We are continuing to explore the Sedona area based on the recommendations of the Forest Service Visitor Center. They gave us a map and marked the 4-wheel drive roads that they thought we could handle. They vary greatly. The first one we did was a bit of a challenge. Ken had to get out and examine the road to determine where we would be least likely to bottom out. Today we took a road that was being graded as we passed by and we could go 25 - 30mph without shaking any teeth loose. The last road we tried had giant boulders across the entrance, although the road beyond looked fine. We took the hint.
But even on the drives off the pavement we were never alone. There are at least two jeep tour companies in town - one has red jeeps; the other pink. If we were short on time and did not own a Jeep ourselves, we would certainly have taken one or more of these tours. They are a great way to see the amazing red rock country around Sedona.
We are beginning to understand the reason the Sedona area feels so crowded. These red rock formations are unique. You don't have to drive far to be back in the flat high desert scrub, which is punctuated at time with bright green cottonwood trees, indicating that water is nearby. So all the sightseers are concentrated into a fairly small area.
If you were looking for photos stunning enough to make your own calendar, this is the place to be.