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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.

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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Montezuma Castle National Monument near Sedona, Arizona.

Montezuma Castle, A Major Attraction Near Sedona Arizona

One of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America is Montezuma Castle, a five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. Early settlers to the area assumed it was associated with the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but the castle was abandoned almost a century before Montezuma was born.

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley: A Landscape and A Culture

Quite possibly one of the most photographed spots on earth, Monument Valley is a striking testament to the impermanent nature of even the planet's most massive forms.

The isolated mesas and buttes that dramatically jut from the red desert floor are the last little stubs, relatively speaking, of the layers upon layer of rock that used to fill in all the space in between. It took hundreds of millions of years to lay down all those layers, and then 50 million or so to wear all but the remaining formations away to relatively nothing.

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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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Laws Spring, Along the Old Beale Camel Trail

Travels With Ernie — Ernie Travels to Laws Spring, Hidden Adventure and Day Trip from Sedona, Arizona

Ernie Explores Laws Spring Along the Old Beale Camel Trail

One of my favorite dog adventures is a visit to Laws Spring, an off-the-beaten track, must–see trip for any tourist interested in Arizona history and prehistoric civilizations. I like it because it’s a great place for a dog to relax and kick back, take a little swim in a really cool natural spring, and spend some “quiet time.” Because it is little known, the swarms of tourists that flood other well-known parts of Northern Arizona have not discovered this adventure. Another benefit is that visitors have a great opportunity to see elk, deer, wild turkey, antelope and other indigenous animals of the region that make their home in this part of the country.

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Tavasci Marsh, Spring-fed Riparian Zone Near Sedona, Arizona

Some views from atop the pueblo at Tuzigoot National Monument might make you wonder how on earth people chose this barren spot to live, and how they possibly scrapped out an existence here. But turn to the North and the East, and a whole different picture emerges. Tavasci Marsh, an ancient oxbow of the Verde River packs this section of valley with life, from cattails and cottonwoods to uncountable species of critters drawn to the plentiful food, water and shelter the marsh provides.

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