2018 RV Adventure travel blog

Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte from the South

Bell Rock @ 4,919 Ft, from the South

Courthouse Butte @ 5,451 Ft, from the South

Yep, took Big Park Loop, encircles Courthouse Butte & Bell Rock

Bell Rock @ 4,919 Ft

Bell Rock

Courthouse Butte @ 5,451 Ft

Courthouse Butte from the East

Dry Creek Bed & Lee Mountain

Courthouse Butte from Dry Creek Bed

Rabbit Ears from Dry Creek Bed

Rabbit Ears, South end of Lee Mountain

Rabbit Ears, East of Courthouse Butte

Rabbit Ears

Lee Mountain & Rabbit Ears

Gibraltar Rock, North end of Lee Mountain

Cheesecake Rock

Cheesecake Rock

One more time for Mr. Rabbit Ears!

Most rocky trails are maked by stacks of rocks called cairns. Traffic...

Left is Twin Buttes, a pair of rocks with a saddle between...

Left is Twin Buttes, a pair of rocks with a saddle between...

Lee Mountain, Gibraltar Rock to the left

Lee Mountain to the Northeast

Bell Rock @ 4,919 Ft, from the Northwest

Courthouse Butte @ 5,451 Ft, from the Northwest

NO BIKES, YEA!!! Yep, Hikers and FAST Bikers DON'T MIX!!!!

The backside of Cathedral Rock, a couple of miles to the West...

Cathedral Rock from the East. Pictures from the other side are below.

Courthouse Butte from the North

Courthouse Butte @ 5,451 Ft, from the North

Pinon-Juniper Pines & Gibraltar Rock

Bell Rock from the Northwest. Look closely, can you see the hikers/climbers?

 

Bell Rock from the Southwest

Left is Twin Buttes, a pair of rocks with a saddle between...

Bell Rock from the Southwest

Courthouse Butte from the West

Courthouse Butte from the West

Remember, Hikers & Bikers DON'T MIX! Means get over, Bikers coming through....

Bell Rock from the West

Bell Rock from the South

Courthouse Butte from the South

From the South, Gibraltar Rock in between Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte

Lost HIKER; Cathedral Rock @ Red Rock Crossing

GET A SHAVE, BOY! I lost my razor, besides, I'M RETIRED!!!

Red rock flates of Oak Creek

Cathedral Rock, frontside from the West. Above, pictures were from the other...

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Young Joshua Tree by the trail leading to Cathedral Rock

Young Joshua Tree & Cathedral Rock

Top of young Joshua Tree & Cathedral Rock

The center-right formation is called Lover's Rock, can you make out the...

The center-right formation is called Lover's Rock, can you make out the...

 

Yep, there is our young Joshua Tree

This Cottonwood tree was formed/grew over the trail and appeared to be...

Or, was the tree holding up the rock?

Dry creek bed.

What a picture this would be, when spring rains cover the creek...

 

Next month, this will be picture perfect with Oak Creek full.

 

 

Oak Creek

A couple of Wood Ducks enjoying the sunshine & Oak Creek.

Come on dear, this hiker has a camera/weapon!

Beautiful color reflections.

 

Cabin located just above Red Rock Crossing

Cabin was actually a business.

Cathedral Rock from the West

Cathedral Rock from the West

Cathedral Rock from the West


Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries.

Sedona's main attraction is its array of red sandstone formations. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The red rocks form a popular backdrop for many activities, ranging from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.

The first Anglo settler, John J. Thompson, moved to Oak Creek Canyon in 1876, an area well known for its peach and apple orchards. The early settlers were farmers and ranchers. In 1902, when the Sedona post office was established, there were 55 residents. In the mid-1950s, the first telephone directory listed 155 names. Some parts of the Sedona area were not electrified until the 1960s.

Sedona began to develop as a tourist destination, vacation-home and retirement center in the 1950s. Most of the development seen today was constructed in the 1980s and 1990s. As of 2007, there are no large tracts of undeveloped land remaining.

Sedona played host to more than sixty Hollywood productions from the first years of movies into the 1970s. Stretching as far back as 1923, Sedona’s red rocks were a fixture in major Hollywood productions—including films such as Johnny Guitar, Angel and the Badman, Desert Fury, Blood on the Moon, The Last Wagon, and 3:10 to Yuma. However, the surroundings typically were identified to audiences as the terrain of Texas, California, Nevada, and even Canada–US border territory.

I first visited the area after leaving the Grand Canyon on the Bradford's 1960 family vacation. Dad ask a guy at a gas station in Flagstaff were we could camp that night. Oak Ceek Canyon, which runs right smack through Sedona, became our destination. NO VACANCY signs were everywhere! We drove straight through, but I remember Oak Creek Canyon; what a site for a 9 year old. Sedona didn't even have a red light back then. Today, it has to rank high as the ROUNDABOUT capital of the world, so to speak!

Bad timing to be in Sedona, SPRING BREAK is EVERYWHERE!!! Traffic is backed-up at every Roundabout and lots of parents with kids are on the trails. Lady at local grocery said Spring Break last most of the month of March. Days between Memorial Day & Labor Day are also crowded, especially weekends. I knew about weekends, BUT just didn't realize SB was also a ZOO!

Best times for me to visit, middle of Sept-Oct, during the week. NOTED!!!

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