Off-Roading in Sedona
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
[Read Part 1 of our trip here.]
Friends of my parents, a couple they know from my dad's time in the Army, spent a few years living in Phoenix and loved Sedona so much that they bought a timeshare and then their own home there. Now they split their time between Virginia and Arizona, opting to spend their winters in gorgeous Sedona. We were thrilled to meet up and spend lots of time with them during our visit and they even let us use their condo for the trip. In fact, my first visit to Sedona when I was about 12 was a day trip to meet with Mike and Geri, so they've always been a part of Sedona for me. Mike was happy to show us around and discuss lots of geology, archaeology and history with us and we were overjoyed to have him do so!
My parents rented a jeep from Barlow Adventures for our first full day in Sedona and we met up with Mike and Geri early in the morning to head out for some off-roading. They own their own jeep and explore the area's many jeep trails frequently, so we followed them out of town onto the red dirt roads. Our first stop was to hike out and see some more Sinagua ruins, the Honanki cliff dwellings. There were many petroglyphs and petrographs on the cave walls there, which were amazing to see.
Off-roading was much more exhausting than I expected it to be, in part because the trails were rougher than they appeared. I'm lucky I didn't end up with a concussion after speeding over one washboard patch of the road. But don't be fooled... we had a blast! Mike and Geri traded with us and let Dan drive their jeep, which was fun to ride in on our own. We need another couple of days to do this again and again.
The desert in Sedona is just gorgeous and I'm so glad we were able to go out into the wilderness like this. We definitely couldn't have seen the area in this way without renting the jeep. It comes in very high on my list of recommendations for things to do when visiting Sedona!