#8 – Out of Sedona?
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

No Out of Africa! Hundreds of animals from all over the world have made their way this wildlife park in Camp Verde, AZ! It is just a 30 minute drive from Sedona to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. At the park you can take one of their numerous tours or visit one of the many exhibits, such as:  the Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Predator Feed, and the Snake

How To Get There

Open Monday-Sunday from 9:30-5pm, travel south on Interstate 17 to the Camp Verde Exit. Head west on State Route 260 until you see the sign for the exit. Don’t wait to let your wild side out, take advantage of Sedona’s central location and visit Out of Africa today!

How Much Does It Cost?

Daily Tickets into the Park:

  • Adults $36
  • Seniors $34 (65 years +)
  • Veterans & Military $22
  • Children $20 (3-12) *Children under 3 are free.

Annual Memberships are available with Out of the Ordinary Perks

If you aren’t scared of the tigers escaping and think they would make good neighbors Camp Verde is the place for you. Check out our new website for a list of Camp Verde Real Estate for Sale or visit our RE/MAX Sedona Website with general real estate questions or contact us at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with questions about buying Property near Sedona or anywhere else in the Verde Valley!

We hope you enjoy the magnificent experience as much as we did!

#7 – Nature Lovers
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

Being home to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery, Sedona is surrounded by National Forest Reserve full of natural habitat and landscapes. In addition to the impressive Red Rock Formations, there is various desert vegetation and places where Oak Creek runs through the town at various points.

Sedona is home to several groups and clubs that hike, bike, run, walk, and do other outdoor activities together in Sedona’s magnificent landscape. For all of you early birds, July thru September in Red Rock State Park, bird lovers gather together for a Guided Bird Walk on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Prickly Pear Cactus With Bee

If you are a nature lover, but bird watching isn’t your cup of tea, Red Rock State Park also offers Nature Walks daily at 10am. Please visit http://azstateparks.com/Parks/RERO/ or call 928.282.6907 for more information.

Whether you are a nature lover or just eco-friendly, make Sedona’s countryside your backyard by moving to one of the Most Beautiful Places in America according to “Good Morning America”. Check out Sedona Real Estate For Sale to find a home near our plentiful Forest Service or visit our Sedona AZ Real Estate Website. If you can’t find the exact backyard you are looking for, contact us at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with questions about buying that Sedona AZ Property!

Don’t forget about the wildlife you’ll get to be neighbors with!

#6 – Are You Ready for Some Football?
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

Sedona’s central location is attractive to many. One thing Sedona is directly in the middle of is NFL Football. While we haven’t had a lot to cheer about in the past, the Arizona Cardinals are improving and are putting the state on the NFL map.

As preseason approaches, the Arizona Cardinals migrate up north to the cooler temperatures and the higher elevation of Flagstaff, AZ. Located just 45 minutes north of Sedona and rated by many experts as one of the best, if not the best training camp setting, we strongly urge all you NFL fans to take a trip up the hill to watch the AZ Cardinals prepare for the NFL season.

How to Get There

From Sedona, drive up north on State Route 89A, through the scenic Oak Creek Canyon, and go to the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome on the campus of NAU in Flagstaff. Map.

How to Much It Costs

There is no cost to view practice and training camp. The scrimmages do require some fee for attendance. Check out the Arizona Cardinals website for more information.

The show isn’t over once training camp ends. Sedona is also conveniently located only two hours north of the Cardinals’ home in Phoenix, AZ. It is worth the drive to see the one-of-a-kind retractable roof and playing surface at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Definitely a must see for any sports fan.

If you are like us and love football, there is plenty of room for you too on the Cardinals’ bandwagon. If you enjoy watching football games and other TV events, but your home theater is a little too small, check out our website for a list of Sedona Homes For Sale Large Living Rooms great for home theaters! With general real estate questions visit our Sedona Luxury Homes Website. If you can’t find the exact “Man Cave” that fits your needs, give us a call at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with your “needs” and we will find you the setup that will make all of your friends jealous!

Don’t forget to search for a large patio to grill on too.

#5 – Sedona’s Perfect Summer Weather!
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

One reason so many people decide to live in Sedona is the amazing climate. Unlike most central Arizona cities in the low deserts that are accustomed to extreme heat during the summer months (day and night), Sedona’s temperature cools down dramatically during the evenings and over night. This temperature change not only allows you to be more active in the early mornings and in the evenings, but in the later summer months it allows you to open your windows at night to enjoy a cool breeze as you sleep.

How to Take Advantage

Summer in Sedona is the perfect time to enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and gorgeous sunsets! With the daytime temperature averaging in the high 90s, it’s ideal to cool off poolside or in Sedona’s own Oak Creek. As the sun starts to fade and the temperature drops, most people take pleasure in the outdoor activities that Sedona has to offer. You can begin your day with a sunrise bike ride or hike and end the day with a twilight round of golf. If that doesn’t fit your fancy, join the countless residents on a leisurely stroll with a loved one.

Appreciating the beauty in Sedona is so easy to do when you take advantage of the wonderful weather! If you would like to live in Sedona and enjoy the summer weather, click here to review a list of Sedona Homes for Sale or visit our RE/MAX Sedona Website or contact us at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with questions about buying a Sedona AZ Property!

#4 – Best Bakery in Arizona
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

Sedona Sweet Arts is nationally accredited as one of the best Wedding Cake Bakeries in
America. What locals especially love is their to-die-for desserts! As you walk into their boutique bakery, you can taste Pastry Chef Donna Joy’s passion in every mouth-watering bite of each unique cake, gourmet dessert, artisan pastry, or incredible chocolates!

We love Sedona Sweet Arts because whether you are planning a wedding, birthday, graduation, or a house warming party you can simply pick up an arrangement of desserts for your guests. For the right price, you can even have Donna Joy create you a culinary masterpiece that is individualized for the theme of your party.

How to Get There

Stopover at Sedona Sweet Arts, located in West Sedona at 2655 State Route 89A.

How Much It Costs

Prices vary depending on your weakness for their desserts. Check out their website http://sedonaweddingcakes.com/ to view a photo album of previous decadent creations.

If you have a sweet tooth like ours and love to bake your own desserts, but you need a larger kitchen, click here to review some of the West Sedona Homes for Sale that may fit your fancy. If you can’t find an oven big enough from this list, contact us at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with your needed size and we will personally find a professional kitchen  that will measure up. Also, with general real estate questions visit our Sedona Luxury Homes Website.

I hope you enjoy Sedona Sweet Arts and don’t forget good people share!

#3 – Slide Rock State Park
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

Formed naturally in Sedona’s Red Rocks, the snow melt creating the Oak Creek flows South of Flagstaff into the ideal natural waterslide known as Slide Rock State Park. Popular to both tourists and locals, Slide Rock has both historical and outdoor attractions.

As you pass by the historic rustic cabins and old world irrigation machinery, don’t forget to try one of the Apple Orchard’s juicy apples. After you peruse the original homestead, walk down the path to Red Rock Heaven. You can enjoy dipping in one of the many swimming holes, sunbathing on the red rocks, hiking one of the trails up into the rocks, or be adventurous and take a ride down the slide!

How to Get There

Head north on State Route 89A past Uptown Sedona. You will head into the bottom of Oak Creek Canyon. Travel approximately 6 miles up the winding road until you see the Ranger station on your left hand side. Find a parking spot and get ready for some fun.

How Much It Costs

Summer hours (until September 5th) are 8am-7pm and the entry fee is $20 per vehicle of 4 adults and an additional $3 per extra adult. Be sure to visit http://www.pr.state.az.us/parks/SLRO/index.html for park information, water quality and a video showing Slide Rock’s unique features!

One reason we love Slide Rock so much is its location in Oak Creek Canyon. The area is within a short driving distance to Sedona’s conveniences, but secluded enough from its pace. It seems during the summer, the temperature is quite a bit cooler and the proximity to the creek is ideal. With houses along State Route 89A, we absolutely see the value in canyon living. If this area interests you as much as it does us, click here to review a list of  Oak Creek Canyon Real Estate or visit our Sedona AZ Real Estate Website with general real estate questions or contact us at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with questions about buying any homes for sale in Sedona AZ.

Enjoy your experience and don’t forget your towel!

#2 – Thursday Night Dinners at Sedona Golf Resort
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

Sedona is a social place. “Sedona-ians” look for any excuse to get together with friends and family. Thursday Night Dinner held in the Juniper Bar & Grille at the Sedona Golf Resort (SGR) is the perfect place to bring friends together to catch up with old ones or to mingle with fresh acquaintances and form new friendships. You will experience the incredible cuisine and a great ambiance at an unbelievable value. Most of all, you will be subjected to one of the most spectacular panoramic views this area has to offer.

How to Get There

Located near the edge of the Village of Oak Creek, take State Route 179 south to Ridge Trail Dr. Head up the hill and the Clubhouse is located on your left.

How Much It Costs

Currently the menu is preset for the night prior to the evening. The dinner is served all-you-can-eat buffet style for only $12.95 per person. Reservations are highly recommended; call 928-284-2093 to reserve your table.

Once you see the production the SGR puts on, you may be curious about replicating your own dinner party on the golf course. Click here to review a list of Homes in Sedona with Gorgeous Golf Course Panoramic Views or visit our RE/MAX Sedona Website with general Sedona Real Estate Questions or contact us at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with questions about buying any available Sedona AZ Property!

We hope you enjoy the cuisine!

#1 – Bell Rock
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona AZ

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Sedona

Hike Bell Rock in Sedona, AZ

As the summer heat delays its start in the mornings and begins fading earlier in the evenings, now is the perfect time to take advantage of Sedona’s Hiking Trails up and around the Red Rocks.

We love Bell Rock! Its shape allows you to gradually walk up the rock without having to climb, except for certain areas that can definitely be avoided. If you are new to hiking or you simply love the breathtaking view from atop a mountain, but only enjoy mild climbing, Bell Rock is the best Sedona Red Rock formation for you!

How to Get There

Driving from the Village of Oak Creek (VOC), pass Bell Rock and park in one of the two scenic overlooks/parking lots for hikers, located on either side of State Route 179. After doing so, make your way to the start of the Bell Rock Trail. Begin walking your way up the base of the rock.

How Much It Costs

The trail head costs nothing to enter. There is a nominal fee for parking that must be purchased to park anywhere in Red Rock Country. Currently the fees are as follows:

  • Daily Pass – $5
  • Weekly Pass – $15
  • Annual Pass – $20

***Don’t forget to take time to glance around you on different points on the hike to see the magnificent surroundings facing the south to the VOC and especially north and northwest towards the city of Sedona.

If you would like to admire Sedona’s topography from a lower elevation, we recommend walking or mountain biking the loop around Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte.

If you fall in love with this place, just like we have, and are interested in living near one of Sedona’s many Hiking Trails around the VOC; click the following link to view current VOC Real Estate Deals or visit our Sedona AZ Real Estate Website with general real estate questions. Or give us a call at 928-821-3508 or 928-282-4166 with questions about buying any home for sale in Sedona AZ!

We hope you enjoy the beautiful scenery as much as we do. Don’t forget the sunscreen!