Summer Fun In Sedona, Arizona

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Summer Fun Sedona Vacation Packages

Pink jeepIt is time for some summer fun in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona! July and August bring sunshine, monsoon skies, warm temperatures, beautiful sunrises, fewer crowds and an opportunity to save money on some great Sedona activity vacation packages! Whether you want to take a famous Pink Jeep Tour into the red rocks, learn how to fly fish in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, or visit the wildlife at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, we have a package for you!

Sleep n’ Jeep

  • sleepjeepSR_2010_205x1501 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Thrilling Two Hour Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour for Two Adults. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling two hour adventure that leads you up, on and over the red rocks. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Package is priced for two adults. Please call our concierge at 800.282.6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Book this Sedona Package

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Sedona Castaway Package

  • Fly-Fishing.JPG-21 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • A morning of casting for 2 Adults, includes instruction, does NOT include fishing licenses, which can be purchased on line at the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
  • Package is priced for 2 people – Call Concierge for additional anglers
  • Your expert guides will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • To book this package click here

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Out of Africa Adventure Sedona Vacation Package

  • Out of Africa 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two Adult Tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • FREE Full Hot Breakfast
  • All Packages are priced for Two Adults. Please call concierge at 800.292.6344 for children or extra adults.
  • Additional nights available at prevailing rates without amenities of the package
  • And as always when you stay at the Inn of Sedona you will be treated to unbeatable views of Sedona’s Red Rocks from our terraced promenade decks. Enjoy early morning sunrises, spectacular sunsets and of course, memorable moonlit nights.
  • To book this package click here

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views 

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, Vortex and Views
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Your Vortex guide will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Book this Sedona Package

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2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival

Sedona Hummingbird Festival

“The Most Beautiful Place In America to See Hummingbirds.”

July 31st – August 2nd, 2015

Humming Bird

Hummingbirds will be taking over the beautiful red rocks of Sedona during  the 4th Annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival taking place July 31st – August 2nd, 2015!  Aimed at residents and visitors alike, the purpose of the festival is to teach about hummingbirds and work to protect the endangered species. The Festival, headquartered at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, is sponsored by the International Hummingbird Society, a Sedona-based nonprofit education and conservation organization formed in 1996.

Attendees come to learn about all things hummingbird. At the Performing Arts Center, there will be three days of presentations by world hummingbird experts on a variety of topics (tickets required). Experience hummingbirds first hand, by visiting several identified “hummingbird hotspots” with large numbers of hummers (free), take the “Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours (ticketed event) watch and learn as individual birds are “banded” with unique identifying anklets for scientific research (free), and of course make sure to spend some time at the Hummingbird Marketplace (exhibitors and vendors area), held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center (free). Also, to help celebrate the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Hummingbird Society, Goldenstein Gallery and Sedona Arts Center are collaborating to present an art exhibition devoted to hummingbirds!

If you are interested in attending this festival we highly suggest purchasing your tickets now. Some events are already sold out (see festival activities below) Children under 12 are FREE for presentations, garden tours, and banding demonstrations, when with a paying adult! For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Hummingbird Festival. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up at the Sedona Performing Arts Center in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle.

 Festival Activities

  • Sedona Hummingbird Festival“Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours: Each ticket valid for two days, permitting scheduling garden visits and presentation plans so as not to miss anything! (Always a sellout; in 2015, increasing capacity from 300 tickets to 450 tickets).  See what Birds & Blooms Magazine(Platinum level corporate sponsor) has to say about the festival – Go See Hummingbirds in Sedona!
  • Sunrise Breakfasts: Several “hotspots” with huge numbers of hummingbirds suitable for breakfasts. SOLD OUT for 2015
  • Gala Banquet Celebration: A delightful highlight of the 3-day event, with dinner and good times.
  • Banding (free): One banding hotspot for all three days! 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Exhibits (free): The Hummingbird Marketplace (exhibitors and vendors area), held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center, with easy access to shopping opportunities for “everything hummingbird.” As before, no admission fee!
  • Art Exhibit (free)
    To help celebrate the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Hummingbird Society, Goldenstein Gallery and Sedona Arts Center are collaborating to present an art exhibition devoted to hummingbirds. The exhibition will be presented at two different locations: The Goldenstein Gallery (voted Sedona’s favorite art gallery the last ten years! 70 Dry Creek Road, about 1 mile from the S.P.A.C.), and The Sedona Arts Center (15 Art Barn Road, in uptown Sedona), in their Special Exhibition Gallery. In addition, many artists will be exhibiting in the Hummingbird Marketplace at the Festival.
  • Birding Trips: Birders will have the opportunity to visit one of two different habitats, Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Oak Creek Canyon; tickets $10, but reservations required because of limited capacity. Trips are led by the Northern Arizona Audubon Society. SOLD OUT for 2015

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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Anthony Mazzella Live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

August 1st, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Anthony-Mazzella-posterGuitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be returning to the beautiful Mary D. Fisher Theater for the second time on Saturday, August 1st at 7:00 pm after a SOLD OUT, standing-room-only performance in June!

If you are a fan of guitar music and amazing musical talent you will not want to miss internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets, this performance is going to sell out quickly! Tickets for this special musical journey are only $15 per person and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 928-282-1177. As an added bonus to the evening photographer extraordinaire Ted Grussing will be projecting his original fine art photography as a backdrop.This is a theater concert setting, so come experience a musical and visual journey without distraction.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and wish to attend this event, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up at the event venue. For More information on this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

More about Anthony Mazzella

Anthony Mazzella is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the guitar who began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including: The Bitter End, CBGB’s, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. Mazzella then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and spent the following years touring colleges & universities all over the USA. He then went on to performing on stages all over the world as a solo artist and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Mazzella attributes the greater part of his education to ear training. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Pepe Romero, William Ackerman, Eddie Van Halen, Andres Segovia and countless others. In the nineties Anthony shared his musical insights by teaching at Knopf Music (where he once took guitar lessons), as a private instructor, and at the Long Island School for Music and Arts. Mazzella was also one of the few chosen understudies of world-renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan. Visit Anthony Mazzella on Facebook

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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Save Money with our 2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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Summertime in Sedona, Arizona brings out the monsoon skies, beautiful sunrises and warm nights filled with romance as the sun sets on the red rocks. Summer also brings out one of our hottest hotel deals of the year! That’s right, it is time once again to offer our “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special that can save you up to $35 a night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!

2015 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Sedona, AZ.jpg2Stay between July 6th and August 27th and save $20 to $35 per night. (Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern Arizona

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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_108thArmyBandArizona’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
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_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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4th of July Concert and Laser Show
Outdoor Festival and Concert, Indoor Laser Light Show
July 4th, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
ShowImage.aspxEnjoy 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
July 4th – 5th, 2015Esteban-Color-bc-3-2015
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
4thDon’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
VCRThe 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 WalkJuly 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
Art Park“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 FestivalThe 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

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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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona Sleep and Jeep Special Package OfferIf you are planning a trip to Sedona and would like to stay at our Sedona hotel, please make sure to check out our Sedona Vacation Packages. Visiting Sedona is a very special choice for our guests, each with hopes of experiencing all that Sedona has to offer while getting the most value for their money. The Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers Special Vacation Packages on the most popular Sedona activities, allowing our guests to experience more of Sedona for less money. See how you can save money on your Sedona vacation!

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2015 July Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

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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 (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_SnakeGet 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
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_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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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walksEvery 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!

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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Summer Hiking in Sedona, AZ

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

TrixieThe 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 SedonaAvoid 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

ShowImage.aspxThere 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 SpecialValid 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 RockSummer 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.

We 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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