Sedona is one of my favorite places to go in Northern Arizona. It is considered to be a small city with the population of 11000. Sedona’s best features and main attraction is the red Sandstone rock formations that almost look bright orange in different lights. The city rests right in the middle of the rock canyons and formations that surround the 360 View. There are many hikes, tours, and things to do in Sedona not to mention a lot of healing vortexes that people swear by. These vortexes are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing meditation and self-exploration. Many people feel inspired, recharged or uplifted after visiting a vortex. There are specific sites where the energy is most intense and one of these is Bell Rock. I’ve been to Sedona a few times and have hiked Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge and Oak Creek Canyon, but in this post, I’m going to focus on Bell Rock and one of the pink Jeep tours that we took up Schnebly Road during golden hour and sunset.
We had relatives visiting from Alberta Canada and they had never been to Sedona so it was definitely one place to get them to experience. We only had a day in Sedona so we decided to make the best of it. From Chandler Arizona, where I reside, it took us two hours and 20 minutes to get to Sedona. Not bad timing to get up to one of the most beautiful spots in the western states. As you drive into Sedona from the south end the first rock formation that stands out is called Bell Rock. It is shaped like a big Bell and has an elevation of 4900 feet. It is a popular tourist attraction and easy hike at 1.5 mile round trip. Perfect for my Canadian relatives to get a little hike in , stretch the legs and experience such beautiful red rock formations. The trail starts at the parking lot and as we got closer to Bell Rock, we realized the magnitude of this formation. We hiked around to the North side and and I found myself and some of my family members climbing the Red Rock straight up like stairs to get to a higher elevation quicker. What I noticed was the back of Bell rock is completely different than the front. The back does not have a lovely Bell shape, but rather more rugged and tall column shaped rocks at the top. The higher up we got, the more views came into the scene including Courthouse Butte on the East side . With a little more time and effort, we could have made it to one of the higher formations near the top and had the views for miles, but we decided to not make everybody wait for it was already past lunch time. The Bell Rock Trail connects to courthouse Butte and a few other Trails so you could spend a lot of time in this area hiking and exploring. All in all a great stop and first impression to Sedona!
We decided to get some lunch and look at a few shops before going on our Pink Jeep tour. The one thing I would definitely suggest if you have flexible time, is to go to Sedona during the week, because the weekends are very busy and crowded and hard to find parking at the hike locations.
We decided to take the last Jeep tour of the day because there was a possibility of a great sunset. I wanted to hop in the very back so I could possibly turn around and take some photos if necessary. Our Jeep driver took us up Schnebly road , which is a very rugged and bumpy road that ascends high up near the Mogollon Rim. Sitting in the back, it was actually fun and I have to say the seats were pretty comfortable which made it a lot more pleasant. Our guide was absolutely wonderful and told us all about the area with history, facts and fun stories. He stopped for photo opportunities many times and we even got out and took a little walk around near the top. After an hour, we started down Schnebly Hill Road and the most amazing Sunset was happening right before our eyes. There were so many colors and the red Rock lit up like fire! Our tour guide knew that we would like to get some photos of the sunset so he stopped at various points along the way down.
It was dark by the time we got back to Main Street in Sedona and we decided to have dinner before heading home. We picked the Cowboy Club and it was the most amazing steak I have had in a very long time. My Canadian relatives were very impressed and were actually talking about going back to Sedona next time they visit Arizona, but suggesting at least 3 days to explore the city and surrounding area. They are definitely right on that!