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2010/03/25 - Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ

Posted 03-28-2010 at 09:43 PM by Phantom

Day 130, Camp 47 (3 nights @ $10 per night)
Cave Springs Campground
Coconino National Forest
Sedona, AZ
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Drove a long day all the way to Sedona, AZ., about 225 miles. See map for route and roads. We passed by Betatakin Ruins just west of Kayenta. Decided it was too high and cold to camp there. Drove through Tuba City and past the turn-offs for Page and the Grand Canyon. Feeling de-spirited and sad at passing by so many fine places I had planned on seeing. It's still too cold and early in the spring. Combined with spring break and the weather, we have decided to by-pass the Grand Canyon. The BLM officer told us it was an absolute 'zoo', even worse than what we saw around Arches. I'll plan on doing this entire area another year, most likely in the fall, after school was started and the weather is not too cold yet. Thus far we have passed by Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, the entire Page area, (Vermillion Cliffs, Antelope Canyon, the Wave, etc.), Betatakin Ruins, Canyon de Shelly, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. I am so very bummed out. Feels like the trip is winding down.
The Sedona area is amazingly gorgeous. The entire Oak Creek Canyon is incredible. The town itself is very upscale, chock full of high-end art galleries, shops, restaurants, etc. All in a spectacular setting. The rocks and canyon remind me of Zion. The road down the canyon is quite steep and windy... busy with tourist sight-seeing traffic. The road drops from 7,000' at Flagstaff to 4,000' in Sedona. Hard to blame all the folks for wanting to see the place. We stayed 3 nights... all around freezing at 5,500' elevation. So nice to camp in a forest again. Beautiful Ponderosa Pines.
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    If you can drop the camper at a campground, head up 89 to Jerome. Jerome is a neat town, and above Jerome is a beautiful little park. Of course, it's probably cold there. In the summer in was 70 deg when it was 110 deg in Phoenix.
    Posted 03-29-2010 at 06:29 PM by drm101 drm101 is offline
 
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