Staying Cool in Sedona, Arizona this Weekend

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Places to cool off this weekend in Sedona

Let’s face it, we are going to have some hot afternoons in Sedona this weekend. That does not mean that we have to hide in our air conditioned rooms, you will still find plenty of fun things to do in Sedona. A cool morning hike at Red Rock State Park or a slide down a natural water chute then wade and catch some sun along the creek at Slide Rock State Park. Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare on the beautiful grounds of Tlaquepaque or tube down the Verde Valley River. How about having some laughs with Studio Live or taking a sunset Sedona horseback ride, well, you get the idea! If you’re a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle.

Guided Sedona Morning Hikes

Red Rock State Park – Nature Hike & Bird Walk

  • Guided Nature Walk
    Red Rock State Park offers daily nature walks at 10:00 am. You can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk for 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.
  • Guided Bird Walk
    The early bird does get the worm! Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk” on Saturday, June 30th at 7:00 am. Beginner as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures. Hummingbirds are almost always there to take advantage of the feeders! Another good viewing point is the visitor center roof. Most of the year-round birds are found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field that is behind the visitor center. While visitors hike the trails, they will see many birds who call the Park “home.

If you prefer taking you own Sedona morning or evening hikes please visit Hiking in Sedona, Arizona and the Surrounding Areas.

Sedona Indoor Entertainment

Sedona International Film Festival – National Theatre of London:’ One Man, Two Guvnors’
June 30th, 2012 (2:00 pm)
Tickets: $15/$12.50 for Film Festival Members
The National Theatre of London comes to Sedona on Saturday, when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the outrageous British comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors.” There will be one show at 2:00 p.m. at the festival’s new Mary D. Fisher Theatre. James Corden stars as “Francis Henshall” (“one man”). Always-famished and easily-confused, Henshall agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding…Read More

Studio Live Sedona – Comedy Zone: Steven J Moore & Chris Cope
June 30th, 2012 (7:30 pm)
Tickets $20/day of show and $15/advance
Studio Live Sedona is proud to present Comedy Zone featuring Steven J Moore & Chris Cope at the Mary D. Fisher Theater.

  • Steven J Moore
    The first thing to know about Steven Juliano Moore is ” YOU GOTTA LIKE FUNNY!!” “Make that VERY FUNNY!!” AND you gotta like the proper, precise, professional, practice of funny that makes the pleasure of working with him match the pleasure your audience will experience as he performs.
  • Chris Cope
    Ladies and Gentleman clear off your plates; here comes the “Big Portion”. The nickname of Chris Cope holds two truths. First, he’s an extra large guy with an extra large sense of humor. Secondly, his comedy leaves you full, smiling and entertained.


Olde Sedona Bar & Grill – Live Entertainment
June 28th – July 1st, 2012
Olde Sedona is so much more than a restaurant! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, there’s always something going on at Olde Sedona.

  • 06/29 – Next to the Tracks
  • 06/30 -DJ Nate Metro
  • 07/01 – All Star Karaoke


Fun Things to do to beat the heat

Slide Rock State Park
The perfect spot to cool of in the Red Rocks!

When you are looking for a day of family fun and a break from the Arizona heat, Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona 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…Read More

Sedona Adventure Tours – Tubing Madness on the Verde River
Have some family fun and cool off this weekend and “Throw Dad in the River” with “Tubing Madness” from Sedona Adventure Tours ! The fun begins when you meet the friendly staff of Sedona Adventure tours at the Verde River Adventure Center, where you will board their shuttle with all your gear and head upstream to the put-in. Then the adventure begins!Have fun with epic water fights with water cannons provided by Sedona Adventure tours, as you ‘leisurely’ float downstream!

Verde Canyon Railroad – Starlight Tours
June 30th, 2012
Select Saturday evenings feature the Verde Canyon Railroads very popular Starlight Tours. The Tequila Sunset Limited and the Grape Train Escapes (wine-tasting trains) highlight these moonlit evenings throughout the summer. The train departs the depot at 5:30 pm. and as it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies.For more information or to make reservations please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.
*Our Sedona hotel does have a Sedona Vacation Package with the Verde Canyon Railroad. The package does not cover the Starlight Tour but it covers First Class voyage with complimentary champagne and appetizers on the Verde Canyon Wilderness Train for two adults. Learn more about this Sedona deal.

Outdoor Evening Entertainment

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village – Shakespeare Sedona Summer Theater
June, 29th, 2012 (8:00 pm)
Tickets:General – $30.00; Seniors / Students with ID – $20.00

Enjoy the cooling temperatures of evening with Shakespeare Sedona Summer Theater on the beautiful grounds of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. This year’s production is one of the cleverest comedies The Bard ever penned, MUCH ADO features one of the most engaging and unlikely romantic couples in all of Shakespeare, Beatrice and Benedick. In all its intrigues, battles of wits, romance, buffoonery, and dramatic thrills, MUCH ADO asks us to look beneath the surface of love to its true nature, past human frailty to humility and forgiveness…Read More

If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle. 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.
To learn more about our Sedona hotel or to make reservations please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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