Explore Sedona, Arizona this Fall

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Things to do in Sedona, Arizona this Fall

Late September, October and November are by far the most popular months to visit Sedona, AZ! The crisp air, blue skies and majestic sunrises and sunsets have visitors flocking to the red rocks to hike, bike and explore the trails and historical sites in the area. The daytime temperatures in the fall are mild, but keep in mind the early morning and late evening can be a bit chilly, so pack accordingly. If you are a first time visitor to the Verde Valley area, you may be asking what tours should I take, what attractions should I visit, and what hikes are the best this time of year. After taking suggestions from our staff, returning fall guests and our friends and family we have compiled a list of the top things to do in Sedona in the fall.

During this time of year you really want to make sure to plan ahead, tours and accommodations need to be made as far in advance as possible. As always our Concierges are here to help ensure our guests of the Inn of Sedona experience everything on their wish list. They can set up tours, make restaurant reservations, give suggestions for hiking and biking trails, pass on information about events and festivals taking place during your stay and anything else you need to make your vacation special. All you have to do is call them at 928.282.3072 before your stay. They can help you plan your activities ahead of time or you can also visit them in the Lobby once you get here!

Hiking West Fork Trail
Fall in ArizonaWhen it comes to Fall hikes in the Sedona, Arizona area an all time favorite hike would have to be the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. Fall is the most popular time of year to take this hike when the beautiful red rocks and clear blue skies serves as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant fall foliage in Oak Creek Canyon, but there is no bad time of year to enjoy this hike. This three mile hike takes you into the beautiful Canyon and stays fairly level and near the creek. You will however benefit from wearing a good pair of hiking boots. There are tree roots that you can easily trip over if you are not paying attention to were you are walking and keep in mind that there are place where you will be crossing the stream. This is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona and can be extremely busy. I would recommend either going in the early morning or during the week…read more

Out of Africa Wildlife ParkOut of Africa wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! The cooler fall temperatures really give you and your family a chance to enjoy all the fun, exciting and educational attractions at the park such as Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. 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.

Visiting National Monuments and Historical SitesMontezuma Castle National Monument 2
The Verde River Valley and Sedona area is rich with history from Native American history, especially the history of the Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Sedona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling, well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Make sure to check out our guide to Ancient Ruins, Historical Sites and National Monuments in Northern Arizona.

Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
Pink Jeep ToursThe fall season is one of the best times to experience Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour”! This 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.

Hiking Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock Pathway 2This trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hike is one of my personal favorites in the fall. During the summer the trail get a little to warm for me but in the fall I can stay on this trail all day taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. 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.…read more

Verde Canyon Railroad – Fall Color Tour
VCR FallFrom October through November the Verde Canyon Railroad rolls through our vibrant canyon corridor on a Fall Color Tour, you’ll settle into comfortable loveseats or bistro chairs near panoramic windows as they treat you to the best show of autumn in Arizona. Seasonal specialties, expertly crafted by your bartender, reflect the seasonal splendor. The colors of fall are bursting along the Verde River with a gaudy, rowdy, eye-popping colorful flourish that reminds you that you love the season because you’re on a train. Known as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, Verde Canyon Railroad trains take you on a scenic tour along the Verde River, over bridges and old-fashioned trestles, and past crimson cliffs, red rock pinnacles and ancient Sinagua Indian ruins into the heart of spectacular Sycamore Canyon. If you will be staying at the Inn of Sedona and are interested in experiencing the Verde Canyon Railroad make sure to check out our “Romancing the Rails” vacation package.

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Sedona Winefest Hotel Special

Sedona, Arizona Winefest

Kick back, enjoy the festivities, save money, and leave the driving to us!

If you love wine, great food and live music, how about enjoying all three while taking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Now is the time to make your plans, reserve your rooms, and purchase your tickets for the 9th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place September 23th – 24th, at the historic Posse Grounds Park!

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

9th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 23rd – 24th, 2017 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Take one part Arizona wineries, add tasty Sedona cuisine, marvelous music, vendors galore, mini seminars on all things wine, toss in exciting raffle prizes, an Art Exhibit, and some fantastic views, and what do you get? Sedona Winefest 2017! Treat your palate to tasty food while sampling the many Arizona wines from the Northern and Southern Arizona. The Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Enjoy the beautiful vistas while you sip wine and savor the great food and music in our shaded courtyard seating areas. A wide variety of vendors will offer goods and services. Enjoy relaxing and tasteful music playing throughout the event. General admission tickets are available online at at the early online price of $35 and $40 at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available.For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

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Arts and Crafts Show in Sedona, AZ

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals Sedona Arts & Crafts Show

September 9th & 10th, 2017

During 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! The upcoming show will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 9th & 10th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the parking lot of the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

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. If you are a guest of ours at the Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop your off and pick you up at this event in our complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle.

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals holds these special arts and crafts shows in the Spring and Fall when the weather is pleasant and you can really enjoy being outside and viewing all that the Sedona artists and craftsman have to offer. Proceeds from events will go to various animal rescue organizations to help homeless, abused, neglected or nearly extinct animals. Community shelters or sanctuaries will participate in off-site adoptions at these events when possible. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals

* The mission for Red Rose Inspiration for Animals, Inc. is simple: to provide quality, affordable and professional well-organized shows with great success for the exhibitors while enhancing the lives of homeless, abused, neglected animals and animals near extinction.

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

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

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

 

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Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona, AZ

45th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona, AZ

September 9th, 2017

It’s the time of year when the plazas, patios and streets of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. That’s right, the 45th  Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque will be taking place this weekend on Saturday, September 9th!

Every year visitors and locals fill up the village to enjoy the lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico! Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary! Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico.

“The artists at the Fiesta are a great expression of the diversity, artistry and spirit of the community. Abe Miller, the visionary builder of Tlaquepaque, started this tradition more than 30 years ago and Fiesta attracts people from all over the state and country.” – Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner

This is a family fun free event. The festivities take place from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this celebration in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. For more information on this free Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Festivities Schedule:

Tlaquepaque Village

  • David Merino
    Patio de Las Campanas: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
    Patio de Las Rosas: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Mariachi Estrellas del Pacifico
    Patio de Las Rosas: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Mosaico Flamenco
    Patio del Norte: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Ballet Folklorico de Colores
    Plaza de La Fuente: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
  • Eric Miller
    Patio de Las Campanas: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Daruis Lux
    Patio de Las Campanas: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Jaleo Band
    Patio del Norte: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Kids Zone:
    Face Painting: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Calle Independencia
    Balloon Twisting: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Calle Independencia

Tlaquepaque North

  • Mariachi Estrellas del Pacifico: Tlaquepaque North: 2pm-3pm
  • Ritmo Latino: 11am-2pm
  • Caricatures: 11am-5pm Tlaquepaque North
  • Latino Rebel Band – 3pm-6pm

 

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

  • Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 45nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Special offer”
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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Labor Day Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

Fun Things to do Labor Day Weekend
September 1st – 4th, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend and welcome to Sedona, Arizona! It will be a great weekend for hiking, biking, touring and if you love wildlife we highly suggest a trip to Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

There are also some fun events and live entertainment taking place in Sedona and the surrounding area that you won’t want to miss: Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries, Fee Free Days in the Red Rock Ranger District, Jerry Whagado Silversmith Demonstration at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Jerome Art Walk, Legendary Guitarist Esteban at Sound Bites, Guided Meditation and Naturalist Hikes at Red Rock State Park!

Below you will find our top picks for weekend events and entertainment, but if you wish to see a full listing of happenings please visit our Sedona Events Page. Make sure to check out our Sedona Hiking Guide before you hit the trails!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the holiday!

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

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
September 1st, 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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Red Rock Ranger District – Fee Free Days
September 2nd – 4th, 2017
Each year, the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest waives fees associated with many recreation sites and amenities to celebrate national holidays and events. On “fee-free” days, fees are waived for all Red Rock Pass Fee Program sites including Palatki, Honanki, V Bar V heritage sites, and multiple trailheads. Please note the heritage sites are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. View from Bear Mountain Trail, climbing to second bench areas not included in the fee waiver program are campgrounds and recreation sites managed under concession contract, including Grasshopper Point, Crescent Moon Ranch and West Fork (Call of the Canyon). For more information please visit Fee-Free Days on the Red Rock Ranger District.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Jerry Whagado Silversmith Demonstration

September 2nd, 2017 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Regular entrance fees apply
Montezuma Castle National Monument will host monthly demonstrations by two-time award winner of the Santa Fe Indian Market “Best in Show”, Jerry Whagado. Of Western Apache descent, Mr. Whagado was raised on the Hopi Mesas. His jewelry combines Hopi silver overlay with Apache designs and symbolism. The demonstrations will be from 10am-1pm on the first Saturday of each month, through December of 2017. His unique jewelry is for sale everyday through the park’s cooperating association, Western National Parks Association. the demonstrations will be from 10am-1pm on the first Saturday of each month, through December of 2017. For more information please visit Montezuma Castle National Monument on Facebook.

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Jerome Art Walk
September 2nd, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Jerome Art WalkOnce again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. Art Walk is the only night that galleries are open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members like Nellie Bly by the Spirit Room, Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company and Flux Gallery in the Old Jerome High School all bring a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 22 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Sedona Entertainment – Esteban
Legendary Guitarist Esteban and Violinist Teresa Joy
September 2nd, 2017 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)Esteban-Color-bc-3-2015
Tickets starting at $69/VIP Dinner Package $149
Sound Bites Grill is pleases to present An Up-Close and Intimate Concert like no other, experience an evening with a master concert guitarist, a world renown violinist, one of today’s finest drummers and the hottest keyboardist in AZ! Esteban’s concerts are memorable moments of the heart, as he performs with Teresa Joy on violin, Joe Morris on drums and Raul Yanez on keys, the experience is a sensational expression of the inner soul. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
September 3rd, 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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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaqueReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 45nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona).
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Special offer”
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
  • Learn more about Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
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Red Rocks Music Festival in Sedona, AZ

Red Rocks Music Festival

September 8th – 10th, and 16th, 2017

Chamber music weaves its way through the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona during the 2017 Red Rocks Music Festival! There will be 4 concerts taking place in Sedona at the Sedona Sedona Creative Life Center from September 8th – 16th (See below for concert details).

The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world-acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education.To purchase tickets for these events or for more information please visit the Red Rocks Music Festival.

Sedona Concerts

  • September 8th (7:30 pm)
    Dueling Piano Divas, Andria Fennig & Ashley Snavley Works by: Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin and MacDowell
  • September 9th (7:30 pm)
    “World Music”- Balkan & Klezmer Music, including an Arizona premiere by Ante Grgin . Featuring: Nikola Djurica, clarinet, David Ehrlich and Anna Kazepides, violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola and Jan Simiz, cello.
  • September 10th (2:00 pm)
    “Classical Jewels” – Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
    and Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D.667- “Trout”
    David Ehrlich, Anna Kazepides – violins,
    Nokuthula Ngwenyama – viola, Jan Simiz – cello,
    Michael Kazepides – double bass, Teresa Ehrlich – piano,
    Nikola Djurica – clarinet.
  • September 16th (7:30 pm)
    “Tempest to the Silver Age” – World-acclaimed pianist,
    Mikhail Yanovitsky. Works by Beethoven, Schubert,
    Brahms and Scriabin.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to see a listing of concerts taking place in Phoenix please visit www.redrocksfestival.com.

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September At Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

2017 September Guided Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

The summer months are coming to an end and fall is moving into the majestic red rocks of Sedona, AZ. Red Rock State Park is ready to welcome the change of season with some great hikes and events including a Star Party on September 16th! On the 17th internationally recognized Sedona bamboo flute player Jesse Kalu will be filling the park with a heartfelt presentation that includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story and nature voices. Also taking place this month at Red Rock State Park: Guided Moonlight Hike, Southwest Monarch Study, Daily Nature Walks and Guided Bird Walks every Wednesday and Saturday morning!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)
Included with park entrance fees

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
Every Day at 10:00 am in September
Included with park entrance fees

Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
September 5th, 2017 (5:30 pm)
$5.00 reservation fee and regular park entry fees
moonlightMoonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Registration for this hike is required, call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike.

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Star Party at Red Rock State Park
September 16th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Cost – $5 plus park entrance fee
Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky. This program is limited to 75 participants. A $5 per person reservation fee is required for this program, in addition to the park’s regular entry fees on the day of the program. Registration for this event begins on August 17th, 2017. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spots. Light refreshments (drinks,snacks) will be provided.

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Red Rock State Park – Jesse Kalu
Internationally Recognized Sedona Bamboo Flute Player
September 17th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State park is proud to present Jesse Kalu! This heartfelt presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story and nature voices. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawks owl seagulls, dolphins, whales coyotes, wolf, elk, and more. He utilizes a wide variety of bamboo flutes sweeping form the soprano to bass ranges, all made by his own hand. Many praise his ability to imbue his creations with the deep connection spirit of the natural world. A $5 non-refundable program fee is required per person prior to the performance in order to reserve your seats. The parks standard park entry fee is also required on the day of the program.

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Red Rock State Park – Southwest Monarch Study
September 24th, 2017 (8:30 am – 11:00 am)
This program is included with park entrance fees
Nestled in the red rock country of Sedona, Oak Creek provides a flyway for migrating monarchs hurrying to their overwintering grounds each September. Many will stop to consume nectar on nearby plants such as Sunflowers and Golden Crownbeard. Join Gail Morris, coordinator of the southwest Monarch Study, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors. Participants should wear sturdy close-toe shoes that can get wet (NO sandals), long pants and long sleeve shirt, hat and sunscreen. Bring sufficient water for hydration. Space is limited to 15 participants, so call to reserve your spots, 928.282.6907.

For more information on any of the Sedona events or hikes listed above please visit Red Rock State Park

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

National Park Service’s Birthday

 

Free Entrance Day August 25th, 2017

logo_nationalparkserviceThe National Park Service turns 101 on August 25, 2017, and everyone can take part in the celebration! National Parks are offering an Entrance Free Day on Friday, August 25th! If you are in Sedona on the 25th we would highly recommend visiting Montezuma Well and the Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde and definitely the Tuzigoot National Monument in Clardale, AZ.  It would also be the perfect time to take a day trip up to the Grand Canyon National Park and don’t forget to include some stops at the National Monuments in Flagstaff along the way.  

During 10 days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. For more information about free entrance days in the national parks, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Day Trip to National Monuments in Flagstaff, AZ

Day Trip Note: Consider taking the Scenic Loop Drive: Sunset Crater Volcano is located along a 34 mile scenic loop road that takes you from open meadows and the beautiful Ponderosa pine forests surrounding Sunset Crater, through Juniper grasslands and view of the Painted Desert, to the open red rock landscape of the Wupatki Basin and Wupatki National Monument. Drive time along the Loop Road is about 1 hour

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th, 2017

Seasonal Hours – visit website
Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they were formed. But among the dramatic geologic features, you’ll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife – life returns. People had been living here for several hundred years, at least, before the volcano erupted. Although we don’t know what they called themselves, archaeologists consider them representatives of the Sinagua culture. They were farmers, living in scattered groups adjacent to their corn fields. Their homes were pithouses, dug partially into the ground. 900 years later, Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The volcano’s red rim and the dark lava flows seem to have cooled and hardened to a jagged surface only yesterday. As plants return, so do the animals that use them for food and shelter. And so do human visitors, intrigued by this opportunity to see nature’s response to a volcanic eruption. Make sure to walk the Lava Flow Trail while you are there! For directions to this monument click here. For more information visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th, 2017

Seasonal Hours – visit website
Experience Walnut Canyon National Monument, once home to a vital pueblo community over 700 years ago that built their homes in shallow alcoves along the ledges of the canyon. Carved 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! You will enjoy the scenic beauty the Rim Trail provided, but I have to tell you, 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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Wupatki National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th, 2017

Open Daily (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
From hunter-gatherers to farmers, herders, ranchers, and caretakers, many people have called Wupatki home. Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains. It will take about 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos. If you have less time, allow at least 30 minutes to visit the largest Wupatki Pueblo located behind the Visitor Center. For more information visit the Wupatki National Monument.

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

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

 

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Bike and Brew Festival in Sedona, AZ

2017 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival

August 26th, 2017

Have you heard? The 4th Annual Sedona Bike & Brew Festival hosted by the Sedona Golf Resort will be taking place August 26th! This event combines riders from all over the country as well as locals for, quite possibly, one of the most unique races in the state! The 6 mile track will wind through fairways, off tee boxes, across sand traps, and incorporate a lot of out-of-bounds features all while climbing and descending 300 vertical feet. While that sounds daunting, there is also plenty of fun to be had. Craft breweries such as Four Peaks, Oak Creek Brewing, Oskar Blues, and Hubert’s Lemonade will be on hand pouring delicious libations. If you were used to getting chased off a golf course as a kid, now is your opportunity to ride the plush fairways without fear. Spectators are welcome to watch at no cost as well. Come one come all!

To Register, or for more information on this event, please visit the Sedona Bike & Brew Festival website. Admission for the Adult Men or Women’s division is $75 and up.

Saturday’s Schedule

  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast (Breakfast Buritos – Free for VIP’s)
  • 7:00 am – 8:30 am – Practice Runs
  • 9:00 am – Mens Sport Division (6 Miles)
  • 9:45 am – Ladies Sport & 13-17 Year Old Division (6 Miles)
  • 10:30 am – 7-12 Year Old Division ( 1/2 Mile)
  • 10:45 am – Mens Open Division (12 Miles)
  • 10:50 am –  6 & Under Division (300 yards)
  • 12:00 – 3:00 pm – Lunch, Music, Raffle, Drinks & The Green Jacket Presentation (Food & Drinks Free to VIP’s)

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2017 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Hotel Special

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Hotel Special

It is almost time for one of our favorite events at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village! That’s right the 45th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque“, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, will be taking place on Saturday, September 9th! The village will be dressed in a festive wash of color while music and dancing bring the village alive with the spirit of old Mexico! The lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and mouthwatering tastes of Mexico will fill the day with celebration, culture and fun! This is one event you do not want to miss!

If you wish to stay with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event take advantage of the special lodging rates we’re offering for the weekend of the Fiesta. (See lodging special below) If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona don’t worry about finding a parking place, or enjoying an adult beverage during the festival, we will do the driving! Our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event!

Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaqueReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 45nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Special offer”
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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