Welcome to Sedona, Arizona ! I read an article in the New York Times about the greatness that is Sedona, Arizona. I thought to myself, how is this beautiful place an hour and half away and I have never visited. So I packed up my pup and hit the road. I have lived in Phoenix for most of my adult life and I never really appreciated the blues skies until now. I mean seriously gorgeous skies. There are several different tails you can take. I took Bell Rock Trail. I am not a professional hiker by any means, but this trail was very doable if you don’t have any experience. There was also a trial that continued on that was more difficult if you are looking for a challenge. The rocks are also slippery, so be cautious. At the bottom of each trail is a map of where you would like to hike. The trails are man made so there are signs everywhere to prevent you from getting lost. My pup loved running up the rocks, trying to catch the bunnies.
The small town of Sedona is also known for its’ romantic hotels and spas. If you ever feel the need to indulge yourself, this is definitely the place to do it! I enjoyed walking around the quiet town. There were various shops and little cafes that all had a warm welcoming atmosphere. Dog friendly too 🙂
Tips for hiking:
Again, I am not a professional but I have a couple basic tips for you!
- Take extra water. If you think have enough, take more. Arizona is extremely hot, especially if you are not from here, the heat can feel overwhelming. It is recommended that you have at least 1 gallon a day.
- Make sure you have comfortable shoes. Hiking boots are recommended for long trails. I wore tennis shoes because I wanted to be comfortable.
- A first aid kit is always important with the essentials including band-aids and antibacterial cream. You local drugs stores sell them packaged and light.
- Sun screen, sun glasses, and a hat to protect your skin of course.
- I packed snacks for me and my pup. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, apples, oranges and of course dog food. I should have packed more, by the time I got to the top of the mountain, we ate all the snacks and I was already hungry by the time I got back down.