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Visit Montezuma Castle while Vacationing in Sedona, Arizona

While vacationing in Sedona, Arizona you have an unlimited variety of day trips to the surrounding areas that will both educate and spark the imagination of you and your family. One of my favorite day trips from Sedona would have to be to Montezuma Castle National Monument, located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Highway in Camp Verde. This is a perfect  Sedona day trip for anyone interested in the history of Native Americans in Northern Arizona, specifically the Sinagua people. Dedicated in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, Montezuma Castle gives you an opportunity to travel back nearly a thousand years to a time when the Sinagua people inhabited this amazing five-story cliff dwelling.

When I look at the dwelling I can’t help but imagine the intellect and creativity the Sinagua people had to be able to survive in this desert landscape. The Sinagua people are believed to have lived in this area for around four hundred years and then, for no apparent reason, they vanished. No one that I have talked to has an answer for their disappearance. There are a lot of theories and conjectures, but it still remains a mystery to this day.

While you are visiting this National Monument you can take a relaxing scenic stroll on their 1/3 mile self guided loop. You will be overwhelmed at the vision of the cliff dwelling high in the limestone cliffs. You can feel the presence of the people that inhabited the area as you walk along the pathway surrounded by giant old sycamore trees and the flowing Beaver Creek.

To finish your day trip I would suggest going about 11 miles down the road to visit Montezuma’s Well (still an active spring). Montezuma’s well is a very unique limestone sinkhole with an extremely high concentration of dissolved carbon dioxide You would think that would make this well void of any form of life, but that is not the case. One common amphibian you can almost always catch a glimpse of is a turtle. Turtles seem to thrive in this particular environment. The Well itself is amazingly blue and hosts unique organism that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Relax and explore the trails, especially the trail by the Swallet Ruin that lends shade on a hot summer day. Montezuma’s Well welcomes you to explore, but please remember that the well is considered sacred by many local tribes, show respect for the environment you are in.

For more information on either Montezuma Castle or Montezuma Well click here.

Tips

  • Make sure to check out the visitor’s center at Montezuma’s Castle to view some of the artifacts found at this site. The Sinagua created amazing pottery and textiles.
  • This is a National Monument so there is an entrance fee. Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument for details of which passes are accepted.
  • Do not step off the trails. Both the Black-tailed Rattlesnake and the Western Diamondback live in this area. Although it is very unlikely that you would ever see one, due to their shyness of people, if you walk off the trail you are asking for an introduction.
  • Always bring water and keep yourself hydrated in the desert climate.
  • Wear layered clothing and shoes suitable for a day of exploring.

Seeking Spiritual Renewal in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Psychic Wisdom
Refresh and renew in Sedona with Kavitaa

If you are visiting to Sedona, Arizona for a renewal of spirit we would like to recommend checking out Sedona Psychic Wisdom. In Sedona since 2002 and a proud member of the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association, Kavitaa offers a variety of heart-centered, spiritual and practical healing sessions and Vortex tours. Kavitaa’s sessions are fun, gentle, and loving, yet can go very deep, bringing insight and fresh approaches to life changes, turning points, relationships, family, love, health and career.

Sedona Vortex tours for individuals and small groups include gentle hiking and guided meditation in the Vortex energy of Sedona. Kavitaa also offers phone readings and counseling, long-distance Reiki healing for you or your loved ones

Originally from Britain, Kavitaa spent over 20 years in Japan and is fluent in spoken Japanese. She is a Reiki Master (Usui lineage), and holds a BA hons, University of Sussex, England, and an MA in Teaching, School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. View Kavitaa’s videos, in English or Japanese.
In-person sessions include:

  • Intuitive counseling and card reading, using unique cards based on Celtic mythology
  • Reiki energy balancing and healing
  • Aura-Soma life path consultation and energy balancing
  • Hypnotherapy, allowing access of information and release of trauma through deep relaxation
  • Experiential astrology
  • Couple sessions

Package and advance booking discounts available. Visit Sedona Psychic Wisdom for details.

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Visit the Mystical Bazaar in Sedona, Arizona

Mystical Bazaar Metaphysical StoreMystical Bazaar - Sedona’s Metaphysical Store

The next time you visit Sedona, Arizona make some time to visit the friendly staff at the Mystical Bazaar metaphysical store, to learn more about the spiritual side of Sedona.

The Mystical Bazaar is located on Highway 89A in West Sedona and invites you to stop in and relax as you take time to learn more about crystals, chakras, and spiritual tools.

Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association Member

Well known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, their team is always available to share their expertise to assist you in finding the right tool for your journey. They have a large selection of unique jewelry and hundreds of varieties of rocks and minerals, including large crystal specimens, clusters, points, hearts, healing wands and gemstone pendulums. Each gemstone is presented with an explanation of its energetic properties. Also available are Aura Photos, which comes with two pictures and a 23 page report; Psychic Readings, Reiki Sessions; Sedona Vortex Tours and Shamanic Journeys. For more information please visit the Mystical Bazaar.

Merry Christmas from Sedona Arizona Vacations

Merry Christmas

All of us at Sedona-Arizona-Vacations wish you a very merry Christmas! May your holiday be filled with the love of your family and friends and may laughter and happiness fill your household this holiday season! We will be taking a couple of days off, but you’ll see more good Sedona vacation information from us right after the holiday.

Have a Wonderful Holiday!

 

 

This Weeks Sedona Verde Valley Entertainment Guide

Sedona Verde Valley Entertainment Guide
September 30th – October 6th, 2013

Welcome to our weekly Sedona-Verde Valley Entertainment Guide featuring the best of all there is to do in the area this week, including independent film, and live entertainment. If you love history with a twist make sure not to miss Michael Peach performing his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with a tongue-in-cheek look at the history of cowboying and the greater Sedona area at the Sedona Heritage Museum! Just click on the READ MORE button to get all the details. Have fun with us in Sedona this week!

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Good Old Fashion Fun at SeptemberFest in the Verde Valley

Jackpot Ranch
Good ‘Ole Fashion Family Fun at SeptemberFest

Enjoy some good ‘ole fashion family fun in the Verde Valley at SeptemberFest taking place on September 21st, 2013 at the beautiful Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde! This family oriented one day event features cowboy games, pony and hay rides, Toad Hopin’, scavenger hunt, family fun photos and more! There will also be live entertainment featuring The Chromatics!  Admission to this event is free, suggested donations made will benefit the Sedona Verde Valley Fire Fighter Charities and the Kara Ford Cancer Fund. The Jackpot Ranch is located only 35 minutes from Sedona at 2025 Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde, Arizona.  For more information please visit the SeptemberFest on Facebook.

Fly Fishing Adventure Now Available at the Inn of Sedona

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
Sedona Castaway Vacation Package

Learn how to fly fish in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and save money on your lodging at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona with their Sedona Castaway Vacation Package! Oak Creek yields great fishing year round with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout in its pristine pools. Bring your camera and your licensed guides from Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures will bring the poles and expertise. Often referred to as the smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon the beauty of Oak Creek Canyon will take your breath away.  So what are you waiting for, book your Sedona Castaway Package today! Click the Read More button below for full details.

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