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[graphic] Photo - World Famous Slide Rock in Oak Creek Canyon

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park, Nature's Slip-n-Slide

Cool off at a natural rock slide in an area so scenic it has been listed by Life Magazine as one of America's ten most beautiful swimming holes, Slide Rock State Park. Many people don't consider a trip to Arizona complete without a run down Slide Rock.

This area has become so popular it was designated a park partially to keep it from being loved to death. Now it is managed in partnership by the U. S. Forest Service (creek and waterslide) and the Arizona State Parks Department (parking and other amenities).

Those two agencies combine to make this popular attraction a great place to have a picnic, slide down the slide, or just catch some rays. Try to pick a time off peak-use periods for your visit, but don't be surprised if you still have lots of company.


 

Take a Jeep Tour

 

Take a four-wheel jeep trip with any of red rock country's jeep tour companies. Trips range from those with unending photographers-dream vistas, archeological tours, vortex tours, rugged 4-wheeling adventures and more relaxed and low key scenic tours. 

 

Sponsored Site: Pink Jeep


Hang Out in Uptown Sedona

No trip to Sedona is complete without an afternoon of shopping and dining in Uptown Sedona.

Many of the shops huddled in Uptown offer unique, eclectic items created by Sedona’s huge artist community. T-shirt shops abound for the perfect Sedona remembrance - and some are even made with red rock dirt.

Several art galleries are located in Uptown, including the historic Sedona Arts Center, which features local and visiting artists from all over the world.

Art styles are as varied and colorful as the artists themselves.

After a hard day of shopping, it will be time to rest at one of the many restaurants, some as old as the town itself, to satisfy your appetite.


Professional guide, certified hypno- therapist and astrologer, teacher of metaphysics and frequent speaker at the United Nations, Bruce Orion

Go Hiking or Vortex Hunting!

Editor's Choice:

Tours with Bruce Orion

 

Vortex Tours: Millions of people from around the world travel each year to Sedona to experience the vortices. We will visit two or three vortex sites, including the most enchanted one of all, which is in­ accessible to the public.

Nature Hikes: Sedona offers some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. Hiking is not only great exercise, but also allows us to reconnect with the magic of life. We walk the paths traveled by the indigenous people for countless centuries, sharing information about the many uses of the local vegetation. Off the beaten path, this tour offers a more intimate experience of Sedona’s spectacular beauty.

For more information: (928) 204-1760

orion@netsedona.com


Visit  Historic Jerome, AZ

 

Take a trip back in history to the Old Mining Town of Jerome, about a half hour drive from Sedona. Rich in Wild West heritage, Jerome is also famous for its local artisans, galleries, pubs, and ghosts.

 

Sponsored Site: Jerome Chamber of Commerce


Tlaquepaque, Sedona’s Premier Arts & Crafts Village

“The Art and Soul of Sedona” for 35 years, Tlaquepaque opened in 1973 when visionary and developer Abe Miller built the arts and crafts village with a combination of Old World and Mexican architecture, while preserving the area’s sycamore and oak trees.

Tlaquepaque is home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, and is visited by more than one million tourists each year.

“Tlaquepaque is unique because the businesses are primarily owned by artists,” said Wendy Lippman, owner and manager of Tlaquepaque.

Throughout the year, Tlaquepaque presents exciting events, like “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” which celebrates Mexican Independence Day in the autumn.

With colorful entertainment, attendees find themselves swept to another place and time in this festive atmosphere.


Get A Massage

 

Sedona is internationally famous for its wealth of talented masseuses and bodyworkers. Indulge your senses and participate in a therapeutic treatment designed especially for your body's needs. 

 

Choose from Swedish massage, Hot Stones, Reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage, Lomi Lomi, and many others.

 

Editor's Choice: The Sedona Massage


Take a Train Ride...

The Verde Canyon Railroad is often referred to as the finest train ride in Arizona and acclaimed as Arizona’s longest-running nature show.

On departure, the train’s colorful narrator bids farewell to the mining town of Jerome, positioned majestically at 5,400 feet on Mingus Mountain.

The rail line from Jerome, originally built to haul cooper ore to the Clarkdale smelter, is only a fleeting memory.

However, the 40-acre man-made mountain of once molten rock and the haunting, old power plant still remain along the tracks of the Verde Canyon Railroad, gentle reminders of an industry that shaped an entire community almost a century ago.

Passengers enjoy this four-hour scenic train ride in first-class style aboard renovated passenger coaches and open-air viewing cars pulled by vintage locomotives.

The Verde Canyon is often called 'Arizona’s other Grand Canyon' with spectacular canyon scenery on a train trip that offers visual feasts including seasonal spring flowers, fall foliage and hundreds of migratory birds, such as the majestic bald eagle.


Tuzigoot National Monument

 

Visit Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale. The Sinagua Indians built and lived in this pueblo back in the 13th Century. See the ruin that still exists and learn how these early inhabitants survived on this small mound above the fertile fields. Be sure to stop at historic Old Town Cottonwood - it's on the way to Clarkdale and Jerome.


Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle (near Middle Verde Rd., off I-17, about a half hour drive from Sedona) is a preserved Sinagua pueblo ruin five stories high, with 20 rooms.

Built in a cliff recess above the fertile valley, it looked Aztecan to early settlers, hence the

name "Montezuma," after the famous Aztec leader. While there, visit Montezuma Well, an underground pool the Sinagua built for farming, near the Beaver Creek Ranger Station.


Go fishin'

Northern Arizona is home to some of the most gorgeous fishing spots in the world. Some are easily accessed, while others require up to a day's hike. Don't forget to buy a license, even for the day. You'll be guaranteed fresh trout for dinner tonight if you try your luck at the trout farm in Oak Creek Canyon. Equipment and fish cleaning is provided. This is a great place for the little ones to have their first experience trying to land the big one.

 

 

Fort Verde State Historic Park, located in Camp Verde, was a major fort for George Crook during the Indian campaigns in the 1870's. Take a step back into Arizona's military history.

 

 

Visit Red Rock State Park on the west end of Sedona. The park has many trails and picnic areas, and several tours. Take a guided bird walk. Visit the House of Apache Fire on the grounds.

 

And, don't forget to visit the Center for Environ­ mental Education where the park's most current display and activities will be available. There are five hiking trails to choose from.

 

 

Visit a museum. The Sedona Heritage Museum in Uptown Sedona is open 11am to 3pm, except for major holidays. Exhibits on area pioneers, movies made here, cowboy life, vintage vehicles and antique orchard and fruit processing equipment demos. Gift shop has unique items hand-made by local artists.

 

Dozens of museums, including Flagstaff's Museum of No. Arizona, make for an exciting and

educational way to spend an hour or a day.

 

 

Experience the Grand Canyon - one of the world's seven wonders. Visit the South Rim year-round. The North Rim is open from late April to mid-October. Check with the Ranger Station before you go. You can get there by car, bus or train.


 

Balloon Rides, Airplane and Helicopter Tours...

...of all of Northern Arizona and Red Rock Country are available. Leave the land and soar with the eagles as the beauty of the canyon's mesas spread in their splendor below you.

 

 

 

 

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