Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Oak Creek Canyon

Call of the CanyonMy stepfather, Tom, loves western books and movies.  After spending just a short time in areas of Utah and northern Arizona famous for filming westerns and inspiration for western novels, I get it.  I completely understand his love of all things “western”.  I am currently reading “Call of the Canyon” by Zane Grey (free download for your Kindle) set in the location of Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff.   I love his descriptions of the area, and the fictional plot woven into local history is fun to read.  And we drove through the Zane Grey book setting today.

Oak Creek Canyon RoadThe 89A route between Sedona to Flagstaff is certainly one of the most beautiful we have encountered in Arizona and in the western United States. Our road trip today started in the canyon and awe-inspiring red rock formations around Sedona, Arizona and ended in the lush forests of conifer trees near Flagstaff.  As we drove through the higher regions of the Oak Creek Canyon we passed through forests of aspen, oak and maple trees.   We left pleasant, warm weather in Sedona and arrived to snow in Flagstaff.  There is a lot of scenery diversity in the short 30 miles.

We absolutely love the Sedona area—many green trees, rivers, and everywhere you look towering rock with the famous Southwest golden sunsets bouncing off the cliffs.  We cannot afford to live in pricey Sedona (home to Senator John McCain), but we love it.  There are over 200 hikes near Sedona, a large art community with many galleries, horseback trips, the nearby ghost town of Jerome, and the Tuzigoot National Monument (ancient Native American ruins).  We will be busy here until we leave on March 30.

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