Driving approximately 130 miles total; about 3 hours. Walking approximately 1/2 mile total throughout the day; paved paths and trails with uneven footing.
At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a hearty buffet meal including eggs to order, breakfast meats, cereals, muffins, whole-grain breads, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, juices, water.
Checking out of the hotel, we will ride north from Phoenix for the Verde Valley and the Sedona area. As we travel, we’ll marvel at the change of life zones and scenery as we move from the Sonora Desert to the edge of the Colorado Plateau. Upon arrival at the Montezuma Castle National Monument with our naturalist, we will set out for a field trip to explore the 5-story, 20-room prehistoric cliff dwelling nestled in a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, constructed 600 years ago by the Sinagua Indians. Afterwards, we’ll return to the motorcoach and continue to the Village of Oak Creek.
At a local restaurant along the way, we will have a number of plated lunch selections to choose from, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Arriving in Sedona, we will visit some of its most iconic viewpoints and attractions with our expert naturalist, such as Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Red Rock State Park, and more. As we explore via motorcoach and on foot, we’ll learn about the rich human and natural history of this world-class destination. A combination of natural beauty and a spiritual sanctuary, Sedona is known around the world for its orange and red sandstone forming incredible creeks, canyons, and buttes. In the mid-afternoon, we will check into our hotel located in the Village of Oak Creek.
At a favorite local Mexican restaurant in the Village of Oak Creek, we’ll enjoy a choice of plated meal selections along with chips and salsa, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After dinner, our Group Leader will brief us on the next day’s itinerary, weather conditions, and departure time. We’ll then return to the hotel. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.