Sedona is one of the most beautiful places that I have had the chance of exploring, especially in the Winter. Towards the end of December my husband Dante, friends Jordan and Ben went on an awesome hike through Long Canyon, where we most certainly wore each other out with this strenuous hike.
Long Canyon starts out pretty mellow for a few miles or so, then we started climbing some big slabs of slick rock, where it almost seems we were bouldering rather than hiking. As we crested the last bit of slick rock, we then ended up climbing a very steep, almost vertical dirt slope. It was all so worth it because, after this grueling climb we came upon 3 spires called, The Tip of the Tulips, which is a really good climbing spot, from what I hear. Behind these spires we found some Indian Ruins that were impressive. There were little rock houses with no roofs set back in an alcove. Down below the houses was an open area with lots of trees, that seemed to be their garden at one time. We found shattered pottery and Petroglyphs, hard to say if all the petroglyphs were from long ago or present day.
After eating some lunch we headed off for another 3 to 4 hours of mellow to strenuous hiking. One area we ended up climbing was a small canyon filled with big boulders that were mostly covered with snow or wet, where slipping was sure to happen. We brought our 2 dogs, Carter and Kevin, who did a phenomenal job of hiking everything, especially the big boulders. We did have to help them a couple of times, until they could not climb anymore. When Kevin was tired she just sat in front of me and we all knew it was time to start heading back. The hike took us about 6 hours and we sure could feel it the next day!