With trepidation, we hook up, load up and depart Dead Horse Ranch State Park leaving the images of Sedona in the rear view mirror. We hated saying good-bye to Sedona’s natural beauty of red-rocks.
Many of these red-rock buttes, spires, and monuments have names, such as the popular Coffee Pot Rock. Red Rock Country is definitely worth the visit on any trip to Arizona. I know it’ll be a regular stop for Al and me. We already look forward to returning.
And while the red-rocks are majestic and stunning, another site catches our eyes….McDonald’s. Oh, but this McDonald’s is special. It’s the only one in the world where the Golden Arches are Turquoise Arches. Turquoise is a color most associated with the desert southwest. As I’m taking a photo, a gentleman from Japan joins me to my left, while a woman from Spain joins me on my right. Sedona is a highlight for folks from around the world. We all comment about the Turquoise Arches and the southwest architecture as we snap away.
With the Rig pointed south, we slowly meander toward Phoenix. Arizona is a land of contrast and diversity. The scenery is undeniably beautiful, ranging from hot and dry deserts to evergreen mountain forests to towering red rocks and canyon gorges.
One minute we’re traveling among ignored, undeveloped desert, the next we stumble across an old pioneer graveyard or ghost town. Then within a few short miles, we happen upon a populated area of new homes and shopping centers.
It appears everything in Arizona is either very old or very new. What an amazing land. And it’s ours to explore!
We awake to a beautiful Arizona sunrise, and quickly ready ourselves for the day. We’re off to try another Sedona recommendation from LuAnn….the Coffee Pot Restaurant.
The Coffee Pot Restaurant is home to 101 Omelets and got its name from the famous Coffee Pot Rock. Coffee Pot Rock is actually the highest point in Sedona at about 5,600 feet in elevation. The town sits at 4,350 feet in elevation.
Ummm, the coffee was divine and the food was excellent. We even purchase some coffee to brew back at the RV.
Next we head into the quaint older shopping district for a little retail therapy. I can’t help but feel a sense of history. I image the pioneers on horseback discovering this majestic land. The history of this land goes way back to various Indian civilizations. The first Europeans (Spanish) explored the Verde Valley in the mid 1500’s and the first Anglo settled in the area in 1876.
Sedona is a small town of about 10,000 residents and consists of 19 square miles, 49% of which belong to the Coconino National Forest. With such an abundance of public access, the availability of hiking is endless.
Red Rock Country is stunning in all directions. There’s a sense of spirituality. A majestic beauty. It’s no wonder this unique beauty attracts 2 to 4 million tourists a year.
Al and I finally feel rested, relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to hit the road again. Although I must admit, I could stay for quite awhile and never tire of the view.