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Sedona for 2.5 Days

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Sedona for 2.5 Days

Flatland family of 4, kids ages 11 & 7, like to hike and see the landscape. Kids are good for up to 10 miles, if necessary, but we tend to keep the hikes under 6 miles and 2000 vertical ft. unless they are exceptional and worth the strain.

Our schedule and budget is limited, as this trip is really just to pick up a vehicle we are buying and to go to a meeting in PHX.

Arrive PHX at 5:10 PM this Saturday, pick up new vehicle waiting at airport, grab some drive through food and drive to Sedona. This is going to bring us in at an ill advised hour or so after sunset, but will give us All day Sunday and Monday, as well as half the day on Tuesday before we have to head back to PHX. Staying at the Greentree Inn, because that is what was available.

We have already been to GCNP, Antelope, etc. last year, following your advice on here, at it was all wonderful, but we did not make it down to Sedona.

Spending >$300.00 for a jeep tour would be great, but not in our budget. We have already spent that money by staying in Sedona vs Cottonwood.

Can you suggest some fun, and not crazy packed hikes, or trips? This is kind of last minute, and I'll read what I can, but I know that the top 10 lists can also be the most crowded. We are ok with 80% pretty, if it means 20% of the crowds.

Also we will have a high clearance 4x4 if that opens up any possibilities.

Is Montezuma's castle or Tuzigoot worth a stop in our limited time?

I plan to buy a National Park Pass if that would help, because later this year we'll be visiting several NP and NM.

Thank you.

Edited: 19 March 2018, 21:56
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1. Re: Sedona for 2.5 Days

Read the relevant Top Questions on the right hand side of this page.

Do the popular hikes to get the most out of Sedona. Go where you feel drawn. Just stay loose and flexible.

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2. Re: Sedona for 2.5 Days

My son’s favourite hikes were Devil’s Bridge and Doe mountain. We did them in the same day, packed a lunch that we had bought at Safeway and relaxed for the rest of the day. He was 11 and both were very easy for him.

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Thanks for the advice.

To follow up, we ended up arriving on Saturday night. We woke up early Sunday and drove to the Devils Bridge trailhead. Since we were in a LX470 (Lexus Land Cruiser), we were able to take the 4x4 road to the base and hike 0.7 miles. Then spent the rest of the day driving up and back on Schnebly Hill Rd. Had dinner and beer at Famous Pizza.

Monday we hiked up the Fay Canyon Trail, took a tour at the Palatki ruins, ate some sandwiches that we packed, then hiked up Doe Mountain. Ate dinner at Nicks

Tuesday we checked out the Honanki Ruins and left on the OHV trails and FS roads to Cottonwood and on to Montezuma's Castle, before heading on to Phoenix.

Great taste of Sedona. Would definitely like to spend more time in this area.

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4. Re: Sedona for 2.5 Days

Thanks for sharing your brief time in Sedona. Sounds like it all worked out well for you.

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