Sedona Journals

Grand Canyon & Sedona - Aug 2005

An August 2005 trip to Sedona by dmensing

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Grand Canyon & Sedona - Aug 2005

Overview

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We spent 5 days in Sedona, with an overnight trip to the Grand Canyon. Overall, this was one of the most satisfying and relaxing vacations for us. Sedona is a great small town nestled among the red rock formations. Regardless of where you are in town, you have great views of the rock formations. A jeep tour on many of the surrounding trails was very enjoyable. For the adventurous, you can navigate some of the same trails with the right kind of vehicle and a pass allowing entry. Slide Rock State Park offers an enjoyable, unique, cold swim that is very fun. The Grand Canyon can be seen as a day trip (about 2-hour drive), but it is best seen by staying at least one night. Midday, the south rim areas can...Read More
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Kachina Lodge is one of the four available lodging options directly on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The other three are Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, and El Tovar. El Tovar is by far the most upscale of the choices. If you are going strictly for the beauty of the canyon and just need a convenient, comfortable place to sleep, the three cheaper alternatives will suit you just fine. Maswik Lodge and Yavapai Lodge are also within the park, but not directly on the rim (about a quarter mile away). Kachina was very comfortable, offering two queen beds, a mini refrigerator, and fairly good-sized bathroom. The building itself reminds you of a college dormitory, but the location cannot be beat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Kachina Lodge
Grand Canyon Village
Sedona, Arizona
(303) 297-2757

Arroyo Roble

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:The restaurants and shops of uptown Sedona. Oak Creek is directly behind the resort, and Slide Rock State Park (6 miles).Best Things About the Resort:The location is wonderful, since it is within walking distance to uptown Sedona; however, when you are in the resort, you don't even know that the town is there. This is because the resort is nestled down a steep hill where the sights and sounds of the town are not apparent. The setting of the resort is garden-like, with plenty of trees, grass, and fountains.Resort Experience:Arroyo Roble is an older but comfortable resort that serves well for a home base while in Sedona. We had a two-floor, tw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

Arroyo Roble
100 Arroyo Roble Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-7777

Coffee Pot

Restaurant | "Coffee Pot Restaurant"

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The Coffee Pot Restaurant is most famous for its 101 omelet options for breakfast. It is also open for lunch until 2pm, but we only visited for breakfast. The omelets are well sized and very good. My choice among the 101 options was the ham and pineapple, accompanied by a nice portion of hash browns and toast. The parking lot is undersized, so you may be forced to park next door or park in the nearby strip mall like us. There is a small gift-store area that makes the time waiting for a table go by easier. We ate out on the back patio, which was very enjoyable with the warm, sunny weather.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Coffee Pot
2050 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-6626

Pink Jeep Tours

Attraction | "Pink Jeep Tour"

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The Broken Arrow Tour, which is the most popular of the tours offered by Pink Jeep, did not disappoint. The driver picked us up at the resort and we drove through town about 5 minutes to begin the tour. Once we drove through a small neighborhood, the road quickly changed to a dirt road and we were off! Not only was the off-roading fun, but the driver/guide was very informative regarding the plant and animal life found in the area. We had to stop once to allow a tarantula crossing the path to safely get across. There is a stop on the tour on top of a rock formation to stretch your legs, have a drink of water, and get some great pictures. The overall tour lasted about 90 minutes. If you see one of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

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

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About 6 miles north of Sedona on Highway 89A is Slide Rock State Park. There is a $10 fee to enter the park. The park has a swimming area in Oak Creek. As the name implies, there is about a 30-foot natural stone slide that has formed in the creek bed. The stone can be rough in the back side, therefore, it is recommended to wear a swimsuit or shorts that you won't mind getting some wear and tear. Water shoes or sandals are also helpful. Be careful regardless of your footwear, since the rocks can be very slippery. We witnessed many kids slipping and falling. There is also a section of the creek that is deep enough to jump into from the rock walls. During our August trip, the swimming area began to ge...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Slide Rock State Park
7 miles north via Oak Creek Canyon road (Highway 89A)
Sedona, Arizona

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If you are going to enter/exit the Grand Canyon by using the East Entrance to the South Rim instead of the more crowded South Entrance, the Cameron Trading Post is a good place to stop and shop. It is just 1 mile north on Hwy 89 of the Rt 64/Hwy 89 intersection. They have a large selection of clothing, Indian/Southwest trinkets, art, and jewelry. It also has food available, but we were there early in the morning and did not have a chance to sample it. Another review stated that the Navajo Taco is very good, huge, and can feed two people easily.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

Cameron Trading Post
54 Miles North of Flagstaff on Highway 89
Sedona, Arizona 86020
(800) 338-7385