Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona

Sedona is about 2 hours from Arizona. The drive down to Sedona was idyllic and laden with cactus filled hills.It was a nice enough drive from Phoenix to Sedona, enjoying the rocks and the twist and turns of the road. But then we were in a rented Camaro, so I guess it enhanced the driving experience:)

Me and the Camaro
Weather was chilly -4 degrees celcius that day in Sedona. I was totally under dressed since before I left NYC for Arizona I'd checked the weather forecast and it was about 12 to 15 degrees celcius. I only had with me a light jacket, some thermal, light socks and flats. But what to do, have to brave out the weather for this amazing scenery. As the saying goes, "there is no bad weather, just badly dressed people". Guess I failed to literally heed the saying "always prepare for bad weather" :p

Just before we reached the city of Sedona, we stopped by Bell Rock Plaza for some information and a spicy prawn fried rice lunch at a Thai restaurant there. With full stomachs we were ready to take on the weather and explore the sights. First stop was the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. It's interesting to note that all this land used to be underwater and when the water rises, the wind begins to erode the rocks after thousands of years shaping it the way it is now. The red colour is rust from the rocks exposed to sun and wind over the years. 

It was an easy one day tour which you can do on your own discovering the various rocks formation around Sedona such as the Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Snoopy, Teapot, Cathedral Rocks, etc. Of course if you want to spend more time hiking or biking then you would need a few days to explore all the rocks.

Next trip I want to make is to the Grand Canyon which is about 2 hours away from Sedona.

Left: Bell rock
Right: Courthouse Butte

Steamboat rock
Overlooking the steamboat rock
Gorge nearby the Steamboat rock

Gorge near Steamboat Rock

We drove up to where the Sedona airport is, which is on top of a hill to get this scenery. Below is Sedona town.


Cactus again!
Climbing up to get a good view of the rocks

Panoramic view from the vortex near the Sedona Airport

I'm on top of the world!

Cathedral rock - this is situated inside a national park. There is a $10 entrance fee per car

Entering the town of Sedona

Nice walkway mall situated next to the Moving Pictures Museum which also has an information counter

Further down the road from Sedona town, en route to Flagstaff, there is a nearby stop at the Dairy Queens which had a few American Indians from the Navajo tribe that have set up their tables to sell their crafts. There are various galleries that dotted along Sedona roadside but this ones seems that we are actually contributing directly to the tribes. Amazingly this woman looks Asian - perhaps Chinese or Filipino, rather than an American Indian Navajo

A Navajo style Christmas ornaments hand painted by artists living in the nearby reserve land

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