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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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

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

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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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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

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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

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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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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Your Guide to Events, Festivals and Fun Things to do

March 3rd – 5th, 2017

Sedona Shots 312The weekend is here, the sun is shinning and there are a lot of fun things to do in Sedona, Arizona this weekend! The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival kicks off today, followed by First Friday Evening in the Galleries. If your are in town tonight I would highly suggest heading over to the Rowe Fine Art Gallery where Ken Rowe will be celebrating 30 years of sculpting.  Ken will host a quick sculpt from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm, that you will not want to miss! See below to find all of the featured events for this weekend, have fun in the red rocks!

It is going to be a busy weekend in the red rocks, if you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona leave the  hassle of driving to us, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” guest shuttle.

Featured Events, Festivals and Live Entertainment

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
March 3rd – 5th, 2017
logoBsizeShake off those winter blues at the 2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands! The location of the festival, Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, will welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! The mountain biking in Sedona is world class. Sedona’s average temperature in March is 65 degrees and with over 200 miles of single-track trails, it’s the perfect biker destination. Simply put: it’s a bucket list destination people want to come ride. For more information, event schedule or to register for this Sedona festival please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival website.

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Ken Rowe Gallery: “How Time Flies”
Ken Rowe Celebrates 30 Years of Sculpting
March 3rd, 2017 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Ken-Mar2017Join Ken and Monica as they celebrate Ken’s 30th anniversary sculpting wildlife and figurative bronzes. The artist’s reception takes place at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. During the show, Ken will exhibit his very first bronze sculpture, which depicts a white-tailed buck chasing a doe. A surprise animal ambassador will also make an appearance, and Ken will host a quick sculpt from 4:30pm until 5:30 pm. Ken’s sculptures have garnered numerous awards over the years. His work has been juried into nine Society of Animal Artist annual exhibitions since 2006. He has participated in shows at the Phippen Museum in Prescott and Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. His work has been published in Western Art Collector, Art of the West and Southwest Art Magazine. For more information please visit the Ken Rowe Gallery Website.

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
March 3rd, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Free Event
SGA 2The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
March 3rd, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$35
Dinner & Show Package: $60/$65/$75
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
March 4th – 5th, 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 the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
March 4th, 2017 (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$25/$35
Sound Bites GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the “Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show” featuring Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s!Recalling the good old days of Sock Hops and Soda Shops with Juke Boxes playing 45 Records. Tom Tayback will guide you on this trip down Memory Lane with tributes to Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Little Richard, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Sam The Sham and more. Times were never better and the music was never better. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – The World of the Permian Period
Presented by Dr. Kennard B. Bork
March 5th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park in welcoming Dr. Kennard B. Bork! The world of the PERMIAN Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. This session will look, in brief overview, at the Earth during that fascinating time. Please call the park ahead at 928.282.6907 to reserve your space. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
March 5th, 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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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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Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month

Arizona State Parks

2017 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month

Events all Month Long,Throughout Arizona!

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For those of you interested in Archaeology, the month of March is the perfect time for you to visit Arizona. There will be events taking place all over the state during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month, at Arizona State Parks, National Monuments, Historical sites and Arizona Museums. The popular V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and American Indian Art Show also take place during this statewide event!

You can find a full listing of events taking place during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month by clicking here. Below you will find some highlighted events taking place in the Sedona area including Flagstaff, Rimrock, and Camp Verde. Events and times could change so please click on the site link for each event. We will update this page as more events are known.

Camp Verde

Fort Verde State Historic Park

  • Display: Mountain Men – Tools of the Trade
    March 4th, 2017 (10 am – 4 pm)
    Rediscover Arizona’s history and heritage with a display and presentation of the tools used by Mountain Men, early high country settlers who braved the mountain climate to carve a life for themselves. Learn about how Mountain Men were important in opening up new territories. A must-visit for fans of “Jeremiah Johnson,” The History Channel’s “Mountain Men,” or Discovery’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”
  • Display: Military Medics during the Indian Wars Period
    March 11th, 2017 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    Learn about early Frontier Army medical tools and equipment used by medics.
  • Display: Ancient Indian Technology
    March 18th, 2017 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    Native Americans fashioned a variety of tools to help them survive the great American wilderness. Learn about ancient Indian technology they used, as well as the history of the Fort.

For more information on the events listed above please visit Fort Verde State Historical Park

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 18th – 19th, 2017

Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.

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Clarkdale

Tuzigoot National Monument

Hike and Presentation: Tuzigoot Pueblo
March 20th (1:00 pm)
Join NPS archaeologists who will provide a history of Tuzigoot Pueblo and answer frequently asked questions. Participants will walk around Tuzigoot Pueblo, approximately ½ mile. Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center, 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.554.5086 or matt_guebard@nps.gov.

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Flagstaff Area

Flagstaff Ranger Station

  • Hike: Tour of New Caves Crater Archaeological Site
    March 11th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
    Join CNF archaeologists on a visit to New Caves Crater archaeological site, one of the latest Sinagua settlements in the Flagstaff region. CNF archaeologists will provide an overview of the site and a discussion of Pre-Contact settlement trends in and around Flagstaff. Travel will be on pavement for approximately 6 miles, followed by 1 mile of maintained dirt road. High clearance vehicles are not required, but highly recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. The hike is short, less than 1 mile, but very steep. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people.The Flagstaff Ranger Station is located at 5075 N. Hwy 89. For more information please contact Jeremy Haines at 928.527.8261 or jhaines@fs.fed.us
  • Hike: Tour of Turkey Tanks Archaeological District
    March 25th, 2017 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    Explore the prehistoric and historic archaeology at Turkey Tanks. Join CNF archaeologists on a field visit to a place pivotal to both the prehistoric Sinagua and early Euro-American explorers and settlers of the Flagstaff area. The tour will require driving approximately 15 miles on pavement, followed by 1 mile of unmaintained dirt road. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. For more information please contact Jeremy Haines at 928.527.8261 or jhaines@fs.fed.us

Museum of Northern Arizona

Program: Archaeology Day
March 11th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Explore prehistoric Southwestern cultures by learning to use prehistoric hunting tools, examining artifacts, creating pictographs, and participating in hands-on demonstrations. Free with museum admission. For more information please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona or contact Jennnifer Glennon at 928.774.5211, ext. 222 or discovery@musnaz.org.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Lecture: “Forest Changes Through Time
A Photographic Journey, by Neil Weintraub

March 25th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Join KNF archaeologist Neil Weintraub as he discusses a series of historic photographs that were recently rephotographed to demonstrate the changes that have taken place in the forests in northern Arizona. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located at 409 W. Riordan Rd. For more information please contact ASP Staff at 928.779.4395.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Hike: Sunset Crater Historic Sites
March 14th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
oin a Ranger for a fascinating discovery hike of historic archaeological sites in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, and warm clothes. Meet up at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Cente. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

  • Hike: “Ranger Cabin Hike”
    March 8th, 2017 (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
    Join an NPS archaeologist to see the monument’s first visitor center. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. This hike is Limited to a maximum of 15 people on a first come, first-served basis. Regular entrance fees apply. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
  • Demonstrations: Stabilization of Archaeological Buildings
    March 25th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    Join NPS archaeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and experience how archaeologists protect archaeological buildings through preservation. Archaeologists will demonstrate how and why we stabilize archaeological buildings. Hands-on activities will include mixing and working with mortar, building demonstration walls, and a stabilization simulation. Regular entrance fees apply. Meet up at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

Wupatki National Monument

  • Demonstrations: Archaeology Day at Wupatki Pueblo
    March 18th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    Join NPS staff for a fun-filled day of archaeology. Come experience what it is like to be an archaeologist and learn how they survey and use photography to understand and record the past. Hands-on activities will include a simulated archaeological survey to look for artifacts, a view of Wupatki Pueblo through time, a photograph scavenger hunt, and throwing a spear with an atlatl. Meet up at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
  • Hike: Backcountry Tour of Wupatki National Monument
    March 30th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    Join an archaeologist for a guided hike into the backcountry of Wupatki National Monument to view ancestral pueblos, agricultural fields, and other agricultural features. The Park archaeologist will describe the agricultural practices used in the northern Southwest, and engage visitors in a discussion about the ways in which people were able to thrive in this arid environment. Meet up at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.

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RimRock

Montezuma Castle National Monument

  • Hike: Montezuma Well
    March 15tth, 2017 (1:00 pm)
    Join an NPS Ranger as they provides a history of the Park and answers frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately 1 mile on paved trails. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen.Meet at Montezuma Well Contact Station. Located at Montezuma Well, 5525 Beaver Creek Rd. For more information please contact Krystina Issac at 928.567.3322 or krystina_isaac@nps.gov.
  • Hike and Presentation: Montezuma Castle and Castle A Sites
    March 27th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
    Join NPS Archaeologists as they provide a history of the Park and answer frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately ¼ of a mile on a paved trail. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Please meet at the Visitor Center. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.554-5086 or matt_guebard@nps.gov.

V Bar V Heritage Site

V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days
March 25th – 26th, 2017
Demonstrations include making fire by friction, weaving yucca, agave, and cotton fibers, making and firing pottery, throwing spears with atlatls, grinding corn, and a mountain man camp. Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green 928.203.2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us or visit V Bar V Heritage Site.

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Sedona

Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies at Red Rock Visitor Center
March 3rd, 2017 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
  Learn how people made fire by friction and a wide array of prehistoric jewelry- making techniques. Demonstrations will be outside on the front porch, so wear a warm jacket depending on the weather. The Red Rock Ranger Station is located at 8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. This event is free, for more information please contact Candace Mark at 928.203.2902 or clmark@fs.fed.us.

Red Rock State Park

  • Lecture: The World of the Permian Period
    Presented by Dr. Kennard B. Bork
    March 5th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
    Program is included with the park admission
    Join Red Rock State Park in welcoming Dr. Kennard B. Bork! The world of the PERMIAN Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. This session will look, in brief overview, at the Earth during that fascinating time. Please call the park ahead at 928.282.6907 to reserve your space.
  • Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
    March 19th, 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 millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. 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. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who 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.
  • Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
    March 26th, 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! 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.

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March Guided Hikes in Sedona, AZ

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

March Guided Hikes and Events

2REROBlocksAlong with the beautiful weather March brings to Sedona, AZ, Red Rock State Park will be offering a great line up of guided hikes this March! Learn more about the transformation of the red rocks with their Guided Geology Hike, or take in some history with their Archaeology hike. You also have the opportunity to learn more about the native plants of Sedona with their Ethnobotany Hike! Along with these great hikes the park also offers daily Nature Walks and every Wednesday and Saturday join other bird lovers during their guided Bird Walk.

March at Red Rock State Park

Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)
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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.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walksEvery Day at 10:00 am
Program is included with the park admission

you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology.

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Red Rock State Park – The World of the Permian Period
Presented by Dr. Kennard B. Bork
March 5th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park in welcoming Dr. Kennard B. Bork! The world of the PERMIAN Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. This session will look, in brief overview, at the Earth during that fascinating time. Please call the park ahead at 928.282.6907 to reserve your space.

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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.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
March 19th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed 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.

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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 on the hikes listed about or to learn more about the park, please visit Red Rock State Park.

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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.

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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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