Verde Valley Wine Trail#8 in Best Things To Do in Sedona
When it comes to wine country, Arizona doesn't usually come to mind. But the Verde Valley near Sedona offers the dry climate and access to water that grapes need to thrive. If you're a lover of vino, consider taking a day to follow the Verde Valley Wine Trail; this self-guided tour takes you to several of the area's most popular wineries, including Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Oak Creek Vineyards and Javelina Leap Vineyard, as well as several tasting rooms. Most stops allows you to tour the grounds and sample locally made wine.
Recent trail followers praised the vineyards for their beautiful atmosphere and diverse selection. You can download a passport on the trail's website, which once you get it stamped, allows you to earn special offers and prizes.
Verde Valley is a great place to visit if you're tired of the crowds or want to give your feet a break from all the hiking. After wine tasting, make sure to check out the rest of the Cottonwood area's attractions, including Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot.
Most wineries are an easy, half-hour drive southwest of Sedona in Cottonwood. Hours and prices will vary depending on the vineyard. For more information, visit the Verde Valley Wine Trail website.
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#1 Hiking Trails
The region boasts more than 100 different trails, each offering its own unique experience. Most lead into the red rocks, offering intrepid explorers plenty of postcard-worthy photo ops. Travelers are enthralled with many of Sedona's trails, but one of the most popular is the Cathedral Rock Trail, which starts about 4 miles south of the "Y" intersection. Though it isn't the easiest trek, the trail does offer great views of one of Sedona's most notable red rock formations. Recent visitors said the effort is definitely worth the views. For a less strenuous journey that still promises Cathedral Rock panoramas, try the Airport Mesa Loop, an easy path located near the Sedona Airport. Other popular hiking trails include the Bell Rock Pathway, the Devil's Bridge Trail, Boynton Canyon and Palatki Ruins, which features several ancient Native American ruins and cave paintings.
When making your way to a trailhead, consider stopping at The Hike House, where recent visitors rave about the helpful and knowledgeable staff. This facility – located across the street from Tlaquepaque – is devoted to preparing Sedona hikers. Using their unique Trail Finder database, the staff members at The Hike House can help determine which trail is right for you based on your time frame and skill level. This facility also houses a shop specializing in hiking gear and a cafe chock-full of healthy treats. After stopping here, you'll be well dressed and energized to hit the trails. The Hike House also offers guided hikes; reservations can be made on the center's website.
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