Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

As part of our five year anniversary, we revisited Sedona. One of the stops during my guided tour of Sedona for some of our out-of-town guests five years ago was Red Rock State Park. This time, in addition to the Bunkhouse Trail, we crossed Oak Creek on the Kingfisher Bridge and explored parts of the Yavapai Ridge Trail, the Javelina Trail, the Coyote Ridge Trail, the Apache Fire Trail, and the Kisva Trail. We passed a tree with a split trunk and giant circumference. Soon thereafter we encountered three deer who camouflaged themselves just off the trail. Cathedral Rock was nicely positioned along much of the first series of trails. What is now the 286 acre nature preserve was in 1931 the Scherman Homestead. The Frye’s purchased it in 1942 and built the House of Apache Fire which blends in with the surrounding red rock. The State of Arizona acquired the property in 1986 and the park opened in 1991. At the Miller Visitor Center we viewed an interesting video on Sedona.

Church of the Holy Cross

Church of the Holy Cross

We then visited the Mesa Grill for lunch. It is located atop a mesa adjacent to the airport. Helicopters were actively taking visitors on sightseeing tours. This area is supposed to be one of many around Sedona with a vortex. We walked on part of the Sedona Vista Trail which gave us a good view of Coffee Pot Rock. We concluded our day visit with a stop at the Church of the Holy Cross. Within the church two sculptures grabbed my attention. The “Archangel Michael” was hand carved in 17th century Mexico and is painted and gilded. The “Head of Christ” sculpted in granite came from the Cathedral in Chartres, France. The lighting was ideal for a picture looking up at the church from the road. Sedona will always be a special place for us.

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