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
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.
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.
Posse Grounds Park is a Public Park Facility in Sedona and includes 4 Courts For 16 Players Or More. All Tennis Courts Are First Come, First Serve, As They Must Share With Tennis Players Always. Intermediate-advanced players. Drop-in Players Are Welcomed. Take Posse Grounds Rd North, (just East Of Ace Hardware In West Sedona) Go Two Stop Signs Up Posse Grounds Rd. And Turn Left at stop sign Onto Narrow Asphalt Rd Along Hurricane Fencing. This Takes You Past Maintenance Bldg, 5 Mph Sign And Into Tennis/pickleball Courts Parking Lot
Schedule: POSSE GROUNDS PARK: Tue, Thur. Fri. & Sun. 6-9 pm.
Fee: Daily Play Is Free for all visitors.
Tennis and Pickleball
CANYON MESA now has Tennis and Pickleball
They offer two hard Tennis courts and four Pickleball courts that are open to the public
Drop in Pickleball Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 8:00am
No membership is required to play and only costs $5 per person for a two hour session.
10 Play Pass Available for $40.00
Call ahead for reservations or to book your next tennis outing: 928-284-0036
Out of Africa Wildlife Park is home to more than 400 animals, including lions, giraffes and rhinoceroses. The mission of Out of Africa Wildlife Park is to create the ultimate animal adventure for all ages, one steeped in fun, immersed in learning, and inspired by a living and colorful world of astonishing wildlife.
Experience an interactive animal encounter that will introduce you to some of our beloved and popular animal stars ranging from furry, to feathered, to scaly.
Follow our animal caretakers on the Predator Feed as they throw 800 pounds of raw food to eagerly waiting carnivores. Plenty of opportunities to take amazing pictures while bears chow down, hyenas laugh, and lions roar.
Giant Snake Show
Get behind the myths, and discover the reality of the Giant Snake. Take advantage of this interactive experience and opportunity to look closely. If you choose to, you can even touch and hold some of the world’s largest species. Safe for all ages.
Wonders of Wildlife Show
You’ll be fascinated by the antics of our residents, whether it’s grizzly bears at play flopping in the pool, spotted hyenas playing tug-of-war with caretakers, or a walkabout where you’re shown a rare side of exotic animals.
African Bush Safari
No passport needed! You may be in Arizona, but you’ll feel like you’re in Africa when hitching a ride on your own African Bush Safari Tour, included with general admission. This 30-minute tour narrated by expert guides is a photographer’s dream.
Engage the splendor of the wildlife preserve, composed of the free-roaming Serengeti, the entertainment arena and courts, and spacious habitats located throughout the park. Enjoy by foot or park vehicles.
Turn your shopping experience into an adventure with gifts ranging from the usual to the exotic. Choose a wild stuffed animals to inspire a child’s imaginary African safari, or a book to gain insight into the instincts of the wild. Relive your day’s adventure!
For those of you visiting Sedona during the hot summer months, a few hours at Slide Rock State Park is a must. Housed on land that formerly grew apple trees, the park earned its name from the stretch of its slippery creek bed near the original homestead that now acts as a natural waterslide. Visitors can cruise down the creek on a tube or on their own, or simply enjoy the sun along the rock bed. Beyond the natural waterslide, the park is home to numerous natural swimming pools. The farm’s old homestead is also open to exploration. Visitors often spend the entire day at the park soaking up the sun and swimming in the water. If you are feeling brave, you can even go cliff jumping.
Slide Rock State Park is located about 23 minutes north of the home along Highway 89A. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. from January through October and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to January. Entry fee is $20 per vehicle, which includes access for up to four adults, and $3 per extra person. (In the fall and winter months, it’s just $10 for entry.) Holiday weekends cost a bit more. For more information, check out the Slide Rock State Park website Arizona State Parks
Looking for an alternative to planes and helicopters? Try taking a balloon ride to experience high vistas of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Hot air ballooning allows each visitor to Sedona to experience the magic and energy of the vortexes in their own way. Professional pilots, ground crew and support personnel make hot air ballooning an event to remember. Imagine floating over Sedona as the sun peeks out over the crimson towers that line the eastern horizon. As the sun breaks from behind the rocks, your morning hot air balloon ride gives a bright perspective on what the day might bring. End your ride with a champagne toast amidst the famous Sedona red rocks. A balloon flight is typically three-to-four hours from the time you arrive until you’re ready to go home. Flight time is 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on weather conditions.
A popular balloon tour company Red Rock Balloon Adventures. For ore information visit their website at Red Rock Balloon Adventures.
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The Chapel of the Holy Cross is an architectural and spiritual treasure of Sedona. Built on a magnificent red rock perch and offering vistas of Sedona’s most breathtaking landscape, this house of worship has drawn countless people from all over the world since the 1950s. Today it is one of the most popular destinations for visitors of the Sedona area. Those who expect to find the Chapel as just another charming site are often surprised to find themselves embued by the powerful spirituality emanating from this plain yet beautiful building that seems to have stepped forth right out of Sedona’s dramatic red rocks.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is available just a short walk down the cliff side from the church. The Chapel is located 4 minutes from the home and can be seen from the back patio. For more information, visit the official website The Chapel of the Holy Cross.