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Red rocks and Reservation Confusion

An April 2006 trip to Sedona by pault36

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Quote: The abbreviated record of our short journey to Red Rock Country, including the exciting tension of a lost hotel reservation.

Orchards Inn of Sedona

Hotel | "Orchards Inn of Sedona Arizona"

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We'll never know... they lost our reservation, leading to a very frustrating and tense hour. Essentially a useless staff offering no help. Our fault lay in not having the confirmation number available, but it seems that this is not an uncommon happening at this venue.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 6, 2006

Orchards Inn of Sedona
254 North Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-2405

Best Western Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas

Hotel | "Best Western Arroyo Roble Hotel/Creekside Villas"

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Sturdy, dependable... we were fortunate to find a room here after the Orchard Inn lost our reservation. Not deluxe or luxury, but clean and reliable. Guests can use the "club" facilities, including the indoor pool. Waking to sunrise over the red rocks... well, I'm sure that view is available at many places, but it is, as they say, "priceless."

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2006

Best Western Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas
400 North Highway 89A.
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 2824001

Ravenheart Coffee

Restaurant

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Go to this place for decent coffee. It has just enough attitude and is staffed by friendly folks. It took us a day to find, but had we stayed longer, we would be regulars. It has a great view, as is typical of almost any place in Sedona, but the outside patio is especially sweet. Grab a cup of coffee and sit for a bit, and watch the raptors ride thermals off into the distance.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2006

Ravenheart Coffee
1370 West Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-1070

Palatki

Attraction

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Cliff dwelling, rock art, and well informed volunteer guides. Being from upstate NY, we don't see much of the National Parks Service, so I don't know if I should be surprised at the helpfulness of the NPS staff... but it made me appreciate my tax dollars at work. This site offers a lot to the visitor willing to make the somewhat "bumpy" ride on Forest Road 795. But, as many of the hikes are out this way you'll experience the unique pleasures of driving the forest roads of various numeric designation... can't be avoided, and once you ease into it and learn to appreciate driving at 10 to 15 mph you can drive and still enjoy being where you are. As we were nearing the site, a coyote sauntered out and acr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2006

Palatki
250 Brewer Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Ranger Station: +1 5

Boynton Canyon Trail

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Hiking Boyton, or at least part of it"

Boynton Canyon Trail Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Boyton Canyon shows up in every guidebook, and I can't fully criticize that, as we didn't make it to the end.We began with a visit to the spires (Kachina Woman). Having had no experience with the vortexes of Sedona, it was a first encounter with the magnetic energy of this region. I'm not sure quite yet about where I come down on the whole vortex issue, but I did feel something different there. Had I spent a bit more time reading about the vortexes and was I able to shuck some of this highly developed cynicism, I might be able to say it was a mystical moment, be that as it may.Starting with the spires was a mixed decision. It is a beautiful place and perhaps it tainted some of what was to co...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 10, 2006

Boynton Canyon Trail
PO Box 478
Sedona, Arizona 86339
800-288-7336

Devil's Bridge Trail

Attraction | "Devil's Bridge"

Devil's Bridge Trail Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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For such a short hike the rewards are, dare I say it, awesome. If I had only one day in Sedona I would make this my morning hike. It's straightforward going until you hit the rock stairs maybe a mile or so into the hike. Nothing too worrisome, maybe a bit of a scramble but you'll find a lot more difficult spots elsewhere on Sedona trails. Catching that first view of the arch is breathtaking. It's the kind of sight that expands out beyond the ability of words to express. Bask and revel in it, it's not often in our lives that we are rewarded so richly for so little effort. If you aren't vertigo prone you can venture out onto and across the arch. I don't mean to take anything away from the beauty you'll ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2006

Devil's Bridge Trail
Forest Road 152 (Vultee Arch Road)
Sedona, Arizona 86336

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It is hard to describe the first glimpses of the Coconino National Forest when you approach Sedona from the south. Being a New York state resident, the scope and sweep... the grandeur... is marvelous. Humbling and exalting at the same time. I'm used to the modest scale of our mountains, the Catskills and Adirondacks, which have their charm, to be sure, but the drama one finds there takes a willingness. Coconino is a force, the sight of it like a visual wave which carries the spirit up.The whole region does this... your neck craning in a vain attempt to drink it all in, if only we were more like owls in that respect, able to encompass the 360 degree view.More to come