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Sedona With Kids!

Sedona, Arizona… Where do I begin? Truly one of the most magical places I have ever visited.  I’m not the only one to think so. Sedona is considered a sacred and powerful place, home to the vortexes. These swirling centres of energy have brought the healers, yogis and beyond to settle in the area.  The surrounding red rocks are so beautiful, we could have easily been sold on settling in Sedona too.  We arrived after driving up from our night in Prescott. I decided to splurge on a beautiful airbnb complete with hot tub looking out to the majestic red rocks.  Again the two bed property was cheaper than 2 hotel rooms and it was relatively new, furnished with all mod-cons.

photo of girls hiking in Sedona

What did we do in Sedona?

  • Built by the Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago, Montezuma Castle is a beautifully preserved cliff dwelling.  Nestled in a limestone recess high above Beaver Creek, the national park does a great job of showing you how the Sinagua lived.  Journey time is around 40 minutes to Montezuma Castle  from Sedona.
    photo of daisy at Montezuma CastlePick up a Junior Ranger Guide from the main entrance as this will give your kids a fun focus.  If they answer all the questions, they earn a shiny badge and certificate (the highlight of Jetlag & Mayhem’s day).
    Sworn in as ranger at Montezuma Castle
  • Our favourite tour of the entire Arizona roadtrip was the two-hour Pink Jeep tour of Broken Arrow.  You are bundled into a pink jeep (maybe you already got that part) to then speed through the streets of Sedona and finally off-road to Broken Arrow.
    Jetlag & Mayhem on Pink Jeep TourOur Guide was hilarious, sharing his tales of the road and also showing us the best spots for the photo opps. There were ‘scary’ moments which had Jetlag & Mayhem squealing in delight. It’s pricey but I promise you this is the best way to see the giant red-rock spires and the area’s most iconic rock formation.
    photo of Pink Jeep
  • I had previously visited Sedona’s Slide Rock about 30 years prior. Slide Rock is a natural waterslide, with glacial temperature water, gushing through the slippery rocks. We weren’t very well prepared, having brought neither towels nor water shoes.  Miss Mayhem bravely set off first but didn’t realise just how powerful the slide was.  She exited in tears but Miss Jetlag went ahead and proved you could have a good time!  I didn’t make it in, it was just too cold. Plus I’ve already chalked that one up! For more tips, check out Perfect Little Planet.
    photo of waterslide at Slide Rock
  • There are so many amazing hiking trails around Sedona. We set off from Yavapai Point on the Slim Shade Trail. Our intention was to head to Cathedral Rock but along the way we got lost.  Luckily there were other marked trails so we just followed our noses and enjoyed the beautiful red rock views.  When you are hiking in the region, always remember to bring water, sunglasses, hats. Plus your shoes will get covered in red dust so don’t bring your fancy white trainers.
    Posing in Broken Arrow
  • Although not normally high on our agenda, we loved shopping in Sedona. Our kids loved browsing the crystal stores, learning about the healing properties of the stones from the generous shopkeepers.  Creekside Plaza has a number of interesting shops.
    Shopping in Sedona

Where did we eat?

For more on our Arizona Roadtrip

Getting to Arizona from Singapore

6 Fun Things To Do In Scottsdale

A Night In Prescott

 

1 Comments
  • Rhonda Albom

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    I visited Sedona many years ago with my kids but didn’t take advantage of an off-road tour like the Pink Jeep. We did enjoy the red rock scenery and many of the sights in and around town.

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