We arrived in the Sedona area the first week in April 2019. This was Chad’s first time here and Tara hadn’t been to Sedona in over 20 years, so we were pretty excited. We decided to stay a little outside of Sedona, so we could be closer to Jerome and also because it was a little less expensive to stay outside of the main touristy areas.
We stayed in Camp Verde at Verde River RV Resort. We were hesitant to book this park at first because the reviews weren’t the greatest. After looking into it a bit more, we found out that the park was under new management. We decided to give this place a try and are pleased with our decision. The sites were large and the park had some amenities like a pool, putt-putt, and dog parks. The staff was also very friendly and helpful.
Tara had remembered that Sedona was a very beautiful area with positive energy and several areas known as vortexes (or vortices to be grammatically correct – but that's what they call them there). Many people have claimed that these vortexes are area where positive, healing energies are much more concentrated. There are 4 mani vortexes in the Sedona are and they are not that easy to locate.
Airport Mesa Vortex
We decided to check out our first vortex one evening after work. The Airport Mesa vortex is one of the easiest to find and is located right off of Airport Rd. You can see all of Sedona from above on the Sedona View Trail, but be warned…wear your hiking shoes because this trail is rocky! Exploring the Vortex made us hungry, so we went into town and ate at Javelina Cantina. (Mexican food is delicious in Sedona!!)
>>> Directions: To get to Airport Mesa Vortex – From the “Y” travel West (Away from Uptown) via Highway 89A for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Airport Mesa Rd and follow it for about 1/2 of a mile. When you see the parking ares on the left, find a spot and enter the trail head.
We were very excited to explore this beautiful area on Lucille, our motorcycle. We decided to take our first ride up to a little town called Jerome. This is one of the most haunted towns in the country and is also a Mecca for artists and tourists. There are two different routes to get to Jerome from Camp verde and one is more scenic and curvy that the other. The longer, more scenic route is 169 East to rout 69 to 89A. The first part of this rout isn’t very exciting, but the second half is full of twists and turns (reminded us of Tail of the Dragon) The other route is 260 West to 89A – parts of this route are still scenic, but not like the longer route.
Jerome waste of those towns that is just fun to walk around in. You never know what’s going to be right around the corner. There are lots of galleries, restaurants and shops to explore. Of course, we had to get some food while we there there – shocker, right? We chose another Mexican restaurant called Vaqueros and it was one of the best meals we had had in awhile.
Bell Rock Vortex
Later that week, we took another after work trip into Sedon to find the Red Rock/Bell Rock Vortex Trail. This one was much more difficult to find but once we got there, it was really neat. The trail wasn’t too long and took us to a creek bed, but it is a bit challenging hiking back up.
>>> Directions: We took Red Rock Loop Rd. To Chavez Ranch Rd. There will be a parking area on your left and the trail head is just a short walk down the gravel road.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
We took a second motorcycle ride into Sedona to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which is a chapel built into the side of a mountain. After checking that out, we went into town and walked around a unique area called Tlaquepaque Art & Shopping village. This difficult to pronounce village is filled with restaurants and shops where you can spend a lot of money (very expensive stuff here).
Pink Jeep Tours
The highlight of our visit to Sedona was taking a tour with Pink Jeep Tours. We chose the 3 hour Broken Arrow and Scenic Rim Tour. What a cool experience this was! Keep in mind, this is a VERY rough and bumpy ride. If you have back issues, we suggest not going on these tours. We were both hurting after the tour was over, but it was worth it in our opinion. We not only got some spectacular views, but also a lot of education about the history of the area. This will be an adventure we will always remember and highly recommend!
We absolutely loved our time in the Sedona area and look forward to getting back there someday!
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