THIS IS A TENTATIVE PLAN.
Sept , 2022
Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town.
Why not hike a warm and wild section of the country to amazing places that cars cannot reach?
Departure San Antonio x/x/xxxx Southwest #5884 Departs 6:20 a.m.
Departure Phoenix x/x/xxx Southwest #4656. Departs 7:30 p.m..
LODGINGS: For this trip, we'll go basic on lodgings so we can divert funds to great food!!!! Besides, we're here to hike and be outside, not sit around a spa hotel.
Days Inn by Wyndham Sedona $985/4 = $246 per person. 4 People to a room/2 Queen size beds.
MEALS: Since our hotel does not have a kitchen, all meals for this trip will be at restaurants or picnic items from the grocery store. Estimated budget $40 per day, or $280.
GROUND TRANSPORTATION: $783/4 = 195 per person.
$721 per person quad occupancy (246 Lodgings, $280 Meals, $195 Ground Transportation). Here, quad occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with three other trip participants. and, a queen size bed. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Phoenix, AZ (PHX) as well as personal equipment, meals above $40 day, supplies, extra restaurant meals and a share of gas.
Covered expenses include 7 hotel nights, ground transportation, $40 per day towards meals and awesome company.
Weather is always an important concern when backpacking. Historical March weather averages in the mid-70s during the day and 30s-40s at night. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 90s and freezing temperatures at night. We even experienced freak snowstorms in 2006 & 2011 and 100 degrees in 2015 & 2017 so anything can happen. But overall, expect a warm respite from your end-of-winter blues..
Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX).
Brunch at local restaurant.
Drive to Sedona.
Check in Hotel at 1 a.m.
Take short hike.
Sunday Sept 6-11 Day - Day Hikes and picnicking per Group consensus.
Free breakfast in Hotel.
3 p.m. Drive to Airport.
REMINDER: While we encourage all to join and participate, this is not a guided commercial tour. This is a group of friends getting together to hike in awesome locations and share the cost to do so. We are not your babysitter, hand holder, therapist, nor are we here to coddle your issues. We are comfortable sharing a queen size bed with a female stranger (vetted somewhat by paying dues and being a member), or, a hotel room with 4 other people because our goal is to spend time in stunning, beautiful, natural locations without spending $300-$500 a day on a guided group tour. If this is not your goal, this group is probobly not for you.