Sedona and beyond

by Bob Hoelscher 13. April 2011 01:28

Sedona itself is famous for its incredible red rock monoliths, buttes, luxurious resorts and New Age enthusiasts. However, it also has much more to offer visiting groups, including four-wheel drive (Jeep) trips into the awe-inspiring high country, and exploring the town aboard the Sedona Trolley.

The latter includes a stop at the inspiring Chapel of the Holy Cross, which is inaccessible by full-size motorcoach. A wealth of shopping opportunities await in the downtown area, as well as in the upscale Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village. Even a trip up the less-than-exotically-named Airport Road affords spectacular panoramic views of the area from scenic overlooks.

Finally, south of Sedona are even more great places to see and things to do. The quaint old mining center of Jerome almost became a “ghost” town after the copper mines closed in 1953, but its scenic location attracted a whole generation of artists and craftsmen who revitalized the community. 

Tuzigoot National Monument offers more fascinating prehistoric pueblo ruins. Train buffs are sure to enjoy a trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad, which operates exceptional half-day, scenic excursions through the beautiful Arizona wilderness. And to conclude the day, the Blazin’ M Ranch offers a tasty chuckwagon dinner, followed by an enjoyable evening of cowboy music and comedy presented by the house band.

How long does one need to stay in the area to see it all or at least most of it all?  I’d suggest four or five nights. Your group is sure to love it, and you for offering it to them!



Cowboy entertainment at the Blazin' M Ranch



Sedona Trolley Tour



Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona

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