From very pretty red rocks to the biggest ever hole in the ground: Sedona to Grand Canyon
A fellow camper and avid hiker we met recently told us he doesn't usually bother with Sedona. Too many rich homes and too many rules about hiking and parking. We think differently. The rich property owners pay taxes but we can visit and take advantage of the wonders of Sedona virtually for free.
While it's still true that there's never enough parking available, a Red Rock Pass (parking fee) is no longer required at many of the trailheads. This has changed since our last visit. Imagine - places where there used to be a fee to hike, and now there isn't! This is not the first time we've encountered this situation on this trip. Has anyone else noticed similar situations on public lands in the USA? You may not be aware that we have the efforts of the Western Slope No-Fee Coalition to thank for this. Thank you!!! But I digress.....
As we have done on previous visits, we spent 4 days in Sedona. We hiked amazing trails through red-rocks splendor.
We wandered through art galleries and unique shops (not entirely without spending money - I treated myself to new earrings). Sedona's galleries are always a great place to catch famous guest artists at work. In fact, we were told that this nation-wide trend apparently started here in one of Sedona's oldest galleries. An artist's wife ran the gallery while he worked in his studio. One day, she had urgent business to attend to and asked him to mind the store. He protested, "But I have a piece I must finish." The wife's answer: "Well, you'll have to bring it to the gallery and finish it here." The rest, as they say, is history.
We watched several artists at work. Kraig Varner was working on this amazing piece at Mountain Trails Gallery and very kind to allow our interruptions both for questions and a photo.
Once again, we happily camped for free just outside town. Here are some shots of our campsites.
Time to move it up to that big hole in the ground. Although we've visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon four times over the 13 years we've been traveling, we never seem able to resist the urge to go back.
Of course, free camping just outside the park boundary, can't hurt. Isn't it amazing that this exists and few people seem to use it? We were the only camper in this location one night. The next night, we had one neighbor.
And finally - the first time we've seen THIS on our travels:
That was our week: from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. What's next? We're saying goodbye to Arizona and heading to our favorite state: Utah!
Days on the road on this trip: 97
Total camping costs to date: $123.00
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