Four Days in Sedona

I spent 4 days in Sedona and met super-nice locals. Hiking is a must; check out Boynton Canyon. Don't forget Cathedral Rock State Park and Tuzigoot. It is very crowded, though - everywhere. I travelled on a budget, so I stayed at the only hostel in town.

Four Days in Sedona

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Jingo on January 21, 2005

For me, hiking is the ultimate thing to do in and around Sedona. The second-choice highlight was visiting all the ruins in the area and the parks (basically sightseeing).${QuickSuggestions} I heard from locals that Sedona is pretty much crowded any time of the year. The locals also call Sedona "the playground of Phoenix," meaning because of its relative closeness to Phoenix, it is an extremely popular weekend spot. I would not recommend going to Sedona on any holiday weekend or other weekend, period.${BestWay} The best way is by car or walking, depending on where you stay.

Hostel Sedona

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

Hostel Sedona is for someone with a very low budget. I recommend it only for the tough who don't need much and will be out all day. The ladies' house has a small dorm and a single room, which I had booked. The bathrooms are shared and are less inviting in the winter, but there's a hot shower. The general area and kitchen are generously sized and simple but comfy. The men's dorm is behind the kitchen.

PS: This hostel has been closed since 2004! No more budget accommodation in Sedona!

Hostel Sedona
5 Soldier Wash Drive
Sedona, Arizona

New Frontiers Natural Foods

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

New Frontiers is a natural food store that also has a café part and a food counter. You order at the counter from the extensive, yummy menu and sit down. Then the food is brought to you.
New Frontiers Natural Marketplace
1420 W Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-6311

Ravenheart Coffee

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

Ravenheart is a beautiful coffee shop with lots of space and seating areas. It's especially popular in the evenings, it has a comfortable and dark atmosphere. It is popular with locals as well as tourists. You will find many people sitting at their laptops or reading. Sometimes they have tarot card readers or someone similar whom you can consult.
Ravenheart Coffee
1370 West Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-1070

Coffee Roasters

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

Coffee Roasters is great for a casual breakfast. Many locals frequent the place. You can also check your email there. The coffee and pastries are great. It has a very relaxed and comfy atmosphere.
Sedona Coffee Roasters /Jimmie Jean Rd RCK Cffe BNS
2155 W Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
(928) 282-0282

Boynton Canyon Trail

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

It's a great trail, and because I hiked in the winter, I got from the desert into the snow. The cliff walls next to you are awesome, and there are tons of trees and brush. You might find that small ruin off the main trail. I missed it on my way in, but found it on the way back to the car. It was THE best experience I had in crowded Sedona: sitting up there at the ruin, the sun shining bright and hot into it, and I was alone for glorious 50 minutes.
Boynton Canyon Trail
PO Box 478
Sedona, Arizona, 86339

Vortex Visit

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

Airport Vortex is up on Airport Drive, in the middle of the city. It can be cold and windy up there in the winter. The views are fantastic. It's a bit of a scramble up to the vortex, so be careful with kids and the elderly.
Energy Vortexes
State Route 179 & Bell Rock Blvd
Sedona, Arizona

Hiking at Cathedral Rock

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

Cathedral Rock Park is great and has many different aspects. There is the creek, a vortex, Cathedral Rock, and great trails among trees. You can either stroll or take a more intermediate hike. If you want to hike up Cathedral Rock directly, you need to share with rude mountain bikers.
Cathedral Rock

Sedona, Arizona, 86336

The Ruins of Tuzigoot and the Tavasci Marsh

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

Tuzigoot is in Cottonwood, about 20 minutes from Sedona. It is a site not to be missed by people interested in history and anthropology. It's great to visit any time of the year and easily accessible.
Tuzigoot National Monument
100 Main St
Clarkdale, Arizona, 86324
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Montezuma's Castle

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

The park is easily accessible for everyone, with concrete walkways. There is usually a good crowd there. The ruins are high up in the cliff walls. The area is lush and near a creek.

One tip: If you visit Montezuma before going to Sedona, make sure you get books and maps of Sedona at the Montezuma visitors center, where they had the best selection!

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

My personal Sedona

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Jingo on January 22, 2005

Whatever you go to Sedona for—shopping, hiking, sightseeing, etc—you'll find it hospitable and pretty. I was lucky that I met some locals who showed me around FOR FREE, and I considered myself especially privileged. Some locals of Sedona are somewhat wacky, but all are very interesting to talk to. Just even listening to conversations at the coffee houses is an experience in itself.

I was annoyed with the crowds and especially with the rude mountain bikers in Cathedral Rock State Park. It was hard for me to find a place to relax. Downtown Sedona had big, smelly tourist buses, and there were traffic jams every day, also around Tlaquepaque Village. But I found my own little peace and quiet that one day in the little ruin in Boynton Canyon. The weather was great that day, and the trail had snow, but up there in that ruin, it was at least 80 degrees F, because the sun shone in it with full force. I had almost an hour to myself up there, playing my flutes, which echoed across the canyon. As for the spiritual or energy parts of Sedona, I didn't feel anything, but then again, I was there only a short time, and it's different for different people. Still, I would definitely return to Sedona someday, but probably during a non-holiday season and not on a weekend.

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