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Since 2001, I have visited Sedona, Arizona each year as part of an annual road trip to visit a college friend who lives in Las Vegas. My most recent visit was in October 2003. During the Sedona portion of the trip, I kept an online journal (a "blog" to us techie types :) ) so folks back home wouldn't worry too much. I also experimented with digital photography--something I had put off doing for years until digital SLR-type cameras became available and affordable. Each evening I'd come off the hiking trails, sit in one of Sedona's many outstanding restaurants with my laptop downloading photos and writing up the day's entry. I got a few funny looks, but mostly met some terrific people, both in the restaurants and on the hiking trails. I told several people I would let them know when my photos were available online. Unfortunately, my PDA phone crashed before I could sync their addresses into my PC. For any of you who find this page, please accept my apologies for not contacting you.


This page is dedicated to the memory of my brother-in-law's dad, Bill Willis, whose astute purchase of a high-quality digital camera made these photos possible. For more pictures of Sedona or Arizona in general, visit my Arizona page by clicking here.

Photos Copyright 2006 by Donna S. Duncan
 


Court House Rock at sunset

10/19/2003 - Bell Rock and Red Rock Crossing

This was kind of an "easy" day, mostly involving getting my rented SUV, Red Rock pass, and hiking guide. I did, however, manage to get in a quick trip to Bell Rock Pathway and Red Rock Crossing. Absolutely, first and foremost on this trip I want to get a good shot of Cathedral Rock reflecting in the water at Red Rock Crossing. I've been there several times, but never quite succeeded in getting the shot I want. Maybe this year I'll finally do it.
Bell Rock
Cathedral Rock with Reflection (1)
Cathedral Rock with Reflection (2)
Cathedral Rock with Reflection (3)
Cathedral Rock with Reflection (4)
Cathedral Rock with Reflection (5)

Bell Rock
10/20/2003 - Devils Bridge
Devil's Bridge is kind of a special hike for me, in that it was the first real, actual hike I took in Sedona. Prior to that, it was mostly scenic driving and short jots like Red Rock Crossing and Bell Rock Pathway. I first hiked Devil's Bridge in 1999, where I met up with a couple of fellow hikers who introduced me to another one of my favorite hikes Doe Mountain. I've since hiked both of these every time I'm here. Incidentally, that last photo is of a rock formation that a fellow hiker thought looked like a face. I tend to agree.
Devil's Bridge (1)
Devil's Bridge (2)
View from Devil's Bridge Trail (1)
View from Devil's Bridge Trail (2)
View from Devil's Bridge Trail (3)
View from Devil's Bridge Trail (4)
"Face in the rock" at Devil's Bridge

10/21/2003 - FR152, Vultee Arch Trail, Sunset near Oak Creek Village
Note: I mistakenly referred to "Dry Creek Road" instead of FR152 previously. I have corrected the error in the descriptions below (but not in the filenames yet).
 
One thing I wanted to do this time was hike some trails I'd never done before. I'm not entirely sure I succeeded with this one. I didn't think I'd hiked Vultee Arch before, but having reached the end of the trail, it looked pretty familiar. In any event, I think these are the first photos I've put online from there at least. By the way, if anyone reading this happens to know how to hike down to the actual arch, please let me know. I made it to the monument site, with the arch visible in the distance. The hiking guide I bought says you're supposed to be able to "hike under the arch and even climb on top of it". Maybe it's a misprint; maybe they meant to say the monument site? In any case, I did not see any trail at all leading to the arch, and I looked for probably 20-30 minutes.
 
After Vultee Arch, I ate a (very) late lunch, then headed out to Oak Creek Village to catch the pre-sunset shining on Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock, etc. This time of year, get there around 4:45, and watch the rocks change colors as the sun sets behind you. The whole thing takes about 45 minutes or so, beginning with Bell Rock, and gradually moving to Courthouse Rock, and the others in the background. I got there a little too late for Bell Rock, but caught Court House and the others right at the "peak".

Rock Formation near Vultee Arch
Another rock Formation near Vultee Arch
Tree with hole
View from FR152 (1)
Lizard spotted along Vultee Arch Trail
Seeds breaking out of the pod
Vultee Arch (1)
Rock Formation near Vultee Arch
Vultee Arch (2)
Rock Formation near Vultee Arch
View near Vultee Arch (1)
View near Vultee Arch (2)
View from FR152 (2)
View from FR152 (3)
View from FR152 (4)
View from FR152 (5)
View from FR152 (6)
View from FR152 (7)
Court House Rock at Sunset (1)
Court House Rock at Sunset (2)
Bell Rock at Sunset (1)
Bell Rock at Sunset (2)
Silhouetted tree with sunset-lit rocks in the background (1)
Silhouetted tree with sunset-lit rocks in the background (2)


Vultee Arch


Sunset along Highway 179

10/22/2003 - Doe Mountain, Upper Red Rock Loop, Airport Mesa Sunset
Every Sedona hiking guide I've seen rates Doe Mountain as a "moderate" hike, slightly easier than Devil's Bridge. Well, I must be pretty out of shape, because I actually find this hike to be quite challenging endurance-wise (and except for the last 5 minutes or so, Devil's Bridge is much easier in my opinion). Yes, it's a "gentle climb", but it's a gentle climb upward 100% of the way! This hike is the reason I've not yet had the nerve to try anything rated "streneous" :) Like I said, I must be pretty out of shape. However, that said, this is probably my favorite hike, and well worth every drop of sweat expended in reaching the top. Not having anyone with me this time, I spent nearly 4 hours on this hike--a bit over one to reach to the mesa at the top, over two walking around the mesa, enjoying and photographing the views, and a bit under an hour walking back down (at least 20 minutes of which was spent trying to get a good shot of a lizard I met along the way. :) ).

I finished this hike so late in the day that I really didn't have time to do anything else if I wanted to catch sunset at the airport mesa. So, I drove around Upper Red Rock Loop a bit, then headed to the airport when it was time. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the airport mesa sunset, even though it is supposed to be the place to watch sunset in Sedona. I guess I find the sun's "highlighting" of the rocks along highway 179 in Oak Creek Village to be a lot more interesting than watching the sun set over the town. Coffeepot rock lit up pretty nicely, however.

View from Doe Mountain hiking trail (1)
View from Doe Mountain hiking trail (2)
Red berries spotted along Doe Mountain hiking trail
Another shot of the berries
View from Doe Mountain hiking trail (3)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (1)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (2)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (3)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (4)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (5)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (6)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (7)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (8)
Some rock formations as seen from the top of Doe Mountain
View from the top of Doe Mountain (9)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (10)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (11)
A lizard enjoying the view
Some cactus on top of Doe Mountain
An interesting-looking dead tree on top of Doe Mountain
View from the top of Doe Mountain (12)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (13)
View from the top of Doe Mountain (14)
View from Doe Mountain hiking trail (4)
View from Doe Mountain hiking trail (5)
A lizard peering over a rock on Doe Mountain hiking trail
View at upper red rock loop (1) (Distant views of Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Rock)
View at upper red rock loop (2) (Distant views of Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Rock)
View at upper red rock loop (3) (Distant views of Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Rock)
View at upper red rock loop (4) (Distant views of Cathedral Rock)
Coffee Pot Rock at sunset (1) (view from Airport Mesa)
Coffee Pot Rock at sunset (2) (view from Airport Mesa)
Sunset at Airport Mesa (1)
Sunset at Airport Mesa (2)
Airplane streaking across the post-sunset sky (View from Airport Mesa)

Panoramic view from the top of Doe Mountain

10/23/2003 - Robber's Roost (attempted) and Red Rock Crossing
After the exhausting 4-hour hike and exploration of Doe Mountain yesterday, I decided to take it a bit easy today. I planned to hike Robber's Roost, which according to my hiking book, is rated an "easy" hike, especially with a high-clearance vehicle to drive right up to the trail head. Unfortunately, despite the book's assurance that the road to the trail head was accessible via a "high clearance vehicle", which I was driving, it looked like it might be a bit too much of a challenge, especially given the utter lack of people around to assist me if I happened to get stuck! So, I decided to hike the 1.1 miles to the trail head (which makes it more difficult to find - no odometer). Regretably, I never made it to the trail. I was probably very close, when I had a little misfortune involving a pair of well-worn shorts as I squatted to take a photo. Needless to say, I was suddenly grateful for the solitude, and even more grateful for the change of clothes I'd brought with me in case I decided to go to the Grand Canyon afterwards. :) Solitude notwithstanding, I decided it was probably a good time to call it a day on this one and plan to return with a jeep next time. (Unfortunate too, as I was probably less than 5 minutes from where I needed to be -- I think the first photo below was the location of the cave). The good news is that I spent a relaxing afternoon at Red Rock Crossing, and I think I finally got the Cathedral Rock reflection shot I've been looking for (see 5 and 6 below).

Robber's Roost butte (I think!)
View from jeep trail leading to Robber's Roost
View from Red Canyon Road (1)
View from Red Canyon Road (2)
View from Red Canyon Road (3)
View from Red Canyon Road (4)
View from Red Canyon Road (5)
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (1)
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (2)
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (3)
Cathedral Rock zoom-in
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (4)
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (5)
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (6)
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (7)
Cathedral Rock w/reflection (8)

Cathedral Rock at
Red Rock Crossing

10/24/2003 - Fay Canyon, Grand Canyon
Fay Canyon was a nice little hike to fill the morning prior to leaving for a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Most of the trail is very gentle with minimal climbing, however, the best part--the hike to the arch--is quite a bit more challenging (e.g. Doe Mountain/Devil's Bridge level). Immediately after this hike, I departed for the Grand Canyon, where I stopped along several points before settling in at Lipan Point for sunset.

Cactus along Fay Canyon Trail
View from Fay Canyon Trail (1)
Fay Canyon Arch (1)
Fay Canyon Arch (2)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (2)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (3)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (4)
view from Fay Canyon Trail (5)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (6)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (7)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (8)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (9)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (10)
View from Fay Canyon Trail (11)
Lizard along Fay Canyon Trail
A raven peering into the Grand Canyon (1)
A raven peering into the Grand Canyon (2)
Grand Canyon Desert View Point (1)
Grand Canyon Desert View Point (2)
Grand Canyon Desert View Point (3)
Grand Canyon Desert View Point (4)
Grand Canyon Desert View Point (5)
Grand Canyon Lipan Point (1)
Grand Canyon Lipan Point (2)
Grand Canyon Lipan Point (3)
Grand Canyon Lipan Point (4)
Sunset at Lipan Point (1)
Sunset at Lipan Point (2)
 
View along Fay Canyon Trail

The Grand Canyon
(Lipan Point)

The Grand Canyon
(Desert View Point)
10/25/2003 - West Fork Trail at Oak Creek Canyon
My final hike for this trip was a nice, gentle trek along the first couple miles of West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. Thanks to the shade, the temperature along this hike was quite cool and pleasant, and the view was far more beautiful than I was able to capture in photos. All in all, this was a nice way to finish the week.
West Fork Trail (1)
West Fork Trail (2)
West Fork Trail (3)
West Fork Trail (4)
West Fork Trail (5)
Autumn Leaves along West Fork Trail (1)
Autumn Leaves along West Fork Trail (2)
Autumn Leaves along West Fork Trail (3)

Autumn leaves along West Fork Trail

Note: I have now departed Sedona and will be spending the remainder of my vacation in Las Vegas. I don't expect to be doing a lot of photography while I'm here, but if I do shoot anything interesting, I'll add it to my web site at a later date.