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Things to do: Come Up, Cool Down In Sedona

Posted: 7:37 AM, Aug 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-09 13:39:40-04

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Come Up, Cool Down In Sedona
If you don't like the season you're having in Arizona, there's another one waiting just up the road.

When temperatures climb, simply head for the hills. One of the most popular summer destinations is the red rock country of Sedona. The town nestles at 4,500 feet and sits at the mouth of towering Oak Creek Canyon, which climbs to 7,000 in a matter of just a few miles. That lofty perch makes for ideal summer days-cool and comfortable in mornings and evenings, with just enough heat in the afternoons to make a swimming hole or shady picnic spot especially enticing.

Plan on being active. Three hundred miles of hiking and biking trails crisscross the stunning terrain. Jeep tours explore distant corners of the backcountry. Hot air balloons lift off in the early morning and helicopters swoop in and out of canyons. Horseback rides stir up memories of the Old West.

Kayakers paddle down the Verde River. Anglers, swimmers and picnickers all head for favorite spots on Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek, Beaver Creek and West Clear Creek. Air conditioning keeps us sane in Arizona but water and shade set us free. Come up to Sedona and cool down.

There are ancient Native American villages to explore, a vintage excursion train to ride, a wildlife park filled with exotic animals to see and a zip line to run. A weekend won't even scratch the surface of all the things to do in Sedona. Make a base camp among the dazzling red rock formations and spend several days having the kind of languid vacation you remember from simpler days.

A multiple-day summer getaway to Sedona allows visitors to push the Reset button on their busy lives. It's a chance to engage again without distractions. All your electronic devices will work just fine in Sedona but don't be surprised if you rarely use them. You'll be too busy sharing adventures, fun and actual conversations.

With all of these wonderful features, it's no wonder Sedona has become known as one of the most attractive visitor destinations in the world. Looking for something off the beaten path? Check out Sedona's Secret 7 - a compilation of seven categories including Hiking, Biking, Vistas, Stargazing, Picnics, Arts and Culture, and Spiritual. Each category highlights seven secrets featuring lesser-known locations and local favorites.

Sedona's Secret 7 locations are especially fun during the summer months. Take advantage of cool evenings, an Official Dark Sky City Designation, and studded skies by checking out the stargazing sites. There you'll find locations to kick up your feet and cover yourself in a blanket of stars. The next morning, get an early start in the cooler weather, and let your spirit soar at seven spiritual locations, like the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. Rarely seen in the West, a stupa is considered to be the living presence of the Buddha and represents the Mind of Enlightenment.

Spend these last days of summer in cool Sedona - The Most Beautiful Place on Earth.