Sedona AZ day hikes

10:35 a.m. on May 16, 2013 (EDT)
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Howdy folks. I am going to be in Sedona for 9 days beginning on this Saturday with the family. I have been given "permission" to break off and go hiking one day.

Anyone have any recommendations for a good day hike within say like 30 mins of Sedona?

11:26 a.m. on May 16, 2013 (EDT)
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Anywhere.  Spend some time in and around Oak Creek Canyon.  It is important to get away from the commercialized zone of the town site.  There is a lot of magnificent country out there.  My Dad had a ranch 40 miles from Sedona for 30 years.

The Oak Creek Tavern used to be a place before say 1985, when one could have a beer with local ranchers and a few western artists.  Everything has changed now with the Pink Jeeps, crystal gazers, and people on golf vacations.

 

9:39 p.m. on May 16, 2013 (EDT)
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My brother-in-law, nephew and I went on the West Clear Creek trail.  It has 4 river crossings up to thigh depth.  We took it easy and camped at the "end" of the river section and then returned.  It can be done as a 13 mile, one day loop hike from a couple of locations.  We used the bull pen trailhead and just went up and down the creek which is about 6 miles each way.  It might push your 30 minute limit as it is east of Camp Verde.

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