The plan was to explore Sedona, AZ after our one-month stay in Mesa near Phoenix. However, instead of staying on the only RV Park in the city of Sedona and expose ourselves for one week to the relentless spiritual energy of the surrounding vortexes (http://www.lovesedona.com/01.htm) we decided to stay in Cottonwood, a small city about 15 miles/24 km south of Sedona. Cottonwood is a vortex-free community located at an altitude of 3300 ft/1000 m approximately 1200 ft/350 m lower than Sedona. The temperatures in Cottonwood are generally warmer than in Sedona and Cottonwood also offers more open and dog-compatible spaces.
While in Cottonwood we hiked parts of the Cliffrose Trail several times and visited Sedona and the corky former mining community of Jerome.
From Cottonwood we traveled for a one-week stay to the northern Arizona community of Page right on the Utah stateline. Page was founded in 1957 as a housing community for the workers during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. The Glen Canyon Dam forms Lake Powell which offered a marvelous dog beach at Lone Rock in the Glen Canyon Recreational Area. After several afternoons of swimming in the lake our dogs were squeaky clean. We also enjoyed a visit to the famous Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River and a wide-open slick rock area adjacent to the RV Park for some rock scrambling and hiking.
After the one-week stay we departed Page and Arizona and moved to New Mexico. The Page visit concluded our 2017 Arizona performance.
Stay tuned for additional appearances in other parts of the good old USA.