F.A.V. Spot: Sedona, Arizona
Tucked away like a precious gem, Sedona is a breathtaking and spiritual place to visit at least once in your lifetime. It’s almost impossible not to notice the red sandstone formations, also known as Schnebly Hill formations. With tons of hiking options, mountain biking routes, and endless star-gazing, Sedona is a place for serenity, relaxation, and to feel one with nature.
Mountain Man Sprint Triathlon – July 15, 2012
Distance: 0.75K swim, 20K Cycle, 5K run
This race will take place in Flagstaff, Arizona only 29 miles from Sedona. You start your swim in Upper Lake Mary which has had an average temperature of 71F for the past several years. Wet suits are permitted. The cycle for the sprint distance is a relatively flat course with picturesque views of the vistas and the lake. Finally the run on this sprint distance will be around the lake and is fairly flat as well.
While in Sedona, you must take advantage of all the hiking available. A great spot to try is a steep and challenging 1.5 mile hike known as Cathedral Rock. To say this place is majestic, is an understatement. You must see it and try it to really take in the beauty of this rock. The pictures at the top of Cathedral Rock will be well worth the effort of getting up there. Back in the 1930’s, Cathedral Rock served as hub for experienced climbers to develop more advanced climbing methods.
This resort lives up to its name in every way possible. From the moment you enter the gates of Enchantment Resort, you feel like all your stresses have been left behind. All the rooms are sort of villa style with your own patio where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the red rocks that surround this resort. Start your day by going to one of the many complimentary fitness courses such as yoga, or maybe a natural hike. Then head over for a clean breakfast at the resort café. Afterwards, enjoy some mountain biking on one of their many trails or just lounge by the pool outdoors. In the evening, dine at one of the 3 great restaurant selections they offer or try their famous cowboy cookout which is a buffet style meal by the fire. End the day by sitting next to the adobe fireplace to make and enjoy s’mores. Activities for the kidoos are well covered at this resort through their Camp Coyote which offers activities for children of all ages. They even have a real burro (donkey) to take pictures with!
El Rincon offers Southwestern style Mexican food and a very fun atmosphere. Make sure to try the prickly pear margarita and their shrimp tostadas!
Set like an old traditional Mexican hacienda, Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village is a great place to spend the afternoon. This place is filled with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.
Another great place for the whole family to enjoy is Slide Rock. In the summer months, you should bring your bathing suit along and take a refreshing dip in the water of this fun natural spot.
Sedona is a beautiful and quiet town for those looking for a more natural family adventure vacation.