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Rubies in the Dust: Sedona & the Land of the Sinagua

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A November 2007 trip to Sedona by sararevell

Sky Ranch Lodge Photo, Sedona, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Touring the national monuments of Montezuma Castle, Well and Tuzigoot I too was fascinated by the enigma of the long-departed Sinagua tribes. Perhaps they foresaw the coming of vortex tour groups, Hummer drives in the desert and strip malls and realized that escape was the smart thing to do.

Rubies in the Dust: Sedona & the Land of the Sinagua

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The Sedona Red Rocks are quite a spectacular sight. Turning a corner in the road, an oasis of red hits you, as the earth suddenly turns from dusty desert brown to the colour of Uluru in Australia.It’s almost enough just to marvel at the Martian rock formations dished up around Sedona. The landscape is ever changing not just by your own movement, but by the shifting of the sun too. Wide-angle lenses jostle at the Airport Road lookout to capture the quintessential Sedona sunset photo and whilst I could have happily kicked all the tourists over a cliff just to get a minutes peace and solitude, I was a guilty participant too. Sedona at sunset is a must-see and if you’re not at a viewpoint at tha...Read More

Sky Ranch Lodge

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Sky Ranch Lodge Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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The Sky Ranch Lodge is the hotel that time may have forgot. Whilst construction and development continues unabated in the valley below, the Sky Ranch is a modest two-storey motel-like resort that could easily pass as a retirement community. Accommodations are spread out over six acres and while the website boasts of their pool, spa, gardens and proximity to the airport, Sky Ranch’s real coup is that it sits 500 feet above the town and offers panoramic views up to 75 miles away.We arrived on a busy Saturday afternoon and after checking in, drove around the corner to our room. We unloaded and walked up the exterior stairs as our room was on the second level. The lodge offers three genres of ro...Read More

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Sky Ranch Lodge
1105 Airport Rd
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-6400

Oak Creek Brewing & Grill: Tlaquepaque

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Restaurant | "Oak Creek Brewery & Grill"

Oak Creek Brewing & Grill: Tlaquepaque Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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At the entrance to Tlaquepaque market is the Oak Creek Brewery. The restaurant entrance on the second level is inviting, with bright Mexican blue and yellow tile work leading you up the stairs. We arrived for lunch and with no reservations made, we had a 20-minute wait for a table. Unless you’re looking for family style dining, or you have a large group and need an easy-to-please menu, I would recommend looking elsewhere for lunch. Oak Creek Brewery is divided into a long bar area on one side, and the restaurant with booths along the other side. The interior is almost what I’d expect of a chain steakhouse and was far less attractive than the Mexican pueblo exterior of Tlaquepaque village....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 16, 2007

Oak Creek Brewing & Grill: Tlaquepaque
336 Highway 179
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-3300

Javelina Cantina

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Restaurant | "Javalina Cantina"

Javelina Cantina Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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Don’t be fooled by the commercial location or chain restaurant appearance, Javelina Cantina serves incredibly good food. Tucked in at the end of the Hillside Sedona Shopping Plaza, Javelina Cantina may be a large restaurant, but it’s also very popular so it definitely pays to call ahead and make a reservation. We were only a party of four but would have had a long wait had another group ahead of us not foolishly forfeited their table by not showing up when their name was called.We had a minute to order drinks before we were seated and opted for Mexican beer and cocktails. We were shown to a table right next to the bar, which I initially thought might be a bit annoying but there wasn’t too mu...Read More

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Javelina Cantina
671 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona 86336
+1 928 282 1313; +1

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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Attraction | "Montezuma Castle"

Montezuma Castle National Monument Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
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In an attempt to immerse ourselves in some local culture, we ventured out to Montezuma Castle and the nearby Well. The Southern Sinagua people lived in this part of Arizona from around the 6th century and at some time during the 1400s, they abandoned their villages here and at Tuzigoot for reasons that still remain a mystery. Speculations include disease, conflicts or a change in weather patterns, but after their disappearance, the desert ensured that their homes and history were well preserved.The word Sinagua comes from the Spanish words, which mean "without water". In the 1100s, the Southern Sinagua farmers began building a five-storey, 20-room cliff dwelling, which explorers later assume...Read More

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy Off Highway Southeast Of Oak Creek
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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Attraction | "Montezuma Well"

Montezuma Castle National Monument Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
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A short 11 mile hop from Montezuma Castle is Montezuma Well, a 55ft deep, 368ft wide limestone sinkhole formed by the collapse of a large underground cavern that still pumps through 1.5 million gallons of warm water a day.The Sinagua people were known to have practiced a rudimentary style of irrigation to keep farm plots watered and at the backside of the well, you can explore a 1,000 year old irrigation channel that is still utilized by locals today.There is no visitor centre at the well but a ranger’s hut at the start of the trail provides leaflets and information. Entrance to the well is free and unlike the trail at Montezuma Castle, the path to the well is fully exposed to ...Read More

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy Off Highway Southeast Of Oak Creek
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

Tuzigoot National Monument

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Attraction

Tuzigoot National Monument Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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If you’re left with any frustration about not being able to poke your nose around inside Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot is a great place to satisfy some of that curiosity. About 20 miles northwest of Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot offers a more personal experience of Sinagua life, allowing you to explore the ruins up close.Meaning "crooked water" in Apache, Tuzigoot was built between 1125 and 1400 by the Sinagua people. Originally two stories high and with 77 ground floor rooms, this village has a commanding view over the surrounding area and it’s possible to see up to the nearby hillside town of Jerome. The entry fees are the same as at Montezuma Castle and while the exhibition within the visitors ...Read More

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Tuzigoot National Monument
100 Main St
Clarkdale, Arizona 86324
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A walk through Jerome

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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We were starting to run short on time and almost decided to bypass Jerome, but I’m relieved that we didn’t. 27 miles from Sedona and within view of the Tuzigoot national monument, Jerome sits proudly on the wind beaten cliffs overlooking the Verde Valley. Reaching Jerome involves ascending a series of sharp switchbacks and it’s a road most definitely best traveled by car. It’s a small town and we found parking fairly easily despite its understandable popularity with tourists.Jerome seems to be set up for tourists in a way that is a lot more tasteful and true to its roots than Sedona. Buildings have been carefully preserved and plaques incorporating black and white photography hang on walls, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2007