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Travels With Ernie

Adventures Off-the-Beaten-Path Across Sedona and Northern Arizona.

Follow Ernie to places that you didn't know existed, but would like to know more about.

Verde Hot Springs Near Sedona Arizona

Now who doesn't love getting naked with strangers?

If you raised your hand, just click on by. If you were hoping, however, that I meant enjoying one of Northern Arizona's wilderness hot springs, read on my adventurous friend! Whether you're after the touted health benefits of soaking in warm, mineral-rich water, the sociability of enjoying the springs and the scenery with friends or if you just have to have a purpose when you hike, you can satisfy the hot springs urge just a quick day trip away from the Sedona area.

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Oatman Arizona has something for everyone, wild burros included!

Travels With Ernie — Ernie Discovers Oatman Arizona, a Fun Wild West Overnight Trip from Sedona

Among my favorite adventures away from Sedona has been my trip to Oatman, Arizona. It’s a real dog heaven. Lots of interesting scents, and the folks there are good about handouts. I even got to share an ice cream cone with a wild burrow. Actually, I really had no choice since the burro didn't ask first.

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Rainbow on the way to the Grand Canyon from Sedona.

Rainbow On The Way To The Grand Canyon from Sedona

Route 64 to the Grand Canyon South Rim is an easy, scenic, and fun drive from Sedona. As a bonus, along the 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive, visitors can stop and enjoy some time in beautiful, fun downtown Williams, an historic town located along the old Route 66 made famous by fast cars and movie stars! This rainbow appeared along Route 64 the last day of September.

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Historic Cornville Post Office Comes Home

Historic Cornville Post Office SignAs the saying goes, "what goes around comes around" and that is exactly what happened to the historic little post office building for the rural community of Cornville. Cornville lies a few miles south of Sedona and back in the day shared postal routes that included Red Rock Loop, Sedona, and Oak Creek Canyon. This little building is what remains of the historic Cornville Post Office, recently returned to its original location on the northeast corner of the Cornville and Loy Roads, on property now owned by the Windmill Gardens nursery.

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John Carpino plays and sings favorites at Cruisers Cafe in Williams, Arizona.

The Ultimate Sedona Day Trip: Cruisers Café and the Music of John Carpino in Williams, Arizona

It’s a sunny, cool, and beautiful afternoon in nostalgic downtown Williams, and the quaint shops and restaurants are bustling with activity. Suddenly, the air is filled with the pleasant tunes of Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and some catchy tunes that we didn’t recognize. The music attracts us like a powerful magnet, and is emanating from the outdoor patio of one of our favorite Williams hangouts, Cruisers Café on Main Street. The music blends in perfectly with the nostalgia of Route 66, and the historic and picturesque Williams downtown. So, we can’t help but enjoy lunch on the patio and enjoy more of the enticing music.

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Kendrick Mountain

Kendrick Mountain

Kendrick Mountain is part of the San Francisco Peaks, a volcanic field north of Sedona, Arizona. Three maintained trails managed by the Kaibab National Forest, the Kendrick Mountain Trail, Pumpkin Trail, and Bull Basin Trail, lead hikers to the top of Kendrick Mountain and a fire lookout tower which is open during summer months.

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Visitors Enjoy Spring Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert

Spring in Arizona is the season residents and visitors alike wait for in eager anticipation. The desert terrain bursts into a canvas of unimaginable beauty as delicate desert wildflowers blanket the landscape. It doesn't take much of an excuse and is well worth a day to escape to the southern sections of the state to partake in this visual feast and the Arizona State Parks offer some of the most beautiful locations to view the lavish colors and textures of spring.

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Wupatki National Monument near Sedona, Arizona.

Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater

From the main ancient pueblo at Wupatki National Monument, you have a sweeping view East, all the way to the Painted Desert. From the Lomaki pueblo, you see the San Fransicso Peaks looming majestically on the horizon. But from any vantage in the 35,000-acre park, you're afforded more than a glimpse into the ancient past of the Colorado Plateau, right down to a fateful geologic event that changed the landscape and the lives of its people forever.

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