There is an old saying,

"God created the Grand Canyon, but he lives in Sedona."

One trip to Sedona and you know it has to be true.

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While in Sedona you will be surrounded by beauty. No wonder there are so many artist in one area. Over 200 world renowned artists call Sedona home.

It's hard to imagine that in this little town over 40 galleries showcase the works of these artists. Everything from jewelry, to photos, sculptures, paintings, clay, metal are just some of the mediums that you can find.

The artists in Sedona are creatively inspired the colors offered in Sedona. The azure blue skies against the crimson rocks and the green pine trees are an inspiration surely to get the creativity flowing. Sedona with its ever-changing colors mesmerize artists the local artists. It’s the uniqueness of Sedona nature that is the heart of where the spendor gives birth to pieces that are simply breath taking.
Sedona first was captured by Max Ernst, a surrealist painter and sculptor in the 50's. Now creativity is overflowing from every gallery that you step into.

So while you are in Sedona, don't miss out on your chance to take a piece of Sedona home with you.

Visions Gallery

Bill Worrell Artist Profile Exposures Gallery Sedona, Arizona

David DeVary Artist Goldenstein Gallery Sedona, Arizona

Ken Rowe Bronze Sculpture Sedona Arizona

A Gift To Sedona At The Stupa

The First Annual festival of a Thousand Flowers & Lights, at the Amitabha Stupa in Sedona, Arizona

Senator McCain Visit's His Sedona Ranch

Senator/Presidential Candidate McCain flew into Sedona's airport on Friday February 29 for a much needed break. Why Sedona? Well because he owns a ranch in the area.

The Senator McCain was greeted by his wife, Cindy, who had driven in from their ranch to meet John.

He was also greeted by Mac McCall who is the airport manager, and Sedona Airport Authority President Russ Demaray, and his friend, Pam Fazzini.

He was relaxed and his laid back style showed as he climbed into the drivers seat of his SUV and drove his wife and himself back to their ranch. He was hosting a big cook out for reporters and various members of the press.

His ranch, he and his wife Cindy have owned it for over 25 years and it is valued at 1.1 million dollars. It was featured recently in the Home and Garden Magazine. The McCain's have enjoyed countless weekends, family gatherings and relaxing get-aways from their busy life in Washington D. C. and Phoenix.

So where is his ranch? I have searched for any pictues on the Internet and more specifics on the location and came up pretty empty handed. I can tell you however, I am willing to bet if you get to Page Springs, the people there will know where he lives.

What I do know is that the 6.6 acre ranch is located about 13 miles west of Sedona. It is in a small town called Page Arizona. It is the best-kept secret in the Verde Valley.The town is bordered by 2000 acres of National Forest and is located between Sedona and Cottonwood, on the banks of Oak Creek it is located at 3,400 feet in a quaint setting of giant oak trees, sycamores, old cottonwood trees and artesian streams.The Oak Creek has created a migratory corridor for more than 500 species of birds traveling from Canada to South America – a bird watcher’s paradise.

Page Springs was established by James Page, great grandfather of the current Page family still that still lives there. Some historians describe the area as “the way Sedona used to be in the early days”.

The area has many points of interest, parks and monuments to offer travelers full days of activities and fun. Page boasts several wineries.Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery, Oak Springs Winery, Page Springs and Echo Canyon Vineyard and Winery.

Click Here for Winery Information

In Page Springs the fly fishing is great in the Oak Creek. They have a hatchery located there and the hatchery is dedicated to raising endangered species of fresh water fish before they become extinct. Also, nearly 120 of the species of birds actually reside within the vicinity of the Hatchery itself.

Click Here For Hatchery Information

Click Here For More Fishing Info

Are you interested in getting in a little fly fishing while you are in Sedona? Well, this is the perfect spot to do that.
Click Here To Lees Ferry Fly Fishing

Page Springs Restaurant is located at the entrance of Page Springs and provides a menu based largely on ribs, sandwiches and steaks. The average entree to cost $12 to $20 and it is a "cash only" restaurant. They are open for lunch and dinner and dress is casual. John McCain and his family stop by whenever they are in town.

1975 North Page Springs Road
Cornville, Arizona 86325-6103


Click here for Page Springs Restaurant

Also, if you are a fan of Bed & Breakfast's, then you are in luck. Page Springs B&B sits nestled in the rolling hills of Page.
Click Here for Page Springs B&B Info

If you enjoy RV camping here is information for you.
Click Here for Page Springs RV Resort

If you would prefer a quiet secluded casual resort this might be the perfect spot.
Click Here For More Information On LoLoMai

To get there take I-17 to Exit 287 Highway 260 to Cottonwood. Go right on 89A and drive a few miles and you are in Page Springs.

Click Here For Page Springs Map

This link has a short video of the area on the right hand side of the page.
Click Here For More Information about Cornville Video

More articles to read about Senator McCain's barbecue:
Click Here For Another Article about The McCain Ranch

Click Here To Read Article About McCain At His Home Recently

Click Here For Another Article About John McCain At His Home

Click Here To Read About John's Phoenix House

Sedona And Gay Travelers

Sedona is such a beautiful place to visit and in order to assist reach everyone in the gay and lesbian community traveling to Sedona, we wanted to collect some information that might assist you in planning your dream vacation. Whether it is camping or staying in a B&B, you will find Sedona not only beautiful, but also very welcoming to all.

Thanks to Trip Advisor I found a couple posts that might help you determine the tone of Sedona.

"I lived in Sedona for 8 years and yes, it will be just fine for your visit. There is a gay or rainbow business/service directory that specifically say they are gay friendly. Not sure how you can get one. But Sedona, being a pretty metaphysical, spiritual kinda town, is not the Republican Phoenix. I think you will find there are no turned heads or anything. On the other hand - and I remember wanting to go to a gay bar with my hairdresser - there are no gay only types of bars or hotels. I never saw two men dance but they were always with us, dancing with the girls. I guess it is not San Francisco or even California, but it is not a small minded religious right town. Hope this is helpful. I do hope you have a great time. Be sure to go to Jerome the artist community on the hill, and take a pink jeep ride and dance to Sammy D. if he is playing anywhere."

And here is another...

"I just went. I am not gay, but consider myself "gay Friendly." Sedona is really laid back and relaxed, and I would be surprised if your sexuality was a strong subject of interest. Most of what we did in Sedona was very solitary (hikes and drives, etc). I don't know that there would be much swinging nightlife --gay or otherwise. So, I suppose if you are going to Sedona for the hiking, nature, etc, your sexuality will not be a factor."

Here are a collection of sites that are LGBT specific that I hope will assist you in planning your vacation. For info on dining, spa's, tours, etc. Please refer to the archives! And as always, Enjoy Sedona!

Click Here For Gay Friendly Lodging

Click Here For Information On The Pride In The Pines

Click Here to read "Channels and Psychics and Gays, Oh My!

Click Here for Gay Sedona Site

Click Here For the Sedona Sisters Site

Click Here For Trip Advisors Reviews

Click Here for LGBT Traveler Source Not Specific To Arizona

More LGBT Travel Info Not Specific To Arizona

Additional LGBT Info Not Specific To Arizona

Click Here For Echo Mag ~GLBT News

Click Here For Gay Friendly Business

Click Here To Search For More Arizona Gay Information

Click Here For Phoenix Gay Clubs

Sedona Coyotes

Close your eyes and imagine sitting under a starry Sedona night sky and listening to the howls of a Coyote. It's call to the wild seems to be able to take you back in time.

The image of a wild Coyote is synonymous with the west. Yet they are not just exclusive to the west any longer. It used to be exclusive to the west but now they can be found all over Northern American including as far south as Mexico and Panama. Coyotes have even been spotted in New York City’s Central Park!

They are a member of the dog family and they are just about the size of a small Siberian Husky. It's tail is bushy like a fox and is carried straight out below the level of it's back.

The coyote, like a Husky has 2 coats. One coat has guard hairs to protect him from the weather and a thick, soft undercoat for insulation.

Coyotes are extremely adaptable and will change it's breeding, hunting, eating and social habits to survive. This has allowed them to flourish while the Grey wolf is almost eradicated.

Coyotes are the most vocal of all of the North American mammals. They will use a wide variety of sounds to communicate with one another. Howls, yelps, and high-pitched cries are best known, but they also bark, growl, wail, and squeal. If there are just two coyotes howling in at the same time it can create the illusion of a dozen or more performing in concert. Usually, the coyotes are most often heard around dawn and dusk.

Some people say the sounds is eerie, but to others it is a rare and almost spiritual thing to witness.

Coyotes are omnivores. Like humans, that means they eat both meat and plants. They will eat mice or other rodents, fruit, seeds, berries, or grasshoppers when available.

They are amongst the fasts animals in North America and can run as fast as 45 mph for hours without tiring.

Coyote pairs are monogamous and devoted to each other. They will live as a couple that lasts a lifetime. Most coyote packs are family units consisting of a mated pair (alpha pair) and its current offspring and possibly a few of last year’s offspring (beta coyotes). Usually, the alpha pair are the only breeders with the betas helping to raise pups, gather food and defend their home territory. Only rarely are beta pairs allowed to mate.

The coyote comes from the Aztec word "coyotl", which can be translated into the "trickster." In Native American stories coyotes are clever and tricky. This reputation is based on fact. Coyotes may scan the sky for ravens flying in circles. Coyotes know that the birds often hover over a dead animal, so finding the birds frequently leads to finding a free meal.

Coyotes have even been known to hunt with the badger; with the coyote scenting out burrowing rodents and the badger digging them out, and then both animals will share the feast.

Click Here For More Sedona Wildlife Info

Click Here For A Great Video On Coyotes

Click Here For Great Coyote Information

Sedona Timeshare Presentation 101

Go to any resort town and you will see salesmen hanging out of doorways offering you a map, asking if you want discounts on tours, where are you from,etc. Beware my friend. They are not just friendly people, they are going to lure you in and get you to agree to a "short 90 minute presentation" in exchange for discounts, dinners,etc.

I can tell you I have attended many "short presentations" and they are never 90 minutes. Most of the time they come and pick you up with a bus and drive you to their location. Serve you some water or coffee and have you sit in a holding room until the presentation begins. Then you will be taken in a room (usually) for a video to show you how wonderful the resort is and how you really need this. After you will be escorted out and you will meet your assigned sales man/woman.

He will go over all the reasons why you and your family can't live without this. Then if you say no, off he goes and will come back with the big dog boss who will offer you a better deal, more perks,etc. Naturally this "great offer" is only for today and "no" you can't go home and think about it. You have to decide NOW.
That in itself should be a good enough reason why you need to just collect your free dinner certificate and head out the door.

There are many, many other places you can buy discounted timeshares from. Ebay has many, many reputable dealers that you can buy them at about 1-10% of the price. I know the one we were suckered into at Los Abrigados I could have bought a week every year instead of every other year for under $1,000 and we paid over 10K for a studio, every other year! On Ebay we could get a 1 bedroom, every year for under $1,000.

The other place is from Licensed Timeshare Resale Companies. You can pick them up there for 50-80% off the original price. We sold a Princeville, Kauai (Hawaii) 5 star resort that we had paid $25,000 for (every other year) for $10,000 and we were thrilled to get rid of it for that much.

Also, never buy a timeshare from anyone that deals with points (RCI) You will buy a set amount of points and they will promise you the world and as soon as YOU own it, you will discover that you need to buy more and more points. They keep raising the amount of points you need. So my personal opinion is stay away from points (RCI) and look for one that deals with Interval International.

Los Abrigados uses Interval International which is the better company to deal with. Now Los Abrigados tells you they give you "passport weeks" with your unit each year as a special bonus. Which is supposedly a discounted rate at world class reports. Let me tell you, the minute we got back from our Sedona vacation we called to book a few passport weeks. Now mind you this was off season.

Nothing was available, and they were trying to get us to change the dates, change the destination and the places they had available in other areas they were pushing on us were 2 star at best. It's just another"perk" that they make you think you are getting and they are not a deal and not world class. When we finally were able to talk to the girl (after numerous attempts) and said OK to a different time then we wanted, and a different location the prices we were quoted were higher than what I could have gotten it on my own.

Plus with Los Abrigados, once you sign on that dotted line. They are horrible about returning calls, or you call and they are at lunch, out of the office,etc. There is one person is in change of the "passport weeks" and she must just spend a lot of time out of the office. It took us days to get in touch with her.

I would never suggest buying a timeshare directly from them. BUT you can pick up a Los Abrigados timeshare, annual and floating weeks, for under $1,000 on eBay or probably for a couple thousand from a Timeshare Resale company.

What does annual/floating mean? Well, you can buy a floating week or a fixed week. Floating means you can use it anytime of the year based on availability. Fixed means you can only use it for that particular week. If you can't use it, you either lose it or need to deposit it with Interval International and they will find someone to use it. In exchange for your deposited week, you will be able to select another resort to use. But that will cost you an additional fee of around $140.

Now your salesman will tell you that you can go anywhere in the world, well I am here to tell you it is not that easy. Year after year I would try to book somewhere else and get nothing. Remember someone has to deposit a week for you to be able to you one. I would be depositing a Hawaii week and asking for a Florida week and couldn't get anything. The only thing they had was Orlando. Well I didn't want to go to Orlando!

It works like this, if you want to go stay at Silver Springs Resort in Texas, someone who owns a weeks at that resort has to deposit a week so that you can get it. Or say you want to go to Hawaii? An owner of that resort needs to deposit that exact week and you have to just be lucky and on the phone with an agent and then you would get it. Chances? Well, let's just say this, if you had a Timeshare in Hawaii, wouldn't you want to be going to it yourself?

We used to own one in Hawaii and our maintenance fees were $750 a year for a one bedroom, every other year. We paid $25,000 for it and after the fees kept going up and up we decided to sell and it took us 2 years and we jumped at the chance to dump it for $10,000. So that should tell you how cheap you can get them for.

Now we have one at Los Abrigados because we travel to Sedona frequently and they have a great gym/pool/spa so while the rooms are about a 3 star, the gym is worth it.

How did we sell it? Well first we were scammed again. We owned that the Hanalei Bay Resort in Kauai. They asked us to go to another presentation for $150 gift certificate. So we went. The catch was they were trying to get us to upgrade from a 1bedroom to a 2 bedroom. Naturally we weren't interested. We told the sales man how unhappy we were with Time Shares and he told us he could help us sell it. A " friend" of his sold them and for only $350 they would advertise it and sell it. Once we sold, we would pay them an additional commission. We were so anxious to get out of it that we paid the $350 and never heard from them again.

We finally sold it by contacting a timeshare resale company in the area and they sold it for us. But like I said we $25,000 for it and were happy to get $10,000 back. But this is probably your best option to sell one if you have one to sell.

You can look on ebay and see what they are going for there, but they go so cheap that you won't even get a portion of what you paid. A legitimate timeshare resale place is best but don't be taken again like we were. You do NOT pay anything up front.

Well, with all that said, you probably know by now it is best to rent someone else's timeshare and steer clear from all the snake oil sales men.

If you are still brave enough and know you can say " NO" there you might want to check out this Wyndham deal. Here is a great package for a cheap vacation! Wyndham Resorts is offering to you if you attend their presentation a weekend for $89 and more gifts. I would ask them before you book it if there are any additional fees if you do not buy. Once again, check eBay or the Timeshare Resale Companies first!

Click Here For Wyndham Discount Package Available

This video is about a couple who was trying to sell their timeshare and ended up giving it to a company that will then take over the obligations of that property. I'm showing you this because this should tell you that owning a timeshare is not what the sales people want you to believe. AND most importantly, if you insist on owning one, buy from either a reputable dealer on eBay first or at least a licensed Timeshare Resale company. You will save from 50-80% and have the same benefits.

Click Here For TimeShare Consumer Group Forum

Click Here To Read About The Sunterra Scam Warning

* Note: There are other articles I have written on Timeshares in the archives. Please read them because they have more information about places to go to rent them instead of buying, and places to buy them cheaper.

Here Is A Tieshare Rental In Sedona

Sedona's HUGE House By The Chapel~Who really owns it?

I've posted information about this before but I recently found more pictures of the house as it was being built so I thought I would post them.

Anyone who has gone to Sedona, Chapel of the Holy Cross has seen "the house". You can't take a picture of the view at the chapel without seeing "the house" in the way of the view.

The house is located at 503 Chapel Dr. and is a whopping 8,148 square feet. It also appears the land was first sold on 3/23/2001 for $286,000. I tried to get additional information by calling the City of Sedona Community Development Department and left a message that I was trying to locate the public records for that house and no one returned my call. If you want to try, call them at 928.282.1154 and ask for planning and zoning and permits. Let me know if you find out anything!

The first time we went to Sedona was Dec. 2003 and the house was already being built. I have no idea when they actually started to build it but they were putting the shell up when we were first there. With as slow as they are moving, they probably started when the land sale closed in 3/01. I am sure not only were the neighbors crying but probably so was the earth.

We asked many people who owned the home and at first we were told it was Johnny Depp. That I thought was odd since he is really the reclusive type. Why would he pick a spot right in front of a Chapel that millions visit each year. It's not exactly a good spot for privacy, you know?

Next we were told that it was Nick Cage. One lady at Robert Shields Studio (since has close up) said that he was in there picking out things to be delivered and insisted it was his home. He too is reclusive so it also didn' t make sense.

We later found out that he actually does love Sedona and often came to Sedona to vacation when he was married to Lisa Marie Presley. He wanted to have a home in Sedona and was even in escrow for a home in an exclusive area near the airport but we were told that at the last minute he dropped out of escrow. He wanted to own the airspace above his home and that can't be sold. But it was not this home.

Finally we were at an art gallery and spoke to an older gentleman for quite some time. He told us that the other stories were all fabricated and it was actually being built by the Dr. who invented the laser for Lasik eye surgery and he is from Romania.

Now as of just a few months ago, it was still being built (4 yrs later) but it has been for sale for over a year. Evidently he isn't even going to move in. He has it listed for a cool 29 million in case you are interested in having millions of visitors stare at your home all day.

Also it was reported that since they built " the house", the houses below it are now having water problems.So not only did he destroy a mesa, ruined the view from the chapel, and leaves this eye sore breathing down the necks of his neighbors, but he also is causing flooding problems.

This house proves that money talks. Why else would the city have approved this eye sore to be built? I'm not saying it isn't a beautiful house. I am saying it is not in a appropriate location.

Here is the Google map of the big house by the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  Below are the pictures of the build process over the years it took to build it.

December 2003

May 2004

February 2005

February 2006

September 2007

Google's Satellite view of Sedona's big house and the Chapel of Holy Cross 

Sedona Average Weather Temperatures

High Low Av. Precip. Record High Record Low

Jan 56°F 30°F 44°F 2.10 in. 77°F (2003) 0°F (1962)
Feb 61°F 33°F 47°F 2.16 in. 88°F (1963) 10°F (1989)
Mar 65°F 37°F 51°F 2.47 in. 89°F (2004) 9°F (1971)
Apr 73°F 42°F 58°F 1.16 in. 93°F (1996) 18°F (1972)
May 82°F 49°F 66°F 0.71 in. 104°F (2002) 24°F (1975)
Jun 93°F 58°F 76°F 0.36 in. 110°F (1990) 36°F (1971)
Jul 97°F 64°F 80°F 1.65 in. 110°F (2003) 43°F (1968)
Aug 94°F 63°F 79°F 1.90 in. 110°F (1993) 45°F (1968)
Sep 88°F 58°F 73°F 1.94 in. 104°F (1950) 28°F (1968)
Oct 77°F 48°F 63°F 1.67 in. 100°F (1980) 23°F (1997)
Nov 64°F 36°F 50°F 1.38 in. 88°F (1965) 11°F (1970)
Dec 57°F 31°F 44°F 1.51 in. 77°F (1950) 0°F (1968

Sedona Weather~ Flooding

Ever wonder what happens when Sedona gets too much rain at one time? Several years ago, the Oak Creek found out exactly what happens. The waters raced through Sedona and the evidence of it's power left scars on the land that would be visible for years to come.

News crews sat perched on the bridge recording the news journalist's reports and filming the events. The logs, fallen trees and boulders that normally would be immovable, raced by destroying everything in it's path. The trees hung on to the earth with their exposed roots as the raging river eroded what little soil they had to cling to.

We stood and watched as the river rose to the point it was just a few feet under a crystal store that normally sat over looking the creek. This time was much different as the store owners probably held their breath in hopes of the now raging river receeding.

The rain in the Sedona area caused slides to cover Highway 89A in Oak Creek Canyon. Many people along the Oak Creek lost their homes to the waters while hundreds of others were evacuated.

Slide Rock Park Before The Rain: Note The Building On The Right

Slide Rock Park After The Rain: Note The Same Building In This Picture!

This video is of the Village of Oak Creek, a couple locations in Oak Creek Canyon, Wet Beaver Creek, Dry Creek, and in the Red Rock Crossing areas.

My Hot Air Balloon Ride In Sedona

By David Lee

We had always said that we wanted to go on a hot air balloon adventure but at almost $400 for the two of us, it just seemed way too expensive for us. Even on my first trip to Sedona, a friend of ours went ballooning and while it was tempting, I still couldn't get myself to spend $190 a person for just a balloon trip.

He went and loved it and kept reminding me how I had missed my "once in a life time" opportunity. Little did he know, we were already planning our return trip to Sedona!

On my second trip, I was ready for the adventure. I asked several locals and they assured me it was a wonderful experience and I would not regret a penny. So the last full day of the trip, we booked a flight with Red Rock Balloons.

At 5:30 Am, we were picked up along with the other passengers from various resorts.

We drove quietly in the darkness to a canyon where, once we arrived, they began filling the balloon. A couple of coyotes scampered around as the morning was just beginning to open it's eyes to the new day. Several bunnies sat about a hundred
yards away watching us and this great, colorful balloon grew to it's huge size.

Our balloon was carrying seventeen passengers and our pilot! I bit much for my comfort level. But it ended up being OK. We were climbed into the basket after a brief explanation. Young and old, no one had a problem getting in.

As the sun peaked over the eastern peaks, we rose above the canyon floor and surrounding crimson rock walls and watched the animals below still playing and javelina's scrounging for food. They were not even interested in this huge balloon that was rising above their heads.

Below us, we could see fantastic rock formations rising from the golden valley floor, looking even more vibrant in color than usual from the glistening sunrise.

Above us was an azure blue sky on this cloudless morning. Then to my right, I could see a flock of birds flying by, not seeming to care that they were sharing their space with this colorful giant.

We sailed quietly since there is no engine but there was an occasional sounds of the firing the burner to keep our balloon filled up with hot air.

The only way I knew we were moving was by watching the passing scenery. But in the balloon you can't feel any movement as you drift silently.

The people hardly spoke, only the wind whispered to us. Everyone was somewhere else. We were each on our own adventure. The pilot might point out something now and then and we were lucky to not have the 1 who won't stop with the endless chattering and even the little kids that were on our flight quietly gazed out at the heavens.

We could see deer and javelina, coyotes, rabbits, and birds. You could see the traffic start to appear as the town began awaken. It was simply a magical time for all.

A couple of hours later our basket lightly touched the ground and we were all helped out of the basket. We were treated to yummy muffins, fruit juice, and/or champagne and each of us what given a "graduation" certificates.

It was the best money I have spent on an adventure and even now, years later I can still close my eyes and dream of floating with the birds and seeing the beautiful landscape in Sedona. They say that God created the earth in 6 days, I am sure he spent the last entire day creating just Sedona.

Sedona Hot Air Balloon Rides

Sedona is such a beautiful landscape of red rocks, lush green forests, wilderness areas with high canyon crimson walls and the glistening Oak Creek which meanders through the Oak Creek Canyon.

But there is only so much we can see from the ground or even hiking to the top of the buttes. One of the other ways to view the spectacular area is from a Hot Air Balloon. There are several hot air balloon companies to choose from to help you with a journey of a lifetime.

This is an adventure for everyone and no one will be disappointed. We have gone and there have been passengers in our basket that were 7 to 80 yrs old. So as you can see that as long as you are adventurous and ready for a trip of a lifetime, then you will be thrilled with your adventure. I can tell you that the views are beyond spectacular.

There are only 2 companies that have permits from the Red Rock Ranger District (which are required)they are Red Rock Balloons and Northern Lights. Sky High Balloons is a sister company to Red Rock Balloons so I am sure they have a permit too. Before you go on a flight, make sure they are certified and to check on permits, you can verify it by calling the Red Rock Ranger District at 928-282-4119.

I have gone with both companies and both Red Rock Balloons and Northern Lights are very professional, friendly and have various trips and packages to fit your needs. Most trips are $195 per person and they are about 1-1.5 hrs long (flight time. Red Rock Balloons gave us Champagne the last time we flew with them and we got a little flight certificate.

Check with all of them and you can compare. Some give DVD's of the trips which is also a nice keepsake.

There is a company named Arizona Balloon Works and I have read many complaints about them and they do not have a permit so you might want to steer clear of them.

I think getting the view from above gives you a great perspective of the area rock formations. If you really don't want to spend any money you could see Sedona from this view, check out Google Earth.At least it gives you an idea of what it is like from the comfort of your desk.

If you are wondering what to wear, ask when you make reservation since it will differ according to the time of year. But I can tell you that the trips start out early in the AM. Sunrise over the red rocks will be spectacular but it is always cold in the am. I found that it is best to wear sturdy shoes ( No sandals, flip flops,etc), pants and then layer your other clothes. That way you can remove a jacket if you get too warm. Also were a hat as the heat from the flame cans get warm on your head. But is not as windy as you would expect. But to be on the safe said, ask when you call for reservations. They can better guide you based on the time of year you are going.

Ballooning is such a wonderful, magical experience that I can't even begin to tell you what it feels like. It's just one of those things you have to live it to feel the freedom. If you can afford the price of the fare, then it is worth it for this once in a life time experience. I've been 2 times and each flight was different and yet I still feel like a kid each time I go. I am sure you will too.

Click Here For Northern Light Balloon

Click Here For Red Rock Balloon

and Red Rock's sister company
Click Here For Red Rock Balloon

Sedona's 2 Stupas~ Sacred Monuments


“Here in America there are so few places to expect the miraculous.”
Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo,
Spiritual Director of Kunzang Palyul Chöling

Like jewels hidden in the desert, these sacred monuments offer us a source for enlightenment in Sedona.

A stupa is a symbol of enlightenment and is one of the most ancient symbols of Buddhist art and achitecture. These holy & sacred monuments and were designed with deep symbolism and sacred geometry. Each Stupa is Filled with Buddhist relics, and other holy objects, stupas emanate blessings and peace. They create incredible power to those who even look upon it. It has the potential to transcend the limitations of language to activate enlightened knowledge.

It is said that "The main purpose of building stupas is to make the lives of all beings, young and old, meaningful. Building a stupa is a way to benefit sentient beings without using words. They are very powerful objects for purifying negative states of the mind. To have such a holy object existing in a country makes that country very rich and very lucky. Wherever a stupa is built, it will become a powerful place for healing and a cause of whatever success visitors are seeking. By coming and seeing such holy objects, each person can have the potential to transform their mind. These benefits apply to all sentient beings that come to the stupa, even dogs that are taken for a walk around it."

The 2 Stupas are places of great blessings. They offer a radiating presence that transmits blessings to both humans and animals, the surrounding area, and the world. If you chose to visit, you can walk around, circling the stupa a number of times, praying for yourself, your families, friends and the world. Prayers said at a Stupa are magnified.

There are no charges to enter the area but donations are welcomed. There are 2 Stupas to visit. Dogs on leashes are welcome.You are invited to make a pilgrimage today to visit these Stupas, located at the base of Thunder Mountain in the shadow of Chimney Rock. From Highway 89A, in Sedona, take Andante Dr. north to Pueblo, Dr. turn left. Proceed 50 yards and park. Enter the property at the gate on the right and continue by foot on the short trail to the Stupa. Please remember this is a sacred place and it should be treated as such. Please remind children of this.

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Go Horse Back Riding in Sedona And Indulge Your Cowboy Spirit

Have you fallen into the vacation rut? Is your family tired of the same ole vacations? Do you have to do the same things on vacation year after year? I say no! So pack away your snorkel and fins and head to Sedona!

Saddle up and indulge your Cowboy/girl Spirit while you are in Sedona. There are several ranches that offer plenty of horseback riding, horsemanship clinics, and even classes on how to care for a horse all while in spectacular Sedona. Enjoy the vistas and the undiluted, real sensations of ranch life in southwestern Arizona.

If you are traveling with kids. This is a great adventure they will love. Call ahead and ask for the ages they accept on their tours.It seems the age requirement is 6 yrs old. I do know they offer reduced rates for kids. On some rides the kids can go to the creek and swing from the ropes. It's a day they will never forget. You can even choose the dinner ride you will enjoy a steak cooked on an open fire.

Ride the trails of Sedona, feel nature up close and explore a red rock paradise exceptionally beautiful, filled with abundant wildlife and rich in the history of the high desert. Sedona offers mild year round climate, providing endless opportunities to enjoy horseback riding in every season!
You can take a guided tour or for the more experienced,rent a horse and head out on your own. Fore those of you who don't want to ride, you can even take classes that can teach you how to connect spiritually with a horse.

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For those desiring to surround themselves with the beauty of this rugged landscape, you can experience it on a gentle, seasoned horse. There are horses and trails for everyone's skill level.

The American West holds a special place in the hearts of millions all over the world. Being a cowboy isn't just about what you wear, how you walk or what kind of horse you ride. Being "Cowboy" is a state of mind and heart, where the West is still alive and doing very well.

While on your journey you can watch the mountains and cliffs gradually turn from orange to startling red in the light of the setting sun. In every season, you'll share good company, breathtaking vistas, exciting horseback rides on seasoned horses and be able to share some Sedona Sunsets and ride your dreams.

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Sedona Motor Cycle Riding~ Arizona Bike Week

If you are heading to Sedona after the long drawn out winter, then a trip to Arizona for Arizona Bike Week is a must. It begins with the pre-events on 3/27/08 and runs through 4/6/08 and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Scottsdale is about a 2 hr ride and it the scenery is amazing so the ride will go fast.

You could rent a bike in Sedona and enjoy riding while you are on the rest of your vacation or rent one from Scottsdale area or bring your own. Anyway you get there is fine, just prepare your self for one of the best adventures of your life.

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Arizona Bike Week really gets going on April 2, 2008 with the "HandleBar Saloon", vendors, libations, nationally known performers, demo’s by Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Victory, and Yamaha/Star, contests ,freestyle riders, poker runs, custom builders, tributes, bike show, bike games, live music, raffles, charity rides and more. Taking place at WestWorld of Scottsdale.Which is a user-friendly equestrian center and special events facility. They have 120,000 sq. ft. parking garage for motorcycles only!

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If Bike Week isn't your thing, then how about taking a tour with a small group in the Sedona area? There are several tour companies that offer guided tours to many locations around Sedona where you can get out and experience Sedona on two wheels.

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If you are really adventurous then how about planning a ride to the grand canyon? This will be a journey of a life time and something that you will surely never forget. As always, enjoy your trip to Sedona!

Sedona's Chapel Of The Holy Cross Pictures

Side view of the Chapel of the Holy Cross against the beautiful Sedona Blue Sky.

This is the parking lot and the path that leads up to the Chapel.

View inside the Chapel. Sculptures were done by Marguerite Brunswig Staude

Visit Sedona's Chapel Of The Holy Cross

One of the most visited spots in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The architecture alone is worth the visit. Rising 200 feet from the ground, it rests amongst the red rocks.

This is one of my favorite places in Sedona. The views are just amazing and you can feel the forgiving energy as soon as you arrive.

Marguerite Brunswig Staude not only paid for this chapel to be built but she also designed this it after being inspired in 1932 but it would not be completed until 1957.

Marguerite was the youngest of 5 children and born to wealthy parents. Her father owned Brunswig Drug Company. As she grew up she broke her ties from her wealthy family and studied and traveled all over the world. Then while she was studying art in NY and as she gazed on the Empire State Building she had her first vision of what would eventually become the Chapel Of the Holy Cross. It was Ash Wednesday 1932.

She returned to California and sought the advice of Llyod Wright, Frank Llyod Wright's son. The two of them worked to design the Chapel together. Originally she wanted to build the Church in Budapest but WWII put an end to that.

In 1938 she married her husband, Tony Staude and by this time Margurerite was already a known sculptor. She spent much of her time teaching wounded soldiers how to sculpt and also taught blind people as well.

Her husband's family had a ranch known as " Doodlebug Ranch" and she vacationed in Sedona from 1940 until 1960. During the 40's both of her parents had passed away and her mother wanted a "living spiritual trust" and that was when she decided that the Chapel should be built. At the time Sedona was a sleepy little town with about 800 residents.

She had to fly to New Mexico to speak with the Bishop of the Diocese about building the Church. He was against the idea and told her so. He wanted her to build a small Church and give the rest of the money to the Indians. He finally he gave her permission.

Then she had to go to Washington DC because the land was on government land. Senator Barry Goldwater was already their friend so he gave permission.

April 1955 they broke ground on the Chapel. It took 18 months to build the Chapel and each of the 25,000 tons of rock removed was done so by hand. They didn't use any dynamite because they didn't want to disturb the area. So 4 men spent 6 weeks drilling a series of holes and would hand chip away each piece of rock.

The cost to complete the structure was $300,000. This amount was low because the architects and the construction company reduced their fees. The Contruction company that was chosen was Willaim-Simpson Construction from California.

The Sculptures that you will see inside were all done by Marguerite herself. The stations of the cross are made from antique nails.

Here is a very short video of the inside of the Chapel. You can see the sculpture Marguerite made of Jesus's face and a few other sculptures she made.

Excerpts of the NPS history:

"Marguerite Brunswig Staude (1899-1988), a sculptress, originally presented her idea for a 500-foot, block-wide cathedral to Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's son, in the 1930s. Although the design was finally accepted by nuns in Hungary, World War II prevented construction. In 1950, Staude contacted Wright again with plans for a much smaller chapel, but the architect refused to proceed with any but the original design. Kate Rutland Thorne, "Upon This Rock, Marguerite Brunswig Staude and her Sedona Chapel," (West Sedona, Arizona: Chapel of the Holy Cross, 1995)."

"An article describing the residence inspired Marguerite Brunswig Staude to contact Anshen and Allen about the possibility of building her dream chapel in Sedona, Arizona. [31] The architects must have been intrigued when Staude, a sculptress, showed them her sketches of a Roman Catholic Church inspired by Rockefeller Center, a version of which was almost constructed for Hungarian nuns on Mount Ghelert in Budapest. Anshen and Allen began working on the chapel project in 1953. [32] Staude not only financed the chapel, but also provided accommodations for the architects at her Doodlebug Ranch in Sedona. When it was time to find an appropriate site, Staude, her husband, and the architects flew over the local hills in search of the perfect location. This type of collaboration between architect and client would also occur in the firm's work for the National Park Service."

When you visit the Chapel you will see that most people expect to find the Chapel as just another charming site. Often people are surprised to find themselves deeply moved by the powerful spirituality emanating from this simple building and its location among Sedona's red rocks.

Volunteers will assist you in parking and then you will walk up a pretty steep incline and meander along a path that leads to the Chapel. If you need assistance in walking a volunteer can drive you in a golf cart to the top of the parking area.

There is no charge to visit the Chapel. There are candles inside that you can light and a donation box is there for the candles. Also please note there are no bathroom facilities at the Chapel.

It is a Catholic Chapel but it welcomes all faiths. Monday at 5:00pm there is a prayer service.

Marguerite once said " The doors of this chapel will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed".

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Tuzigoot Pictures

Here are some pics from my trip to Tuzigoot and the abandoned copper fields below.

Abandoned Copper Mines Below

While In Sedona, Visit Tuzigoot Ruins

While in Sedona set aside a day to visit Montezuma's Castle, Montezuma's Well and Tuzigoot. You can easily visit them all in one day and you can purchase a combined entrance fee for The Monetzuma's Castle and the Tuzigoot ruins for $8 for adults. Children under 16 are free. There is no charge for Montezuma's Well.

Visitor Information - 928-634-5564
Headquarters - 928-567-5276
Open Daily. Summer hours are 8 AM to 7 PM Winter hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Closed on Christmas day.

Tuzigoot National Monument is 22 miles from Sedona so plan on about 35 minutes. It is 52 miles south of Flagstaff, Arizona via U.S. Alternate Highway 89A, or 90 miles north of Phoenix. Travel Interstate Highway 17, take Exit 287 and travel west on Highway 260 to Cottonwood. In Cottonwood take Main Street north towards Clarkdale. Follow the signs once you arrive in Clarkdale.

Tuzigoot National Monument has pretty scenery surrounding the area as well as you will be able to view the abandoned copper mines off in the horizon.

This ancient Pueblo Indian village built by the Sinagua's. The ruins consisted of 110 rooms and it had a 2nd and a 3rd story structure. The first buildings were built around 1000 A.D.

They were farmers and grew squash, corn and beans in the fields below but they traded with others as far as several hundred miles away.This vilage is about 42 acres. They resided there for about 400 years and then unknown reasons, they left the area in 1400 A.D. Was it is flood? Was it a drought? No one knows the reason. But no one inhabited the village after that.

There are two trails found at Tuzigoot. Once is the Ruins Loop and the other is the Tavasci Marsh Overlook Trail. Both trails are 1/4 mile long and are paved but some of the inclines are steep. If you bring your dog, they must be on a leash at all times.

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Montezuma's Castle and Montezuma's Well dwellings pictures

Here are some pictures of a few dwellings that are part of the Montezumas Castle and Montezuma's Well

While In Sedona Visit Monezuma's Castle & Montezuma's Well

Located just a short 26 miles from Sedona, Montezuma's Castle sits waiting for you to explore. It was never a castle and Montezuma never lived here. It was more like a prehistoric high-rise apartment complex.

The castle is just three miles from I-17 (exit 289; north Camp Verde) at the end of a side road that winds across flat scrubland and down into the valley formed by Beaver Creek

The castle is recessed in the limestone cliff and sits 70 feet above the valley. It is a 5 story, 20 room dwelling that was built and resided in by the Sinagua Indians in the 12th century.

When first discovered the ruins were thought to be Aztec in origin which is how it got its name.But later it was discovered that was not the case.

They were farmers so their dwelling looked over their fields where they grew their squash, corn, beans and cotton. They were able to use the water from the Beaver Creek that is located nearby as well as provided them safety from any attacks from other people or animals.

This ruin was built so well that it is one of the best preserved prehistoric structures located in the entire Southwest. Additionally you can see some of the remaining ruins from an additional six-story 45-room dwelling which was built at the bottom of the cliff.

At the visitor center, you will find a small museum, and a short (paved) nature trail leading past the ruins, which cannot be seen from the road. Also as you travel along the path you will see gardens with good examples of cacti and other local plants. Also there is a picnic area is located near the visitor center. It sits under sycamore trees that will provide some shade along side the creek.

Its a good place to maybe plan your picnic because since 1951, the parks have not allowed visitors to climb up to the ruins in order to preserve them. So once you walk up the short path and see the castle, there is not really a lot to do. So if it's cool enough out, you might want to just plan on this being your picnic spot and enjoy the view.

Operating Hours, Seasons
Open every day of the year, including Christmas day. Winter hours: 8 AM to 5 PM; Summer hours: 8 AM to 7 PM.

The entrance fees are $5 for an adult which is good for a week. You can also choose to combine this ruin and Tuzigoot Monuments(another set of ruins) and pay $8 for both. You can buy these passes at either park.

Children under 16 are free. And speaking of Children, while visiting the Montezuma Castle ask one of the rangers if your little one can become a Junior Ranger at the Castle. They will be able to provide you with all the information you need. Or you can visit their site to learn more now and let them become Web Rangers now!

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The visitor center and most of the paved trail are accessible to wheelchairs. A small part of the Castle trail is too steep for wheelchairs and is marked with a sign. The picnic area is not accessible to wheelchairs. Please contact a ranger for more information and more specific questions you may have. Audio cassettes and braille text are available for the visually impaired.

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There is no entrance fee for the Well. The well does not take long to explore yet is a worthy stop. You can take in the castle and the well and then settle down for a picnic.

The well is located off exit 293 of I-17, along the winding route through you will see additional dwellings. The route will become unpaved at the side road to the monument. You then will pass the picnic area and foundations of a Hohokam pit house. The house is now protected by an iron roof. You will find parking just past that area. From the parking lot there is a 1/2 mile trail that leads to the south edge of the Well.