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Five family friendly adventures in Sedona

Spring Break is here and many families find themselves itching to escape the mundane and experience an ultimate getaway —even if it is just to get away from the weather. The Southwest’s answer is a Sedona escape to 75-degree bliss, offering all the fun a family could want, with amenities against a backdrop unlike any other. Sedona may be known for its rugged red-rock terrain and dreamy colorful skies, but its family-friendly environment and activities are what keeps visitors coming back year after year.

When it comes time to unwind and vacation as a family, the vast desert oasis provides the makings of an unforgettable adventure for families to connect with each other and with nature. Whether it’s biking, hiking, camping, Segway tours, water sliding, ballooning, off-road jeep riding, golf, horseback riding, railroad tours or picnics on the banks of Oak Creek, Sedona is versed in the ways to delight both young and experienced. For little tikes, there are Sunset and Posse Grounds parks, equipped with playground equipment, swings and barbecue grills. For older children and teens, there’s the Sedona Skate Park, municipal tennis courts, miniature golf, four-wheeling, a trout farm and fish hatchery. For those that are just young at heart, there are these options and so much more.

In the city, visitors can bask in the sunshine with these five unique, fun and edge-of-your-seat adventures, which are sure to thrill visitors of all ages.

Horseplay Holiday
Horseback riding in Sedona has a country style all its own. At local ranches M Diamond RanchHorsin’ Around Adventures, and Blazin’ M Ranch, visitors can meet real cowboys and enjoy horseback rides, chuck-wagon dinners, wrangle lessons, cowboy cookouts and stagecoach rides. When night falls, families can cuddle up around the fire, listen to ghost stories and roast some marshmallows.

Walk on the Wild Side
Make Sedona your family’s hub and take a quick drive north to Williams or west to Camp Verde to interact with exotic animals and northern Arizona species of all types. Out of Africa offers Safari tours, its local favorite “Tiger Splash,” a reptile show and most recently, the “Predator Zip Line” over the giant predator enclosures. Guests can also make the trek to Bearizona, northern Arizona’s drive-through animal preserve. Park goers can get up-close and personal with bison, Arctic and grey wolves, black bears, big horn sheep and mountain goats

Shred the Red
Many know Sedona has hiking trails of all levels, but some may be shocked to find that most Sedona Real Inn & Suites hiking and biking packagestrails are also accessible with mountain bikes. More than 200 miles of trails offer beginner to extreme routes, with stunning views at every angle. With the knowledgeable staff at Over the EdgeSedona Bike & Bean and Absolute Bikes, Sedona will have families zipping through the trails in no time.

Roadside Recreation
There are over 1.8 million acres of stunning red-rock country, ideal for a kindred off-road excursion. Renting a Jeep, Tom Car or ATV is the perfect option for families who like to live life on the edge and experience new places with a sense of adventure. Whether in a four-seater Tom Car and Jeep or a two-seater ATV, all three rides will give all passengers a lively bounce around the red rock outback.

Oak Creek, Sedona, Ariz. Creek-side Charm
The fresh waters of Oak Creek gently flow right through town and many visitors enjoy the oasis offerings at Slide Rock State Park and at Red Rock State Park as early as March despite its chilled waters. This Spring Break, families can check out local hot-spot favorites Grasshopper Point and Chavez Crossing for popular watering holes, with sandy shores and shallow entry areas. The destinations also provide out-of-this-world, wide-open spaces for picnicking and lounging in the sunshine.

Memorial Day concert in Greer

Kierland Developers Host Memorial Day Weekend Concert In Greer

Escape the 100-degree weather this Memorial Day weekend and head to the White Mountains for Hidden Meadow Ranch’s Boots, BBQ and Beer concert on Sunday, May 27th.

Providing first-rate accommodations and service is second nature at Hidden Meadow Ranch. The owners, Tim and Casey Bolinger of Greenbrier Southwest Corporation, were integrally involved in the development of Kierland in northeast Phoenix and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain community near Tucson. Combining their resort and development expertise with their interests in horseback riding, snow skiing and fly fishing, the Bolingers and their team, led by General Manager Jane Lenci, have created a luxury lodging experience at Hidden Meadow Ranch that complements the naturally beautiful, secluded setting, while providing a range of recreational activities and high level of service and comfort in all four seasons.

Starting at 5 p.m., a limited number of concert goers can enjoy burgers, baby back ribs, chicken and hot dogs, along with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks for just $50, including the live music performance. Beer and cocktails are extra. Memorial Weekend Lodge guests at Hidden Meadow Ranch get all of this included in their stay. After the barbeque, Arrowheart, an all-female country group from Arizona, will take to the stage.

“Nothing beats barbeque and great live music on Memorial Day weekend,” said Jane Lenci, General Manager of Hidden Meadow Ranch. “The ladies of Arrowheart bring a country flare that we love up here at Hidden Meadow Ranch. Now if we could just get them to write a song about the Ranch!”

The popularity of Arrowheart is rising rapidly in the Southwest. The three lead singers, Alexis Driscoll, Erin Beaty & Julia Frys are known for their vocal harmonies and great live performances. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album.

Guests who want to make a weekend out of it can book a stay at Hidden Meadow Ranch for Memorial Day weekend. For guests who stay in our 900-square-foot luxurious log cabins, the concert and BBQ will be included at no extra cost.

For more information on Hidden Meadow Ranch or to make reservations, please visit www.hiddenmeadow.com or call (928) 333-1000.