Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sedona 4WD Adventure Day: Munds Mtn, Schnebly Hill, Honanki Cliff Dwellings

Ever since I started exploring Sedona last June, I noticed there were a few unpaved roads that I could not access with my Ford Focus. I knew I had to get out there. I rented a jeep from Barlow Jeep Rentals on May 11th for 24 hours, her name is Lelu. They were very helpful and the jeep was safe and rugged.
barlow jeep rentals
Here we go, leaving those paved roads behind!
schnebly hill road
First stop, up Schnebly Road to the Merry Go Round Trailhead. Start hiking up the Schnebly Hill Trail:
schnebly hill trail
Lovely views of Sedona on the way up:
schnebly hill trail
Cows:
sedona cows
After 2 miles, intersect with the Munds Mountain Trail:
munds mountain trail
 Keep climbing (my Sedona mantra) to grab some amazing views:
munds mountain

munds mountain
A little bad weather was heading my way and was surprised by about 5 minutes of snow during my descent:
munds mountain 
Next stop, Schnebly Hill Vista:
schnebly hill vista
Another cow. Pretty much seen all Schnebly Hill Road has to offer:
schnebly hill vista
Time to head west and explore more territory:
west sedona
I came upon the Honanki Cliff Dwellings ruins, but they were closed. A very nice guy from Pink Jeeps tours let me in to take a look at the "living museum":
honanki cliff dwellings
honanki cliff dwellings
And finally more exploration out west of Sedona and a magnificent sunset:
sedona views

sedona views

sedona sunset
Lelu and I explored Sedona for 12 hours and at the end of the trip, we were both covered in red dust and tired, but loved every minute of it. Have you ever taken a back country 4 wheel drive trip in Sedona? Tell me about it in the comments, I'd love to hear about your adventures.

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