What are the five best ways to experience Sedona’s Red Rock Country?

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Stacey Wittig

Seeing the red rock country around Sedona is a must; the only decision you have to make is how to take it all in. We think these are the five best ways to experience Sedona’s red rock country:

1. Glide in a hot air balloon. After a gentle lift-off, enjoy a panoramic, bird’s-eye view of red rock formations and Valle Verde as you slip along the early morning skies. Your early awakening will be rewarded with a champagne picnic after a calm landing. When you make your reservations, be sure your balloon operator has the permits needed to fly over red rock country.

2. Take a Tai Chi class. Tai Chi classes are offered twice a week at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa on the banks of picturesque Oak Creek. Experience the inspiring red rock country through the practice of the Chinese tradition while gaining life-changing benefits. Begun in China, the tradition has been adapted by westerners as a graceful form of exercise.

3. Go for a hike. A favorite Sedona hike, the Bell Rock Pathway is a relatively easy way to get out and among the red rocks. The 3.6-mile trail rewards hikers with breath-taking views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. This is a well-traveled pathway with vault toilets and paved parking. Bring your camera — as the trail climbs higher, you’ll have opportunities for great shots. Be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen too, as there’s no shade on this trail. More adventurous hikers can try out Devil’s Bridge or Vultee Arch trails.

4. Ride a mountain bike. Broken Arrow Trail is a fun and relatively easy mountain bike trail that takes you straight into the heart of red rock country. You’ll ride by Devil’s Dining room, an active sinkhole. Submarine Rock to the east offers a slickrock play area.

5. Tour Red Rocks State Park. This magnificent park affords many stunning vistas from one of the ten hiking trails. Explore the visitor’s center, or watch a film at the park theatre. At 10 a.m. daily, a naturalist bring the outdoors alive on guided nature walks, while at 2 p.m., you can join in an activity led by a guest speaker or park ranger. Ask about special events like bird walks or geology hikes. You can’t get any closer than this to red rock country!

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