from Provence right here in Tlaquepaque during a fabulous day of cultural exchange and a delight for all of your senses. Listen to the music and vocals from three outstanding French bands with songs in French and English. Watch as a master glass worker creates one-of-a-kind stunning glass beads and other objects of art. Experience live demonstrations of painting and drawing with a decidedly French flair. Taste delicious wines from the award winning wine country in Provence along with tasty little bites by a French chef. Smell the aromas as you anticipate a sumptuous meal prepared by both chef Walter of Rene’s and guest chef Marie Pierre Gall from Provence. This exotic Taste of Provence will give you a luscious look into Provence right here in our beloved red rock country. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

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2017 Heritage Program Festivals

Located only 48 minutes from Sedona, the Museum of Northern Arizona offers exciting Heritage Program Festivals the will immerse you into and most of all, give you a better sense of each featured culture. Below you will find the 4 festivals scheduled for this year; I personally have attended all of these festivals every year and have truly enjoyed the environment and activities and have learned something new every time.

 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 27th – 28th, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
July 1st – 2nd 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 80 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Peruse and purchase a stunning selection of jewelry, katsinas, pottery, paintings, woodworking, baskets, textiles, and more by master and emerging Hopi artisans. Enjoy traditional music, artist demos, dancing and authentic food, as well as insightful lectures and a not-to-be missed children’s activity area.

Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 5th – 6th, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, insightful heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances.

Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 1st – 22nd, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions at the 14th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raices. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. Museum Admission:$12 Adult (18+), $8 Youth (10-17),Student (with ID) & American Indian (with tribal affiliation). Free (Children under 10). To learn more about the Heritage Program Festival or to learn more about the museum please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to the Museum of Northern Arizona

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days

V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days

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March 25th – 26th, 2017

One of our favorite events during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month takes place next weekend at the V Bar V Heritage Site! If you love history, archaeology, ancient technology and petroglyphs the V Bar V Archaeology Discover Days event is for you! This truly is a wonderful event for the entire family, to be able to enjoy hands-on learning experiences, and to have truly knowledgeable, friendly people giving insight into the ancient technologies and ways, is what puts this high on our list of ‘must attend’ events in the Verde Valley!

V Bar V Archaeology Discover Days

Visitors are  invited to V Bar V Heritage Site the weekend of March 25th -26th for Archaeology Discovery Days from 9:30 am  – 3:00 pm. Discover how the people of the past thrived in this region for thousands of years.  Enjoy learning about ancient techniques for spinning and weaving cotton, making bows and arrows, flint knapping and many other interesting tools. Visitors can also try their hand at making “pinch pots” with clay and throwing a dart with an atlatl.

The learning continues with information about plants and animals useful to Native Americans and displays of Mountain Men in their living-history camp. Also, learn about traditional games and farming methods from a Hopi youth group.

Dancers from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will perform at 10:30 am. and 1:00 pm on March 25th at the V Bar V Heritage Site, where one can view over 1,000 petroglyphs at the heritage site and learn about the people who made these markings.

The V Bar V Heritage Site is located 2.8 miles southeast of I-17 exit 298, just past the Beaver Creek Day Use area. A Red Rock Pass is required for parking and will be available at V Bar V for $5 per car, or a Federal Interagency Passes can be displayed. For more information, visit Coconino National Forest or call 928.282-3854.

The V-Bar-V Heritage Site, acquired in 1994 by the Coconino National Forest, is one of the most well preserved and largest petroglyph sites in the Verde Valley. If you are interested in learning more about this Verde Valley treasure please click here.

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Hiking in Sedona, Arizona

A Hikers Guide to Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

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Sedona, Arizona is truly a hikers paradise! With a wealth of trails to enjoy nature and the spectacular views in red rock country, visitors head out to explore the many trails in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona, Verde Valley and trails that explore the Mogollon Rim.

The spring and fall are still the most popular seasons to hike in the red rocks, but to tell you the truth I have enjoyed hiking during all the seasons. In the summer, I head out at sunrise and enjoy a mild hike and again a few hours before sunset I hit the trails. In the winter, afternoon hikes are a must, the sunshine heats up the trails and the most popular trails are less congested (I prefer Bell Rock Pathway in the colder months). Still, with that said the prime hiking seasons are spring and fall!

Below you will find trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers throughout Sedona, the Coconino National Forest, and the Verde Valley with helpful tips, links and our favorite hiking websites. We of course have a few of our favorite hikes and guest’s favorites to share with you, and I am sure you will find a few favorites of your own. Have a great time exploring!

Please keep in mind a Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when leaving your vehicle unattended while recreating on National Forest land around Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon.

Favorite places to hike in Sedona, AZCoconino National Forest Map

Coconino National Forest
The Coconino National Forest, one of six National Forest in Arizona, offers on of the largest varieties of landscape and beauty from the towering red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Whatever difficulty level of hike or scenic wonders you want to experience you will find it here. Recreation and hiking information is divided into three Ranger Districts, just click on the area you are interested in hiking and see what awaits you! Before you hit the trail, visit the Coconino National Forest website for maps and information.

Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is a family-oriented 5-mile network of trails with a diverse habitat of plants and wildlife. The Forest Service presents popular talks at the visitor’s center on the natural history of Sedona, and living with our wildlife neighbors. They also offer the following guided hikes and walks: Geology Hike, Moonlight Hikes, Bird Walks and Nature Walks. To see the Schedule of guided hikes please visit Red Rock State Park.

Our Favorite Hikes in Sedona, AZ and surrounding Areas

Bell Rock Pathway
Hiking SedonaThis trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off the Pathway for you and your family to explore. The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks. As soon as you walk the first 10-15 minutes you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock and get some great views!

Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8 for the South trailhead, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church for the North trailhead. Visit our Bell Rock Pathway Photo Album.

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Boynton Canyon Trail
IMG_1209Boynton Canyon Trail is perfect for a morning hike. The Trail is 2.5 miles with a 400 foot gain in elevation. Because this is one of the more popular trails, I prefer this hike in the early morning. Often in the morning you will hear the sweet sound of the flute during this hike. This will put you at the Boynton Canyon Vista Trail (rated as easy to moderate with many rock steps up to the saddle of the vista), you will have to gauge this for yourself. If you continue on the Boynton Canyon trail you will be treated to some wonderful views, and some shade along the way. Keep an eye out for the area’s plentiful wildlife which includes a variety of lizards, songbirds, and I have heard, but not seen white tail deer. You will be skirting along the Enchantment resort during this hike. The Enchantment is a private resort, access is prohibited. You will also come across Deadmans Pass Trail that is a connector trail between the Long Canyon Trail and the Boynton Canyon Trail.

Directions: Take Dry Creek Road at the southwest end of town. Turn north (right) on Dry Creek Road and follow the signs to Boynton Canyon. You’ll find a parking lot and the trailhead just outside the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.

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Soldier Pass Trail
Sedona shot 310Okay this hike is great for all levels of hikers, with a whole network of trails to extend your hike and difficulty level. A camera is a must on this hike, the views are amazing as you go from the majestic red rocks into the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. Ultimately, scenic vistas can be enjoyed south into Sedona and north into the wilderness and the red cliffs of the Mogollon Rim. The trail dips to cross a wash then climbs out to the Devils Kitchen sinkhole just off the trail to the right at 1/4 miles. The trail then goes over level ground for 1/4 mile to the “Seven Sacred Pools” to the left of the trail.

Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 1.2 miles to Solider Pass Road on the right. Go 1.5 miles to Rim Shadows Drive, then right 0.2 miles (keep straight ahead where Rim Shadows branches left) to a gated entry road to trailhead parking on the left.

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Red Rock Crossing – Crescent Moon Picnic Site
Rock Carins Red Rock Crossing.jpg2Red Rock Crossing is one of the most popular places to take a leisurely hike and take some great photos of Cathedral Rock. The Crescent Moon Picnic Site offers pathways that take you to the crossing where Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek meet. There are Picnic Tables, grills and well maintained restrooms. Enjoy a little water play in Oak Creek, walk the pathways and visit Buddha Beach, considered to be the site of a powerful vortex. You will find a variety of rock cairns, last time I was there I was overwhelmed by the complexity of some.

Directions: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.

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West Fork Oak Creek Trail
West ForkThere are a number of reasons why West Fork is the most popular trail on the Coconino National Forest. You’ll know some of them once you’ve strolled beside the pleasant little stream that ripples along the canyon floor and look up, way up, at the dizzying cliffs that tower above it. There was a lot of talk that the West Fork Trail was very damaged by the fire last year, I assure you it is just as beautiful as before! This hike is most popular in the fall when vibrant colors take over the trail, but spring is also a great time for this hike, just keep in mind this hike will be cooler than the others, if you start early or late in the day you will want to dress in layers! I also highly suggest to bring your camera along.

To access the West Fork Oak Creek Trail drive north 9.5 miles from Sedona to about halfway between milepost 385 and 384. The trailhead is on the west (left) side of the highway. Visit our West Fork Trail photo album.

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Hiking at Walnut Canyon National Monument in Flagstaff
walnutCarved by Walnut Creek over a period of 6 million years the canyon is twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and 1/4 a mile wide. The canyon offers two trails, the Rim Trail that takes you on an easy beautiful stroll above the rim of the canyon and the Island Trail that is more strenuous and descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon. if you can handle it, the Island Trail is the way to go! The Trail starts with a ramp type walkway down, then stairs taking you down further into the canyon where you will see cliff dwelling rooms along the trail with more visible across the canyon. The trail is paved making it a little easier to walk but I suggest if you have back problems, or a fear of heights, stick to the rim trail….Read More

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)
DHRSPThe beautiful park with the unfortunate name sits on over 400 acres in Cottonwood, Arizona and is right next to the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. The temperatures at the park are often mild, due the park’s elevation, and make it an ideal place for outdoor activities. This state park is a short distance from Sedona and has numerous hiking trails, not to mention trails for mountain biking and horseback riding. You can even take along a nice picnic lunch for your family and take in the scenic view at any of the picnic tables around the park.

Directions from Sedona: Head south on Arizona 89A, continue straight through AZ RT 260 intersection in Cottonwood, turn right onto N 10th Street to the park. Visit our Dead Horse Ranch Photo Album.

Our favorite Sedona Hiking Resources

Tips for Hiking in Sedona

  • Make sure to bring plenty of water. Even if you are only hiking a short distance, hydration is key. Take more than you think you will need.
  • Create a hiking backpack that includes water, first aid kit, protein snacks, trail map, compass, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • It is always safer to hike with others. Always let somebody know what trails you plan on hiking.
  • Wear suitable clothing and shoes for hiking.
  • Don’t leave the trail. The ecosystem of the desert is fragile and leaving even a footprint can damage it.
  • The trails in Sedona and the Verde Valley are very traveled and it is unlikely that you will come across a rattler, however if your tromp around off the trails you are asking for trouble! With that said be aware of your surroundings and respect the wildlife of Sedona!
  • Bring a camera to take some amazing shots.
  • Know your limitations.
  • Don’t rush your hiking experience. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.

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2BW-InnofSedona-Trailkeepers LogoThe Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is a proud sponsor of the Sedona Trail Keeper Program. As a local business in Sedona, we support the Sedona Trail Keeper program goals and continuously advocate that our visitors respect our fragile landscape, animals, and plants, while staying safe on the trails. As part of this elite group of supporters, we’ve committed to maintaining our delicate landscape and we work daily to preserve Sedona as one of the Earth’s greatest treasures.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

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Weekend Events, Entertainment and Fun Things To Do

March 10th – 12th, 2017

A big welcome to all of our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! You have picked a beautiful weekend to visit. The high today will be a sunny 74°,  followed by a high of 75° tomorrow and 71° on Sunday. Perfect weather for enjoying hiking, biking, strolling and sightseeing!

Below you will find featured events taking place this weekend, including the Sedona St Patrick’s Day Parade that takes place on Saturday the 11th! To see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and if you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona stop by our concierge’s desk for some great ideas for hikes this weekend. Have fun, get out there and enjoy!

Featured Events

Flash Back Fridays
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March 10th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 cover, no cover with entree purchase
Sedona Sound Bites Grill invites you to take a step back into the past during Flash Back Friday’s! Enjoy the Rock & Roll from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with Robin Miller on Guitar, Troy Perkins on bass and Ed Barattini on drums. Three of Sedonas TOP musicians play all of your favorite dance tunes and let the good times roll. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
March 11th, 2017 (8:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird 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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Sedona St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11th, 2017 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
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Are you ready for some St. Patty’s fun in the Red Rocks of Sedona this weekend? We are! Join in the fun at the 47th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade! The parade starts at 10:30 am from Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. US Congressmen Tom O’Halleran will be the Grand Marshal this year! The festivities this year are presented by the City of Sedona, NAU Parks and Recreation Management Program and the Sedona Green Team. If you are a guest at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and would like to attend this event, take advantage of our Complimentary ‘About Town” shuttle that will drop you off in Uptown Sedona for this event and pick you up when you are ready to return. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
March 11th – 12th, 2017 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. This event takes place at the parking lot of Redrock Precision Motors. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.

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Sedona Entertainment – Walt Richardson
March 11th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
General Admission: $25
waltrichardsonArizona Music Hall of Fame icon, Walt Richardson brings his amazing reggae rock show to Sound Bites Grill, with special friends Gigi Gonaway (Whitney Houston, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin), Drew Hall (Cheektones), and more. This is sure to be an amazing rock event of music and dancing at the best club in Arizona. “I am a soul, living out and enjoying life as a songwriting, storytelling, and performing musician. At best to describe my music is to say it is derives from my own spin of Folk, Rock, Reggae, and added African and Latin influences.” – Walt Richardson. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Geology Hike
March 12th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin 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 please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
March 12th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Walt Richardson Live in Sedona, AZ

Sound Bites Grill

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March 11th, 2017

Visit Sedona, Arizona this coming Saturday, March 11th and catch Arizona Music Hall of Famer Walt Richardson live at Sound Bites Grill! Influenced by Bob Marley, Carlos Santana, Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, Tempe based Walt Richardson is a self-taught musician. He started learning guitar at the age of nine. The Beatles were his early influence. He is a songwriter, storyteller, and musician. His music is derived from his own spin of Folk, Rock, Reggae, and added African and Latin influences, best called World Reggae Folk. He has quite a great story in Arizona!

Richardson’s live show kicks off at 7:00 pm and tickets are only $25! If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up from this Sedona event (last shuttle pick up is at 9:30 pm). To purchase tickets to this live performance please visit www.soundbitesgrill.com.

More About Walk Richardson

Having started as a street musician and working his way up to world tours, Richardson has always made Tempe his home base and celebrates the city in his songs as well. On his 60th birthday in 2014, Tempe declared January 18 to be Walt Richardson Day and he was inducted into Arizona’s Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Richardson was also honored once more by the city of Tempe. He is the inaugural musician to be on honored with a gold plaque embedded in the sidewalk on Mill Avenue, creating Tempe’s Music Walk. Each November they add another band or musician to the walk and Richardson has the honor of being the first.

Coming from a creative family music came naturally and became a way of life for Walt. Through music he has traveled, and had the opportunity to meet great artists like Carlos Santana, Burning Spear, Taj Mahal and share the stage with bands ranging from Third World to Ziggy Marley.From backyard house parties, to coffee houses, wine bars, night clubs, and concert stages, he says “it is and incredible feeling to be able to fill the air with music and be part of its marvelous effect on people”.

Walt’s performance at Sound Bites Grill will get you on the dance floor. He will be performing with Gig Gonaway (drummer for Mariah Carey, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin and more), Drew Hall  (guitarist for the Cheektones, former Bid Daddy D and the Dynamites), and Marcus Weeden (bassist with Blanie Long – The Voice). For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Discount

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Special

March 9th – 12th, 2017

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Sedona YogaStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the Sedona Yoga Festival taking place March 9th – 12th, 2017 and save up to $40.00 a night! Just let us know you are attending the Festival, it’s that easy! Please call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Yoga Festival Rate” to make your reservations. This discounted rate is for lodging only, you will need to purchase your passes for the festival separately at the Sedona Yoga Festival website.

Sedona Yoga Festival
March 9th – 12th, 2017
The Sedona Yoga Festival provides the keys to unlocking your greatest transformation with a focus on yoga and the expansion of consciousness. This conference is a world class opportunity for you to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days and three nights of yoga, meditation, hiking and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West.

Most of the events for the 5th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival will be held at The Collective Sedona  and the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, nestled among the red rocks and surrounded by easily accessible trails – some easy walks, some challenging hikes – where you can tap into the energy of the land and leave behind what no longer serves you. Rich in energy “vortexes,” Sedona has long been known for its magnifying, regenerative powers.

With over 200 sessions to choose from, ranging from quiet meditation to rockin’ vinyasa, performances, experiential journeys, conscious conversation varying from “your multi-dimensional selves” to “body positive teaching techniques”, no two attendees weekends will be the same.

To learn more about this festival or to purchase passes please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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sedona shot 308When it comes to the staff at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last two years we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2017 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.

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