When I first moved Arizona, my fiance immediately took me to visit Sedona. "I have a feeling you'll love that place," he said. I had heard great things about it from my yogi/spiritually-attuned friends, so I was excited. Fast-track to a year and a half later, and I've gone back six times. Since it's only a two-hour drive from Phoenix, our visits have always been day trips - partially because it is a very overpriced little town (some call it a tourist trap), and partially because it's easier to just go back home with a baby in tow. I put together a two-part post listing my top 10 things to do and see around Sedona, and they all make for great day-trip ideas. These are all budget, baby, pet, and vegetarian-friendy activities, because that's how I roll.
First up are my five favorite hikes. They only range from easy to moderate, since I was either pregnant (with my midwife's approval) or toting a small baby (with the pediatrician's approval) every time I visited. Make sure to read my tips for road-tripping while pregnant and with an infant if those apply to you!
The idea of Sedona being a sacred site and an energy vortex hotspot intrigues me, so every trail below leads to an alleged vortex location. Whether you believe it or not, they all make for great hikes!
1. Bell Rock
|When in Sedona...|
|Can you see her in that nook on the top left corner?|
3. Airport MesaThe quickest of the hikes I've done. At six-month pregnant, we only went up to a mini-mesa to catch the sunset - a 15 minute hike - and it was just as magical as a longer trek.
|View from Airport Mesa|
4. Boynton VistaBoynton was my first post-baby hike, and I felt so empowered doing it! When baby was 2 months-old, grandpa came to visit and off to Sedona we went. It was both baby's and grandpa's very first hike, and a beautiful one at that. We only went up to the Kachina Woman rock formation, and that was more than enough.
vista point trail is right off the highway, as soon as you pass the bridge in the first photo. It was a gorgeous 0.5 mile hike and we could see people enjoying themselves in the creek all the way at the bottom of the canyon. Camping and swimming there are my goals for next time we are in town.
|Everybody enjoyed hiking the Canyon!|