301 W. SR 89-A
Cottonwood, AZ 86326-4145
Phone: (928) 634-4207
Fax: (928) 634-5764
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is known for being a popular area for picnics, family outings and recreation. Various nature festivals and ranch events are held here.
View the ruins of a once prosperous agrarian civilization from atop a high ridge. The people who lived here, the Sinagua, cultivated this land from about 1100-1400 A.D. Originally consisting of approximately 110 rooms, the structure at one time sported three stories in places. Investigate the visitor's center, then follow interpretive trails—walk the paths of a strong and persistent people. The monument is located about 20 miles southwest of Sedona off highway 89A in Clarkdale. Admission is USD3 per person, cash only. Other ancient ruins nearby include Montezuma's Castle and Well.
Eliphante is an outdoor sculptural village located in Cornville that gets its name from one of its elephant-like sculptures. Sprawling over three acres (1.2 hectares), it is the private residence of artist couple Michael Kahn and Leda Livant. Using their home as a medium of artistic and architectural expression, they have built it since 1979 using myriad natural material. Visit this open-air museum of sorts by appointment only and marvel at the enchanting and whimsical creations.
Up close and personal, that's what you'll get when you visit the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. You will hardly believe your eyes when a 600-pound African Lion struts his way past the yellow safari vehicle you're on the edge of your seat in. Out of Africa Wildlife Park started as a research project to see what would happen if wild animals were to co-exist among humans in the animals habitat. What started as a hypothesis turned into a beautiful 104-acre nature preservation that allows humans to interact with exotic animals from around the globe. Be sure to bring your camera because there are over 400 different animals living on the preservation.
A rock formation, also known as 'lovers', as believed by the natives was created by the Great Spirit. A couple of lovers who always argued, were asked by Him to look around at the beautiful surroundings and count their blessings. The couple has never argued ever since and stands in perfect harmony. The red rocks indeed appear like two people standing close to each other. Though the rocks can turn really hot during the day, the site is good enough for a hike across the dry creek bed.
Visit the ruins of a once-prosperous community of the ancient Sinagua. One of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, the Montezuma's Castle boasts five stories and 20 rooms. Inhabited more than 600 years ago, much of the building is still intact. The best time of the year to visit is December and January. Binoculars would be beneficial for a closer view. Walkways are provided and are wheelchair-accessible. Check website for further details.
Created by underground springs, this limestone sinkhole near Montezuma's Castle was once a large underground cavern. Now a natural well surrounded by Indian cliff dwellings, it is home to plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world. Warm underground springs maintain an unusually stable habitat in the well. Prehistoric farmers utilized this well for crop irrigation. Note that the address given above is for Montezuma's Castle; the well is located northeast of the castle. The 1/3-mile walkway is not recommended for wheelchairs.
Red Rock Scenic Byway is also called State Route 179 and is named due to red sandstone and rock compositions along its 7.5 miles (12.07 kilometers) stretch. It is a designated All-American Road and the state's first one. On its path there are many interesting sites, scenic stops, trails and much more. You cannot just drive through but will want to explore its beauties. From its stunning bluffs and canyons to lush foliage, this highway is indeed worth the travel. It starts in the Village of Oak Creek or Big Park and then heads to Sedona. You will find the Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock on this route.
Sedona possesses several naturally occurring energy vortexes, which could be described as subtle, spiraling currents that emanate from the earth. Purported to increase spiritual growth and personal enlightenment, these spots are incredibly popular. Visitors from far-flung locations worldwide come to experience the sensations from contact with these vortexes. You'll find four in the area including Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and near the Sedona Airport. Credit cards are not accepted and parking at Red Rock requires a pass. Call for further information.
This rock is easily recognized by its stately shape and unusual red color. The object of many visitors' pointed cameras, this rock becomes more than it appears at first glance. Possessing one of four Energy Vortexes in the area, this is a highly popular attraction. Located near the Bell Rock Inn whose rooms offer incredible views, this rock possesses energy of the "active" type, which spirals up, encircling you. Experiment sensing this energy while on the rock by first briskly rubbing your hands together, then hold your palms first upward with arms outstretched, then downward, feeling the invisible forces at work either lifting or pushing down.
Sedona, is a city in the northern regions of Arizona, bordering the Coconini and Yavapai counties. The land of "Red Rocks", Sedona has a history that dates back to the Yavapai-Apache tribal era of the early 1800s. Playing host to major events through out the year, the city draws tourists from all over in large numbers. Over the years, Sedona has been Arizona's prime tourist hub. The city houses the Cathedral Rock, the historical St. Anthony's Desert Episcopal Church, the Sedona Heritage Museum among a few other attractions.
Visit this highly photographed spot that has Cathedral Rock as a backdrop. Bring a picnic lunch and a pair of binoculars for bird watching. This lovely place offers picnic tables and vaulted toilets. Enjoy walking the path and learning the history of the area. Many movies were filmed here at the crossing including "Broken Arrow". Take Highway 89A west to the Upper Red Rock Loop Road and head south; then follow the signs. Note that water is unavailable here.