I love when people come to visit us because we get to go on lots of adventures. Last year was strange as no one could come, but this year is looking promising! Mom and dad’s friend, Jim Fox, came from Southern California, and off to Sedona we went!
Sedona isn’t too far from us here in Phoenix (just north on I-17), and it is one incredible place. We enjoy sharing it with folks. We went on a week day hoping to beat the crowds, but is there ever a time Sedona isn’t busy anymore? One of the more popular places is the Courthouse Butt and Bell Rock hike (off north 179). As you come through Oak Creek Canyon, you will pass the visitor center and then it will be the first major parking lot on your right. You’ll need to get a park pass there as the visitor center is still closed.
We didn’t have luck at the first lot, so we had to drive a mile or so down the road (north) to the next one. This actually worked out great because we were on the other end, and there were less people. Both lots have human restrooms.
I was eager to show Jim one of our favorite trails. Since we weren’t starting at Bell Rock, we went the opposite direction and had incredible expansive views of Sedona. Just follow signs for Courthouse Butt from this side – going to your left. Going this way gave him a great feel for the area. As always, I was worshiped and adored. One couple lived only miles away from Jim in the San Diego area, and they were missing their pup. I sat down and let them pet me to their hearts content. I’m a good boy.
The weather was absolutely perfect with blue sky and warm sun, not hot yet. The trail is moderate on red rock, which becomes pretty slick in the rain. For those who haven’t been, you don’t want to wear new or white shoes as they will be red when you are done. Dad loaned Jim a pair of his hiking shoes for that very reason.
We hiked a mile and a half until we found a great spot for our picnic lunch. We had the best seats in the house! Food always tastes better outside, have you noticed? Anyway, we opted to hike back out the same way we came, but you could do the entire loop of five miles. We wanted to show our guest the Airport Vortex as well.
When we arrived back at the parking lot, there were still tons of people trying to get in. Eeesh. Crazy busy! The Airport Vortex in on the other side of Sedona, and the traffic was nuts. The parking lot is super small here, but we lucked out and got a spot just as a lady was leaving. FYI, parking here is free and there isn’t a restroom. The trail to the top is short but very steep. It has a hand railing to help, but it can be difficult for people with balance or foot issues. Keep that in mind.
At the top, we had 360-degree views. Just gorgeous! We took pictures and took everything in. It’s always windy up there so hold on to your hats. We made our way back down slowly and then headed home via Cottonwood, which is a faster route since you don’t get stuck in the round-a-bouts.
I took a nice nap as the humans chatted and listened to music. It was truly a magical day in Sedona! We are fortunate to have this gem nearby, and we were blessed to have our friend with us. Life is good!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!