Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Planning An Outdoors Summer Vacation in Sedona, Ariz

Preparing a summer vacation should be as easy and relaxing as the heavenly skies and vast wilderness of Sedona, Ariz. The city, surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land and buttressed by four wilderness areas and two state parks, is a landscape built for adventure and offers numerous options for summer explorations. Angular formations, high mesas and rocky cliffs define the multi-terraced skyline. Forests are carved by a network of trails and surrounded by feisty streams, all beneath a clear azure sky.

Sedona’s mild climate makes the destination a perfect four-season playground. With temperatures that hit highs in the 90s and lows in the 50s during the summer, it’s the ideal location to spend summer vacation. Exploring the outdoors doesn’t have to be limited to the wondrous state parks or the jaw-dropping hiking trails, but rather, the city encourages guests to trek to parts unknown.

For those that prefer hideaway cliff jumping, Sedona’s Grasshopper Point is the perfect destination. Nestled in the base of Oak Creek Canyon is a large cliff-side swimming hole known as Grasshopper Point. This day-use site is popular with swimmers and picnickers alike. The swimming hole is shaded and cool, a good respite from the summer heat, with other activities such as hiking, fishing, wildlife watching and more.

For a summer vacation inspired by Sedona locals, the city suggests destinations that vary from kayak excursions to vineyard hopping and everything in between.

4th of July Concert and Laser Show
On Saturday, July 4, residents and visitors can delight in Sedona’s local 4th of July Celebration. Held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center and nearby baseball fields, the event offers an all-day experience for those looking for festivities during the day before they enjoy their favorite fireworks shows at night. A patriotic-themed laser light show will begin at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., with delicious food, fun water games and toys meant to help beat the heat.

Verde Adventures
Contrary to popular belief, there is water in the desert. Verde Adventures hosts its unforgettable outdoor fun and family-friendly adventure in the breathtaking scenery of Sedona and the Verde River Valley. The organization offers a guided river trip that begins in Clarkdale, a city just outside of Sedona, Ariz., and ends at the base of the Tuzigoot National Monument, the 1,000-year-old ancient pueblo site. The trip will take you along the Verde River in a “Ducky Kayak,” an inflatable kayak that is comfortable, stable and easy to paddle. Whether along the Verde River in a kayak or by tube, there’s plenty of water fun in Sedona to explore this summer.

11th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration
Join the city’s annual celebration on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This free event is an exciting celebration of local cultural heritage, presented by the Sedona Main Street Program and Red Rock Posse. Despite its modern offerings, the desert oasis has a very rich cowboy heritage. Cattle drives back and forth to Munds Mountain began in the 1890’s as early cowboy legends such as Ira Smith and Earl Van Deren made their trek through Northern Arizona.

Verde Canyon Railroad
The Verde Canyon Railroad is a stress-free wilderness adventure featuring an abundance of native flora and fauna, rugged high-desert rock faces and remarkable views. The exclusive views of the canyon and Sedona’s landscape are only accessible by rail, so it’s no wonder residents and visitors alike flock to its one-of-a-kind events and local journeys. This summer, the railroad will host its annual Grape Train Escape, a rolling wine-tasting adventure where select wineries and wine regions are highlighted.

To learn about these summer adventures and more, go to visitsedona.com

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