Places:  Devil’s Bridge in Sedona.

Had a fantasric hike in Sedona, Arizona yesterday with my wife.

Hiking Desert Trail Sedona Arizona

I will say that this moderate+ trail was well worth the effort (and the beat – it soared to 104F).  You do have areas where a little “mountain goat” is needed, so plan accordingly.  As always, you can never bring enough water.  This is a popular trail and it always amazes me to see folks with one little water bottle.  There was actually a 911 call for a lost man who wandered off after feeling ill.  Altitude and heat are a dangerous combination!

But for the trail itself – fantastic!

Photos speak for themselves 

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward Old Man

And don’t forget the payoff (this is why you are here):

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward
“Old Man on the Devil’s Bridge”
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I love when the unusal happens!

Golfing today with one of my buddies and bull snake decided to crash the party on thr 12th hole.  He didn’t care one bit we were there.

This is a pressure putt…..

But he managed to do more than that.  While we finished the hole and were walking back to the carts, it thought it was a good idea to slither up inside a cart.

Arizona golf – Got to love it!  Even a bizarre cloud formation.

Places: Courthouse Butte Trail in Sedona

I was able to have a beautiful little hike with my daughter this weekend.  We had never been on the Courthouse Butte Trail, and I have to say it it may have instantly become one of my new “favorites” (I have a lot of “favorites” – no shortage in Arizona!).

I easily took a few dozen photos that were instant “keepers”.  You almost cannot take a bad photo in Sedona – and even they still don’t do it justice!

For me this is the perfect “short” hike.  Roughly 5 miles, it takes you, ironically, completely around the Courthouse Butte with great views of Bell Rock and the surrounding area.  A bonus this time was that the century plants were starting to bloom.

Well worth it, and it might be one the “must” trails to take our visitors when the come to town.  Make sure to get there early as the parking will fill up.  And don’t forget the water – it is still the desert!  Most folks head right to Bell Rock, but save that until the end.  Until the next trail…..

Places: Return to Horseshoe Bend

Darn you Arizona!  There is so much to see, but you leave us little options but to visit all of your fantastic landmarks multiple times to get a more complete experience.  And what a wonderful problem to have.

A recent trip through Page, Arizona was carefully planned to take in a couple of places at a different time of day (and season) then the last time I was there.  Along with Lower Antelope Canyon, one I had to see again was Horseshoe Bend.  This time at Sunset.

Horseshoe Bend Sunset. Hiking Arizona. Page

Sunset provided a much different experience than the early morning of last summer.

Horseshoe Bend. Hiking Arizona Old Man Hiking

But do not forget that the “wall” that provides the viewing plateau is very underrated and quite impressive on its own.

Horseshoe Bend. Hiking in Arizona. Page. Colorado RiverHorseshoe Bend. Hiking in Arizona. Page. Colorado River

You’ll notice that the 1000 ft. drop to the bottom offers “no guardrails” and many folks often put them themselves precariously close to the edge.

Horseshoe Bend is not the only view of the Colorado River.  Take a quick stop just outside of town for a scenic view of Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River.

Other Places to consider:

Monument Valley

Lower Antelope Canyon

 

 

Places: Monument Valley

I had a wonderful time in Monument Valley with my dad last week.  He has long been a huge fan of Western movies and as I selfishly wanted to see it as well, this was the last stop as part of his 79th birthday present.

I highly recommend taking advantage of one of the many tours available. First and foremost, you get to go to places that are restricted (Not to mention the road is quite terrible in places).  We had a wonderful Navajo guide, who was quite knowledgeable and gave us a great experience.  The 3.5 hour tour went by way to quickly.

But all plans don’t come out as you hope.  Scheduling to be there for sunset, we ended up getting hit by a dust storm that shortened it just a little and took away the blue sky and the desired lighting.  I didn’t need one, but it’s a good excuse to head back and work some more on photography and enjoying the scenery of Arizona (and Utah).

Places: Lower Antelope Canyon

Spent a couple of days traveling Northern Arizona for my Dad’s 79th birthday.  Though I pushed him pretty hard with a lot of walking, he managed to do alright.  Day one consisted of Wupatki National Park, Sunset Crater, Horseshoe Bend and a guided tour of Lower Antelope Canyon.

It’s hard to believe the variety how diverse Arizona can be within a two hour drive.  Expect an hour plus walk with some mild to a little moderate walking (ladder climbing and some occasional ducking/contortion).  This is the second time I have been – this time in the late afternoon and a previous trip in the early morning.  Definitely a different experience on lighting and the photos you can take.

Both times offer a unique experience and if you are ever near Page, it is well worth making a reservation.  It can be busy, so check well in advance.