Family Outing to Sedona, Arizona

Here in the Valley of the Sun we don’t get to see the leaves change.  While it’s awesome that most of the city is green year round (assuming we adequately water), I do love to see all of the fall colors that my friends in other states share through photos on their blogs, Instagram, and Facebook.  However, where we live is central to many different places merely a few hours away where we can enjoy things we can’t enjoy IN Phoenix.

SedonaEarlier this week we took a short 90 min (or less) drive up to Sedona to see the Fall colors.  We had a fantastic day!  We started at West Fork for a hike.  The trail is a 14 mile trail, but we went only the first 3 or so miles with the kids before turning around and heading back. They wanted to go further, but we worried we’d get a bit further and have them be done, and then we’d have to go all the way back with whiny kids. πŸ™‚  As it was, Connor (our 3-year-old) decided he was done at 3 miles, so Gary carried him the first 1.5 miles out, and I carried him the last 1.5 miles out while he slept on me. That was quite the workout!

The trail was absolutely beautiful! I was hoping to see more Fall colors on the trees than we did, but there was a lot already on the ground.  As I understand- had we gone further on the trail- we’d have seen more and gotten better photos. Maybe next year. πŸ™‚ 

BridgeBoys on the trailCreek from BridgeOn the TrailRed RocksEither way, it was gorgeous and we had a blast. The kids spent most of the walk collecting leaves of all colors and sizes… And “accidentally” stepping in the creek. 

Crossing the creekIn the creekThere are many places you have to cross the creek, but they have rocks or downed tree trunks that provide perfect stepping areas to keep you out of the water… Unless you are a kid who wants to be in the water, and then somehow those rocks just aren’t quite close enough together and you miss them. Yep.

After we got back to the car we grabbed our ice chest and ate our lunch at a nearby picnic table, and then headed out to the Trout Farm!  Every time we go to Sedona, we HAVE to stop at the Trout Farm and feed the fish.  The kids love it, and we’ve been doing it for years.

Trout FarmFeeding FishThe Trout Farm is beautiful, with the large pond, tables and trees. And when you look up from feeding the fish at the pond, this is what you see.

Red trees and Red rocksAfter the Trout Farm I wanted to stop at one more spot I had seen as we drove the roads of Sedona. Nothing too exciting, just pretty. πŸ™‚

CreekI love how the colors change just from changing the angle of the camera.

Creek and skyAll of that took hours, and so we decided to head home.  The kids kept telling us that it was “the best day EVER”, so I think it was a success.  I know I had a blast, and the time spent with my family was wonderful.


  1. What a fun family outing! We went to the mountains in the north of the state this past weekend and the colors of the leaves were absolutely breathtaking! I must have said it 1,000 times how pretty everything was! Love this time of year :).

  2. Sedona looks like a great place to visit! I’ve never been to a trout farm….

  3. I love going to Sedona. Such a great place to visit. We have not been there since some friends got married on the Pink Jeep Tour a few years back. We should go again soon.

  4. Oh! I love Sedona any time of year, but those gorgeous fall colors are making me want to hurry past the impending heat of summer! Such gorgeous photos! Our family loved the trout farm, too. It is so much fun to watch them when someone throws in some food. What a frenzy! They follow people, too, thinking there may be hope to get some more food. πŸ™‚ Like my dog…or my kids when they were little. πŸ™‚ Nice vacation!!

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