Resolution to Reality: Travel to Sedona This Year

There are two types of New Year’s resolution makers—those who hope they’ll reach their goals and those who make their goals reality. This holds true for travelers with dreams of visiting Sedona. Whether you’ve resolved to take an adventure vacation or to take time to relax and heal in Sedona, these tips will help make those hopes your reality.

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Cast an Adventure Vacation Vision

Successful travel plans begin with a vision. Which of Sedona’s outdoor adventures call to you as the travel year begins? Whether your dream involves hiking, camping, fishing or blasting your way through the high desert in a Jeep, make it a reality by booking your tour, campsite or fishing expedition early.

Will you camp your way through Coconino National Forest? Or could this be the year that your kids learn to love the great outdoors along Bell Rock Pathway? Cast your vision for an over-the-top adventure vacation and plan ahead to experience the best tours, the most challenging trails and the most scenic campsites Sedona has to offer. Here’s a link to help launch Sedona vacation vision casting.

Take Time for a Healing Interlude

It’s no accident the beauty and mystery surrounding Sedona have birthed a town where healing and serenity are an expectation. Let this year’s travel resolution lead you to one of Sedona’s centers of healing and beauty.

The many spas that grace the streets of this high desert town offer visitors the chance to find their bliss. Resolve to take time for a healing interlude in Sedona, and give your budget a vacation, as well, by taking advantage of seasonal spa packages.

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Your dreams of visiting Sedona this year are within your grasp. Visualize what you want to happen in Sedona, plan ahead and set aside the time to make this resolution the one that becomes a reality.

Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.  He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States.  Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations. 

Reconnect in Sedona was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau


Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

The waning of the year always prompts a bit of self-evaluation. We pause to look back and to count our blessings. But don’t tally up the final score just yet because there’s still time to dramatically increase your blessings total. All you have to do is gather up friends and family and take a trip to Sedona.


As the holidays approach we are reminded all over again as to what’s truly important in life. It comes down to moments we share with loved ones. Sedona makes the perfect getaway to reconnect with the people who matter most, providing a bouquet of memories that will never fade.


Sedona is equal parts playground and resort; equal parts wilderness and spiritual retreat. It is a place far removed from the everyday experience. The rising columns of red rocks form a fortress that repels stress and distraction. The scenic splendor lifts hearts and ignites smiles. Sedona just seems to bring out the best in all of us. No wonder it’s such a joyful place to share.


Whether hiking in the shadow of soaring monoliths, strolling along the banks of dancing stream, wafting through the sky in a hot air balloon to greet the rising sun, rumbling into the outback aboard a rugged jeep, or meditating at a vortex site crackling with ancient energy, let the adventure sweep you away.


This kind of vacation makes for vivid, spicy memories; stories that will be recounted over many a dinner table for years to come. That’s the magic of Sedona. It gives you a chance to live fully in the moment while you’re here. And then gives you golden moments to take with you, to relive over and over again.


Red Rock formations and blue skies galore

A scenic red rock playground awaits an adventure of a lifetime

Sedona, Arizona is a 4 season red rock playground where families escape, romantic adventures materialize and photographer’s dreams come true. Sedona offers healing and restorative therapies, adrenaline inducing off-road tours, and a shopper’s paradise. Enjoy the cool mountain spring waters of Oak Creek while you mesmerize at the surrounding glowing red rock formations. Native American past and present culture captivates travelers with stunning art, a multitude of perfectly preserved ancient Indian ruins, and several annual events.


Green Wisteria grow free on this pathway to Page Springs Vineyards & Cellars

The Verde Valley offers several wineries, tasting rooms and vineyards


Sedona is home to 10,000 residents whom welcome over 3 million visitors annually. Since Sedona’s main industry is tourism, there are hundreds of unique accommodations such as cabins, B&B’s, Resorts, Destination Spa’s, Boutique Hotels and Motels for the savvy traveler. While Sedona’s local wine industry booms worldwide, local restaurants prepare mouthwatering local/organic cuisine to accompany delicious Verde Valley grown wine of all varietals and hoppy homemade brews.


Chapel of the Holy Cross sits in between glowing red rock formations

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is site beautiful near or far

Sedona’s world-wide reputation as a spiritual mecca and global power spot has drawn some of our planet’s most amazing healers, intuitives, artists and spiritual guides. Come to Mother Nature’s red-rock temples to experience their life-transforming, soul-nourishing work in person. Sedona is a perfect place for spiritual and personal enrichment of the body and the soul. From healing massage treatments, yoga, meditation, spas and salons to hypnotherapy and retreats, surely Sedona will offer the perfect remedy.


A hardcore mountain biker rides down the smooth side of a red rock formation

Sedona offers trails to hike and bike from easy to extremely difficult


If you are seeking an escape from the mundane, plan your adventure to our high desert red mountain oasis. Several options are available year round to view Sedona’s outback.

Try one of these options to awaken your inner child: horseback riding, Segway, mountain biking, hiking, Jeep/Hummer/ATV/Tomcar rentals or tours, or air tours such as Hot Air Balloon, Helicopter, Bi-Plane.

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Snow covered red rocks lead travelers into Sedona from Oak Creek Canyon

Driving into Sedona from Oak Creek Canyon is a spectacle

Sedona’s winters are so breathtaking and dramatic, it instantly pushes real-world thoughts far, far away, setting up the perfect opportunity for true romance. Since Sedona is located in the high desert of Arizona, each season offers perfect sunny days and crisp starry nights. Whether hiking between iconic red rock monoliths and canyons, or relaxing in a serene spa, it is easy to find a way to luxuriate in free time while in Sedona. Savvy romantics know to head to airport road for sunset from atop the rocks, but intimate lodging, dining, nightlife and spa options are abundant here.

Seeking solitude? Try staying in a secluded rustic cabin or B&B surrounded by a lush forest or overlooking the crisp mountain spring waters Oak Creek. Fires blaze inside log cabins where a local red wine is a special treat for a chilly winter night.

An off-road trail overlooks Sedona's scenic mountains

Take an off-road adventure during the winter season for extreme fun and stunning scenery

Seeking adventure? Hop on a four wheel or (four legged) excursion that will take you out into Sedona’s red rock outback. If you are here to witness an unusual snow storm, make sure your camera is handy. A light white snow dusting atop rusty red mountain tops illuminate the colors drastically; brick red becomes electric orange and crimson.

Sedona’s new Holiday Central event will have couples singing carols, kissing under the mistletoe, cuddling in front of fun new festive city wide decorations, and sipping hot mugs of home grown apple cider. Horse drawn carriages, stunning lights, and even an ice skating rink are parts of Holiday Central Sedona!

Seeking the opinion of an outsider? See why Travel + Leisure chose Sedona, Arizona as one of “America’s Most Romantic Winter Destinations”!

Sedona, Arizona is pleased to announce that over 170 miles of official trails are open to Mountain Bikers.

Bell ExtremeJennifer Burns, Recreation Staff Officer for the Red Rock Ranger District says “the District has added over 45 miles of trail to the official forest system in the past 3 years, all open to mountain biking. This makes over 170 miles of Forest trails open to bikes on the District. Among the trails added in the last couple of years are Hilline, Adobe Jack, Mescal, Chuckwagon and Aerie trails. In addition the recently built Dry Creek Trailhead and Vista and the Adobe Jack Trailhead on 89A offer great access to trails for mountain bikers (and hikers).

bikeThe District recognizes mountain biking as a legitimate and growing use of forest trails. Current trail planning efforts are aimed at sustainable trails that enhance opportunities for hikers, bikers and equestrians to enjoy the National Forest near Sedona and VOC.”



Biker8x11Sedona has also been certified as a Bronze Level Bike Friendly Community. In 2010, State Route 179 widened to include median strips, bike lanes and roundabouts for safe riding on the road.


Several specialized stores for cyclists, including Over the Edge, Absolute Bikes and Sedona Bike & Bean, await your arrival with knowledgeable staff, detailed maps and perfect products for unbalanced beginners to advanced adrenaline junkies.

Special upcoming cycling events in Sedona include the May 3-5 Sedona Single Track Celebration and the May 18-19 Bike MS: Ride the Vortex.

Plan your Sedona adventure today in our four season red rock playground!

Spring is the time to get outside and explore Arizona and no one knows how to do that better than travel writer, Roger Naylor. On April 16, Naylor will be at Sound Bites Grill where he’ll talk about discovering the beauty of Arizona on foot and by car.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANaylor will discuss his book, Arizona Kicks on Route 66. He’ll also be talking about his quest to hike 1,000 miles in 2013. This Grand Endeavor is the topic of a hiking series Naylor is writing for the Arizona Republic, covering some of his favorite trails around the state. Also on hand will be Greg Stevenson, owner of The Hike House in Sedona. No doubt, popular Sedona trails will garner plenty of attention.

Complimentary appetizers will be served and dinner is available. Copies of Arizona Kicks on Route 66 will be for sale and a raffle will be held featuring items from The Hike House and Sound Bites Grill. Raffle proceeds will benefit the Arts in Education Program of Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona.

headshotThe event will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. Come early or stay late to dine, drink and discuss. Members of Sedona Car Club will have a few of their classic rides on display in the parking lot.

Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond the Southwest. He specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and homemade pie. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to Arizona Highways, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine, Sedona Magazine and dozens more. For more information, visit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASound Bites Grill is located in The Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe, 101 N. Arizona 89A. The restaurant and bar is known for “World Comfort Food,” a wide–ranging menu of steaks, fresh fish, organic salads and stone-fired pizzas. Sound Bites Grill offers a $6 drink menu every day.

For more information, call 928-282-2713 or visit

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October 5: SGA Hosts Stunning 1st Friday Tour 

Sedona’s finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests and artists receptions at their monthly 1st Friday Gallery Tour on October 5,  from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. All guests are welcome to attend free of charge and enjoy the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to all locations.  For more information on the SGA you can find them on Facebook or visit

Two Icons Celebrated at Lanning Gallery

A rare exhibit of remaining works by famed Taos artist Bill Rane (1927-2005) show along with the intaglios of esEteemed local artist Bonnie Burkee as a “1st Friday” reception opens Bill Rane Retrospective & Bonnie Burkee Intaglio from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, October 5. Rane’s long-time wife Judith and Burkee both speak at 6 pm. Read long article on Facebook (/LanningGallerySedona), see photos and share your thoughts. Lanning Gallery, 928/282-6865,

Mummy’s Bundle Trunk Show at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery

On “1st Friday,” October 5, an artist reception from 5:00 – 8:00 pm opens “Treasures of Mummy’s Bundle.” Co-founder and Designer Mary Hancock will be on-hand to answer questions as she unveils the latest relic-inspired pieces from this nationally known local jewelry line. Exhibition through October 14. See photos and a long article on Facebook (/TurquoiseTortoiseGallerySedona) and share your thoughts! Call (928) 282-2262, or visit

October 5: Celebrate Local Artists at Rowe Fine Art Gallery

Make Rowe Fine Art Gallery your first stop during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour on October 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, and meet seven Sedona painters, sculptors, jewelers and graphite artists. With so many award-winning artists in the same room, it’s sure to be a lively evening! Rowe Fine Art is located under the bell tower at Tlaquepaque. For more information visit

October 5: Celebrate Tibetan Traditions at Azadi Fine Rugs

On Friday, October 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, AZADI Fine Rugs will kick off their month long exhibition, “Sacred Tibetan Traditions: Contemporary Transitions” during the SGA 1st Friday Gallery Tour. In the Tibetan tradition each knot contains a prayer which is seen as a offering of peace and compassion to the world around them. Renowned for their beauty and exquisite craft authentic rugs are treasured by collectors internationally. Refreshing beverages will be served.

October 5: Cowboys & Indians at Goldenstein Gallery

On Friday, October 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Goldenstein Gallery kicks off their 8th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show during the SGA 1st Friday Gallery Tour. Among the stars in the show are painters David DeVary and Carla Romero and sculptors Upton Ethelbah, Star York, Kevin McCarthy. There will be refreshing beverages and live western music by local favorites Frost and Frost who will be in full cowboy regalia!  For more information call (928) 204-1765, or visit

October 5: Don Schairer Featured at Pop Up Sedona Gallery

Mr. Schairer’s watercolors of woodland waterfalls, majestic red rocks and other subjects will be exhibited, and he will be present at the venue’s free First Friday reception from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on October 5, to meet the public and chat about his work. Pop-UP Gallery is located on the upper courtyard of Hillside Sedona Center, at 671 SR 179. For more information visit or call (928) 282-8143.

October 6: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel presents Rocktober 

Rock the night away on Saturday, October 6 in the Stargazer Pavilion. The Rocktober Concert features three 80’s icons in one night! Berlin featuring Terri Nunn; Patty Smyth and Scandal and the Greg Kihn Band. Tickets start at just $30 and are available at The Castle Club or online at Buy your tickets at the Castle club on Ladies night every Thursday between 5:00 pm – 12:00 am and save $5!

October 6: Flagstaff Oktoberfest

Peak Events is proud to present the 4th Annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 6 at Wheeler Park.  The Festival will run from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm and feature cold beer, contests, tasty food, a kid’s area with free root beer floats, and great music.  $5 for a pair of glasses admission, with proceeds benefitting the Sunrise Lions Club. Visit

October 6: Sherman Loy Cowboy Cookout
The Sedona Heritage Museum, located Museum in Jordan Historical Park on 735 Jordan Road, will host a cowboy cookout dinner on Saturday, October 6.  Professional award-winning Dutch oven cook, Grant Smith, grandson of Oak Creek Canyon pioneers Linc and Addie Smith and son of Ira and Elsie Smith, will be serving beef and all the fixin’s, like biscuits, potatoes, beans, dessert and cowboy coffee.  Tickets are limited and available now for $25 per person.  For more tickets or information call (928) 282-7038.

October 6: Verde Valley Senior Center’s Golf Tournament

“Tee Off” at the 5th Annual Verde Valley Senior Center’s Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 6 at the Verde Santa Fe Golf Club. Sign-in at 8:00 am, cost for a single player is $85.00, for a 4-some is $340.00 includes green and cart fees, lunch buffet and goodie bags. The Hole in One prize is a 2011 Chrysler 200, furnished by Oxendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep. For sponsorship opportunities call (928) 634-5450 or email

October 6: Grape Stomp 5K Run/Walk

Join the 3rd Annual Grape Stomp 5K taking place in Old Town Cottonwood on Saturday, October 6, to benefit the Arizona Wine Growers Association. Registration is $35.00 and is available at or Friday evening at Red Rooster Café. Please visit the website or call (928) 567-2840, ext. 204.

October 6: Alcantara Vineyard Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, enjoy the Alcantara Vineyard Harvest Festival. Costs are $45.00 per person or $40.00 for members. Entry includes festival poster, t-shirt, wine glass, tasting, and lunch. You will also receive access to live music, vendors, a chocolate fountain, cigar bar and more! Call (928) 649 8463 for more information.

October 6-8: Arts and Crafts Show to Benefit Animals

On Saturday, October 6 through Monday, October 8 is the last of three art shows of the fall season and for the year for Red Rose. The event will be held from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Free parking and free admission. Located at Saddlerock on SR 89A next to Olde Sedona. All proceeds from the event go to benefit animal rescue. For information visit or call (928) 282-5278.

October 7: Sedona Historical Society Hosts Annual Pioneer & Community Picnic
The Sedona Historical Society hosts its annual pioneer and community picnic at Indian Gardens Park in Oak Creek Canyon on Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 pm.  The lunch and program is open to anyone interested in meeting Sedona pioneers and learning local history.  This is a potluck.  Please bring a dish to share.  A meat entree and beverages provided. After lunch will be story-telling of early Sedona life and times, especially the old skating rink. Call (928) 282-7038.