Day 1 - 21 Oct 2021
Content: The Cathedral Rock hike is an extremely popular one in Arizona and because of this parking fills up quickly. I recommend getting to the trailhead parking lot early if you want to keep the hike as short as possible. There are alternative parking lots in the area with ample parking, but these can add miles and hours of hiking to your trip. I highly recommend using the AllTrails app to help navigate hiking trails. The app works well to accurately track your location and highlight the trail route despite a lack of internet connection, it has saved me many times!
Content: Located about 10 minutes outside of Sedona, this little site was so cute. The campsites are each unique which makes it really fun. There’s a little river running along one side and the trees are very pretty to wake up to. Reservations are necessary and can be made through Recreation.gov.
Day 2 - 22 Oct 2021
Content: Devil’s Bridge is another extremely popular hike in the Sedona area. We arrived at 8:00am to find the parking lot full. There is plenty of street parking along the entrance road and only adds about 0.25 miles to the trip. The first part of the hike is very easy , however there is very little shade. The trail is clearly marked and heavily trafficked. The last little part of the hike is fairly difficult, at times using hands to help scale rocks. At the top, be prepared to wait ~30 minutes to get that picture perfect shot. The wait honestly is a pretty nice break after the hike up.
Content: Birthing Cave was probably my favorite hike of the trip. Only two miles round trip, the majority of the hike is extremely easy. The last part up does involve use of hands and on the way down, probably the use of your behind. The trail is not as popular and is a nice way to get away from crowds. The walls of the cave itself are pretty slippery but the views are amazing. I recommend a wide lens camera to capture the complete view. I do not have one of these and I was unable to get the full view of the cave.
Day 2 - 22 Oct 2021
Content: The campsite was so cute and so close to so many things. The campsite itself is located in the Glen Canyon National Park along Lake Powell, so an extra National park entrance fee will be charged upon entry. The facilities were very nice and very clean. Showers and laundry are available for a fee. There are plenty of campsites for tents and sites with hookups for RVs, but reservations are still recommended. These can be made directly through www.lakepowell.com.
Day 3 - 23 Oct 2021
Content: The parking lot for Horseshoe Bend is located right off Highway 89 just south of Page and is very easy to find. There is a $10 fee into the parking lot. From there, it’s about a 0.6 mile easy walk to the viewpoint. At the viewpoint, it will most likely be very crowded but there are many good views of the river and it is possible to find spots away from the crowds.
Content: As the canyon is located on Navajo land, it is only accessible on a paid guided tour. There is an Upper and a Lower portion of the canyon requiring separate tours. Upper canyon tours average around $80 for a regular guided 1 hour tour while Lower average around $50. The photos above are from the Lower portion, I have not done the Upper portion. The views are amazing and I highly recommend doing this tour. I used the company Ken’s Tours and the guides were very helpful in providing information and taking photos for us!
Day 4 - 24 Oct 2021
Content: After quite a bit of hiking our first few days, we opted to take the shuttle around to the various viewpoints. I do recommend stopping at many of them as the views are all so different. It is also possible to walk along the rim between them if you have the time and energy. Any hiking into the canyon will require extra effort to hike back out.
Content: The campsite was conveniently located inside the park with a market and coffee shop nearby. The bathrooms were nice and there were showers on site available for a fee. There are fire pits at each site and I recommend making use of them as it can get pretty cold at night. Keep an eye out for animals, we had a couple elk running right through our site!