On Saturday morning March 23 we will leave and head to Cottonwood Arizona. Cottonwood is located about 20 miles south of Sedona and will used as our base camp from Saturday through Wednesday while we hike and do a bit of sightseeing near Sedona in what is referred to as Red Rock country. On Thursday we will leave Cottonwood and go to Williams, which is near Flagstaff, where we will stay for two nights before we head home on Saturday March 30th. Before we head over to Williams we will do a bit of sightseeing on Thursday before we travel to the Grand Canyon to hike and or sightsee on Friday. If you do not want to join us in Williams or bad weather prevents us from hiking the Grand Canyon on Friday we can extend our stay in Cottonwood.
Cottonwood: Those of us camping will be staying at Dead Horse Ranch State Park which is one mile from the town of Cottonwood and is located on the Verde River. Dead Horse State Park has over 150 sites for RV’s and tent campers. My plan is to stay in the Blackhawk Loop part of the campground which is a tent only area. If you would like to join me in camping here you can do so by making reservations via the Arizona State Parks online website at http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/index.html
Dead Horse Ranch Park also provides cabins for those who might be interested…and…for those not interested in a more primitive or rustic experience I would suggest you check out one of the many hotels in Cottonwood. If you would like to know more about the campground go online and check out Dead Horse Ranch State Park. There are showers and numerous other amenities at this state park which is why I chose this area. Plus, the daytime high temperatures should be in the upper 60’s to low 70’s with nighttime lows in the 40’s.
Williams: On Thursday morning we will pack up and head to Williams before we hike to the Grand Canyon on Friday. I have made reservations to stay in Motel 6 in Williams which is located about a half hour south of Flagstaff. There are numerous campsites in the Flagstaff/Williams area if you would prefer to camp… but…just to let you know…the average night time lows for Flagstaff/Williams during this time of the year is in the mid twenties!
Sunday’s Tentative Schedule:
BoyntonCanyon and Spires: seven mile, very moderate hike through deep red canyon.
Devil’s Bridge: Two mile easy hike to a geological wonder.
Photo of Devil's Bridge
Monday’s Tentative Schedule:
MontezumaCastle National Monument- located near Camp Verde, Arizona, in the Southwestern United States, features well-preserved cliff-dwellings. They were built and used by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people, northern cousins of the Hohokam, around 700 AD. It was occupied from approximately[masked] AD, and occupation peaked around 1300 AD
Cathedral Rock at Red Rock Crossing: Cathedral Rock is the most photographed area in Arizona outside of the Grand Canyon. This is three mile round trip hike but may be longer if we choose to explore the area.
Chapel of the Holy Cross-The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic chapel built into the mesas of Sedona, Arizona, which was inspired and commissioned by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude. In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona, and it is also the site of one of the so-called Sedona vortices.
Bell Rock Loop is a short loop hike to one of the most photographed and visited mountain/rock formation in the Sedona area.
Tuesday’s Tentative Schedule:
West Fork Oak Creek Canyon Trail: Six mile round trip hike along Sedona’s most romantic and magical trail which traverses along a gentle stream through lush greenery and red rocks.
Exploration of Slide Rock State Park: The park is known for it’s natural water slide worn into the smooth sandstone of the creek which is used by swimmers during the summer months. The swimming area has sloping, water sculpted slick rock formations with rock-rimmed pools connected by chute cascades.
Slide Rock State Park
Wednesday’s Tentative Schedule:
Bear Mountain: Five mile round trip hike of 1800 feet elevation gain “or” Munds Wagon Trail which is an eight mile moderate hike from high desert to high country with great views.
Jerome Sightseeing opportunity: Jerome is located high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prescott and Flagstaff is the historic copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community.
Bear Mountain Meadow during Spring
Thursday’s Tentative Schedule:
Thursday we will pack up and head to Williams to spend the night for two nights while we hike in the Grand Canyon on Friday. On our way to the Williams I would like to visit Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon National Monuments if we have time.
SunsetCrater Volcano National Monument- Sunset Crater is a volcanic cinder cone located north of Flagstaff in U.S. State of Arizona. Sunset Crater is the youngest in a string of volcanoes that is related to the nearby San Francisco Peaks.
WalnutCanyon National Monument- Walnut Canyon National Monument is a United States National Monument located about 10 mi southeast of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona.The canyon rim elevation is 6,690 ft; the canyon's floor is 350 ft lower. A 0.9 mi long loop trail descends 185 ft into the canyon passing 25 cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua, a pre-Columbian cultural group that lived in Walnut Canyon from about 1100 to 1250 CE.
Friday’s Tentative Schedule:
On Friday we will hike the Kaibab/Angel Bright Loop Trail in the Grand Canyon: This hike is a 13 to 16 mile loop hike with 4,700 foot elevation gain. For those who don’t want to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in one day there are numerous other trail possibilities along the rim.
Hiking along the Kaibab Trail
Saturday: We will head home on Saturday.