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Hiking in the Sedona Heat

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Hiking in Sedona is one of the most popular activities for visitors and locals alike. Every year over a million people visit the Sedona area. Many of them come just for our virtually endless and gorgeous trail system. However many of these people come unprepared for the reality of hiking in the desert.

Every year on average, dozens of people need rescuing by emergency services in the Sedona area. This year (2018) there have already been more than fifteen rescues. Don’t become part of that statistic. Here are four tips for making your hiking trip a success:

Water: No matter how long of a hike you have planned, bring water. Bring enough water for each person hiking to have their own liter or two, even if you aren’t planning on being out for very long. Make sure young children (and easily distracted adults too) are drinking throughout the trip.

Water: Yes, water is both tip one and two. Not only should you bring water on your adventure but you should also begin thinking about it the day b…

Safety in Sedona

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Safety is one of the most important things to consider when traveling. Of course, depending on the kind of trip, safety can mean a lot of different things. Safety in a big city might be traveling in groups and avoiding certain areas. In rural areas, safety concerns extend to wildlife, plant life, and even weather related issues. While no one would ever consider Sedona a big city, we are a combination of rural areas and town life. Sedona is a bustling locale, full of locals, tourists, and wanderers. Despite this eclectic mix, there is very little crime in the area. The Sedona Police Department is on patrol twenty four hours a day to insure the safety of everyone. In the words of Sedona Police Chief, David McGill: “Public confidence in the criminal justice system depends primarily on the trust that the people have in their police. Police officers are often the primary liaison between the public and the justice system.  This means that police officers must be accountable to the people for…

Fourth of July in Sedona

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-Some Firework Shows Have Been Canceled Due To Fire Danger-




Independence Day is almost upon us. The heat in Sedona may be intense but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the day. Below are some lists of events held in Sedona and the surrounding area. No matter where you choose to celebrate this historic day, make sure you wear sunblock and bring plenty of water


Sedona Wet Fest: The community pool will be hosting a family-focused event Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks. This event is free of charge (food not included). The pool opens at 12 p.m. Just outside the pool gate, there will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat.


Regular pool rules will be enforced. There will be no chewing gum, alcohol, or beverages of any kind in the pool area. A swimsuit is required. Swimming in t-shirts or other articles of clothing is not allowed. There will be no rough housing of any kind and swim…

Upcoming Events in Sedona

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There are lots of things going on this summer in the Sedona area. Without a doubt, the natural beauty of the surrounding red rock and greenery are the best parts of the area. But the people of the town also create the amazing culture of Sedona. There are too many events to count, but some of the best are listed below.
The fifth annual Tilted Earth Festival will happen on Saturday, June 23rd, just south of Sedona. Headlining this year is PK Gregory, Pierce Edens, Greyhounds and The Suffers. Doors will be open from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. There will also be a wine garden featuring three local wineries, a food tent, free games, massages and a silent auction benefiting local charities.
Summer Group Sculpture Show at Mountain Trails Gallery - Mountain Trails Gallery is presenting its “Summer Group Sculpture Show” featuring artwork by 17 figurative Western and wildlife sculptors. The gallery is already known for intricate bronze sculpture. Join them at the opening reception: Friday, July 6, 5-…

Sedona Events in June

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Are you excited for the summer? Make the most of your time off and come visit us in Sedona! There are some amazing things happening in the area this month. Check out a couple of the events below.
Jun 3rd - Sunday Night All Star Karaoke @ Olde Sedona Bar & Grill. The fun starts at 9pm with no cover charge!
Jun 5th - Sanjali Weekly Chant @ Awakenings Yoga Studio. Join this weekly mantra chanting led by Valerie Sanjali Irons. Payment by donation.
Jun 7th - Kingdom of The Spiders @ Verde Brewing co. Relive this classic film which was shot in the Sedona area. In the film, William Shatner battles eight-legged invaders trying to spin a web of terror over a Camp Verde, AZ in the ultimate man vs. spider showdown.
Jun 16 @ 8:45 am – Jun 17 @ 4:15 pm Sedona Mountain Bike Skills / 2-Day Adventure Camp. Are you trying to take your skills to the next level? This camp is designed for any enthusiastic rider or avid racer that is looking to build up and clean up their ‘toolbox’ of mountain bike skills…

The History of the Tlaquepaque Village

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Since before Sedona as we know it was founded, the Oak Creek Canyon area was known for its natural beauty. The red rocks combined with the trees and forested area around the river attracted all kinds of visitors.
In the 1970s, Sedona still had very few permanent residents. The town boasted only one stoplight and around that time a man named Abe Miller began vacationing in the area. Miller was an influential businessman from Nevada with a love for travel. Mexico in particular was one of Miller’s favorite places, but Sedona soon become one as well. He began dreaming of creating a quaint arts village in the area full of the feel of Mexico and fell in love with a piece of creekside property dotted with enormous sycamore trees.
At the time, the land was owned by the Girards. When Miller first approached the Girards about his dream for the land, they refused, fearful of a large construction project that would destroy the the sycamores. It took two years for Miller to convince the Girards …

Prescott Events

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While there is a plethora of things to do in the Oak Creek Canyon area, Sedona also makes a great homebase for seeing the rest of what Arizona has to offer. If you are coming from far away, a rental car can take you all around the state, often making sightseeing easier and cheaper. Tons of things can be seen from a car during a road trip; however, there are many events being hosted by the cities surrounding Sedona that are well worth the stop. Prescott Arizona, for instance, is holding two major events this spring. Prescott is a old west town that has maintained touch with its heritage. The town was the original capital of Arizona when it was still a territory and before the designation was given to the city of Phoenix. The town hosts their own rodeo as well as an active community of both adult residents and students. The two events described in this article are the Whiskey Off-Road and the Whiskey Row Marathon. Epic Rides is hosting the Whiskey Off-Road, also known as the Whiskey Fift…