Everyone raves about Sedona so we were really excited to check it out. I have actually been there before when I used to nanny. The family I worked for took a vacation to Sedona and graciously included me. While I do remember the scenery being awesome, I was too busy chasing four kids to really remember much else!
Boondocking for a Night
After Williams, we decided to boondock for a night before getting into town. We had an amazing spot and thoroughly enjoyed it. It would have been awesome to stay all week, but we really wanted to check out Sedona and have a good home base for exploring the city.
Sedona RV Park
Luckily we managed to get a spot at Rancho Sedona RV Park. This campground is super convenient for checking out downtown. In fact, we could walk to town right from our site and we did several times!
The first night we walked to town to try out a place that we had two different people recommend – Etch. Unfortunately it was closed for a private event, but we still got to see it and check out the river. We continued walking and found a great spot to relax and watch the sunset.
The next day after work we hiked to Devil’s Bridge. This is a very popular hike in the area. You can hike from the paved road, but it adds a good bit of pretty boring hiking (walking on a dirt road). We are so glad we have the Jeep because it is definitely going to come in handy here. We drove to the trailhead then hiked the short hike to Devil’s Bridge. It was really neat and we lucked out that there wasn’t a crowd when we were there.
There were some trails really close to the campground, so the next day we decided to check one of those out after work – Huckaby Trail. We love it when there are trails we can explore right from our campsite!
Another evening after work we walked to town for dinner. We really enjoyed the view and happy hour before heading back to the campground.
Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross
Another “must do” in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. We headed up there one day after work and checked it out. It really is beautiful.
Hiking the Hangover Trail
As usual, we went for a longer activity on the weekend. This time we decided to hike the Hangover Trail. We took the Jeep a few miles down a dirt road to get to the trailhead. It’s pretty funny being on these Jeep roads with our Jeep – we don’t have a lift and we have standard road tires. Most of the other vehicles are beefed up way more than that! Either way – we got where we were going. The hike was very pretty and the weather was perfect. It was a great day!
After the hike we relaxed at the campground, watched football and did some household cleaning. All in all, a great day! There is no doubt that Sedona is beautiful. However, the crowds really aren’t our cup of tea. We are looking forward to getting out in the middle of nowhere again!
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
After an activity filled week in Sedona, we were happy to be back in a State Park. We left Sedona to head to the nearby Dead Horse Ranch State Park. We relaxed, went on walks around the park and did a few RV projects. The park was really pretty and we enjoyed our time there.
One day, we drove to the town of Jerome – the “Wickedest Town in the West” (per their website). We really, really enjoyed this place! The town was founded in 1876 and was known for its copper mines. It is now an artsy community in a tiny town – around 450 residents. It reminded us of a quaint European village. While talking to one of the locals, he said that Europeans came over to help with the unique mine logistics back in the day and brought their architecture with them! We bought some pottery, enjoyed the views and checked out the kaleidoscope store. Such an interesting place!!
Now, it’s time to head to Phoenix where we will be for a week or so before flying home for Thanksgiving.