Posts in January 2013
Winter can be a great time to explore Sedona’s parks. The beauty is always there but the winter months incur much less foot traffic and the peacefulness is a delight.
Red Rock Crossing, aka Crescent Moon Ranch, is a longtime favorite of mine and I recommend it regularly to guests visiting for its beauty and proximity to Sedona Real Inn. And for those of you wanting New Year’s inspiration, I’ve included the great special our hotel is offering for January!
Last weekend, I took my three month old Australian Shepherd puppy, Rory, to Red Rock Crossing for a walk along the creek. It is especially nice for those traveling with their furry friends as it is one of the few pet friendly parks in Sedona offering creek access.
We started out strolling down the sidewalk and through the meadow passing the picnic areas and restroom facilities. We could see glimpses of Cathedral Rock peeking through the bare winter trees as we made our way.
We then entered the path locals refer to as the Enchanted Forest. The short trail through the forest is encompassed by gnarly, big rooted shade trees. There are also several little side paths where we were able to access quiet areas next to the creek. Rory had a blast running alongside Oak Creek and dipping his paws in the crystal clear but chilly water.
Exiting the Enchanted Forest, we land on a massive slab of red rock sandstone. Although I’ve seen it personally many times before, that famous and majestic view of Cathedral Rock towering behind the creek never fails to strike me with awe. Cathedral Rock is noted as being the most photographed place in Arizona next to the Grand Canyon, and in my opinion, this is one of the best vantage points. The different seasons and various times of day all offer a unique and beautiful view.
Rory has given his enthusiastic approval of the park and wants to share with all his furry friends. Crescent Moon Ranch is a day site area with an entrance fee of $9.00 per car and is open daily from 8am to dusk. It is also very close to Sedona Real Inn starting with a beautiful winding drive down Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
Feel free to call me at Sedona Real Inn at 800-353-1239 to make your reservation and arrange all your (and your furry friends) activities!
See you soon,
Concierge at Sedona Real Inn & Suites