Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern Arizona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Things to do in Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Jerome and Sedona 4th of July Weekend

July 3rd – 5th, 2015

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The Fourth of July weekend is here, and we are ready to have some fun from Cottonwood to Sedona to Flagstaff! From laser shows, live entertainment, and gallery tours in Sedona; to Fireworks in Cottonwood; to the 82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture in Flagstaff, we are ready to rock out the holiday! Below you will find all the events taking place in the Sedona area. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle to get you to and from the Sedona Laser Show and the 1st Friday Gallery Tours. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Have fun, enjoy the events and be safe! If you are over 21 and enjoying some adult libations over the holiday please make sure to have a designated driver.

Events in Sedona, AZ

108th Army Band Performs in Uptown Sedona
July 3rd, 2015 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)
Free Event
logo 108thArmyBand Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern ArizonaArizona’s Own” 108th Army Band, Arizona Army National Guard, will perform Canyon Breeze Plaza!The theme of their complementary performance is patriotic in nature. The 108th Army Band is a 30 piece musical group based in Phoenix. They perform in a variety of ensembles, such as a concert band or marching band, with smaller ensembles within the organization such as their rock band “Ordnance” and brass quintet. This complementary performance is coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program to bring a stirring patriotic-themed concert to visitors and residents, just in time for Independence Day.

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
July 3rd, 2015First Friday Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern Arizona
The 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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
July 4th, 2015 (7:00 am)
HOME 653 Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern ArizonaBird 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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4th of July Concert and Laser Show
Outdoor Festival and Concert, Indoor Laser Light Show
July 4th, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
 Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern ArizonaEnjoy having a picnic on the cool grass, surrounded by the spectacular red rocks and listening to an upbeat live concert. Spectators will be allowed onto the field at 10 a.m. to set up their blanket and chairs and enjoy the live concert and delicious food and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat. A patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour (11 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00p.m.) in the Performing Arts Center (no wet bottoms allowed please). Each show is 15 minutes in duration. Parking will be available at the high school as well as across the street on Cultural Park Place. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Esteban’s 4th of July Americana Tribute
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Tickets $25 Show – $60 Dinner and Show
Esteban will be sharing the stage with his daughter Teresa Joy and percussionist Joe Morris in this special show! This is an intimate dinner theater where you may enjoy a rare and breathtaking experience of music mastery at its finest that can not be duplicated! The concert will take you on a musical journey with stories that inspire and ignite the passion of the soul. There will be 2 Performances on July 4th at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. One show on Sunday at 7:00 pm.For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Events in Cottonwood/Clarkdale

16th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4th, 2015 in Cottonwood, Arizona
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
4th Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern ArizonaDon’t miss out on all the family fun at the 16th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza taking place at the Cottonwood kid’s Park in front of the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, Arizona! The VFW Color Guard will be giving a patriotic salute to veterans. There will be Free Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, a watermelon contest and inflatable rides! Wrist Bands are $10 and individual ride tickets are $1. The Fireworks wil start at 8:45 pm and parking is only $1! For more information on this amazing night of fun and fireworks please visit Cottonwood Parks and recreation. www.cottonwoodaz.gov/parksrec/fourthofjuly.php

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Firecracker Express at the Verde Canyon Railroad
July 4th, 2015
Tickets: Visit Verde Canyon Railroad
VCR Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern ArizonaThe Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate Independence Day with their annual Firecracker Express which begins with a traditional all-American barbecue and patriotic music in the depot’s shaded courtyard. At 1:00 pm you’ll board their historic train pulled by vintage locomotives adorned with American bald eagles that pull coaches along century-old ribbons of rail into the rich and unspoiled landscape of the Verde Canyon. You can celebrate America’s birthday by riding the waves of a fruit smoothie under bruised monsoon skies and kaleidoscopic rainbows which are the celebrities on our mid-summer Canyon stage. You’ll be back in time for Cottonwood’s dazzling fireworks. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Jerome Art Walk
Jerome Art Walk1 Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern ArizonaJuly 4th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
First Saturday Jerome Art Walk celebrates the Fourth of July weekend in artistic style as galleries and studios open the doors for an evening of summertime enchantment. From the lively Old Jerome High School to Made in Jerome Pottery at the other end of town, delightful surprises abound in this artist colony high on Cleopatra Hill. Restaurants will be offering delicious fare and the charming hotels and Bed and Breakfasts will be welcoming visitors on this holiday weekend. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Events in Flagstaff

Flagstaff Art in the Park
July 3rd – 5th, 2015
Cost:Free entry. Wine tasting is $15-$20
531459 270393733061811 1619294854 n Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern Arizona“Flagstaff Art in the Park” are arts and crafts festivals that feature tightly juried one-of-a-kind fine art and fine crafts designed and shown by the artists. These shows take place over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends in Wheeler Park in Downtown Flagstaff; a beautiful tree shaded, grassy venue across the street from City Hall and on the main thoroughfare to the Grand Canyon. In addition to nearly one hundred artists from across the Southwest, these shows feature nonstop live music throughout the three days of each event. So come and join us once again for another amazing season of art and music in the heart of Northern Arizona’s cool pines! For more information please visit Flagstaff Art in the Park on Facebook.

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82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture – Flagstaff
July 4th and 5th, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Hopi Festival Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern ArizonaThe oldest Hopi show in the world and a Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, award-winning Hopi artists from the twelve Hopi villages bring the mesas to Flagstaff during this annual event. The unique work of carvers, painters, jewelers, potters, quilters, and basket and textile weavers fill the more than 65 artists’ booths. Enjoy cultural presentations, storytelling, music, and dances that fill the Museum grounds during Fourth of July weekend. Taste Hopi bread and piki baked outside in ovens. Watch Hopi pottery being shaped, painted, and traditionally fired. Walk the Museum’s Rio de Flag Nature Trail with a Hopi medicine woman. Learn about Hopi clans and clan migration, and how the tribe is working to preserve language and agricultural traditions. This event takes place at the Museum of Northern Arizona located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information please click here.

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82nd Annual Hopi Festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture

July 4th – 5th, 2015

Hopi Festival 82nd Annual Hopi Festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona

If you are going to be visiting us in Sedona, Arizona this coming 4th of July weekend, we highly recommend taking a day trip up to the Museum of Northern Arizona for the 82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture.

Once again the big tent in the cool pines is going up at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Hopi people are making plans to travel to Flagstaff for the 82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture, the oldest Hopi show in the world. A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 60 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. Free with museum admission.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is about a 60 minute drive from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, making it perfect for a day trip (see below for directions). Festival and regular Museum admission is $12 adults (18+), $8.00 Youth (10-17), Student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation), and Children under 10 Free. For more information on the 82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.


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2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

2RRSP 2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona is rocking out with two “Guided Moonlight Hikes” in July with the second one taking place during the blue moon on July 31st! And I know you have heard of snakes on a plane, how about snakes in a theater? That’s right the park will be having a very special snake presentation at their Visitors Center on July 11th!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Moonlight Hike
July 1st, 2015Moonlight hike 2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park (Arrive at 6:00 pm)
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas.The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Reservations are required, please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Snakes in the Theater
July 11th, 2015 (2:00 – 4:00 pm)
Free to the public with the park entry fee
RERO Snake 2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkGet out of the heat and into the air conditioned theater at Red Rock State Park’s Visitor Center to view and learn more about snakes and other reptiles rescued in the Sedona area. Russell L. Dunn of Red Rock Reptiles and his crew of dedicated handlers will help you learn about the beauty, usefulness and identification of Arizonan snake populations. Hear about the correct measures to take when encountering snakes in Sedona. Please Call 928.282.6907 to save your seat in the theater. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Moonlight Hike
Including Blue Moon Telescopic Viewing
July 31st, 2015 (Arrive at 6:00 pm)RERO MoonlightBlue 2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas.The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Reservations are required, please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (7:00 am)
HOME 653 2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkBird 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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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkEvery Day at 10:00 am
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. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

BWIS 2 2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State ParkWe 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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Summer Hiking in Sedona, AZ

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

Tips for our guests, and their dogs, for Summer Hiking in the red rocks!

Trixie Summer Hiking in Sedona, AZThe summer heat is moving into the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona and you will want to make sure to take certain precautions if you go out exploring, especially if you hike with your dog. Even though we are at a higher elevation than Phoenix we still get hot. Afternoon temperatures can get up into the high 90′s and occasional 100s, this is the dessert after all! With that in mind we wanted to share with you some tips we have learned from our own experiences and our guests’ over the years. Please, take our tips seriously, especially about your beloved dogs, they rely on you to keep them safe. And if you are reading this and have some more helpful hints please share them with us so that we can pass them on. We have also found some great advice here www.sedonadogandcat.com/sedona_pet_safety.html

Tips for Summer hiking in Sedona (Humans and Pets)

  • Hiking Sedona Summer Hiking in Sedona, AZAvoid hiking during the heat of the day
    During the summer months we highly suggest keeping your hikes restricted to the early morning. Remember this great rule of thumb, if you are hiking with your dog place your hand on the trail surface, especially if it is red rocks. If it is hot to the touch, it is too hot for paws! There are protective ‘booties’ available for dogs, if yours is willing to wear them. If they aren’t willing just be aware of the surface you’re walking on, black top especially. One of our favorite early morning hikes is West Fork Trail, it provides a lot of shade and remains very cool. Dogs are permitted on this trail provided they remain on a leash. We also highly suggest getting in contact with the friendly folks at The Hike House. They have a wealth of knowledge about hiking in Sedona. You can visit their website by clicking here!
  • Bring plenty of water
    Water is key to hiking anytime of year in Sedona, but it’s critical in the summer months! Dehydration can happen quickly in our high desert climate. Never take a chance, bring plenty of water, and make sure to keep your dog hydrated too! The early morning hikes might seem cool and gentle, but don’t be fooled, make sure you and your pooch DRINK PLENTY OF WATER before, during and after your hike. Always bring extra as we all know sometimes our four legged friends spill as much as they drink! Often dogs will drink from a bottle or your hands, in my case I carry around a bowl that tucks into my hiking bag. Jasper enjoys it more that way and at least I know he is getting more of the water he needs.
  •  Limit your time hiking
    All of us that like to explore, love to hike, but you really need to limit your distance and time out on the trail. Remember, if you are hot, your dog is more than likely twice as hot.
  • Being Aware on the Trail
    Sedona is beautiful to hike, but you must keep some things in mind during the summer months. Be Aware on the Trail, not only for yourself but for your dog as well. While it is not common, it is possible to see a snake, and if you see it you know your super rocking dog sees it too. Staying on the trail will really slim your chances of seeing one, but stay aware. You know as well as I do, if it is something new to your dog they will want to investigate, another great reason to keep them leashed and under your control. I really don’t think they would enjoy an accidental walk into a cactus!
  • Always let others know where you are hiking
    Make sure to always let others know where you will be hiking, friend, family or even a hotel staff member. And make sure to bring a cell phone that is charged.
  • Summer hiking snacks
    Along with water I always bring along protein snacks or fruit for a hike. For me I bring nuts, seeds and grapes. For my buddy Jasper I like to bring along his dog food and a few treats. Did you know that they even make backpacks for dogs! I would not want to use one during a summer hike even in the early morning, but if you are out during a cooler time of year it would be a great idea. You will find a lot of helpful information on what to pack when hiking with your dog here /www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_hiking_with_your_dog

 Above all else, just think before you hike. We hope this helps a little bit and remember please feel free to share your tips, suggestions and ideas.

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Free 4th of July Concert and Laser Show

Sedona, Arizona

FREE 4th of July Laser Light Show and Concert

 Free 4th of July Concert and Laser ShowThere is no better way to kick of your 4th of July celebrations in Sedona, Arizona then at the family friendly 4th of July Concert and Laser Show that will be taking place during the day from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm! This event is FREE and open to the public! The Laser Light Show will take place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School and the festival, concert and food will all be located on the baseball field.

Bring your own blanket or chairs and enjoy a live concert while kicking back and enjoying a picnic you brought from home or delicious food from a variety of vendors attending. The kids will have a great time cooling off while having fun on the Water Slides, and of course a kid’s summer day would not be complete without water toys! Just keep in mind that wet bottoms are not allowed in the Sedona Performing Arts Center, so make sure to keep the water-play time scheduled for after the laser show! (or bring extra pants!) The 15 minute Laser Light Show will begin at the top of each hour (11 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00p.m.).

Parking will be available at the high school as well as across the street on Cultural Park Place. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! Our rooms are going fast for the 4th of July weekend, so if you would like to stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona check out our Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special below and make your reservations as soon as possible! For more information on this Sedona event please visit the City of Sedona website.

Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special
4th July Special Free 4th of July Concert and Laser ShowValid for stays over July 3rd – 5th, 2015

  • Stay at our Sedona hotel all three nights, July 3rd, 4th and 5th, and save $90 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2015 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to 4th of July Concert and Laser Show

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Red Rock High School

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The Perfect Spot to Cool Off in Sedona, AZ

Slide Rock State Park

Beat the Summer heat in the red rocks!

Slide Rock The Perfect Spot to Cool Off in Sedona, AZSummer is definitely here! Along with the beautiful blue skies come the heat. It is true we are cooler than Phoenix because of our higher elevations, but it still gets hot! On those hot days when you are looking for a great place to cool off while still enjoying the Sedona scenery head to Slide Rock State Park, recently named one of “America’s 10 Best State Parks”.

Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors to the park can cool off from the summer hit with a slide down a slick natural water chute!

“There’s pretty much one reason and one reason only to visit Slide Rock State Park, seven miles north of Sedona: to slip down the smooth, red-sandstone water slide and be carried over the surface by a cooling creek into the swimming hole below.” —Fodor’s Travel.


Here is a rare look at Slide Rock without a soul in sight by Mike’s Road Trip.
Take a tour of the famous Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona, Arizona.
You can see pictures and get more information by visiting: Mike’s Road Trip.

Along with the cooling fun water chute the park offers fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day! It is important to remember that your picnic should be packed knowing that propane grilles, charcoal and wood fires are prohibited at all times, so cold cuts and salads would be a great way to go.

Slide Rock State Park also offers hiking trails. These are short trails that include a nature trail. Our favorite trail happens to be the Pendely Homestead Trail an easy 0.25 mile paved trail. This trail will take you through part of the historic Pendley Homestead and features some of the original apple orchards, Pendley Homestead house, tourist cabins, apple packing barn, various farming implements that were used historically in the homestead, a new orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees, and spectacular views of the canyon walls of Oak Creek Canyon. To learn more about the trails and park please visit Slide Rock State Park.

 Hours of Operation & Fees

  • Summer fees: $20 per vehicle (1-4 Adults)
  • Individual/Bicycle: $3.00
  • Holiday Weekends: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day $30 per vehicle (1-4 Adults)
  •  May 1 – Sep. 7: 8am – 7pm (last park entry at 6:30pm)
  • Sep. 8 – Oct. 31: 8am – 6pm (last park entry at 5:30pm)
  • Nov. 1 – Jan. 2016: 9am – 5pm (last park entry at 4:30pm)
  • Jan. 31 – Apr. 30: 8am – 6pm (last park entry at 5:30pm)

 Rules and Tips

  • We highly suggest arriving at the park when it first opens. During summer months Slide Rock experiences extremely high visitation. The parking lot will typically fill up from late morning through early afternoon. A long wait to enter the park may occur, especially on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity a Parking Lot Full sign will be posted at the park’s point of entry. During times of high visitation access to the park is only available from the southbound turn lane. If and when the southbound turn lane fills and begins to encroach the highway, access to the park will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Creek visitors may not travel north past the Slide Rock management area into the Slide Fire Burn Area. Visitors may find ash, soot or debris from recent flooding events associated with the Slide Fire along the entire Swim Area.Creek visitors may not travel north past the Slide Rock management area into the Slide Fire Burn Area. Visitors may find ash, soot or debris from recent flooding events associated with the Slide Fire along the entire Swim Area.
  • Water Quality Hotline- Current conditions are available by calling (602) 542-0202 after 9 am the day you intend on coming to the park.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash & attended to at all times and Pets are not permitted in the Slide Rock swim area and are not to be left in a vehicle.
  • Include sun screen, sunglasses, water(no glass containers permitted), protein snack and a first aid kit in your backpack.
  • Anytime you go off hiking in the Red Rocks it is important to let others know where you are going.

deck 288 The Perfect Spot to Cool Off in Sedona, AZWe are forecasting a very busy summer in Sedona and the Verde Valley. We are offering some great Sedona hotel deals that will save you money on your stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona this summer that also include popular Sedona tours or attractions. To see how to save money on your Sedona Vacation please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona Vacation Packages.

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Tilted Earth Festival this Weekend

Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival

Two Days of Wine, Music, Food and Fun in the Verde Valley

June 19th & 20th, 2015

shuttle Tilted Earth Festival this Weekend Do you have your tickets to the hottest, funnest Verde Valley event of the year? What? You don’t know about the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival taking place in Cottonwood, AZ this weekend! Live Music, Arizona wineries, kids activities, rocking food trucks, what’s not to love! The event will be held at the Riverfront Park (see map below). Shuttling via the CAT/Verde Lynx transit systems is free on the day of the event provided that you show your ticket stub.

Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival – Cottonwood, AZ
June 19th – 20th, 2015 (4:00 pm – 12:00 am)
Admission: Adults $45/Youth tickets (13-20) are $20/ children 12 and under are free
Two Day Pass $80
Don’t miss the second annual Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, AZ. The festival will feature an expanded two-day lineup of well-known folk and acoustic rock entertainment like Rusted Root, Robert Earl Keen and The Lone Bellow. Wine lovers can enjoy vino from 17 Northern Arizona wineries, along with cuisine from eight gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. The event also will include family activities, including a rock climbing wall, bounce house, teen gaming tent and a simulated archaeological dig hosted by Verde Valley Archaeology all at no charge. Adult admission includes a reusable Govino wine glass and five free tastings. Additional tastings will be available for purchase, as will bottles from all wineries. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.tiltedearthfestival.com or visit the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival on Facebook.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, AZ

To see all the upcoming events, festivals and entertainment for Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley click here!

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BWIS 2 Tilted Earth Festival this Weekend 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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Entertainment in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Enjoy Live Music, Comedy Shows, Independent Film, and so Much More!

SFFT Entertainment in Sedona, ArizonaYou have your plans all made for your visit to Sedona, Arizona. You’ve made your reservations at the Inn of Sedona, you know what tours you want to take, you have your day trips all planned out and you know what attractions you want to see in the Sedona and Verde Valley area. How about entertainment? Did you know that Sedona and the Verde Valley have some great venues to see a live performance, comedy shows or maybe even a movie that you might only have the chance to see in Sedona? The Mary D. Fisher Theatre, Sound Bites Grill, Olde Sedona Bar and Grill and Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood are our top picks for people looking for some live music, comedy, late night karaoke or independent film. Below you will find a brief description of each venue and a link to their site so you can see what’s happening when you’re in town.

Mary D. Fisher Theatre
The Mary D. Fisher Theatre, home of the Sedona International Film Festival features independent films, award winning documentaries, live entertainment including Zenprov Comedy and more all year long! This state-of-the-art theatre is locate at 2030 West Highway 89A. To see what’s playing and who’s performing while you are in town visit the Sedona International Film Festival online.

Sound Bites Grill
Sound Bites Grill offers top quality live entertainment in Sedona. It’s a unique dining and supper club experience with amazing red rock views makes this place a local favorite for dining, music, dancing and fun! Sound bites is located at The Shops at Piñon Pointe located at 101 North State Route 89A. To see the entertainment line up please visit Sound Bites Grill.

Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be for late night fun featuring live bands, DJs and Karaoke! There’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out! Make sure to visit Olde Sedona Bar and Grill on Facebook to see what’s happening when your in town.

Vino di Sedona
Vino di Sedona offers a wide variety of fun events such as wine tastings, live music, dance nights and much more! This lively wine bar is located at 2575 West State Rout 89A. To see what’s happening when your in town visit Vino di Sedona on Facebook.

Old Town Center for the Arts
Old Town Center for the Arts, located in Cottonwood, Arizona, is only a twenty minute drive from Sedona. It’s an intimate concert venue with performances and entertainment in music, theater, comedy, and the performing arts. Old Town is located on 5th Street and Main in Cottonwood, AZ. The theater events take place September – May. To see upcoming events please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Celebrating Dad in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Fun Things to do with Dad this Father’s Day

P9080164 Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaDo you have a Dad that loves the outdoors? Are fishing, hiking and exploring how he likes to relax? Or maybe he’s into history, music or magic. It doesn’t matter which ones he enjoys, you can find it all and more in Sedona, AZ for Father’s Day! So do something a little different for his Father’s Day gift this year and take him on an adventure in the red rocks! Below you will a list of fun things to do with Dad in Sedona and some special events taking place during the Father’s Day weekend. We also have vacation packages available that combine some of the activities listed below with lodging at the Inn of Sedona, so make sure to check them out if you plan on spending the weekend.

Take Dad on a Fly Fishing Adventure!
Sedona Flyfishing adventures header 1a Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaYes, there is water in the dessert, and more importantly there is fly fishing! Oak Creek offers some of the most pristine pools and secluded stretches of water in Northern Arizona. This creek along with its breathtaking red rock views, make for an unforgettable fishing adventure any time of year. The fishing season is open year round, and Oak Creek is stocked regularly. Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures offers a fishing excursion of a lifetime from the red rocks of Sedona to Arizona’s White Mountains, and on to historic Lee’s Ferry. Fishing licenses is required and can be purchased on line at www.az.gov/app/huntfish. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in a fly fishing adventure make sure to check out our “Sedona Castaway” vacation package.

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Blazin’ Magic Show- Cottonwood, AZ
June 21st, 2015 (Gates open at 5:00 pm)
Tickets:Adults $35.95+tax/Seniors (65+) $32.95+tax
Children(3-12) $19.95+tax.

Blazin m Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaThe Blazin M Ranch is proud to present a very special Father’s Day Blazin’ Magic Show featuring Las Vegas Magician and Performer Kevin Barnes! With over 11, 000 performances at the Excalibur Hotel, Kevin is an amazing Illusionist and Magician who has mastered audience participation and is a true showman. This evening will feature the Blazin’ M Ranch signature chuckwagon meal as wall as all the courtyard activities and attractions. The hour long magic show follows dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Blazin’ M Ranch.

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Arizona ATV Adventure Tours
ATV Sedona Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaTake dad on a fun, exciting and expertly guided 30 mile ATV tour in the outback of the West Sedona Valley where over 40 movies have been filmed. Arizona ATV Adventures has over a hundred miles of trails to choose from, which allows their guides to customize each tour based on the age, interests and skill levels of the group. And it is okay if you don’t have experience on an ATV, you’ll get hands on training before your tour in their custom built ATV training course.If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in taking an ATV Adventure make sure to check out our “Play Dirty, Sleep Tight” ATV Adventure Package.

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Hiking the West Fork Trail
West Fork Trail Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaTake dad for an early morning hike on West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon, the most popular trail in the Coconino National Forest.  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! The shutterbugs out there will love this hike; there are awe inspiring images throughout the entire hike. When you get to the bridge that crosses over the creek make sure to take a minute and just hang out and enjoy the scenery. Not to far from the bridge you come into a section of the canyon were towering cliffs engulf you. You can’t help but just stand there in amazement. Visit our West Fork Trail photo album.

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Out of Africa Wildlife Park
OOA12ben Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaTake your dad on a wildlife adventure! The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. These adventures give you the opportunity to get up close to wild life in a natural habitat. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in visiting the wildlife park make sure to check out our “Out of Africa Adventure” vacation package..

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Sedona Jazz at the Church: Pete Pancrazi Duo
June 21st, 2015 (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
PetePancraziSquared Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaTickets: $13
Sedona Jazz at the Church presents some Cool Summer Jazz in Sedona with guitarist Pete Pancrazi and bassist Todd Johnson. Saint Luke’s Church is the home of SJATC, and is located in the Chapel area of Sedona, on Highway 179 between the Back O’ Beyond and Chapel Road roundabouts. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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Take Dad on a Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
Pink Jeep Tours Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaPink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour” is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”. Don’t forget your camera on this One-of-a-Kind Pink Jeep Tour. If you are going to be staying at the Inn of Sedona and would like to experience this Jeep tour make sure to check out our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” vacation package.

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Hiking Bell Rock Pathway
Hiking Sedona Celebrating Dad in Sedona, ArizonaIf  your dad likes snapping photos a hike on Bell Rock Pathway is a must! This 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 of 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 in, you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock.
Visit our Bell Rock Pathway photo Album.

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Annual Gathering of the Pai Festival

17th Annual Gathering of the Pai Festival

June 12th – 14th, 2015

Gathering of the pai Annual Gathering of the Pai FestivalWhile you are visiting Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure no to miss the 17th Annual Gathering of the Pai Festival hosted by The Yavapai-Apache Nation! The Gathering of the Pai Festival is an annual event bringing together Arizona tribes who share commonality in the Yuman language including the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Prescott Yavapai Tribe, Havasupai Tribe and the Hualapai Tribe.

The event will feature prayer, dance performances, traditional food, cultural demonstrations and cultural entertainment.

The 17th Annual Gathering of the Pai event will take place at Veterans Memorial Park located below Cliff Castle Casino. The Gathering of the Pai is open to the general public. For more information or vendor information please contact the Yavapai Culture Program at 928.649.6363 or 928.649.6958.

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Cliff Castle Casino

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tight building IMG 99091 Annual Gathering of the Pai FestivalA visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

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