Sedona and the Verde Valley are hot spots for bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts.

Oak Creek and the Verde River’s riparian areas are a rich and diverse habitat home to hundreds of bird species, some migrating through Arizona in the autumn and winter, others endemic to the Southwest.

Arriving in Sedona, one of the first choices many visitors make is deciding where to eat. Parched and hungry after their trips, food and beverages usually rank high on the list of priorities.

Considering the multitude of dining experiences red rock country has to offer, arriving at a final decision can be difficult. Fortunately, a variety of delicious options make it nearly impossible to make the wrong choice.

Volunteer Clancy Sage serves both humane and historical societies

Clancy Sage hardly ever leaves her house without two things: Dog treats and poop bags. As the owner of three dogs and a dedicated volunteer at the Verde Valley Humane Society, these items are absolute essentials.

Another thing Sage takes wherever she goes is her broad knowledge of and passion for history. Two years ago, she joined the board of the Sedona Historical Society and became a docent at the Sedona Heritage Museum.

What is a Sedona vortex?

Anyone who has been in Sedona for more than a few days has likely asked or been asked that question. Some claim aliens installed a giant crystal under Bell Rock. Others say Bell Rock itself is an alien spaceship or transdimensional portal, hence the reason humans feel an “energy” when visiting.

Sedona is home to several rock formations popular to sightseeing crowds and hikers alike. Here are some of the most popular formations, along with how to access their trail systems.

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