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If you’re not content letting the scenery pass you by from the seat of a Jeep, Sedona Adventure Outfitters & Guides (2020 Contractors Rd., 928/204-6440, www.sedonaadventuretours.com) leads tours that highlight the area’s diverse outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, and water tubing. The Water to Wine Tour ($133 adults) combines a four-mile guided kayaking trip down the Verde River with a side trip to Alcantara Vineyard for a pleasant afternoon of Arizona wine-tasting.
The family-friendly Cathedral Rock Mellow Hiking & Vortex Tour ($60 adults, $45.50 children 12 and under) starts at Airport Mesa, which offers panoramic views of Sedona and a chance to “feel” the energy of a vortex before making it down to Oak Creek and Cathedral Rock.
Eco-Rides and Rentals at Hillside Sedona (671 Hwy. 179, 928/204-0628) maintains a stable of Earth-friendly vehicles for exploring Sedona’s great outdoors. Pick up a mountain or road bike for an afternoon ride, or if you’d like a little kick to your adventure, try out an electric bike or scooter. Younger travelers will love the e-bikeboard, a combination skateboard-scooter-tricycle that offers off-road capabilities and a quiet electric engine. For longer journeys, the rechargeable Zenn Electric Car and Vectrix Maxi-Scooter provide eco-sensitive transportation for day trips throughout red-rock country.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition