Cuisine inspired by the markets of Mexico… Sedona restaurant Elote Cafe, serving the cuisine of Mexico culled from over 15 years of travels through Mexico by chef Jeff Smedstad. Elote Cafe features local products such as wines from Page Springs Winery, Black Mesa Goat cheese and Sedona/Verde Valley area produce.
Traditional Mexican recipes get a creative and tasty update.. Start with the namesake elote, roasted corn on a stick; this Mexican street-food favorite is transformed into an addictive dip of grilled corn kernels, Cotija cheese, lime, and chiles. Small plates like chicken tacos with mole sauce are delicious and affordable, and larger dishes like braised lamb shank in ancho chile sauce or chiles rellenos are equally satisfying. Enjoy the colorful interior or sit on the open-air deck for fabulous Sedona views. Just come prepared for a wait, because the word is out and they don’t take reservations.
The Red Rock Ranger Station has an amazing visitor center where visitors and locals alike will enjoy learning about the area’s many scenic wonders and world class recreation opportunities.
Services offered at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center
Recreation Activity/Trip Planning Assistance
Detailed Trail/Road Information
Free Forest Recreation Guide with map
Arizona Natural History Association Store (Maps, Books, Gifts)
Sale of Red Rock Passes (annual only)
Sale of Federal Interagency (America the Beautiful) Passes
Sale of Forest Product Permits (personal use fuelwood, rock for landscaping)
General Forest information
Cathedral Rock Trail is a short 0.7 mile but strenuous trail which quickly rises 608 feet in elevation. The midsection of the trail has a near vertical segment which requires climbing. The trail is well marked and many hikers can be found using the trail. The trail traverses the east side of the mountain and thus the hike is better taken in the afternoon so one is hiking in the shade. On the top, there is a narrow plateau with steep slopes on each side. The width is about that of a wide sidewalk and several stones are perfect for sitting. One can enjoy the view if not afraid of the heights.
The hike ends at the northern saddle between the middle and northern spire.
Little Horse Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Little Horse Trail begins along the Bell Rock loop trail. Following this jeep trail southward for a quarter of a mile, you will come to a signed fork. Making a left, the trail start to climb gently and follows a few washes and through Arizona cypress patches. At the intersect of the Chapel Trail from the left, take a right passing through a gate boundary near 1.4 miles.
Once you head through the ridge up to the Chicken Point, take the path left for a short climb onto the open rock range, full spectacular views. Note that this lookout is used by Jeep Tours heading up via Broken Arrow Road.
If you a ready to leave, you can take the same way back or continue onward towards the Broken Arrow Trail.
Note: this trail requires a Red Rock Pass – available at most gas stations in Sedona etc.
Sitting atop the plateau which holds Sedona’s airport, Mesa Grill offers its patrons a one-of-a-kind experience. You can enjoy a terrific dining experience while watching local air traffic take off and land. The action is regular outside the large plate-glass windows. But despite its interesting scenery, the Mesa Grill also offers really delicious cuisine, and professional wait staff. The high desert setting doesn’t deter this popular restaurant from focusing on delicious seafood and many diners opt for the lobster special. There’s also a grassy area adjacent to the outdoor dining area, where patrons can enjoy a cocktail before dinner.
Weber’s IGA owned by Clark’s Market is a full service grocery store with pharmacy. EachClark’s store has its own personality, based on the community where it resides. In resort communities, Clark’s is known as a conventional grocery store that emphasizes natural, organic and gourmet products. Open 7 days a week!
This is the perfect cold weather hike! Imagine soaking in the warmth of the sun on a chilly day while savoring gorgeous, panoramic vistas everywhere you look as you trek along a three-and-a-half mile circular path around Airport Mesa and its famed positive energy flow vortex. Talk about an energy boost!
Airport Loop is a wonderful introduction to Sedona’s red rock country because it provides great views of West Sedona and some of our most famous landmarks: Coffee Pot Rock, Chimney Rock, Capitol Butte (Thunder Mountain), Courthouse Butte, the Cockscombs, Wilson Mountain, Munds Mountain, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock – and (whew!) Sedona’s very own “pyramid mountain.” Yes, you can certainly hike this in warmer months, but in the summer it can get very hot, indeed, with hardly a shady spot for cover.
NOTE: If you’re with a group or a partner and one wants to do the hike and another just wants to meditate or soak in the vortex energy, this is an ideal choice.
Bike & Bean is Sedona’s oldest and most awarded bike shop. Serving all riders from the beginner to the seasoned pro with some of the best trails in the world right out their back door (literally) in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Come in for their fine Italian espresso, have your bike serviced by one of their master mechanics, or rent any one of their professionally maintained rentals set up for the best Sedona experience. Sit down with one of their signature Italian Cappuccinos in the bistro, let them share their local trail information, or just stop in to say hello. Make your Sedona adventure one to remember!
Take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona’s longest-running nature show. The railroad meanders through the inner sanctum of Arizona’s other “grand canyon,” where each season creates a new reason to ride. Splendid vistas and centuries-old Indian ruins are around the bend as the train pulls away from remnants of a mining era which helped establish neighboring communities. Make sure to spend some time out in their open air cars and witness the abundant wildlife in the area including the American Bald Eagle. Travelers catch the train at the depot near Clarkdale, which is about 40 minutes southwest of the home. For more information, visit Verde Canyon Railroad for tickets and pricing.
Coffee Pot Restaurant is unique and truly a landmark that’s been in Sedona since the 50’s. A few of the many feautres that keep its loyal customers “coming back for more” include their famous 101 omelettes, breakfast served all day, authentic Mexican food, and the rich, robust, freshly ground Colombian coffee. All generously portioned meals are reasonable priced and prepared fresh daily.