Just 25 minutes down State Route 89A from Sedona, Arizona, Old Town Cottonwood is chock-a-block full of boutique hotels, nationally and regionally acclaimed restaurants, trendy gift shops and art galleries located in the historic buildings that line Main Street. Wine tasting venues crowd the street where, once-upon-a-time, bootleggers battled it out with local law enforcement during Prohibition. In the middle of it all, one of the most unique bookstores to found regionally, state-wide, and beyond. Located in the old Cottonwood Lumber building, which is perfectly suited to the store's dual nature – Adventures Unlimited is a store literally and figuratively divided in two.
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.
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.
As 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.
The Grand Canyon may well be the most accessible of the world's wonders. It is bordered by a wide paved path with excellent interpretive materials and amazing viewpoints along the way.
The Grand Canyon: one of the seven natural wonders of the world!
Only two hours from Sedona is the majestic Grand Canyon, one of seven natural wonders of the world and the most visited national park in North America.
The panel of petroglyphs is hidden from view, a large juniper obscuring the boulder located just before a narrow one-lane bridge that crosses Red Tank Draw. The petroglyphs are shallow and difficult to make out or distinguish from naturally occurring markings on the lichen-covered rock. But a few moments of patient study pays off and the figures and symbols emerge.
From Wastelands to Wetlands: The Transformation of 27 Acres of the Sedona Arizona Wastewater Treatment Facility to a Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary
An oasis of six shimmering ponds surrounded by cattails, indigenous trees, pathways, bridges, and viewing platforms suddenly appears on the horizon. The is the Sedona Wetlands Preserve, a lush green sanctuary visited year round by hundreds of species of birds and other waterfowl.
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.
Sedona, AZ Special Report: Ernie Travels to the Grand Canyon North Rim from Sedona
September, 2015: So I am making my first visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and am totally impressed by this place. My peoples have parked their trailer in the National Park Service North Rim Campground, literally on the edge of the Rim. This place is really cool.
The Colorado River is one of the major rivers in the United States. Located in the Southwest, this 1,450 mile river contributes to watersheds in 7 US States.
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