2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

2015 Heritage Program Festivals

Museum of Northern Arizona 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

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

25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 23rd – 24h, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Zuni Festival 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaThe A:shiwi or Zuni people, share Zuni language, lifeways, traditional music, and dances. Artists, performers and educators travel from Zuni, New Mexico, an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau, to share their art and culture. Enjoy the Nawetsa Family Dancers who perform traditional Zuni dances, and music from the Zuni Pueblo Band. Learn about the importance of art and cultural place-names in the perpetuation of traditional identity. Meet and buy directly from Zuni artists and demonstrators. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
July 4th – 5th, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Hopi Festival 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of 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.

66th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 1st – 2nd, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm
navajo festival 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaNavajo weavers and potters work side by side with jewelers and filmmakers during this colorful and exciting summer festival. More than 100 of the finest Diné artists display and demonstrate their innovative expressions of traditional art forms. Meet award winning painters and renowned weavers. Enjoy hoop and social dances, and traditional and modern Native music with groups like the Pollen Trail Dancers and Blackfire. Learn from cultural experts about customs and practices families are using to keep traditions strong. Explore the tribe’s intricate language with a Navajo linguist, and come to understand many ancient legends and traditions. Hike with a Navajo ethnobotanist and learn the Diné uses of local plant life.

12th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 24th – 25th, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Celebraciones de la Gente 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaThe Museum comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mesoamerican holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. More than a dozen Flagstaff families create ofrendas (altars) to display in the Museum’s courtyard. Learn about Day of the Dead traditions and the role of Hispanics in northern Arizona’s history. Enjoy mariachi music, arts, and storytelling. Learn about migration and the blending of cultural traditions. A celebration of all people of Latino and Hispanic origin, this festival is a colorful and vibrant expression of community. It is created in partnership with Nuestras Raices, an organization of Flagstaff Hispanic pioneers.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. To learn more about the Heritage Program Festival or to learn more about the museum please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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

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tight building IMG 99091 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaA 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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Sedona “Vortex and Views” Vacation Package with Pink Jeep

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“Vortex and Views” Sedona Vacation Package with Pink Jeep Tours

Pink jeep Sedona “Vortex and Views” Vacation Package with Pink JeepSpring is the perfect time to get out there and really explore the red rocks of Sedona, AZ. With that in mind we would like to reintroduce you to one of our vacation packages, “Vortex and Views”. This package will save you money on lodging at the Inn of Sedona, where you will enjoy spectacular red rock views and friendly service, and includes a very special Pink Jeep tour that gives you an opportunity to learn about and experience one of Sedona’s most popular attractions, a vortex!

This Pink Jeep Tour offers you the opportunity to learn about the history, science, cultural and metaphysical beliefs of the vortex sites as well as covers the myths and legends surrounding the vortices of Sedona. You’ll enjoy the majestic views from Upper Red Rock Loop Road. A visit to the Airport Vortex will give you an opportunity to experience a vortex first hand and develop your own interpretation. You will also have a sojourn to Mystic Vista. A short hike with your Pink Jeep guide will provide views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

Sedona’s Vortex and Views Vacation Package

  • Vortex and Views Sedona “Vortex and Views” Vacation Package with Pink Jeep1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
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Wildlife Painter Kim Diment at Rowe Fine Art Gallery

Kim Diment and “Animal Attraction” at Rowe Fine Art Gallery

April 17th, 2015 (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

April 18th, 2015 (3:30 – 7:00 pm)

Artist Kim Diment Wildlife Painter Kim Diment at Rowe Fine Art GalleryArt, wildlife and nature lovers will not want to miss Award Winning Wildlife Painter Kim Diment at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during her one-woman show, “Animal Attraction”. This event will take place April 17th and 18th, the Rowe Fine Art Gallery is located under the bell tower in Patio de las Campanas in the beautiful Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

More about Artist Kim Diment
Kim’s subject matter includes the animals she observes in her own backyard as well as wildlife native to the Southwest and Africa, where she has traveled extensively.

“I love animals, and I love to tell everyone about the animals I paint,” she says. “All of my paintings are inspired by personal experiences, and I enjoy sharing those experiences with art collectors. I am fortunate to have so much wildlife around me. I can see it as I’m painting from my studio, which can be quite distracting!”

The past year has been an exciting one for Kim. She received her third award of excellence from the Society of Animal Artists in 2014, and her painting, “Ramblin’ Gamblers,” featuring Gambel’s quail, placed second in the Richeson 75 Art Competition in the animals, birds and wildlife category. (The painting is exhibited at Rowe Gallery.) Kim will bring several new paintings featuring hummingbirds, javelina and a horned toed lizard to Sedona for this exciting show. Kim is represented exclusively in Arizona by Rowe Gallery.

To learn more about this event please visit the Rowe Fine Art Gallery website you can also find the Rowe Gallery on Facebook. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona and wish to attend this event, leave the driving to us, we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this event in our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle.

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tight building IMG 99091 Wildlife Painter Kim Diment at Rowe Fine Art GalleryA 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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Easter Bunny Visits Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

Easter Family Fun in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt – April 4th

Verde Canyon Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express – April 5th

BW Easter Bunny Visits Sedona, Arizona and the Verde ValleyIt is going to be a beautiful Easter weekend in Sedona, AZ! If you are going to be visiting the red rocks over the holiday with the kids and are looking for some family fun with the Easter Bunny, there are two events taking place that the Easter Bunny is sure to attend! The Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt taking place in Sedona on Saturday, April 4th and the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express in Clarkdale on the 5th!

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Celebration of Spring – Carnival and Egg Hunt
April 4th, 2015 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Cost: $5 for children 12 and younger Easter Bunny Visits Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley
This is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! This is a fun, action packed event for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Inflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides, duck races and much more are included with the $5 admission fee for the youth attendees. Local business will be on site with booths set up for viewing/participation as well as various instructors with fun, interactive displays for children to be involved with. The Easter bunny will be on hand for picture taking. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation website.

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Verde Canyon Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express
April 5th, 2015 (Clarkdale, AZ)
Easter bunny train Easter Bunny Visits Sedona, Arizona and the Verde ValleyThe hoppiest celebration at Verde Canyon Railroad is the Easter Bunny Express! This once-a-year opportunity to hob-knob with the wascally wabbit begins with face painting on the patio so everyone can star in a look-a-like photo. You can take home proof that the Easter Bunny really does exist. The honorable hare will dole out handfuls of treats and armloads of hugs before bidding farewell to everyone on the train as it departs at 1 p.m.. The Easter fun keeps going on board with a winner-take-all jellybean counting contest. For more information or to purchase tickets aboard the Easter Bunny Express please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome Easter Weekend

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour – April 3rd, 2015

Jerome Art Walk – April 4th, 2015

Larry Witt Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter WeekendVisit Sedona, Arizona this Easter weekend and enjoy the creations of talented artists at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour taking place April 3rd, and then on Saturday, January 4th, head up Cleopatra hill for the Jerome Art Walk!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to Uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Go Wild with Joshua Tobey at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
Ken Rowe Gallery Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter WeekendA life-size bear with arms extended in a welcoming gesture. A regal mountain lion. The mythical jackalope. A bugling elk. The horse in repose. These are just a few of the bronze sculptures that renowned artist Joshua Tobey will bring with him when he returns to the Gallery! This is Joshua’s only Arizona show in 2015 and his only appearance anywhere this spring. Joshua loves interacting with art enthusiasts and telling the stories behind his creations. Meet him in person at Rowe Fine Art Gallery! For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Adrea SMith Gallery Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter WeekendAndrea Smith Gallery Presents Kurt Wenner
Kurt Wenner, one of the most recognized artists ever to exhibit in Sedona, is an American artist with an international following. While most known for the invention of interactive 3D pavement art illusions, his work also includes large-scale oil paintings, ceramic murals, sculptures, decorative elements, and architectural designs for public and private clients in more than 30 countries. Wenner has created a collection of sacred art images specifically for Andrea Smith Gallery. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Arts Center
“Beyond Ordinary”Sedona Arts Center Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter Weekend
This month, Sedona Arts Center brings together artists who strive to go beyond the ordinary in their mediums. Gretchen Lopez is known for her figurative Native American paintings and exciting plein air landscapes. Christine Debrosky has a luminous quality within her pastels while Linda Sherman’s watercolors simply flow. Mariann Leahy has taken her ceramic work in an entirely unique direction while April Bower continues to create brilliant one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Larry Witt: Segmented Turning”Larry Witt Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter Weekend
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is proud to present “Larry Witt: Segmented Turning” as its featured artist for SGA First Friday in the Galleries event! The impressive wood vessels created by artist Larry Witt are made up of as many as 5,000 pieces of wood; each vessel a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. “Segmented turning is a small part geometry and tons of patience and imagination,” the artist notes. For Larry Witt the attraction of turning wood is that there is absolutely no limit to what he can create; his challenge is only to transfer his many ideas into designs. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
Impressionist/ Expressionist Show
Goldenstein Gallery Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter Weekend Goldenstein Gallery in West Sedona holds its second reception for Impressionist-Expressionist as part of its dynamic three-month series celebrating different art modalities. When we think of arts most enduring and popular modalities, Impressionism and Expressionism, we don’t envision something radical. Yet in their time these movements were ground breaking and forever changed the art world. Among the renowned-featured artists are the stunning pieces of Karyl Bennett, Peter Myerson, Sherab Khandro and Art Decker – artists that continue the tradition of expressing something ground breaking with their work.For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art Walk1 Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter WeekendApril 4th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The monthly tradition of Jerome First Saturday Art Walk has taken root and will blossom once again this spring with new artists and studios as well as Jerome’s exciting and well-known galleries. Every first Saturday, the creative community of Jerome is pleased to host an evening of art, music and entertainment with open studios and galleries displaying local, regional and national artistic treasures. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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

new shuttle Explore the Galleries in Sedona and Jerome  Easter WeekendDid 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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Guided Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park in April

Red Rock State Park – Guided Geology Hike

April 12th, 2015

Red Rock State Park Guided Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park in AprilSpringtime has arrived in Sedona, Arizona and now is the perfect time to participate in Red Rock State Park’s Guided Geology Hike taking place on April 12th, 2015! Learn more about the majestic red rocks of Sedona while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Red Rock State Park!

Sedona Guided Geology Hike
April 12th, 2015 (1:00 pm)
Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. if you are interested in taking this popular Sedona, Arizona hike make sure to contact the park about schedule changes or reservations. Call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

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Inn of Sedona Facebook Guided Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park in April

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A Weekend of Family Fun in Camp Verde, AZ

Camp Verde, Arizona

Pecans, Wine, Kayaking, Archaeology and more this Weekend in Camp Verde

If you love pecans, wine, kayaking, archaeology, sunshine and clear skies then Camp Verde is the place to be this weekend! The Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show and the 2015 International Archaeology Film Festival all take place this weekend. And if that wasn’t enough, there will be no admission fee at Fort Verde State Park on Saturday and Sunday! So what do you say, are you ready for some fun!

Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival
March 28th & 29th, 2015 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Pecan Wine 680x1024 A Weekend of Family Fun in Camp Verde, AZThe Town of Camp Verde, its sponsors and its partners, are pleased to announce that the 2015 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde. This year’s event will, among other things, launch Camp Verde’s year long Sesquicentennial celebration, commemorating the community’s founding in 1865. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one: Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting and race participants. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes six tasting tickets along with a wine glass that is yours to keep.For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 28th – 29th, 2015
The 2015 International Archaeology Film Festival
March 27th & 28th, 2015
AFairLogo.gif 3 A Weekend of Family Fun in Camp Verde, AZThe Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month on the last weekend in March. Enjoy two exciting days of archaeological adventures, and take a trip back in time to explore the past through hands-on activities and presentations.

Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, live presentations, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajoland, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.

The 2015 International Archaeology Film Festival will have film showings March 27th and 28th at 7:00 pm at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 210 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde. Tickets will be $10 per film (Members $8). For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.

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Verde River Runoff 2015
March 28th, 2015 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
runofflogo A Weekend of Family Fun in Camp Verde, AZVRVNO is proud to host this 3rd Annual Verde River Runoff 2015! This 10 Mile CANOE / KAYAK race is along a remote and beautiful stretch of the Verde River from White Bridge, Camp Verde to Beasley Flats! Join the Awards and After-Party, March 28th at the Sesquicentennial ‘Spring Heritage Festival’ behind the Camp Verde Community Center 395 S. Main St Camp Verde, AZ. All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers. For more information or to register please visit the Verde River Runoff website.

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Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Camp Verde, AZ

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tight building IMG 99091 A Weekend of Family Fun in Camp Verde, AZA 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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Old Town Blues Fest this Saturday in Cottonwood, AZ

5th Annual Old Town Blues Fest this Saturday in Cottonwood, AZ

March 28th, 2015

Jim Glass Old Town Blues Fest this Saturday in Cottonwood, AZBeautiful weather and the unique styles, harmonies and rhythms of the top Arizona Blues performers is what is in store for you at the 5th Annual Old Town Blues Fest this Saturday, March 28th at the Olde Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, AZ!

This year’s Blues Fest evening headliner will be blues master Jim Glass and his band. This versatile performer has been performing throughout the country for over 40 years, with strong roots in the Southwest. He is an Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member and music legend with his vintage Les Paul guitar and soulful vocals. He has shared the stage with music icons Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, and more.

Old Town Blues Fest Program

  • 2:00 pm  – 3:30 pm Old Town Blues Fest All-Star Band
  • 4:00 pm  – 4:45 pm Mother Road Trio
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm JC & the Juke Rockers
  • 6:00 pm  – 6:45 pm Sweet Baby Ray’s Back Porch Blues
  • 7:30 pm  – 8:45 pm Jim Glass Band

Tickets for this day of unbelievable blues are only $20 in advance or $25 at the door! Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Out of Africa Adventure Sedona Vacation Package

  • 200 animals3 Old Town Blues Fest this Saturday in Cottonwood, AZ 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.

General Admission Includes: African Bush Safari, The Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, The Wonders of Wildlife Show, The Giant Snake Show, Predator Feed

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2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

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A Hikers Guide to Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

Bell Rock pathway 3 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasHiking is one of the most popular recreational activities for visitors coming to the red rock region of Sedona, Arizona especially in the Spring and Fall. A true hiker’s paradise, Sedona offers a wealth of trails to enjoy nature and the spectacular views in red rock country.

Visitors head out to explore the many trails in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona, Verde Valley and trails that explore the Mogollon Rim. you and your family will enjoy being out in nature taking in the beauty of the red rocks against the crystal blue sky and all the desert flora and fauna of the area.

Below you will find trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers throughout Sedona, the Coconino National Forest, and the Verde Valley. We of course have a few of our favorites and guest favorites to share with you, and I am sure you will find a few favorites of your own. Below you will find information on the Coconino National Forest, our favorite Sedona hikes and some tips and resources to help you plan your hike. Have a great time exploring!

Our favorite hikes and places to hike in the Sedona areaForest Map 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas

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

Red Rock State Park 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasRed Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is a family-oriented 5-mile network of trails with a diverse habitat of plants and wildlife. The Forest Service presents popular talks at the visitor’s center on the natural history of Sedona, and living with our wildlife neighbors. They also offer the following guided hikes and walks: Geology Hike, Moonlight Hikes, Bird Walks and Nature Walks. To see the Schedule of guided hikes please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Bell Rock Pathway
Hiking Sedona1 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasThis trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off the Pathway for you and your family to explore. The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks. As soon as you walk the first 10-15 minutes you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock and get some great views!

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

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Red Rock Crossing – Crescent Moon Picnic Site
Rock Carins Red Rock Crossing.jpg2  2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasRed Rock Crossing is one of the most popular places to take a leisurely hike and take some great photos of Cathedral Rock. The Crescent Moon Picnic Site offers pathways that take you to the crossing where Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek meet. There are Picnic Tables, grills and well maintained restrooms. Enjoy a little water play in Oak Creek, walk the pathways and visit Buddha Beach, considered to be the site of a powerful vortex. You will find a variety of rock cairns, last time I was there I was overwhelmed by the complexity of some.

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

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West Fork Oak Creek Trail
West Fork 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasThere are a number of reasons why West Fork is the most popular trail on the Coconino National Forest. You’ll know some of them once you’ve strolled beside the pleasant little stream that ripples along the canyon floor and look up, way up, at the dizzying cliffs that tower above it. There was a lot of talk that the West Fork Trail was very damaged by the fire last year, I assure you it is just as beautiful as before! This hike is most popular in the fall when vibrant colors take over the trail, but spring is also a great time for this hike, just keep in mind this hike will be cooler than the others, if you start early or late in the day you will want to dress in layers! I also highly suggest to bring your camera along.

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

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Hiking at Walnut Canyon National Monument in Flagstaff
walnut 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasCarved by Walnut Creek over a period of 6 million years the canyon is twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and 1/4 a mile wide. The canyon offers two trails, the Rim Trail that takes you on an easy beautiful stroll above the rim of the canyon and the Island Trail that is more strenuous and descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon. if you can handle it, the Island Trail is the way to go! The Trail starts with a ramp type walkway down, then stairs taking you down further into the canyon where you will see cliff dwelling rooms along the trail with more visible across the canyon. The trail is paved making it a little easier to walk but I suggest if you have back problems, or a fear of heights, stick to the rim trail….Read More

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)
DHRSP 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding AreasThe beautiful park with the unfortunate name sits on over 400 acres in Cottonwood, Arizona and is right next to the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. The temperatures at the park are often mild, due the park’s elevation, and make it an ideal place for outdoor activities. This state park is a short distance from Sedona and has numerous hiking trails, not to mention trails for mountain biking and horseback riding. You can even take along a nice picnic lunch for your family and take in the scenic view at any of the picnic tables around the park.

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

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Tips for Hiking in Sedona

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

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  • Vortex and Views 2015 Hiking Guide for Sedona, Arizona and Surrounding Areas2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults on Pink Jeep’s newest tour that will introduce you to one of Sedona’s popular attractions, a vortex. Learn the history behind Sedona and delve into the Spiritual and Mystical side as well. You’ll enjoy the majestic views from Upper Red Rock Loop Road. A visit to the Airport Vortex will give you an opportunity to experience a vortex first hand and develop your own interpretation. You will also have a sojourn to Mystic Vista. A short hike with your Pink Jeep guide will provide views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.
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V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days this Weekend!

V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days

Discover how the people of the past thrived in this region for thousands of years!

March 2st – 22nd, 2015

vbarv01 V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days this Weekend!One of our favorite events taking place during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month takes place this weekend at the V Bar V Heritage Site! If you love history, archaeology, ancient technology and petroglyphs the V Bar V Archaeology Discover Days event is the place to be this coming weekend, March 21st – 22nd, 2015!

Discover how the people of the past thrived in this region for thousands of years. See ancient methods of making pottery, see how to make fire by friction, and learn how the plants in the area were used for food, fiber and medicine. Visitors can take part in target practice with “rabbit sticks” and atl-atls, make pottery, grind corn on a metate, and taste traditional foods. You also have an opportunity to learn more about ancient trade routes from Coconino National Forest Archaeologists Peter Pilles and Travis Bone, and author and archaeo-astronomer Ken Zoll will be on hand both days from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm to talk about the Spring Equinox effect.

This truly is a wonderful event for the entire family, to be able to have some hands-on learning experiences, taste the traditional foods and to have truly knowledgeable, friendly people giving insight into the ancient technologies and ways is what makes this event high on our list of must attend events this weekend! If would like too see all the events, entertainment and fun things to do taking place this weekend in Sedona and the Verde Valley please visit our Events Page.

The V Bar V Heritage Site is locate 2 1/2 miles south of I 17 at exit 298 off F.R. 618. Go past the Beaver Creek Bridge and make a right hand turn. A Red Rock Pass or equivalent is required for parking. Passes are $5 per vehicle and are available at the V Bar V visitor center. From more information please call the Red Rock Visitor Center at 928.203.2900.

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

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to the V Bar V Heritage Site

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