Apr 28, 2012
Where I stayed
Verde Valley RV Park
. After lunch we took a scenic drive around the “Red Rock Loop”, several miles of mountain road with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Our next destination was the city of Jerome, this was a mining town incorporated in 1899, and was a thriving town until the mine closed in 1953. In the early years it was the fourth largest town in AZ with 37 saloons, 13 bordellos and four churches, and for many years the mines produced copper, gold, silver, lead and zinc; but because of the mine closure it is now the smallest incorporated town in AZ. The town reinvented itself in the 1960's into an artist colony, and today there are many art galleries and stores selling not only the locally produced art but also the normal assortment of items found in a tourist town. As part of our excursion through the town we stopped in the oldest continually operating saloon for a drink, it had a special character with décor from the 1940’s. While sitting at the bar we had the pleasure of talking to two of the local men that are regulars at the establishment, we had a nice conversation and found out that one of them recently visited Daytona Beach, what a small world. After some more shopping we returned to the campground.
After a stop at a health food store for some gluten free bread we headed into Sedona to continue our sightseeing and exploring of the area. Our first stop was at the overlook on the road to the airport, from this point we could see the mountains to the north of the city and a large portion of the valley, this was a fantastic panoramic view. Proceeding back down the hill we stopped at a small parking area for several hiking trails; we chose the shortest hike that took us up a steep hillside that was mostly red rock to a small rock dome that gave us a 360 degree view of the mountains and valley floor. The hike was worth the effort for the view. Next we headed for the opposite side of town to get an up close and personal view of the base of the mountains to the north of the city; we did this by driving through several residential neighborhoods that were at the base of the red rock mountains. For lunch we stopped at the "Enchantment Resort"; this was a resort that allowed the public to use the restaurant and while we ate a delicious meal we had a wonderful view of the red rock mountains