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Bell Rock- Sedona, AZ

Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

Sedona is known for its beautiful red rock, positive energy, and great hiking. Just north of Phoenix, it is an easy place to beat the summer heat and explore some amazing country. I know because my family took me there recently. We drove straight up highway 17 and hooked up to the 89A. Look for the 179, which takes you right into Sedona. I can’t read, but I bet the signs say “Sedona,” so you follow them for about 3.6 miles. We parked at the first lot on the south end of Sedona (before you get to downtown) on the right. We happen to hit it on a customer appreciation day, so it was free. Free is good! Under normal conditions, your humans will need to pay for a day pass or display their park pass. In that case, you may need to hit the visitor’s center.

At the trail head is a map (and restrooms). Decide whether you want a shorter route just around Bell Rock (3.7) or a longer hike that includes Courthouse Rock (4.7). The longer route starts off on Bell Rock Pathway but then connects to the Big Loop Trail, which is what we did. Any option you take will be full of incredible views. Trail as easy to moderate and dogs are welcome.

This is still Arizona, so temperatures can warm up. But because Sedona is further north, you have chances of it being a bit cooler. During certain seasons, you may even get rain. Check the forecast and come prepared. Our day was cloudy and on the cool side, just perfect for hiking.

I’ve never seen such a place where everything is so red! Because of the spring rains, the trees were extremely green, which was a splendid contrast to the red. Be sure to bring your camera! Woof!

We hiked about half way before we stopped for a picnic lunch. We sat on a rock with overviews of Bell Rock and Courthouse Rock. In Sedona, rocks have names just like us. How cool is that? Keep your eyes peeled. You never know what kind of rock you will see. I was alert and on the spot but didn’t see one that looked like me. I haven’t given up just yet.

If you stay on the shorter trail, it will busy with lots of other people. Sedona isn’t a big town, but it is a tourist destination. When you connect to the outer, larger loop, it thins out and gets nice and quiet. I love all people and enjoy seeing my kind, but being in nature and hearing her sounds is pretty awesome. I heard and smelled all sorts of critters. It was a great day!

Sedona has much more to offer: excellent restaurants, cool shops, and more outdoor activities. We will have to return another day, and I encourage you to give it a try. Get your red on!

Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a black & tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, for three years and now resides in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing rabbits, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help him tell his story. She is the author of seven published books, writes for magazines on assignment, has been seen on national television, and rewires businesses for success through her consulting and trainings. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: www.lorrainebosse-smith.com Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Kumathedog?ref=hl

You never know what he’ll be up to next!