Happy Howlween my friends! I hope you have a safe, fun, and healthy one. As I mentioned on Facebook and Instagram, I sprained my back, right ankle. I wasn’t doing anything spectacular but walking the neighborhood and stepped off the curb wrong. Go figure! Thankfully, I did it after our recent visit up to Sedona so I could enjoy the day. I’m definitely walking better, but my ankle is still swollen. Boo.
Anyway, I love this time of year when the mornings and evenings are cooler, don’t you? Ah. We survived summer once again! We haven’t been to Sedona in quite some time, and to be honest, it has become too over crowded for us. However, we thought we would try a week day and headed up I-17 north through Cottonwood to the 89A north.
Dad read about The Birthing Cave, and you follow directions to the Long Canyon trail head: turn left on Dry Creek Road and another left on Long Canyon until you see the trail head parking lot on your left. It is a VERY tiny dirt lot with limited spots and no human restroom. We arrived early but still had to park along the street. NOTE: In many places in Sedona now, parking along the street is forbidden. This particular trail head has some dirt pull outs that work, but you will want to watch where you park.
We couldn’t believe how busy it was for a Tuesday! Thankfully, most everyone was coming down the trail as we headed up, so we did have some peace and quiet. To get to the Birthing Cave, you follow the Longs Canyon trail past the “area closed” section on your right and then veer to the left when you see a wood fence for the Longs Canyon trail.
The trail is flat and easy for a mile. As you approach the red rock on your right, you will see a trail that goes UP to The Birthing Cave. We read that the indigenous Hopi women would birth their babies in this cave as a spiritual experience. Hmm. As steep as this last section gets, we couldn’t imagine a pregnant woman making the trek up. It is bouldering! I love boulders, but alas, Daddy had to help me on one big step. With a little push, I was on my way again. Small dogs would have a difficult time climbing up, and Mom was glad she had her hiking pole with her.
We were grateful the traffic was gone so would go at our own pace. Once at the cave, we had views of Sedona. Unfortunately, the view will be changing soon. They are building a huge condo complex that will ultimately ruin the view from the cave. The price of progress, I guess.
As we took our pictures, we noticed the “V” shape of the cave opening, and Dad had read some people believe it is called The Birthing Cave because it looks like a woman’s private parts. I know absolutely nothing about that, but stories abound of ladies heading to the cave in hopes of getting pregnant.
The cave is shaded, cool, and quiet…except for the construction noise! Doh. We had a nice picnic in the cave before heading back down. As you know, going down a steep, rocky trail can be more challenging than going up. Daddy ended up carrying me most of the way, and his back did fine. Yippy! Mom was worried I would fall and hurt myself. Little did we know, I would injure myself in my own neighborhood. Ugh.
The rock was slick as it was covered in dust, and as we were back to the trail, more people were going up. Perfect timing. Hiking back to the car was quick and only totaled two miles. We decided we would stop in Cottonwood on our way home. We’ve driven through a bazillion times but never walked downtown.
Downtown Cottonwood is cute and is full of quaint shops and restaurants. Dad and I found a bench in the shade while mom popped into a few places. Once again, people had to stop and admire me. “No, I am not a Husky!” “Yes, I know I am adorable.” Another day in my life.
The drive home went smoothly, and I was home napping before I knew it. Should you be in Sedona and want to do a short but interesting hike, The Birthing Cave might fit the bill. Now that we’ve done it once, we don’t need to do it again. The red rock never disappoints, though, and Sedona was as beautiful as always. We are fortunate to live so close to an amazing place. Don’t eat too much candy my human readers and remember chocolate (because of the caffeine) is toxic to cats and dogs. Until next time!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!