Utah and Back travel blog

prehistoric road?

drive doen to Sedona

only wild animal we saw today

further down the road

drive into Sedona






interesting rock formations

into Sedona

Main street in Sedona

Bob & friend



one of many Havelina statues in town

Aaron, this is for you

another friend

Montezuma's Castle

store rooms of the castle

Diorama of the castle

Indian Nation sign

dwelling at Montezuma's Well

Montezuma's Well

another dwelling at well

surrounding the well

Arizona Divide, 7000+ ft elevation

Today we drove down to Sedona. The way be drove down was the scenic way, at least for me. Bob however had other thoughts. We have driven this route before, well I have, but this time we had the dash cam. However, it didn't work so Bob took some pictures, but once again, the pictures do not convey the beauty. The last time we drove there, the road was not a gravel path. They are working on it in parts and it is rough.

There is no way I would drive the motor home down that road, but there was a car pulling a travel trailer around those switch back and down the narrow road. Now the last time we were down this road it was Apr, today the road was lined with parked cars while their occupants walked down to where some water must have been (they were all in bathing suits and carrying tubes and picnic baskets.

After arriving in Sedona and walking around, we both agreed that Sedona isn't our kind of town. The best thing, IMO, is the scenery around the town. The red rocks and many rock formations are just fantastic. Sedona is definitely a shoppers paradise. You can buy most anything you want.

After we walked around a bit, we departed for the nearest Walmart, which was about 15 miles away. Along the way I discovered that there was another National Monument in the area, Montezuma's Castle. Montezuma's Castle is not a castle and not sure why it's named Montezuma. It is a very well preserved cliff dwelling dating from 1200-1400. I walked out to see it even though the outside temp was hovering between 102 and 110. At least there was a lot of shade. The monument is very interesting and you can really see how the Indians lived at during that age. Part of the monument is Montezuma's Well. It is a big hole in the ground with a never ending supply of water which comes in from deep underground springs. In the past, the Indians used the water to irrigate their crops and they dug trenches to aid in this. It has some inhabitants which do not exist anywhere else on earth.

Arizona has a Camp Verde also, but the only camel I saw was on a cigarette package, but all kidding aside, Camp Verde is apparently located within the boundary of the Apache and Yaputia (I think that's spelled wrong) Nation.

On our way back home, it began to rain and the temp dropped 50 degrees!!! at least according to the car thermometer. Of course we also climbed to over 7000 ft elevation at the same time. However, by the time we back home, it wasn't raining and the temp was back to 90+.

Tomorrow we pack up and continue this adventure. I think I will be doing most of the driving for a while since we will be in some mountains.

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