If you think Sedona is beautiful in the day, just wait until you see it in the moonlight! Experience the beauty of the Sedona Red Rocks by the light of the moon this Tuesday April 15th with a guided “Moonlight Hike” at Red Rock State Park or a full moon meditation at the Amitabha Stupa.
Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; please call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fees upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.
The Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona.
Moonlight Meditation at the Amitabha Stupa
The Amitabha Stupa is spectacular when it is being bathed by the gentle light of the rising full moon and it creates a profound atmosphere for meditation and prayer. Come to the stupa on Tuesday April 15th for an hour-long meditation from 7 – 8 PM and walk around the stupa making prayers for peace. Everyone is welcome! Please dress warmly, bring a chair or cushion to sit on, and a flashlight for a safe walk back to your car. No drums or noisemakers, please.
The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is located on Pueblo Road, in West Sedona. From Highway 89A , turn north on Andante Road beside the Circle K store. Proceed about a mile (toward Thunder Mountain) and turn left on Pueblo Road, which is the last left off of Andante. If the gate is open, turn immediately right onto the stupa land and proceed to the parking area. If the gate is not open, park on Pueblo. The stupa is a five-minute uphill walk from Pueblo on well marked trails. For handicapped access, please call 877-788-7229 in advance. Visiting the Amitabha Stupa is free. The Stupa is supported solely by the donations of those who visit it.