Last month, my nieces were in town from out of state. While brainstorming activities for us, Justin and I thought it would be fun to take the girls on an adventure to Sedona! The beautiful city of red rocks is only about 2 hours from us in the Valley. While it is possible to have a decent day trip up there, we decided to stay overnight for a better experience.
We arrived in Sedona around noon. Luckily, our hotel–the Arabella–had our room ready, and we were able to check-in early. Justin and I stayed at the Arabella two years ago, and we enjoyed it. The rooms are comfortable and budget friendly. They have a pool, fire pits, and even a hiking area with a beautiful view of the sunset. Sometimes they have unique activities or events on the weekends. The best part? This hotel provides its guests with free breakfast in the mornings. Sweet!
After we settled in to the room and ironed out our plans for the afternoon, we headed out to Sedona-Off Road Center to rent our side by side. Once we completed our paperwork, the company provided us with a map of trail options. Before we knew it, we were off!
We decided to do the Schnebly Hill Road Trail as well as the Devil’s Bridge Trail. They were both relatively easy to do with an off-roading vehicle. Schnebly Hill provided us with beautiful views of Sedona as well as a nice place to stop for a snack. The Devil’s Bridge Trail was my favorite, though. Once we couldn’t drive any further, we parked our side by side and hiked up to the spectacular rock formation. While the hike was a little rough in the afternoon, the view was well worth the work! I was a little nervous about taking the girls off-roading at first, but they ended up having a blast.
After we returned our vehicle, we ventured back to the hotel and hopped in the pool to cool down. The water was so refreshing after being out in the heat all day. We then washed up and headed to Oregano’s for some dinner and a pizza cookie. While we have the Italian restaurant here in Phoenix, we love to visit this one in particular for the stunning red rock views. We even spotted Snoopy while we were there. 😉
Once we returned back to our room for the night, we discovered that the hotel was offering a star gazing event. We can’t see many stars here in the Metro-Phoenix area, so we decided to check it out. At the meeting spot, there was a nice gentleman discussing the planets and constellations above. He had a telescope that we were able to use. We were even able to see the Milky Way!
The next morning we drove out to Slide Rock State Park before heading home. This area of the Oak Creek is blast, because the rock formations act as natural water slides. There are even areas where the creek is deep enough to swim or cliff jump. We all had such a great time! I will mention, though, that the water is extremely cold and the rocks are VERY slippery. So, next time, I will definitely bring water shoes and wear board shorts.
Overall, our trip with the girls to Sedona was amazing! I think they were a little hesitant about our plans at first, but we all had such a great time. I’ve been to Sedona before, and I’d definitely say that this trip/itinerary was my favorite by far.