Heat and Hiking in Sedona

Hiking in Sedona is one of the most popular activities for visitors and locals alike. Every year over a million people visit the Sedona area. Many of them come just for our virtually endless and gorgeous trail system. However many of these people come unprepared for the reality of hiking in the desert.

Every year on average, dozens of people need rescuing by emergency services in the Sedona area. This year (2018) there have already been more than fifteen rescues. Don’t become part of that statistic. Here are four tips for making your hiking trip a success:

Water: No matter how long of a hike you have planned, bring water. Bring enough water for each person hiking to have their own liter or two, even if you aren’t planning on being out for very long. Make sure young children (and easily distracted adults too) are drinking throughout the trip.

Water: Yes, water is both tip one and two. Not only should you bring water on your adventure but you should also begin thinking about it the day before. If you begin a strenuous activity already slightly dehydrated, you are at a much higher risk of becoming dangerously so, no matter how much water you chug at the trailhead. Health professionals suggests drinking at least two liters a day.

Planning: Choose a trail that falls well within your group’s hiking abilities. Some trails are easy walking across even ground and some are strenuous scampers uphill. Know the risks involved on the trail you choose. Different trails present their own challenges, such as wild animals, steep drop offs, or river crossings. Many trails are also outside of cell service.

Tell Someone: Make sure someone who isn’t on the trail knows where you are going. Tell the front desk of your hotel, a local friend, or even a ranger where you plan on hiking and for how long. Also make sure to check in with them when you return.

The summer heat in Sedona easily hits 100 degrees. If the weather is too hot, consider one of the many other activities in the Sedona area. Never enter a situation you aren’t sure of thinking that you can rely on emergency evacuation services to come get you. While it is possible to be rescued from the wilderness, the process is expensive and puts the rescuers’ lives at risk as well.


Safety in Sedona

Safety is one of the most important things to consider when traveling. Of course, depending on the kind of trip, safety can mean a lot of different things. Safety in a big city might be traveling in groups and avoiding certain areas. In rural areas, safety concerns extend to wildlife, plant life, and even weather related issues. While no one would ever consider Sedona a big city, we are a combination of rural areas and town life. Sedona is a bustling locale, full of locals, tourists, and wanderers. Despite this eclectic mix, there is very little crime in the area. The Sedona Police Department is on patrol twenty four hours a day to insure the safety of everyone. In the words of Sedona Police Chief, David McGill:

“Public confidence in the criminal justice system depends primarily on the trust that the people have in their police. Police officers are often the primary liaison between the public and the justice system.  This means that police officers must be accountable to the people for the decisions they make and the subsequent consequences of their actions. To achieve and maintain public confidence and trust, the police department must be well trained, disciplined and above reproach.”

You can also sign up for public safety announcements through the City of Sedona website. These notices can be received through text messages and emails. Examples of announcements include road closures and reopenings, fire restrictions, and even the occasional bear sighting. You can also sign up for county wide warnings on the same site. These are time-sensitive general and emergency situations that are either imminent or occurring in the greater Yavapai and Coconino county areas.

Special considerations for solo travelers:

Traveling alone is its own adventure, no matter where you go. Solo travel in Sedona gets hazardous when you begin adventuring in the wilds. No matter whether you are hiking or biking, you should always have a first aid kit, plenty of water, a map, and ideally, a satellite phone. Always tell someone where you are going, such as the front desk of your hotel or a ranger. Never go too far out when alone.

Special considerations for families:

Water. Water. Water. It is very easy to get dehydrated in the Sedona heat, especially for young children. Family hikes are a amazing activities and one of the best things to do in Sedona, but without proper planning, they can be dangerous. Bring ample water on your walks and make sure your young ones are up for it. There are a plethora of easily accessible trails near the main roads. There is very little nightlife in downtown Sedona so the main strip is still family friendly after dark. Choosing a family friendly hotel is also an important step. The Arroyo Pinon Hotel offers large rooms and a continental breakfast perfect for little ones.

July Fourth Events

-Some Firework Shows Have Been Canceled Due To Fire Danger-

Independence Day is almost upon us. The heat in Sedona may be intense but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the day. Below are some lists of events held in Sedona and the surrounding area. No matter where you choose to celebrate this historic day, make sure you wear sunblock and bring plenty of water

Sedona Wet Fest: The community pool will be hosting a family-focused event Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks.  This event is free of charge (food not included). The pool opens at 12 p.m. Just outside the pool gate, there will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat.

Regular pool rules will be enforced. There will be no chewing gum, alcohol, or beverages of any kind in the pool area. A swimsuit is required. Swimming in t-shirts or other articles of clothing is not allowed. There will be no rough housing of any kind and swimmers must past a lifeguard-approved swimming test before entering the deep end. This event begins at noon. While this kind of family event might not be your ideal celebration, it begins early enough in the day that you can spend some of your 4th of July in Sedona with us and still have time to drive to a fireworks show at night.

Cottonwood is also hosting a family-focused event. Theirs will feature a water slide to help you beat the eat. There will also be food and inflatables. Don’t miss out on the watermelon eating contest! For more information, visit www.cottonwoodaz.gov.

Payson is hosting a flag raising, live cover music, and games such as sack races. There will also be a firework show beginning at 9pm, weather permitting. For more information, visit www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Flagstaff originally had fireworks planned for their indepence day celebration. However, due to fire danger, they will not be going off this year. There will still be lots to see and do. The town is expecting up to 20,000 people in attendance of their parade. The Lights on the Lawn event will involve live music, kids games, and plentiful food and drink. For more information, visit www.flagstaffarizona.org.

The historic town of Prescott will be hosting their event on the middle school field. There will be live music and food vendors. For the adults, there will be a beer garden. For the kids (or the more childlike adults), there will be a bounce house. The planned fireworks will not be happening, due to fire danger. For more information, visit www.prescott-az.gov.

Upcoming Events in Sedona

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There are lots of things going on this summer in the Sedona area. Without a doubt, the natural beauty of the surrounding red rock and greenery are the best parts of the area. But the people of the town also create the amazing culture of Sedona. There are too many events to count, but some of the best are listed below.

The fifth annual Tilted Earth Festival will happen on Saturday, June 23rd, just south of Sedona. Headlining this year is PK Gregory, Pierce Edens, Greyhounds and The Suffers. Doors will be open from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. There will also be a wine garden featuring three local wineries, a food tent, free games, massages and a silent auction benefiting local charities.

Summer Group Sculpture Show at Mountain Trails Gallery – Mountain Trails Gallery is presenting its “Summer Group Sculpture Show” featuring artwork by 17 figurative Western and wildlife sculptors. The gallery is already known for intricate bronze sculpture. Join them at the opening reception: Friday, July 6, 5-8pm

Honshin Fine Art presents their Interdependence Day Celebration – Join them as they begin a month-long exhibition focusing on the Art of Connectivity opening on Friday July 6th from 5-8pm.

Interdependence Day the Art of Connectivity – Ascending Spirit Gallery of Honshin Fine Art Celebrates the art of connectivity with its jewelry presentation of “ Tears of the Sun (Gold) , Tears of the Moon (Silver) ” All gallery jewelers present new works in gold and silver.

Sedona Community Supper – Dinner will be available from 5pm to 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome to this free event! There are many different supper dates planned, including July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

Anyone of these events might make for a great launching point for exploring the rest of the Sedona area. The Arroyo Pinon Hotel is conveniently located for access to all of these events and more. The staff also has plenty of suggestions of interesting places to visit around Oak Creek Canyon.

June Events in Sedona


Are you excited for the summer? Make the most of your time off and come visit us in Sedona! There are some amazing things happening in the area this month. Check out a couple of the events below.

Jun 3rd – Sunday Night All Star Karaoke @ Olde Sedona Bar & Grill. The fun starts at 9pm with no cover charge!

Jun 5th – Sanjali Weekly Chant @ Awakenings Yoga Studio. Join this weekly mantra chanting led by Valerie Sanjali Irons. Payment by donation.

Jun 7th – Kingdom of The Spiders @ Verde Brewing co. Relive this classic film which was shot in the Sedona area. In the film, William Shatner battles eight-legged invaders trying to spin a web of terror over a Camp Verde, AZ in the ultimate man vs. spider showdown.

Jun 16 @ 8:45 am – Jun 17 @ 4:15 pm Sedona Mountain Bike Skills / 2-Day Adventure Camp. Are you trying to take your skills to the next level? This camp is designed for any enthusiastic rider or avid racer that is looking to build up and clean up their ‘toolbox’ of mountain bike skills in order to handle a variety of terrain at speed. This event, which will inculde coached riding sessions, will sell out soon! Follow the link to buy your ticket now -> https://sandiegomountainbikeskills.com/arizona/

The Tlaquepaque Village is also hosting a plethora of great events.

Kuivato Glass Gallery will be featuring Anna Boothe all month long. This artist has been working in glass sculptural work for the last thirty years, perfecting her craft. Some questions she asks in her work are: Where do the perspectives that drive our responses originate and how can we steer them? What tools do we use to interpret the projections of others? Much of her work features body parts, such as hands and hearts, representing strength and emotion. Don’t miss this thoughtful collection of sculptures.

Rowe Fine Art Gallery Presents “Dads and Grads” On the 1st of the month, Tlaquepaque Village is celebrating both fathers and graduates everywhere. Commemorate graduation or express your love for your Dad with a piece of art from Rowe Fine Art Gallery. There will be paintings, sculptures, jewelry and mixed media available.

Any one of these events would make for a great launching point for exploring the rest of the Sedona area. The Arroyo Pinon hotel is conveniently located for access to the downtown area. The staff also has plenty of suggestions of interesting places to visit around Oak Creek Canyon.

The History of the Tlaquepaque Village



Since before Sedona as we know it was founded, the Oak Creek Canyon area was known for its natural beauty. The red rocks combined with the trees and forested area around the river attracted all kinds of visitors.

In the 1970s, Sedona still had very few permanent residents. The town boasted only one stoplight and around that time a man named Abe Miller began vacationing in the area. Miller was an influential businessman from Nevada with a love for travel. Mexico in particular was one of Miller’s favorite places, but Sedona soon become one as well. He began dreaming of creating a quaint arts village in the area full of the feel of Mexico and fell in love with a piece of creekside property dotted with enormous sycamore trees.

At the time, the land was owned by the Girards. When Miller first approached the Girards about his dream for the land, they refused, fearful of a large construction project that would destroy the the sycamores. It took two years for Miller to convince the Girards that the land and the trees would be cared for, but finally, they agreed. Miller immediately hired Bob McIntyre, a gifted, but unconventional architect.

Before beginning construction, the men traveled together around Mexico.Their goal was to visit the small villages and towns to document the look and feel of the gorgeous scenes. They returned with a plethora of photographs of rural villages and dozens of sketches of Spanish Colonial architecture. Focus was put on how patios, courtyards, and plazas created natural gathering places. They also began buying and sending things back to Sedona. They acquired a multitude of different things that reflected Mexican culture, including doors, benches, pots, lanterns, and ironwork. The actual building of Tlaquepaque was done by a multitude of different artisans. All of the amature artists were given almost complete freedom to create, and recreate, their parts of the project.


Tlaquepaque is actually a colorful Mexican city on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Miller borrowed the name for his artisan village. Tlaquepaque, which comes from Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, means the “best of everything.”


Miller kept his promise to the Girards to protect the sycamore trees. The building of the village was done around the huge trees. You can find branches twisting their way across rooftops and peeking into rooms.


Today, Tlaquepaque Village is a bustling center for artistic talents to meet, share ideas, and their crafts. They also host events throughout the year, such as meet and greets with artists or film showings. Make sure you check out their website before you visit Sedona to see what they have planned. Book your stay at the Arroyo Pinon Hotel now and get a great deal on amazing rooms for a weekend or a longer family vacation.

Tlaquepaque Events in May

Are you planning on taking a vacation this spring? There are tons of different things to consider when planning a trip, depending on if you’re on a romantic getaway or a family adventure! Sedona has an amazing amount of things to do, no matter what you are looking for. There are places to shop,to eat, to enjoy the local culture, to learn about the area’s history, and even to party! But there is only one place that puts all those things together so well!

The Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is doing some amazing things this May.

  • The Oil Paintings of Dean Brandshaw will be on display all month long in the Navarro Gallery. His work is intrinsically tied to nature and is known for amazingly vivid colors.


  • Marlene Rose, the internationally-known and award-winning sculptor, who produces beautiful works of glass will have works on display starting on May 6th. Each piece is hand cast in stunning detail.

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  • On May 11th there will be a Great Gatsby Fundraiser! There will be a fabulous show by The Swingtips as well as dancing, edible delights, and drinks. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are on sale on the website and there will be a raffle for a 5,000 dollar necklace!


  • The Village will also be hosting a Cinco de Mayo event! The festivities will include the music of mariachi musicians, Folklorico dancers and traditional Mexican food. There will also be a Chili Cook-Off!

One of these events might make for a great launching point for exploring the rest of the Sedona area. The Arroyo Pinon Hotel is conveniently located for access to the Tlaquepaque center. The staff also has plenty of suggestions of interesting places to visit around Oak Creek Canyon.

Prescott Events

While there is a plethora of things to do in the Oak Creek Canyon area, Sedona also makes a great homebase for seeing the rest of what Arizona has to offer. If you are coming from far away, a rental car can take you all around the state, often making sightseeing easier and cheaper. Tons of things can be seen from a car during a road trip; however, there are many events being hosted by the cities surrounding Sedona that are well worth the stop. Prescott Arizona, for instance, is holding two major events this spring. Prescott is a old west town that has maintained touch with its heritage. The town was the original capital of Arizona when it was still a territory and before the designation was given to the city of Phoenix. The town hosts their own rodeo as well as an active community of both adult residents and students. The two events described in this article are the Whiskey Off-Road and the Whiskey Row Marathon.


Epic Rides is hosting the Whiskey Off-Road, also known as the Whiskey Fifty. The event consists of three separate races, a 15 mile, 30 mile, and 50 mile. No matter the distance, the race begins on Prescott’s historical Whiskey Row and then climbs into the breath-taking Prescott National Forest. Rider will get to taste some of the area’s most exhilarating singletrack, double track, and gravel roads. Finishers will be rewarded with a commemorative pint-glass.


Registration for the 2018 event has already closed, but there is also an amazing amount of things for non-racers to do. Thanks to the local mountain bikers, Prescott, Arizona is a town packed with mountain bike culture. There are three fun-filled days planned, full of event festivities and with the goal of submerging visitors in the mountain bike industry. The Downtown Music Festival will feature free live music and cold beverages from Four Peaks Brewing Company, all on the former capitol’s courthouse lawn.


The Whiskey Row Marathon occurs on May 5th. That Saturday will be the fortieth Anniversary of the event. If 26.2 miles sounds overwhelming, never fear. A half-marathon option is also offered, as well as a 10k and a 2 mile fun run/walk. The half-marathon event has been voted one of the best in Arizona. There will be late registration offered on the day of the event, as well as the Friday previous.


Staying in Sedona and driving into Prescott can change a trip by giving you insight into two different locations in Arizona. The hour and a half drive is scenic and rarely crowded. Staying in local hotels such as Arroyo Pinon Hotel can help connect you to the area as well as giving you the ability to go anywhere in Arizona that calls to you.

Wine Tours in Sedona

Tourism has always been a part of Sedona since its gorgeous scenery first appeared in movies in 1923. Wine tourism, also known as Enotourism, made its appearance in Sedona much later but remains incredibly popular.Wine tours are widely considered to have began in the Napa Valley region of California, gaining popularity in 1975.  Wine tours can be small personal events with only you and your party, or they can be large events perfect for socialization. These tours usually feature information on the winery and their creation process, tastings of their wines, and picnic style snacks. As always, Sedona’s unique style of tourism makes their tours special in their own right.

Jeep tours around the red rock area are often considered the most iconic type of tour. This rugged off-road experience has been combined with tastings of the amazing wines in the area in the Jeep and Wine Tour. The tour includes information from the local winemakers about both the grape growing and the wine-making process.

For folks looking for a personalized experience, some places, such as The Art of Wine, are single locations featuring an intimate tasting room, selections of both local wines, and education from the staff. The Art of Wine in particular offers lots of education and conversation, promising a personal and engaging experience. For people looking for a chance to see the landscapes and make some new friends, places such as Arizona Winery Tours and Wine Tours of Sedona offer group transportation to multiple different wineries. These tours allow you to soak up some of Sedona’s best sights as you are driven through the countryside, stopping at three to four different wineries throughout the day. The drivers are equipped with information and advice and the staff at the locations are available to answer any specific questions.

For anyone looking for the ultimate intimate tour, Sedona Wine Adventures offers private, personalized, everything-included outings to wineries and tasting rooms throughout the Verde Valley. Their tours include a dedicated guide, lunch, and all tasting rooms fees. They also provide door-to-door transportation.

The Arroyo Pinion Hotel is perfectly located for a fun, exciting adventure throughout Sedona’s wineries.

Before Sedona: Oak Creek Canyon

Sedona is known for its grand views and mystical connections and has been for many years. Originally, it was an incredibly rural ranching community known mostly for its natural beauty. Once that beauty became known throughout the motion picture industry, Sedona’s popularity skyrocketed. The city of Sedona was officially incorporated in 1988 but its history began years before. Native Americans had been living in the area since the year 900, building pueblos and farming. Evidence of many different tribes has been found in the area, including the Sinagua, Yavapai, and Apache peoples. However, this idyllic canyon was not spared the tragic sweeping invasion of Europeans. The very first Europeans arrived in 1583 in search of gold. By 1875, the soldiers of Fort Verde, now Camp Verde, captured the last group of Tonto Apache Native Americans in the area, the others either fled or also captured.


The story of Sedona as we known it actually begins in Oak Creek Canyon. The very first white settler there was a man named J.J. Thompson, who claimed land under the 1862 Homestead Act. In 1876, Thompson took squatters rights to a parcel of land across from today’s Indian Gardens Store. Once Tompson explored his land, he found a deserted Native American garden and a healthy spring, which encouraged him to build there. Originally called Indian Gardens Ranch, the name was later shortened to Indian Gardens. After Thompson homesteaded in the canyon, more settlers followed. The Abraham family became the first residents of this small community, taking land just south of J.J. Thompson’s property. The small family of three, husband, wife, and child arrived in 1879. James Abraham is credited with naming many of Sedona’s most well known geographical features. According to old records, he named Bell Rock, Steamboat Rock, Court Rock and Church Rock. It wasn’t until years later that Court Rock and Church Rock became Courthouse Rock and Cathedral Rock. With an increased population and therefore more manpower, the settlers were able to create irrigation to plant crops and orchards. The irrigation system used by these settlers is credited to Frank Pendley. Pendley’s engineering skills made him so successful that his produce was sold at markets all the way in Los Angeles. His irrigation system still stands today at Slide Rock State Park.



In late 1901, T.C. Schnebly and his wife Sedona built a large home near modern day Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Not long after they arrived, residents of the small settlement began complaining to the Schneblys about poor mail service. Upon hearing this, T.C filed an application for the establishment of a post office in his home. The need for a post office was undeniable; the naming of the place proved to be challenging. T.C. reportedly suggested calling the post office Schnebly Station, then Red Rock Crossing and even Oak Creek Station.

These names were apparently not accepted by the government because they were too long. The story goes that T.C’s brother, Dorsey Ellsworth, suggested submitting the name of T.C’s wife. Postal officials approved the name Sedona, and on June 26, 1902, the post office was established in the back of the Schnebly home.


Many of these historical sites are still standing today and can be visited. There are too many sights to possibly see in a day; an entire weekend can easily be spent adventuring in Old Sedona. Local hotels, such as the Southwest Inn in Sedona, are the best choices for tourists looking for an authentic trip.