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.
Twenty miles Northwest of Sedona lies the little town of Clarkdale. Founded in 1912, the place was originally a mining town. Today, the population is just more than 3,000 residents and the economic base is related to various industries including tourism, plastics and cement. For 10 days beginning the first Friday in December, you may view the collections from local artists at the annual "Made in Clarkdale Art Show" event. Clarkdale is also the location for daily tours of the beautiful canyons from the Verde Canyon Railroad.
Travel by rail through protected wilderness reservations and view Sinagua Indian ruins. Experience the main mode of transportation during the area's bustling mining days, when the first railroad was completed in 1882. This family-friendly opportunity is worth the trip to Clarkdale. On Friday evenings, treat yourself to the Grape Train Escape wine-tasting tour, and on Saturday nights, try the romantic Starlight Tour.
Jerome, a historical township is definitely worth a visit. Originally a mining town for about 70 years, this little community survives on the sliding-edge of a hillside. Through the years, many buildings have taken the fall including, at one point, the town jail. Sporting gorgeous views and lovely bed & breakfasts, the quaint storefronts and small town ambiance attract multitudes of artists, writers and tourists. Shops and galleries flourish here, including Nature's Landscapes. If you have time, visit the Mining Museum. Credit cards and hours will vary by merchant.
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.
The Red Rock State Park park is an open-sky theatre of fabulous rock formations. Sprawled across 286 unspoiled acres, this popular park is the perfect starting point for hiking, picnicking, bird watching and photography. At an elevation of approximately 3,900 feet, the air is always invigorating. Enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of the natural creek threading the landscape, but please save the joy of swimming for the fish and animals who make this land their home. A visitor's center and gift shop completes the package for those who seek knowledge of America's Southwest.
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.
Rise above the mundane in an FAA certified hot air balloon. Since the 70s, this company has thrilled visitors with Sedona's incomparable views from a higher perspective. All pilots exceed FAA minimum. Chase vehicles utilized are four wheel drive for added dependability and safety. Experience the glorious color of the red rock region with the singular experience of a sunrise balloon flight. Call for further information and reservations, usually at least one day in advance. This service provides hotel pick up at no additional cost.
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.
While in Sedona you cannot miss the opportunity to see the Grand Canyon's southern rim. This part of the Canyon is the deepest and widest. Travel to this natural wonder from the comfort of a luxury coaches, with an informative guide educating you along the way. Once you reach the Canyon, the guides escort you to the premiere observation locations. You can visit a number of restaurants and souvenir shops before enjoying the relaxing trip back to Sedona. Call +1 877 367 2383 (Toll Free).