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Visiting the Ruins at Palatki Heritage Site near Sedona

Palatki Heritage Site is one of our favorite Arizona Native American ruins. We hesitate to write a detailed description of what you’ll see because seeing it for the first time, without preconceived notions, is a treat in itself. Nevertheless, prepare to be amazed by beautiful Sinagua cliff dwellings and an abundance of pictographs from Native American people who once lived here. Be sure to bring your camera!

Woods Canyon Trail in VOC

Woods Canyon Trail is frequently left out of books about hiking the Sedona area. And, the trail head is barely marked at the south end parking lot of Red Rock District Coconino National Forest center off State Route 179. Too bad! This is a scenic (short ups and downs terrain) hike of about 5 miles. […]

Bearizona Wildlife Park

When we created our northern Arizona site, we set out to include only non-commercial adventures. But, we’ve discovered a place that we feel emphasizes education rather than commercialization, and is much too wonderful to ignore. In a world of asphalt and plastic, Bearizona is a happy escape— into reality. Over half the population of Bearizona […]

Parry’s Century Plant (Agave Parryi) in Sedona

One of our favorite sights in the high desert country surrounding Sedona is the abundance of wildflowers and blooming plants found everywhere in springtime. From the gorgeous to the bizarre, we never seem to tire of going in search of them. One of our favorite high mountain plants is the Agave Parryi, commonly known as […]

Crescent Moon Picnic Area

Although you won’t need your Jeep to drive to Crescent Moon Picnic Area, this is a scenic park to visit when you’re looking for an easy walk along Oak Creek near Sedona. And if you’ve been out jeeping in the nearby northern Lime Kiln Trail area, this is a great end-of-the-day stop. Be aware that […]

Parsons Trail Hike in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is the oldest wilderness area in Arizona. Parsons Trail is located at the lower end of the 56,000 acre wilderness area, reached by traveling north from Cottonwood, AZ. The beautiful canyon was once home to Native Americans, and later, western cowboys. The former homes of both inhabitants can still be found in […]

Schnebly Hill Road in a Jeep – Sedona AZ

Early Sedona Arizona history is centered around this 13 mile long Jeep road. Until a century ago this was the route to Flagstaff. T. C.Schnebly, husband of Sedona (our city’s namesake via T.C.) Schnebly, is credited with getting this cow trail turned into a passable supply route. The trail, that once took days, can now be driven in one hour. We suggest you take an additional 2 or 3 hours to enjoy…

Honanki Heritage Site: Pink Jeeps Tour or Self-Guided Visit

The Sinagua, ancestors of the Hopi, lived in this area from approximately 1100 to 1300 CE and are believed to be responsible for the ancient architecture of Honanki Heritage Site. While these may look like ruins today, they are what remains of a once thriving community. We may not know much of the people who inhabited these ruins, but the archeological clues they left behind when they abandoned the area 700 years ago suggests they were a rich and thriving culture.

Orofino Wash and Scenic Hassayampa River

Explore the Hassayampa River and Orofino Wash area during the dry season. Enjoy a 9+ mile drive alongside the scenic riverbed of the Hassayampa River.

Beautiful Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff Arizona

If you are anywhere near Flagstaff, traveling on I-40, a stop at Walnut Canyon National Monument is required. This is a must-see landscape in Arizona possessing a history as rich as its geology and natural, forested beauty. Upon reaching the monument…