Sedona is famous for its beautiful red rocks. The hike we chose is called Brins Mesa and it's about a two hour drive from Phoenix. Like most of my travel gems, I found this hike through a little googling. Click here for detailed trail information and directions. The website calls this hike "moderate," but I would describe it as "easy's attempt at being moderate." The views, however, are unbelievable throughout the entire hike.
Sedona is also known for the prickly pear cactus which produces a delicious fruit used in prickly pear margaritas (and various other treats I don't care to remember). What better reward after a few hours on the trail?
During our hike we saw several helicopters wiz through the canyon on red rock tours. This is something I would absolutely look into for next time - the helicopter gets (uncomfortably) close to the canyon walls and I'm sure the views are stunning. Check this out.
Fun fact: the red color in the rocks comes from rich deposits of minerals like iron, caused by movement of the ocean and volcanic activity over millions of years…. or it could just be the "blood of fallen angels."