Three Outdoor Destinations in Arizona

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Cathedral Rock
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An attorney with more than 35 years of experience, Edgar Gentle serves as a partner at Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison in Birmingham, Alabama. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys traveling, and he recently made several trips to Arizona.

Rich in natural beauty, Arizona offers a host of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Below are three stunning sites:

Cathedral Rock. Located in the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Cathedral Rock has become one of the most-visited attractions in Arizona. Peaking at 4,921 feet, Cathedral Rock consists of red sandstone formed from dunes near the ancient Pedregosa Sea.

Beaver Falls in Havasu Creek. Located in the Grand Canyon, Beaver Falls is one of five sets of waterfalls in the area and offers gorgeous views and great swimming.

Montezuma Castle National Monument. Estimated to date back to 1200-1450 CE, Montezuma Castle National Monument is a dwelling cut out of limestone cliffs. The monument features 20 rooms made from fieldstone, mud, and clay mortar.

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The Best Times to Visit Sedona, Arizona

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Sedona, Arizona
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Edgar Gentle is the director and chairman of the board at Custom Cable Services Inc., in Fultondale, Alabama, where he guarantees company loans and helps the business keep good financial standing. Although Edgar Gentle is dedicated to his career, he still finds time for traveling and often visits Sedona, Arizona. Below are some of the best times of the year to visit Sedona.

1. From March to May, temperatures in Sedona are not too hot, and desert flowers begin to bloom amongst the Red Rocks. With plenty of hikers and nature enthusiasts enjoying the landscape, the spring time is considered peak season, with higher lodging rates and less availability.

2. June through August is a less popular time in Sedona since temperatures are higher, but lodging is also cheaper and more readily available. To escape the heat, tourists can enjoy the local art that Sedona is well-known for in the many art galleries and studios.

3. Autumn is another popular time of year in Sedona, with cooler temperatures and good deals toward the end of the season in November. In more comfortable outdoor conditions, hikers enjoy the changing colors of the season, especially on the West Fork Oak Creek trail.

The Must-See Outdoor Attractions in Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock pic
Bell Rock
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Edgar Gentle serves as a partner with Gentle, Turner, Sexton and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Outside of work, Edgar Gentle enjoys traveling, especially to the unique landscapes of the Southwest. One of is favorite destinations is Sedona, Arizona, which is known for its beautiful orange, rocky topography.

One of the biggest attractions in Sedona is Bell Rock, named for its unique shape. Individuals can climb the rock if they would like, but the trek becomes quite strenuous toward the top.

While smaller than the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon also attracts a number of tourists with its 16 miles of red, yellow, and white rock. Hiking the canyon is a very rewarding experience, but individuals can also fish in the river with the right permits.

Visitors may also want to check out Red Rock State Park, which has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state. The stunning rock formations can consume hours of exploration and guided range tours give guests a more complete understanding of the geology and history of the area.