Today was our last day in Sedona, and we do not want to leave. But, we have places to go and things to see. Our RV Park here, Rancho Sedona was very nice with a great location. It is within walking distance from some of the best shopping and food. This location also puts you less than 5 miles from pretty much anything in Sedona. The premium sites are very generous with room to park, a concrete pad for your table and lots of big shady trees. Oak Creek runs through the park keeping temperatures cool and the cheery sound of small water rapids. Reservations are definitely needed—this is a popular park—we were lucky to get nine nights.
Another note, although your GPS may tell you to take Highway 89A, do not take this highway with your rig. Great to travel in your vehicle only for gorgeous sightseeing, but not with your large RV. It is steep with hairpin turns, no shoulder and the low-hanging branches from the trees will scrape off anything on the top of your rig. Take I-17 and turn at Highway 179. You will be glad you did.
Something interesting to note for Sites 60-65 in the RV Park are the roosting herons in the trees above. We were in Site 60 and we got bombarded with big twigs (the birds break off branches for their nest building) and splashes of poo. They are fascinating to observe, but watch out! There were approximately a dozen huge nests and a couple dozen big herons.
One last hike today. We combined Bell Rock trail and Capitol trail to make a 4.5 mile hike with some elevation challenges. Again, stunning views all around. The area almost looks like someone professionally landscaped with beautiful yuccas, varieties of cactus, pinon, juniper and cypress trees. Really incredible.
Tomorrow we head towards Gallup, New Mexico for an overnight stay (break up the drive) and continue on to our next destination--Cortez, Colorado. We will be close to Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango-to-Silverton railroad. Maybe we can squeeze in a horseback ride, too.