Helpful Tips for Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend

Sedona, Arizona
Visiting Sedona, Arizona Memorial Day Weekend

tight building IMG 99091 Helpful Tips for Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day WeekendSedona, Arizona is going to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be filling the hotels and enjoying the hiking trails, tours, galleries, and restaurants. We want to make sure that everyone who comes to visit us here in the red rocks has a wonderful weekend with their family and friends, so we have put together a few helpful hints and ideas to help you make your weekend wonderful. If you will be staying with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona please feel free to call our concierge (Joan & Amanda) before your visit to help you plan your time in Sedona (1.800.292.6344 ask for concierge) .

Helpful Tips & Ideas

  • new shuttle Helpful Tips for Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day WeekendMake your hotel reservations before heading to Sedona, you will be hard pressed to find a room if you wait until you get here. Our Sedona hotel has only a handful of rooms left, if you would like to stay at the Inn of Sedona please call the hotel at 800.292.6344.
  • Make sure you reserve the Sedona tours you would like to experience as soon as possible, our concierge is available to help you with tours and reservations, things are booking up quickly!
  • Parking can be challenging over the weekend, if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona take advantage of our free “About Town Sedona Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic or Dead Horse Ranch State Park for swimming and fishing. there is a Safeway and Basha’s nearby where you can pick up deli and picnic foods.Hiking Sedona Helpful Tips for Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend
  • A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when visiting National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
  • If you are going to be enjoying some hikes this weekend make sure to bring plenty of water along with you, an energizing snack and please let other people know where you will be hiking.
  • If you are looking for restaurant that is open late, check out Olde Sedona Bar & Grill. Olde Sedona also has late night entertainment on the weekends.
  • Have fun, enjoy the red rocks and take time out of your weekend to remember all those who have served proudly in our military forces to ensure our freedoms.

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Let Us Help You Make Your Sedona Vacation the Best One Ever!

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We want to help you have an Unforgettable Sedona Experience!

BWIS 2 Let Us Help You Make Your Sedona Vacation the Best One Ever!Every single one of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona want to help make your visit to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona the best vacation ever. From our knowledgeable Concierge, our hardworking Maintenance Engineers and Housekeepers to our friendly and helpful Front Desk Staff and Shuttle Drivers, we are here to make sure your Sedona vacation is all you want it to be!

Our Concierges are here to help ensure you experience everything on your wish list. They can set up tours, make restaurant reservations, give suggestions for hiking and biking trails, pass on information about events and festivals taking place during your stay and anything else you need to make your vacation special. All you have to do is call them at 928.282.3072 before your stay. They can help you plan your activities ahead of time or you can also visit them in the Lobby once you get here! Sedona is very busy during several times of the year, so we always suggest calling before your arrival for help in planning your activities.

icon IOS events Let Us Help You Make Your Sedona Vacation the Best One Ever!We also offer a very informative and up to date Sedona Events Page covering all the Verde Valley including; Sedona, Jerome, Cottonwood, Cornville and Clarkdale. It includes listings for art shows, live entertainment, guided hikes, Sedona cinema and more! To see what’s going on when you’re in town click here. We would also like to suggest checking out our Sedona Blog to learn more about the area. We post three times a week and feature information on special events, hikes, Inn of Sedona hotel specials and vacation packages, attractions in the area, personal stories and guest articles. It’s a fun read and a great way to keep up with all things Sedona!

We also send out a monthly Events Listing, with highlights from our Sedona Events Page, that you may enjoy. To sign up for our Listing simply click here.

sleepjeepSR 2010 205x1501 Let Us Help You Make Your Sedona Vacation the Best One Ever!We’re also excited about our Vacation Packages! Recently we updated and added some great new choices. Our packages include lodging at our Sedona hotel paired with a wide spectrum of activities and tours that can include horseback riding, fly fishing, the Grand Canyon or Sedona Pink Jeep Tours. You can save up to 20% on your vacation by using these packages, so make sure to check them out before you book your stay. To see all our Sedona Packages please click here.

Safe travels, wherever your journey may take you, and we hope to see you soon in the red rocks of Sedona!

Sincerely
The Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona Staff

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Star Party at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Red Rock State Park
Star Night Party and Presentation
Friday, May 30th, 2014

HOME 393 Star Party at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaSpend an evening with your family exploring the universe at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona on Friday, May 30th! The park has a wonderful evening of star gazing in store for you and your family during their special “Star Night Party”. The event begins with a presentation at 7:30 featuring JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley. Topics of discussion will range from current astronomical events including the many clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and planets. Telescope viewing will take place after the presentation from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Saturn and Jupiter will be visible; as well as the clusters of Coma Berenices, Virgo, Cancer, and Hercules. Several planetary nebulas, or exploded stars, may also be seen.

There will be treat and a small memento for the children and I have heard that a surprise guest from another world may make a appearance to shake the youngsters hands! Reservations are required, this will be a popular event we highly suggest calling 928.282.6907 to make your reservations today. There is a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). This event is a collaboration with AZ State Parks, Astronomers of Verde Valley and Keep Sedona Beautiful. For more information on this Sedona event or to learn more about upcoming park activities please visit Red Rock State Park.

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    with additional nights available at a great rate!Vortex and Views Star Party at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
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Cooling off at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Slide Rock State Park
The Perfect Spot to Cool Off in the Red Rocks!

Slide Rock Cooling off at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaWhen you are looking for a day of family fun and a break from the Arizona heat during your Sedona summer vacation, Slide Rock State Park is the place for you! Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors to the park can slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. They also have fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day! It is important to remember that your picnic should be packed with the knowledge that propane grilles, charcoal and wood fires are prohibited at all times, so cold cuts and salad would be a great way to go.

Slide Rock State Park also offers hiking trails. These are short trails that include a nature trail. Our favorite trail happens to be the Pendely Homestead Trail an easy 0.25 mile paved trail. This trail will take you through part of the historic Pendley Homestead and features some of the original apple orchards, Pendley Homestead house, tourist cabins, apple packing barn, various farming implements that were used historically in the homestead, a new orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees, and spectacular views of the canyon walls of Oak Creek Canyon. To learn more about the trails and park please visit Slide Rock State Park. Please note there may be delays or construction on Highway 89A. Learn more at http://azdot.gov/SR89A


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

Hours of Operation & Fees

  • May 1 – May 22, 2014  (8:00 am – 6:00 pm)
    Admission is $10.00 per vehicle (for up to 4 adults: an adult is anyone 14 years of age or older; each additional adult is $3.00).
  • May 23rd – September 1st (8:00 am to 7:00 pm)
    Admission is $20.00 per vehicle (for up to 4 adults: an adult is anyone 14 years of age or older; each additional adult is $3.00).
  • September 3rd – October 31st: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • November – March: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tips

  • Before visiting the park please review these Park Rules.
  • During summer months Slide Rock experiences extremely high visitation. The parking lot will typically fill up from late morning through early afternoon. A long wait to enter the park may occur, especially on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity a Parking Lot Full sign will be posted at the park’s point of entry. During times of high visitation access to the park is only available from the southbound turn lane. If and when the southbound turn lane fills and begins to encroach the highway, access to the park will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Water Quality Hotline
    Current conditions are available by calling (602) 542-0202 after 9 am the day you intend on coming to the park.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash & attended to at all times and Pets are not permitted in the Slide Rock swim area and can not to be left in a vehicle.
  • Include sun screen, sunglasses, water(no glass containers permitted), protein snack and a first aid kit in your backpack.
  • Anytime you go off hiking in the Red Rocks it is important to let other know where you are going.

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

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Upcoming Guided Hikes at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park
Guided Geology Hike -  May 11th, 2014
Guided Moonlight Hike – May 14th, 2014

Do you love hiking in Sedona? Have you ever wanted to learn more about the geology of Sedona or see how beautiful the red rocks are by the light of the moon, here is your chance! Red Rock State Park’s Guided Geology Hike takes place on May 11th, and their very popular Guided Moonlight Hike is scheduled for May 14th. Below you will find a brief description of each hike, if you are interested in taking one or both of these Sedona hikes make sure to contact the park about schedule changes or reservations. Call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park

Guided Sedona Geology Hike
May 11th, 2014 (1:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park Upcoming Guided Hikes at Red Rock State Park 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. 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.

Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
May 14th, 2014 (6:00 pm check-in)
Moonlight hike Upcoming Guided Hikes at Red Rock State Park The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray. A $5.00 per person program fee is charged at the time of the reservation. Reservations are required please call 928-282-6907. There is also a $10.00 entrance fee to the park for a car of four adults.

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Enjoy Fly Fishing this Summer in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Castaway Package

  • Fly Fishing.JPG 2 Upcoming Guided Hikes at Red Rock State Park 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • A morning of casting for 2 Adults, includes instruction, does NOT include fishing licenses, which can be purchased on line at www.az.gov/app/huntfish
  • Package is priced for 2 people – Call Concierge for additional anglers
  • Your expert guides will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • To book this package click here.
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2014 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona
2014 Heritage Program Festivals

Museum of Northern Arizona 2014 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaThe Museum of Northern Arizona,  offers a balance of ancient and modern cultural presentations, performances, and activities― providing visitors a deeper insight into the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and Hispanic cultures living on the Colorado Plateau and in the Four Corners region.

Throughout the year the Museum 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. There is not one Heritage Festival I would pick over the other however I will say that the Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture seems to be a favorite among my friends.

23rd Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 24th – 25th, 2014
The 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.

80th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
July 5th – 6th, 2014
Hopi Festival 2 2014 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaA Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, award-winning Hopi artists from the twelve Hopi villages bring the mesas to Flagstaff. Add map of Hopi 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 the 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.

64th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 2nd – 3rd, 2014
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 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.

10th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 25th – 26th, 2014
The 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.

Please note that the most popular route to the Museum from Sedona, Arizona is usually Highway 89A. Due to construction taking place  on Highway 89A this summer, you might run into some delays. A full closure of SR 89A through the switchbacks, which have steep grades with little to no shoulders, will be necessary for up to five weeks following the Memorial Day holiday and prior to the July 4 holiday (May 27-July 2). for updated information please visit http://azdot.gov/SR89A. Below you will find and alternative route using I17. 

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Add Some ATV Adventure to Your Summer Vacation in Sedona

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Sedona, Arizona ATV Adventure Package
Valid through 2014

Inn of sedona1 Add Some ATV Adventure to Your Summer Vacation in SedonaStay at our Sedona hotel, save money and add some adventure to your summer vacation in the red rocks with our “Play Dirty, Sleep Tight” ATV package! This package features an adventurous and scenic 3 hour guided ATV Tour with Arizona ATV Adventure Tours through the outback of the West Sedona Valley, where over 40 movies have been filmed and a two night stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

Play Dirty, Sleep Tight

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, ATV Sedona Add Some ATV Adventure to Your Summer Vacation in Sedona
    with additional nights available at a great rate
  • “Funtastic” 3 hour guided ATV tour for 2 Adults
  • Package is priced for 2 adults. Please call our Concierge at 800.292.6344 to add children or extra adults
  • Our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will take you right to their door
  • Full Hot Breakfast each morning
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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art Walk

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour – May 2nd, 2014
Jerome Art Walk – May 3rd, 2014

First Friday Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art WalkVisit Sedona, Arizona this weekend and enjoy the creations of talented artists at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour taking place tonight, May 2nd, and then on Saturday, May 3rd, 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
Rowe Fine Art Gallery is Wild At Heart
Ken Rowe Gallery Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art WalkRowe Fine Art Gallery presents Wild at Heart, an art show and fundraiser for the Southwestern Wildlife Conservation Center Come meet animal ambassadors like Sage the bobcat and donate to win one of four original clay sketches by wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe. . When Ken needs to stay close to home, he finds inspiration for his next bronze sculpture by visiting wildlife sanctuaries such as Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Mountain Trails Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art WalkAt Work and at Play in the West at Mountain Trails Galleries
At Work and at Play in the West opens at Mountain Trails Galleries in beautiful Tlaquepaque on First Friday and features a selection of the gallery’s stellar roster of artists who depict the West that they know best. The art work highlights historic and present day activities of ranchers, working cowboys and cowgirls, animals, and children…For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
Tony Abeyta: New Works
Turquoise Gallery Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art WalkThis much-anticipated exhibition introduces exciting new avenues from one of the most eagerly collected Contemporary Native American painters working today. While Abeyta’s landscapes, full of slashes of rain or jagged mountains, brush and water, or full blue skies, have been of recent focus, the artist has turned his eye to Sedona itself, producing a wholly new look of landscape.For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
Sculpted Nature: The Art of Hans Schiebold & Robert Cherry
Lanning Gallery Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art WalkProminent artists are the focus in May as Lanning Gallery opens its newest exhibition with both Hans Schiebold and Robert Cherry travelling to Arizona for the exhibition’s opening reception. Hans Schiebold’s vision and the singular technique used to create his sculptural landscape paintings of heightened realism have secured him a listing in the “Who’s Who in American Art. Robert Cherry describes his artistic path as working with wood while also producing something different and new. To that end he succeeds with every vessel he creates. Cherry uses only downed pine and selects his “blanks” for their character, their natural defects, splits and cracks. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art Walk1 Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art WalkMay 3rd, 2014
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 Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Walk and Jerome Art WalkDid 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 May Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

Red Rock State Park
Astronomy, Native American History, Guided Geology and Moonlight Hikes
May 2014

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona has a great line up of events, presentations and guided hikes in store for you this May! Dive into Native American History and Astronomy with special presentations featuring Allen Dart and Kenneth Zoll, take a leisurely bird or nature walk, enjoy a guided and informative Geology or Moonlight hike, and at the end of the month the park will host a very special Star Night Party!

Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (8:00 am)Red Rock State Park 2 2014 May 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.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2014 May 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.

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Southwestern Rock Calendars and Time Pieces
May 4th, 2014 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park will be welcoming Allen Dart back for our first lecture series of the month. Allen will be speaking about ‘Southwestern Rock Calendars and Time Pieces’; this lecture will explore the early Native American Cultures of the Southwest including the Mesa Verde culture of the Southern Colorado and Utah, the Chaco Culture centered in Northwestern New Mexico, and the Hohokam Culture of Southern Arizona and their relationship and skills with astronomy. This program is included within the Park’s admission fees and reservations are required. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Sedona Geology Hike
Red Rock State Park 2014 May Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaMay 11th, 2014 (1:00 pm)
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. 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.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
May 14th, 2014 (6:00 pm check-in)
Moonlight hike 2014 May Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaThe Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is offered. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray. A $5.00 per person program fee is charged at the time of the reservation. Reservations are required please call 928-282-6907. There is also a $10.00 entrance fee to the park for a car of four adults. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Native American Astronomical Practices
May 25th, 2014 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park1 2014 May Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaKenneth Zoll will be at Red Rock State Park to talk about the Native American astronomical practices throughout history. The ability to predict seasons was essential for Native Americans in order manage environmental changes, which was vital for survival. Learn about how the early sky watchers developed systems to synchronize their calendars around celestial events. Kenneth will describe the diverse ways in which prehistoric Native American cultures integrated the stars and their annual events.This program is included within the Park’s admission fees and reservations are required. For additional information and reservations, please call 928.282-6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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Star Night Party at Red Rock State Park
May 30th, 2014 (7:30 pm)
Star Party 2014 May Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, ArizonaStar Parties are a great way for families to enjoy the evening sky together, there will even be a chance for children to shake hands with a surprise guest-(perhaps one from another world?) After the 7:30 presentation there will be telescope viewing available from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Saturn and Jupiter will be visible; as well as the clusters of Coma Berenices, Virgo, Cancer, and Hercules. Several planetary nebulas, or exploded stars, may also be seen.This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees.For additional information and reservations for this Sedona event please call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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tight building IMG 99091 2014 May Events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, 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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Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 3rd, 2014

cinco de mayo Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque in Sedona, ArizonaEnjoy a festive getaway to Sedona, Arizona with family and friends this weekend! Everyone in your family will have a blast at the free Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village! The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico. This is one of our favorite events at Tlaquepaque, and if you are a guest at the Inn of Sedona you will be able to hop on our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle and catch a ride to and from the event! This coming weekend is going to be a busy one in Sedona, we highly recommend making your hotel and tour reservations ahead of time. If you would like to stay at our Sedona hotel please visit Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

Festival Schedule

    • Mosaico Flamenco will perform in Patio Del Norte from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Ballet Folklorico de Colores performs in Plaza De La Fuente at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
    • Ritmo Latino will perform in Patio De Las Campanas from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Mariachi La Familia Rojas will roam the streets of Tlaquepaque from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Free face painting for children and adults in the Calle Independencia from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sedona Chili Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque in Sedona, ArizonaThe Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off twill also be taking place at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village on May 3rd. Tasting Starts at 11:00 am until 4:00 pm in the Calle Independencia.Tickets for tastings or just $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. For more information on Cinco de Mayo celebrations and the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service
new shuttle Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque in Sedona, ArizonaAll of us here at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona want you to have the best vacation ever! With that in mind, we have upgraded our complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle this to a 12 passenger van! We’ll take you anywhere withing 5 miles of the hotel then when you call 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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