This is one of the first photos I took that day. Early in the morning we were driving from Flagstaff to Sedona and saw this park. There is a tiny parking space along the road with access to a hiking trail along the road. There are some spots where you can see the park from the high side, you might have to do a little climbing to get off the trail to get to actual views like this one. The cool part is that it is free, the bad part is that you can’t get down there to the river from here. To get down to the river level you have to get into the park and it costs a few bucks. We did it later in the afternoon on our way back to Flagstaff, you already have seen one of the photos I took at the river level.
We were there in the middle of the winter and as you can see it was a bit cold. What I’m wondering if the name of the park stays true to its name in the summer time. Does anyone know if you can get in the water and slide on any of the rocks? There are a lot of places down there that seems like would allow this, do they actually allow to get in the water to do it, not sure. You can see one of the photos from the river level here.
Continuing with the bridges theme we are moving a bit into land, into sunny Arizona. If you take route 89 from Flagstaff to Sedona you will drive over it, just about one mile before you get to Sedona. There is a small parking lot at the top of the bridge and there is a short hike under it to enjoy the beautiful views. Sedona is actually almost visible here, it is right there where canyon merges and connects with sky and disappearing clouds.
Yesterday I mentioned that drive on HW89 from Flagstaff to Sedona is very scenic. Most of the scenery is really starting from this point and down. Right now we are still almost at Flagstaff level, fairly high altitude, but things are about to change fairly quickly. First you’ll descent down this serpentine road into the canyon and over the next 10+ miles everything will dramatically change. No more snow and the picturesque mountains around Sedona will present themselves in all their glory.
Drive from Flagstaff Arizona to Sedona is very scenic and provides many photo opportunities. In many places you can just pull to the side of the road, jump out and take a few photos. Sometimes you have to do a bit of hiking to get different view than most travelers will get from the curb.
Like in this instance we hiked for about 5 minutes away and this scene opened up. The most extraordinary part was witnessing the sheet of ice levitating above the water, I was just in time to take a photo of it. I bet it was one of those Sedona super bursts of special earth energy that made it happen. Too bad none of the Sedona many residents have seen this, otherwise it would probably be the new place for them to gather for some earth healing sessions of their bodies and souls.