After visiting Page in northern Arizona, P and I traveled with our friends south to beautiful Sedona! As a teenager visiting Sedona, P didn’t really enjoy the city of red rocks because he thought it was a town filled with New Age crazies. But, on this particular visit, he had such a great time that he vowed we would come back again. What made him change his mind? The gorgeous hikes and the 360 degree red rock views. Guess he never appreciated this as a teenager… I thought that’s why people came to visit, for the beautiful red rock formations. Although, we learned that apparently 50% of the tourists that visit Sedona, come for the spiritual New Age experience.
We only had a day to spend in Sedona, which was definitely not enough time. There was so much to do and see! So, what do we do? Pink Jeep Tours! Some reviews raved about the tours as others didn’t think it was worth it. We thought it was fabulous! Despite the tour’s steep prices (we got a 10% discount from our hotel), the tour guides were informed and funny, and the bumpy jeep ride through a rough trail (which most rental vehicles are unable to climb) was a great experience. An alternative to seeing the views would be to hike the trail itself, which was very very long.
After the jeep tours and scrumptious lunch of sandwiches and cactus fries, we stopped by the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which was nestled in a little neighborhood off the main roads. The views and light were spectacular, but the chapel itself was a bit disappointing. Parking was kind of a pain too. We ended up finding a spot on the side streets next to a sign that said “no parking”… We figured we would only be at the chapel for 15 minutes… no ticket, thank goodness! Our good friends unfortunately had to drive back to San Diego that day, so after the visit to the chapel, we had to say our goodbyes.
Since we still had a bit of the afternoon left before needing to head down to Tucson, P and I hiked the relatively flat trail around Bell Rock and took in the views for one last time before we had to leave. Til’ next time, Sedona! We’ll be back!