Spend Spring in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

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Spring in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

Spring Inn of Sedona Spend Spring in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

All of us at the Inn of Sedona are excited to welcome the clear blue skies, mild temperatures, blooming cacti and wonderful visitors that spring brings to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley! Hikers and bikers are out exploring the red rocks of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, kayaks are taking to the Verde River and family’s are enjoying much needed time together discovering the jewels of our national monuments and historical sites.

There are some great events taking place during these months beginning in March with the Arizona Archaeology and Heritage month, Spring Harvest Verde Valley Pecan and Wine Festival and the Verde River Runoff Race. April brings the popular Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival as well as Easter celebrations and May features the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque and the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off, just to name a few. You can find all the events taking place this spring on our Sedona Events Page. Our events page is updated weekly so make sure and check for additional events as your vacation draws closer!

Because of the popularity of the spring months in Sedona we highly suggest making your Sedona hotel and tour reservations as soon as you can. If you are going to be a guest of the Inn of Sedona please take advantage of our concierge, they are here to help you with tour reservations, ideas and suggestions. And remember our Complimentary “About Town Sedona Shuttle” is here to help you get around town with ease!

If you have not made your hotel reservations yet and would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we urge you to make them soon, our rooms are filling up fast and we already have a few sold out dates. We also would like to suggest that you look over some of our Sedona Vacation Packages before booking your room, they can save you up to 20% and include many of the popular spring time tours and attraction.

 

 

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This Weeks Featured Sedona Event – First Friday Gallery Tour

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour – March 7th, 2014

First Friday This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourVisit Sedona, Arizona this coming Friday, March 7th, 2014 and enjoy the coming of spring along with the creations of talented artists at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour. 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
Bringing a New Dimension to Still Life at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
March 7th, 2014 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
March 8th, 2014 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Ken Rowe Gallery This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourRowe Fine Art Gallery, located in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, presents “Bringing a New Dimension to Still Life” during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. The Gallery is pleased to present still-life oil painter Sue Krzyston! Sue will discuss subject matter and technique during an exclusive show 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 This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourDoug Bloodworth Collection at Andrea Smith Gallery
Andrea Smith Gallery will be featuring the paintings of internationally acclaimed photorealist, Doug Bloodworth. Doug Bloodworth’s artistic perspective is influenced by his childhood affection for American western classics and the quintessential youth of the American dream. All giclee prints will receive a personalized Remarque (sketch and dedication) by Doug Bloodworth. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Arts Center
Annual Juried Members’ ExhibitionSedona Arts Center This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery Tour
Indulge in a wonderful array of styles and media which include sculpture, ceramics, drawing, colored pencil, pastel, oil, acrylic watercolor and mixed media painting, glass, wood, fiber, 3D and 2-D mixed media, jewelry and photography. Join the art center for our opening reception Friday, March 7th, mingle with the artists, art lovers and art collectors. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Navajo Folk Art & Hopi Pottery”
Turquoise Gallery This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourDuring Sedona’s “1st Friday Gallery Tour” this month, Turquoise Tortoise Gallery highlights a unique Navajo artist along with the gallery’s collection of Hopi pottery by several gifted artists.Anthony Chee Emerson’s style has evolved to express both contemporary and traditional Navajo Folk Art themes. In his thoroughly charming paintings he captures the unique spirit and lifestyle of the Navajo. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
Do-Over: Found Object Art
Lanning Gallery This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery Tour It’s always nice to get a “do-over” and that is the theme of a new Exhibition opening at Sedona’s Lanning Gallery. Celebrat the second life given to myriad found objects reborn as exclusive art pieces.Featured will be works by three quite different artists: Phil Lichtenhan, Elizabeth Frank, and Roger Wood.Each artist creates works that captivate gallery visitors as they inspect every detail to identify origin of these disparate found objects.For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery on Facebook.

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

new shuttle This Weeks Featured Sedona Event   First Friday Gallery TourDid 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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2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Red Rock State Park Events
Guided Hikes, Birding, Geology, History and More!
March 2014

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona has a great line up of events, presentations and guided hikes in store for you this March. From bird and nature walks, to a survival workshop, to a Guided Geology Tour, to a special presentation featuring Jim Turner “For God, Gold, and Glory: The Coronado Expedition”, this will be a fun month at the park!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (9:00 am)Red Rock State Park 2 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona
Meet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center at 9:00 am and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaEvery 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.

Guided Geology Tour
March 9th, 2014 (1:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaRed 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. Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park or call 928.282.6907.

Big 5 Survival Priorities with Tony NesterTony Nester 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona
March 1st, 2014 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Have you ever wondered what to do if you were lost and had to spend the night in the wild unprepared; Or maybe how you can prepare yourself for a similar situation? Join us on March 1st for a daylong survival class with nationally known Tony Nester. Tony will be covering the “Big 5 Survival Priorities”. This class will cover shelter, emergency fire-making, water location, signaling and survival kits. Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $65.00 which includes park entry. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

For God, Gold, and Glory: The Coronado Expedition
March 30th, 2014 (2:00 pm)
Coronado Expedition 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaRed Rock State Park is pleased to present “For God, Gold, and Glory: The Coronado Expedition” featuring speaker Jim Turner. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered Arizona with the largest European expedition know to North American history in 1540. Though the exact route through Arizona is unclear, historians have entertained the idea for years. Join us as Jim Turner leads us on a virtual tour through images by famous artists, maps, scenic and historical photographs, and archeological remains from one of Coronado’s campsites. For more information on this Sedona event and reservations, please call Red Rock SP at (928) 282-6907 or please visit the Red Rock State Park

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Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona this Spring!
tight building IMG 990911 2014 March Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaEnjoy the hotel’s award-winning terraced design that takes full advantage of its hilltop location with promenade decks all around that allow our guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views without leaving the hotel. Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and take in the views as you have your breakfast. In the evening, stroll over to the west side to watch a spectacular sunset right from the deck, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand. To make reservations at our Sedona hotel please click here.

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Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First Time

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Fun Things to do your First Time Visiting Sedona, Arizona

300527 134634479963770 2263612 n Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeWe have asked our family, friends,staff and guests what were their favorite things to do in Sedona, Arizona to help give our new visitors an insider’s guide to fun things to do on their first visit to the red rocks. We had a lot of suggestions, and picked the ones that were suggested the most.

Below you will find the top suggestions that we believe will get you off to a good start for your first visit to Sedona and the Verde Valley. Once you get here you will find your own favorites that encompass your interests and we would love to hear about it. So please, after or during your visit let us know what some of your favorite things to do in Sedona were by either filling out a comment at the end of this article or by posting on our Inn of Sedona Facebook page.

Fun Things to do in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

Hiking the West Fork Trail
West Fork 2 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeWhen it comes to hiking in the Sedona, Arizona area one of the all time favorite hikes would have to be the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon, the most popular trail on the Coconino National Forest. 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. Well I take that back, we would not want to hike it during a heavy rainstorm. 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 down a paved lane that leads behind a few creek side houses. Visit our West Fork Trail photo album.

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

Visiting the Sedona Airport Mesa
Coffepot Rock Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeYou definitely want to make the trip up to the Sedona Airport Mesa for some of the best overall panoramic views in Sedona, and the sunset there is exceptional because of the way the lights and colors bounce off the red rocks. Make sure to bring your camera, you can get some amazing shots of Coffeepot rock from the look out! If you happen to go around meal time, the Mesa Grill comes highly recommended.

Visiting Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
tlaq101 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeWhen it comes to exploring the world of art in Sedona, the Talquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is the place to be. Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is a perfect setting to witness gifted artisans absorbed in their work.It’s not uncommon to venture upon a well-known sculptor working on his or her latest piece right in one of the Tlaquepaque galleries. The galleries and unique shops live in harmony with its lush natural environment. The vine covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways create an ambiance that is as impressive as the artists that grace the galleries, restaurants & shops. Tlaquepaque is also well know for their events and celebrations. See photo’s of the Tlaquepaque Cinco De Mayo Celebrations!

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Tigers Rescued 1 2 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeOut of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. These adventures give you the opportunity to get up close to wild life in a natural habitat. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. Where else would you be able to kiss a giraffe, feed a Tiger, or watch people and tigers play together in a giant swimming pool?  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.

Hiking Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeThis trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off of the Pathway for you and your family to explore.The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks. As soon as you walk the first 10-15 minutes in, you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock. Desert flora surround you on the hike and you never know what surprises await you as the desert blooms. 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, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church for the northern trailhead. Visit our Bell Rock Pathway photo Album.

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

Visiting National Monuments and Historical Sites
Montezuma Castle National Monument 2 Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeThe 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 these historical sites Montezuma Castle, Palatki Heritage Site, Honanki Heritage Site, Wupatki National Monument and the V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Tuzigoot National Monument.

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
stupa Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeSedona, Arizona is a mecca for spiritual journeys, revitalizations, connections, and a place to awaken and welcome the spirit within. There is definitely something here that elevates your senses and nurtures your soul. The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is one of the most visited spiritual sites in Sedona and was built as a gift to the community and the world. On any given day in Sedona, dozens of visitors of all faiths trek up the short winding trails to the 36 foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace in a beautiful and sacred setting. The Amitabha Stupa is open every day from dawn until dusk and your visit is free of charge. (Of course, donations to support the stupa are gratefully accepted.)The Stupa is located at 2650 Pueblo Drive, off of Andante, in the heart of West Sedona.

Visiting Jerome and Cottonwood
Many of our guests who come to Sedona and have access to a vehicle highly recommend experiencing the history and fun of the Verde Valley. Jerome and Old Town Cottonwood rated high on the list from guests.

Jerome
Jerome Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeJerome, located 5,200 feet up on Cleopatra Hill, was once the 4th largest city in the Arizona Territory. Between the late 1880s and early 1950s Jerome was a thriving mining camp producing an amazing 3 million pounds of copper per month. Now that’s a lot of copper! You can still feel the history in Jerome today,the Jerome Historical Society has done a wonderful job in guarding and preserving many of the historical buildings. You will now find the town filled with galleries, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. They have a very popular “Art Walk” that takes place every 1st Saturday of the month throughout the year.

Cottonwood
DHRSP Visiting Sedona, Arizona for the First TimeShops, galleries and restaurants line Main Street and provide the backdrop for this quaint and colorful historic district. The unique Cottonwood Jail stands guard at the top of Main Street. Cottonwood is surrounded by jagged mountains on the south and west, and to the north and east by mesas and buttes. Named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, the town grew from a small farming community to the Verde Valley ‘s population center, called “the biggest little town in Arizona” by the late 1920s. At that time Old Town businesses supported residents and workers of the many mines that operated in nearby communities.

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2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month

Arizona State Parks
2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month
Events all Month Long,Throughout Arizona!

HOME 673 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthFor those of you interested in Archaeology, the month of March is the perfect time for you to visit Arizona. There will be events taking place all over the state during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month, at Arizona State Parks, National Monuments, Historical sites and Arizona Museums.  The popular V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Day also takes place during this statewide event!

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

Camp Verde/ Clarkdale/Cottonwood

Fort Verde State Historic Park

  • Living History Presentation and Guided Tours
    March 1st and 15th, 2014 (10:00 am & 2:00 pm)
    FOVE G 01 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthExplore the history of Fort Verde State Historic Park! Take a stroll along Officers’ Row with a docent as they lead guided tours through historic homes. This event is sponsored by Arizona State Parks. Regular entrance fees will apply. For more information please contact Sheila Stubler,(928.567.3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov
  • Workshop: How to Make Adobe Bricks at Fort Verde
    March 8th & 22nd, 2014 (2:00 pm)
    Want to learn how to make Adobe Bricks? Don’t miss this workshop sponsored by Arizona State Parks at Fort Verde State Historic Park. You will learn the basics of making adobe bricks as well as the history of the Fort. For more information please contact Sheila Stubler,(928) 567-3275 or sstubler@azstateparks.gov

Montezuma Castle National Monument

  • Lecture: “Environmental Influences for Sinaguan Settlement”
    Montezuma Castle National Monument 2 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthMarch 5th & 26th, 2014  (10:00 am)
    Sponsored by the National Park Service, the lecture “Environmental Influences for Sinaguan Settlement” features Melissa Philibeck speaking about the Sinagua, an ancient Native American culture that once inhabited the Park area. Meet at the Montezuma Castle Interpretive Circle located near the main viewing area at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Program includes interpretive talk and guided hike around the Well. Bring water, wear appropriate shoes, hats, and sunscreen. For more information please contact Melissa Philibeck, (928) 649-6195, ext. 226, or melissa_philibeck@nps.gov
  • History of Archaeology at Montezuma Castle
    March 12th, 2014 (2:00 pm)
    Don’t miss the lecture “History of Archaeology at Montezuma Castle” sponsored by the National Park Service. Meet up with Matt Guebard, Chief of Resource Management and Lead Archaeologist for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument at the Montezuma Castle Interpretive Circle located near the main viewing area at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd.Regular entrance fees apply. For more information contact Matt Guebard at 928.649.6195, ext. 225.
  • Montezuma Well
    Lecture and Tour: “Environmental Influences for Sinaguan Settlement at Montezuma Well”

    March 19th, 2014 (10:00 am)
    Join Melissa Philibeck in learning about the Sinagua, an Ancient Native American culture that once inhabited the Park area. Meet at the first viewing platform. Program includes interpretive talk and guided hike around the Well. Bring water, wear appropriate shoes, hats, and sunscreen. Montezuma Well is located at 5525 Beaver Creek Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Melissa Philibeck, (928) 649-6195, ext. 226, or melissa_philibeck@nps.gov

V Bar V Heritage Site

  • V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Day
    VBarV 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthMarch 22nd – 23rd, 2014
    Demonstrations and hands-on activities include making fire by friction, spinning and weaving cotton, making and firing pottery, throwing with atlatls, and learning about traditional uses of plants. Enjoy watching the Yavapai Apache Nation Dancers and an expert flint-knapper! Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. This event takes place at the V Bar V Heritage Site. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green, 928.203.2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.

Tuzigoot National Monument

  • Walking Tour: “History of Archaeology at Tuzigoot National Monument”
    Tuz 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthMarch 26th, 2014 (2:00 pm)
    Learn about the Sinagua, a Native American culture that inhabited the Verde Valley between the years AD 1100 – AD 1425. Program includes an interpretive talk and a guided hike. Bring water, hiking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at the visitor center at Tuzigoot National Monument Museum located at 25 West Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale, Arizona. Regular entrance fees apply. For more inforamtion please contact Matthew Guebard at 928.649.6195 ext. 225, or matt_guebard@nps.gov.

2014 International Archaeology Film Festival2014 Archaeology Film 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month
March 28th and 29th, 2014
This year’s Festival features a VVAC Exclusive! Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over ancient sites in the UK to reveal new evidence of civilizations revealed by aerial surveys. These four 30-minute episodes have never been seen in the United States. These films will be presented with two American short subject films.Admission for each evening is $10 ($8.50 members). Tickets go on sale March 1st online or at the Center. Tickets will also be available at the door
March 28th (7:00 pm)

  • A Cultural Crossroads: Discovering the Baca Mountain Tract
  • The Thames’ Secret War
  • Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Frontier

March 29th (7:00 pm)

  • Touchstone: The Rock Art of the Coa Valley
  • Norfolk Broads
  • Stonehenge: The Missing Link

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair – Camp Verde, AZ
Exhibits, demonstrations and American Indian Art Show
March 29th – 30th, 2014
Verde Valley Archaeology 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthEnjoy 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 Archaeology Fair is an annual free event that feature archaeologically themed programs and interactive activities for the whole family. Activities are created and presented by archaeologists, educators and other specialists. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

Open House: George Hance House & Camp Verde Historical Society Museum
March 29th, 2014 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Hance house int 300x199 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthThe Camp Verde Historical Society is pleased to sponsor the George Hance Open House. The George Hance House is located near Fort Verde State Historic Park at 229 Coppinger Street and was built in 1916. George W. Hance arrived in the Verde Valley in 1869, and was later appointed first Postmaster of Camp Verde. The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum is located at 435 South Main Street. For more information please contact Nancy Floyd at 928.567.5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

Blacksmiths Demonstration at Camp Verde’s 1933 Rock Jail
March 29th, 2014 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
size 550x415 1933 Camp Verde Rock Jail 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthSponsored by the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association. The blacksmith makes and repairs iron objects using a hammer, anvil, forge, tongs, and vise. For some, blacksmithing is a practical skill that allows the smith to fix things that needed to be fixed; for members of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association, it is an art form that has evolved through the centuries. This Demonstration will take place during the Open house at the Camp Verde Rock Jail located at 44 Hollamon Street. For more information please contact Nancy Floyd at 928.567.5060 or verdevista@swiftwireless.com.

Flagstaff Area

Walnut Canyon National Monument

  • “History of NPS Architecture at Walnut Canyon National Monument”
    walnut 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthMarch 11th, 2014 (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
    Learn about the history of the NPS and the architecture at Walnut Canyon National Monument, including the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Mission 66. Suitable for older children. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center at 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. For more information please call Lisa Baldwin at 928.526.1157, ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.
  • Cultural Hands-on Demonstrations at Walnut Canyon National Monument
    March 20th, 2014 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
    Learn about prehistoric technologies – create your own pinch pot, paintbrush, rock art symbols, and split-twig figurine. Artifacts from the Monument will be on display. Meet at the Walnut Canyon National Monument Visitor Center. For more information please call Lisa Baldwin at 928.526.1157, ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.
  • Hike: Prehistoric Resource Use at Walnut Canyon
    March 26th, 2014 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    Learn about the prehistoric use of plants at Walnut Canyon as you travel into Walnut Canyon down the Island Trail through a range of elevations and vegetation zones. The hike is rated strenuous. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Walnut Canyon National Monument’s Visitor Center. For more information please call Lisa Baldwin at 928.526.1157, ext. 233 or lisa_baldwin@nps.gov.

Wupatki National Monument

  • Wupatki National Monument 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthLantern Hike at Wupatki National Monument
    March 7th, 2014 (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
    An NPS archaeologist will lead an evening hike back in time around the Wupatki Pueblo. See into the lives of those who lived here 800 years ago. Artifacts from the Monument will be on display. Please bring water, flashlight, and hiking shoes. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center. Regular entrance fees apply and Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations please contact Holly Richards, 928.679.2365 or holly_richards@nps.gov
  • Cultural Hands-on Demonstrations at Wupatki National Monument
    March 15th, 2014 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    Join NPS archaeologists and learn about prehistoric technologies – create your own pinch pot, paintbrush, rock art symbols and split-twig figurine. Artifacts from the Monument will be on display. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument’s Visitor Center, 25137 Wupatki Loop. For more information or to make reservations please contact Holly Richards, 928.679.2365 or holly_richards@nps.gov

Sedona

Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies at Red Rock Ranger Station
visitor ctr reflection 2014 Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness MonthMarch 7th, 2014 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)
This event will feature demonstrations and displays of ancient tools and technologies that helped people thrive in the Southwestern environment for centuries. Demonstrations will be at the visitor center under a covered porch at Red Rock Ranger Station, 8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. This event is free, for more information please contact Terrilyn Green at 928.203.2909 or tgreen01@fs.fed.us.

 

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Great Weather for Hiking in Sedona, Arizona this Weekend

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Great Weekend for Hiking and Outdoor Activities in Sedona, Arizona
February 21st – 23rd, 2014

Sedona hikes 3 Great Weather for Hiking in Sedona, Arizona this WeekendThis February has given Sedona, Arizona great weather for hiking and outdoor activities and this weekend is no exception! Afternoon temperatures are going to be in the high 60′s perfect for hiking the red rocks and enjoying the outdoors. We do want to remind all those visiting this weekend that the early morning and evening temps are still in the mid-30s so keep that in mind when packing for your weekend getaway.

Below you will find some of our favorite hikes including the popular “Guided Bird Walk” and “Nature Walk” at Red Rock State Park. If you are a guest at our Sedona hotel this weekend make sure to fuel up in the morning with our complimentary hot breakfast, I personally like to fuel up for a hike with yogurt and granola, but I have heard a lot of our guests are digging our new pancake machine! Have a fun weekend!

Top picks for hiking and recreation in Sedona and the Verde Valley this weekend

Red Rock State Park Guided Hikes this Weekend

  • Guided Nature Walk – Everyday (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)Nature walks Great Weather for Hiking in Sedona, Arizona this Weekend
    Red Rock State Park gives you the opportunity to join a naturalist and go on a guided nature walk where you will learn more about the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Plants, wildlife, geology, history and archaeology are some of the subjects that may be discussed. Please feel free to ask questions, all the guides at the park go out of their way to answer questions and love for you to be involved in the conversation. The walk lasts one and a half to two hours.
  • Guided Bird Walk – 02/22/14 (9:00 am)
    Red Rock State Park 2 Great Weather for Hiking in Sedona, Arizona this WeekendMeet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginners 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.

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Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock Great Weather for Hiking in Sedona, Arizona this WeekendThis 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  Great Weather for Hiking in Sedona, Arizona this WeekendRed 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. Make sure to visit our blog next week for a more detailed post about Red Rock Crossing.

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 2 Great Weather for Hiking in Sedona, Arizona this WeekendThere 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. This hike is most popular in the fall when vibrant colors take over the trail, but now 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!

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

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

Our favorite Sedona Hiking Resources

Tips for Hiking in Sedona

  • Make sure to bring plenty of water. Even if you are only hiking a short distance, hydration is key. Take more than you think you will need.
  • Create a hiking backpack that includes water, first aid kit, protein snacks, trail map, compass, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • It is always safer to hike with others. Always let somebody know what trails you plan on hiking.
  • Wear suitable clothing and shoes for hiking.
  • Don’t leave the trail. The ecosystem of the desert is fragile and leaving even a footprint can damage it.
  • The trails in Sedona and the Verde Valley are very traveled and it is unlikely that you will come across a rattler, however if you 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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Special Guests and Honorees of the Sedona Film Festival

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Special Guests and Honorees of the 20th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 22nd – March 2nd, 2014

SIFF Poster 14text Special Guests and Honorees of the Sedona Film FestivalThe stars are coming out and all of Sedona is a buzz with excitement and anticipation for the start of the 20th Annual Sedona International Film Festival this Saturday, February 22nd! This year’s festival features 160 films, celebrities, heroes and more! (See below for the line-up of Special Guests and Honorees of the Sedona Film Festival)

Stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 20th Annual Sedona International Film Festival and enjoy 360 degree red rock views from our promenade decks, free hot breakfast, complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival and free WiFi.

Special Guest and Honorees of the 2014 Sedona Film Festival

  • Susan Sarandon
    celebrity grid3 Special Guests and Honorees of the Sedona Film FestivalAcademy Award winner and 7-time Golden Globe nominee will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in front of and behind the camera. With more than 90 film credits to her name and an acclaimed career that spans more than four decades, Sarandon has earned several Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work on the big and small screens. Ms. Sarandon will host Q&A discussions and appear at: “Romance & Cigarettes” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on February 28th, at 12:00 pm, and during “Waiting for Mamu” at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at 5:00 pm, “These Storied Streets” on March 1st, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at 6:00 pm, and again at 9:00 pm with “Romance & Cigarettes”.
  • Shirley Knight
    Legendary actress and star of stage and screen Shirley Knight will be honored with the Sedona International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is featured in the festival’s opening night film Redwood Highway and will host a Q&A with audiences following both screenings of the film. With more than 50 films to her credit, Ms. Knight has spent a life committed to the arts and cinema.”Redwood Highway” screenings: February 22nd, at 7:00 pm at the Sedona Performing Arts Center and February 24th, at 12:00 pm.
  • Stefanie Powers
    Enjoy a classic Stefanie Powers film: Die! Die! My Darling! at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on February 25th, at 5:00 pm. After the film, enjoy an evening with Stefanie Powers, who recently toured the US in the comedy Looped, portraying Tallulah herself in a play about Tallulah “looping” (re-recording) a line from this very film. There will be a discussion of the film and Stefanie’s varied career, plus an audience Q&A, followed by the presentation of an award for her incredible work on film as an Actress and in Africa as the founder and president of The William Holden Wildlife Foundation.
  • Alison Arngrim – Live Performance
    Alison Arngrim stars in a one-woman show: Confessions of a Prairie Bitch — live, on stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on February 22nd and 23rd. Join Alison Arngrim (formerly Nellie Oleson from the hit series Little House on the Prairie) as she gives audiences a reality check on “the facts of life” like no one else has ever done before in “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch”. Arngrim’s recent release of her memoir’s similarly titled, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, through Harper Collins, made the New York Times Best Seller’s List.
  • Mariel Hemingway
    Renaissance woman Mariel Hemingway is not only an iconic Academy Award-nominated actor (Manhattan) from a celebrated family, she is a prolific author, adventurist, eco activist, healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate, yoga video star, a food brand entrepreneur, and a much sought after keynote speaker focused on mind-body-spirit optimization and purposeful living .”Running from Crazy” featuring Mariel and the Hemingway family (executive produced by Oprah Winfrey) will be released theatrically. Ms. Hemingway will host Q&A discussions and be honored at: “Running from Crazy” at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on February 27th at 5:00 pm and again with “Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen” at 8:00 pm,and on March 1st, at Harkins Sedona Six at 9:15 am.
  • Morgan Spurlock
    Academy Award-nominated director and producer Morgan Spulock will receive Outstanding Director Award at the 20th anniversary festival. Morgan is currently working on the series Inside Man for CNN. The series gives viewers an insider’s view of diverse sectors of American life, diving deep into hard-hitting issues like medical marijuana, the elder care industry, migrant farm workers, gun ownership, union workers, bankruptcy, education, and the drought. Mr. Spurlock will host Q&A discussions and appear at: “Waiting for Mamu” on February 28th, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at 5:00 pm, March 1st, at 3:00 p, during “The Greatest Move Ever Sold” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and “These Storied Streets” at 6:00 pm at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.
  • Pushpa Basnet
    CNN Hero of the Year and subject of ‘Waiting for Mamu’ will receive film festival’s Humanitarian Award and innaugural Everyday Hero Award. In 2012, Pushpa was awarded the CNN Hero of the Year Award. Recently she was an honored speaker at TEDx in Kathmandu. She is frequently invited to speaking engagements to share her story and personal mantra: “Believe in your dream”. Pushpa Basnet will host Q&A discussions and be honored at: “Waiting for Mamu” on February 28th at 5:00 pm at the Sedona Performing Arts Center and on March 2nd at 9:00 am at Harkins Sedona 6.

For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

 

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Blazin’ M Ranch Celebrates 2014 Women’s History Month

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Live Production of Dev Ross’ “A Woman’s Hand”
Select Sundays in March 2014

A Womans Hands poster final Blazin M Ranch Celebrates 2014 Women’s History Month Join the Blazin’ M Ranch on select Sundays in March for a very special live production of Dev Ross’ “A Woman’s Hand”, in honor of Women’s History Month. From the moment the production opens, the audience begins to experience the life of a woman forced to pick up the pieces of her life and move out west, as well as the women already present in the wild frontier, and Native Americans with their own stories to tell.

Through dialogue and song, the hour-long production takes us up to Jerome to meet the first African-American woman to own a business there, into the life of a Chinese singsong girl, to a soiled dove from Flagstaff who can definitely handle herself (and her whiskey), and through the story of an operatic Latina who helped found the Homemaker’s Club. Of course, no play about the history of the Verde Valley would be complete without Sedona Schnebly, —A Woman’s Hand promises guests a glimpse into the trials and the triumphs of Sedona’s namesake.

The result of tireless research by Dev Ross and author and historian Kate Ruland-Thorne, this play features a small treasure trove of women who helped weave the fabric of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Their stories are heartwarming, often heartbreaking, and rich with spirit. In true 1800’s fashion, popular music from the day supports the play just as music so often supported and uplifted the rugged life of a lady pioneer.

Along with the Blazin’ M’s signature chuckwagon dinner and pre-dinner activities and attractions, guests will also engage in interactive experiences with the colorful Old West living history characters in the courtyard, showcasing the hard work, challenges, triumphs and everyday hardships of women in the 1800’s.The Blazin M Ranch is located in Cottonwood, Arizona, only a 30 minute drive from Sedona (see map below). To make reservations or for more information on this event please visit the Blazin’ M Ranch.

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deck 288 Blazin M Ranch Celebrates 2014 Women’s History Month A 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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Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend from Sedona, Arizona

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Have a Beautiful Valentines Day!

Inn of Sedona.png Valentines Happy Valentines Day Weekend from Sedona, ArizonaAll of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona would like to wish everyone a beautiful, wonderful Valentine’s Day Weekend. For those of you staying at our Sedona hotel, our concierge is here to make your life easier this weekend, please stop by and see them for ideas, Sedona happenings and tour reservations. There are some fun things to do and events going on all weekend in Sedona and the Verde Valley including Romeo and Juliet on the big screen, Verde Canyon Railroad’s Chocolate Lovers’ festival, Valentine Jazz Concert and more! You can find them all by visiting our Sedona Events Page. Have a great time and a fabulous weekend!

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Stay at Inn of Sedona during the 2014 Film Festival

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2014 Sedona International Film Festival

Inn of sedona1 Stay at Inn of Sedona during the 2014 Film FestivalStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 20th Annual Sedona International Film Festival taking place February 22nd – March 2nd, 2014, and enjoy 360 degree red rock views from our promenade decks, free hot breakfast, shuttle service and complimentary WiFi.

Don’t worry about finding your way around Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary  “About Town” Sedona Shuttle to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival! Add some adventure to your stay at the Inn of Sedona and save 20% or more with these Sedona Vacation Activity Packages!

2014 Sedona International Film Festival

SIFF Poster 14text Stay at Inn of Sedona during the 2014 Film FestivalAlready recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2014 Sedona Film Festival will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films.

Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a unbelievable week long event featuring 160 films, Special Guest Susan Sarandon, CNN 2012 Hero of the year, Mariel Hemingway, Brad Paisleys and some very special events at this year’s Sedona International Film Festival!

Also scheduled this year is a Tribute to MGM Musicals with awards presented in honor of former films stars and Sedona residents Donald O’Connor and Anne Miller, the Festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Country music star Brad Paisley, whose films have been screened in Sedona, will make a special appearance and present a new project, followed by a Q-and-A session.

For more information on this Sedona event or to purchase festival passes and ticket packages please visit the Sedona International Film Festival!

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