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Our Vacation in North Central Arizona

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A March 2004 trip to Sedona by Dave Lapha

Thousand Trails Photo, Sedona, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Enter our journal see how much fun can be found in this area. Ride the train, hike or Jeep tour Red Rocks of Sedona. There's also National Forest and Monument Parks to visit in the area. Then have a great dinner at the end of the day.

Thousand Trails

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Hotel | "Verde Valley Thousand Trails Preserve"

Thousand Trails Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Best Things Nearby:Verde Canyon Railroad, Red Rocks of Sedona, Jerome and various national parks and monuments with interesting Indian ruins. Even the Grand Canyon is close for a day trip.Best Things About the Resort:This is a members-only campground but they do have promotions - for listening to a sales pitch you can get a few free nights camping. The layout of the campground is really nice. There are four different areas. Some are used mostly by families, being near the clubhouse and putt-putt course and some are near the pool and pool lodge. Then there are areas where it's mostly adults only. You get your pick of any open site. The camp and its facilities are in excellent c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

Thousand Trails
Hwy 260 & Mile Marke
Sedona, Arizona 86326
(928) 567-9562

Nick's Italian Steak & Crab House

Restaurant | "Nick's Italian Steak and Crab House"

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One of our fellow campers recommended this restaurant. We were told to arrive early for their 5pm opening. The restaurant only sat approx. 35 people at a time. So we got there around 4:30pm, and by opening there was already a group waiting. The atmosphere was casual but romantic also. Candles on the table and individual booths. The entire staff was courteous and efficient. The food was excellent and plenty. Fine wines and drink are also available. There is also a bar area to wait in or come in for a drink. The owner came around checking with all the diners to see if everything was to our liking. The restaurant is in Old Town Cottonwood, so spend the afternoon shopping and then visit Nick's for a pleas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

Nick's Italian Steak & Crab House
925 North Main Street
Sedona, Arizona 86326
(928) 634-9626

Pink Jeep Tours

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Attraction | "Pink Jeep Tour"

Pink Jeep Tours Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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If you’re looking for adventure and fun, be sure to do the ultimate jeep experience in a Pink Jeep. Pink Jeep Tours have been driving up, over and down the Red Rocks of Sedona since 1958. We start off with another couple and our driver. We head out on the main highway. Its not long before we make the turn onto "The Road of No Return" that begins our Broken Arrow tour. As we ride along this dirt path we are all thinking, well this isn’t bad. When all of a sudden our eyes open wide as our driver pulls to the edge of this flat rock and says "hang on". Next thing we know we’re leaning into our seat belts and looking straight down as we go over the side of that rock. Wow, it was great. Now we’re ba...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2004

Pink Jeep Tours
204 North State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86339
(928) 282-5000

Tuzigoot National Monument

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Attraction | "Walking at Tuzigoot National Monument"

Tuzigoot National Monument Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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A really nice day trip is to the Tuzigoot National Monument. After spending time in the visitor center looking at the exhibits of everyday life of the prehistoric Sinagua people we decided to take the walking tour along the long ridge that rises 120 feet above the Verde Valley. There at the crown of the summit stand the remnants of a Sinagua Village built between 1125 and 1400. From the park ranger we learned that at one time the original pueblo was 2 stories high in some places and had at least 77 ground-floor rooms. Main entry to the pueblo was by ladders through openings in the roofs. They believe about 50 persons inhabited the village for a hundred years. Then as a drought began in outlying...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

Tuzigoot National Monument
100 Main St
Clarkdale, Arizona 86324
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Verde Canyon Railroad

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Verde Canyon Railroad Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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We decided to give our driver (Dave) a day off from trying to drive and sightsee all at the same time. We decided to catch a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad and enjoy the afternoon. We arrived around 11am and walked around the depot and admired the beautiful Eagle artwork that was painted by wildlife and landscape artist, Doug Allen on the side of the engine. Next we entered into the Boxcar Gift Shop to browse around. They have everything you can think of from hatpins to collectible engines and rail cars to videos and music. Of course they have the usual children’s items that they enjoy too. We still had an hour before the train would leave so we ordered our picnic lunch from the Copper Spike caf...Read More
Red Rocks of Sedona Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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We decided to start out early one day and discover some of the beautiful scenic roads that Arizona has. From Camp Verde we went north on I-17 and then got off on State Rt. 179, known as the Red Rock Scenic Road into Sedona. This route traces one of the oldest routes, which was known as Beaverhead Rd into Red Rock Country. It was nothing more than a rocky wagon trail when a trip to Flagstaff took up to six days. Route 179 finally opened in 1961 linking Sedona with Phoenix via the Black Canyon Highway. Interstate 17 wasn’t completed until 1978. Your first sighting is a glimpse of Courthouse Butte in the distance. Not far from that point ancient traders carried their products over a trail that l...Read More