An April 2002 trip
to Sedona by ColinMoss
Quote: We wanted to see the Red Rock Country, staying in Sedona. We hoped it would be good - but it was way better than that!
a hike in Boynton Canyon,
the Red Rock jeep tour to visit a pueblo, the local microbrewery (for food as well as the excellent beer), and the
Tlaquepaque arts centre (something we always avoid but THIS centre is outstanding).
Monument Valley - seen in so many Westerns and other movies, was breathtaking. We stayed at Gouldings Lodge - we found it expensive compared to the local alternatives!
TIP!!You can still book on Gouldings Tours even if you are not staying at the resort, which I wish we had known before.
We did the full day tour, our Navajo guide showing us into the quiet and private areas in which the Navajo live in the morning BEFORE showing us Monument Valley in the afternoon - and in many ways Monument Valley is the less exciting!
We spent some time working out our "route" - a week in Sedona at the Los Obrigados resort, then a week travelling via Monument Valley to New Mexico and looping round and back via Tombstone.
Tombstone was fun, but we found Bisbee more genuinely interesting.
We were maybe a bit ambitious, and would suggest a lot of SMALL hops are better than longer ones (passing interesting places).
FIRST READ YOUR GUIDEBOOKS We would heartily recommend the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet Guide are excellent for ALL travellers - they have less "fluff" and most accurate on what is worth seeing.
We were advised to pick up accommodation magazines and use the vouchers in these to get rooms cheap - and ended up NEVER paying over for a ROOM for a night (except in Tombstone of course).
Also research the net!
, We managed to see Sedona largely using the many local tours, so that we both had time to SEE and enjoy the place, rather than have the usual problem of one of us reading a guidebook, the other driving, and neither quite seeing everything.
Outwith Sedona, Arizona is rather big - for Europeans stunningly so. And empty - hundreds of miles of empty!
It is possible to drive for several hours through total emptiness - so preparation (coolbag with drinks and snacks, full fuel tank) are imperative.
And - dare I say again - READ THE GUIDEBOOK - just off the highway in the middle of nowhere may be something STUNNING! How awful to miss the opportunity to see it because you did not investigate beforehand.
Hotel | "Los Abrigados"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 7, 2002
Los Abrigados Resort And Spa
160 Portal Lane
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Attraction | "Dinosaurs"
We saw the sign on the highway (about 5 miles west of Tuba City). We NEVER stop for these signs - but DINO PRINTS?
We went in and about 1/2 mile up the track some very friendly Navajo explained it was true, fossilised dinosaur prints.
And then one of the guys showed us the various prints - adult and young, and even fossilised dinosaur droppings.
Stunning and one of the memories of Arizona that will stay with us for years!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2002
West on highway
Attraction | "Monument Valley"
We were very lucky in having an outstanding local Navajo guide drive us through Mystery Valley in the morning (and make us lunch) then take us into Monument Valley in the afternoon.
Scenery totally out of this world, the chance to see the Navajo farms and dwellings, to meet and chat to them as well made an excellent day - well what word means better than excellent? That is how good it was!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2002
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Indian Route 42 Oljato
Monument Valley, AZ 84536
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