April 18, 2014
Trying to hit every trail in Sedona can take one possibly a lifetime. But since we live here, why not make an effort to try it? Girdner Trail can be hiked from two different directions. The first starts off of Dry Creek Road and FS Road 152. This dirt road is the one that takes you to Devil’s Bridge which now has a paved parking area. One can no longer drive to the Devil’s Bridge Parking area unless you have a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle – but that is another story.
Park in the paved parking area and start walking West. The trail names change as quick as the seasons here but it should take you to Girdner. Upon saying this I highly suggest you pick up a Sedona Trail Map so you can follow these directions.
Girdner will then go south and will travel 4.6 miles one way. If you want to take the trail from the other end you will need to take the road across from the Sedona High School turnoff – at the light – (Upper Red Rock Loop Road Light) toward the old cultural park. There is a parking area down that dead-end road on the right with kiosks, etc. There a number of trails from this kiosk, it looks like there is even one somebody paid to have paved which has a historical information kiosk. I took the rough one that is marked Girdner.
The trail from this end is equally beautiful and takes you along side a canyon and then into Dry Creek Canyon. It is actually a surprise and very beautiful. I have been told that the trail is even prettier in the Fall and early Spring when snow melt is running in the creek. The trail is a gradual decline into the canyon and therefore one should plan to walk up, up, up when coming out.
At the top of the trail there are old rusted tin cans and an old car. I later discovered this was the old dump for Sedona and later a compactor collection site. Loving old rusty stuff, I thought it was pretty cool.
December 9, 2013
One never runs out of things to do while staying and playing in Sedona, Arizona. Although the town is small, it is surrounded with beauty and the best of almost everything is here.
Bonnie Sedan, hiking one of the hundreds of trails in Sedona.
Hiking – If you love hiking and just getting outside, the number of trails in Sedona probably outnumber the people. You can find maps online to major trailheads or visit camping and outdoor stores for more information on trail difficulty and things to look for.
Tours – You can tour Sedona by jeep,plane, helicopter, horse and just about anything else. Depending on what speed you like to travel at and the viewpoint you want to have, there are a handful of tour operators in Sedona that can help you find your way.
Entertainment – Yes there is even entertainment in Sedona. One can find live music at almost any restaurant and bar. If you want to see a full on show, check out Sedona’s Encore Theater where there are nearly nightly live performances that will blow your socks off. When Encore isn’t performing their Rock and Roll Preview, they have other entertainers including Esteban and his guitar.
Around Sedona – There are also a multitude of adventures to be had around Sedona, within a half hours drive. Adventures include:
- National Parks – Montezuma Castle
- Tuzigoot National Park
- Palatki Ruins
- Out of Africa Park
- Jerome, Arizona – A Historic Mining Town and Cool Place to See
- Page Springs Winery
- Old Town Cottonwood
- Fort Verde in Camp Verde
- Sedona Adventure Tours – floating trips down the Verde River, located in Camp Verde, Arizona.
September 16, 2013
Sedona is the summer can be a blast if you know where to go and all the best swimming holes. If you want to keep cool, we suggest traveling up Oak Creek Canyon. There are a number of camp grounds as well as cabins to rent, hotels, bed and breakfasts, lodges and more. If you don’t want to spend the evening in the canyon and just the afternoon, then be sure to visit places like Slide Rock Park or hike West Fork Trail.
West Fork in Oak Creek Canyon, gorgeous hiking.
Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon.