The Palatki Heritage Site cliff dwellings and rock art site located near Sedona in north-central Arizona. The site is open to the general public for visits seven days a week. One of my favorite lesser-known attractions in Sedona Red Rock country. Here a few snapshots from my visit this month. Blue sky, yellow leaves--the fall colors are spectacular here.
AZ Central's "Arizona Hike" page this week featured Sedona's Girdner Trail. Here's the link. This moderate, 4.5 mile (one way) hike begins at the Cultural Park Trailhead, where one can glimpse the wood-and-steel "skeletal" remains of Sedona's once world-class outdoor performance center. The trail features lots of cottonwood, willow and sycamore trees. Leaf peepers should plan to get there this week if possible. The leaves in Sedona are changing color fast, and the recent cold blast has them dropping to the ground like potato chips. (I borrowed that line from a friend.) Crunch! Bring your camera!
Christmas Deals Already Starting!
Here's the latest notice from Sedona Main Street on this year's Plein Air Festival!
The “10th Annual Main Street Paint Out” is coming to Uptown this Saturday.
The “Main Street Paint Out” on Saturday, October 18 from 1:30 – 4 p.m. is the kick-off event for Sedona Arts Center’s 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, an eight day celebration of outdoor painting with thirty nationally recognized plein air artists from all over the United States. It is sponsored by Sedona Main Street Program to bring together all these artists in one place at the same time. Look for their easels set up all along the plazas and courtyards in Uptown Sedona (N. State Route 89A). It’s a wonderful opportunity to witness the creation of a painting from start to finish within the two and a half hour “Paint Out”. People meet and interact with the artists at work in the open air, as their paintings develop to capture the beauty and charm of Uptown Sedona.
This free event kicks-off the Sedona Arts Center’s 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, an eight day celebration of outdoor painting. The invited artists must be award-winning plein air artists with regional/national recognition and current representation in a fine art gallery. This year, eleven of the artists are from Arizona and the remaining nineteen are coming from California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington DC and Wisconsin. Each year approximately thirty percent of the artists are new to the Festival and this year is no exception – there are 11 new artists this year, both from Arizona and nine of the other states represented here.
The paintings created during the “Main Street Paint Out” will be quickly framed and exhibited for sale from 4 - 5:00 pm at Sedona Arts Center, on the corner of “Main Street” (N. SR 89A) and Art Barn Road in Uptown Sedona. This is the first opportunity to purchase this year’s creations, making it perfect for visitors in town for just that weekend or the day. Immediately following is an opening reception at Sedona Art Center’s Art Barn from 5 – 7:00; it is open to the public and complete with complimentary wine offerings, in celebration of the Art & Wine Theme for this year’s Festival. There you can see exhibits of work that all the painters brought with them, and those exhibits will evolve throughout the weeklong Festival as their artwork is purchased and newly created paintings are added. The Festival has many activities open to the public. Visit www.sedonapleinairfestival.com for all the details.
Several Arizona newspapers mentioned Sedona on their travel pages this past week. It's classic "Visit Sedona" time of year for Arizona residents. Many residents of the Phoenix area and southern Arizona enjoy making the road trip northward this time of year to see the leaf colors in Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff and the White Mountains areas. Here are three of the articles.