Traveling in Sedona with Young Kids
April 7, 2017
Guest Blog post by Joe Laing
Adult travelers to Sedona can find vacation bliss in many ways, from spa retreats to challenging hikes. When you’re traveling with small children, however, it takes a little more planning to map out places designed for young minds and shorter attention spans. Here are two planning tips to remember for keeping the Sedona family vacation memorable:
Sedona Family Travel Tip #1: Reserve the Right Lodging
The first step in planning a memorable vacation with kids is finding lodging where everyone can relax. With younger children, vacation schedules can often be ruled by naptimes, snack times and trying to find excursions that don’t exhaust parents or young ones. Think family-style suites, outdoor play spaces, convenient kitchenettes and a mix of attractions both near to and a little farther out from your Sedona lodging.
Sedona Family Travel Tip #2: Family-Friendly Excursions
There are dozens of family-friendly excursions around Sedona. One thing’s for sure: The whole family will love the Sedona outdoors. Take a Pink Jeep tour to spectacular rock formations— these rugged vehicles keep it safe and enjoyable.
Hike shorter trails such as Broken Arrow, Soldier Pass or West Fork. Take a picnic and let the kiddos roam at Crescent Moon day use area at Red Rock Crossing. Spend a day splashing and picnicking in a peaceful setting at Oak Creek Canyon. Drive Upper Red Rock Loop Road off Highway 89A for stunning views of many of the area’s most famous rock formations. (Don’t forget to get a Red Rock parking pass for these trips.)
Don’t care to drive? Hitch a ride with Sedona Trolley Tours. The kids will love the red trolleys, and parents can relax and enjoy the ride to local scenic and cultural attractions.
There’s also plenty of history around Sedona to capture young imaginations. Treat youngsters to a trip to Sedona Historical Society and Heritage Museum. Exhibits, scavenger hunts and the chance to play Wild West dress-up score big points with young travelers to Sedona.
A trip to Blazin’ M Ranch is another vacation delight for children with a love for Old West history. South of Sedona near Cottonwood, the Ranch offers a Wild West town, shops and Western dinner theater. While in Cottonwood, take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad for a day youngsters won’t soon forget. One more historic treasure for vacationing families is a trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument, where you can learn about the area’s ancient inhabitants.
Travelers to Sedona can bring the kids with confidence. The city’s charms appeal to all ages and set the stage for wonderful vacation memories.
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company. Joe has been on the road working within the travel industry for over 20 years, and he greatly enjoys exploring the outdoors. Joe has been camping across the United States, from coast-to-coast, and makes a point to stop at national landmarks along the way.