After a day of housekeeping, washing clothes, and checking out a good local eatery, we were ready for a hike. Cottonwood is only about 20 miles south of Sedona, land of red rocks, great views, and spiritual vortices.
For parking anywhere around Sedona at the trailheads, small parking areas, etc., you need a permit. Five dollars a day or fifteen a week. We opted for the week permit and set out for the Llama trail, midway between the village of Oak Creek and Sedona on Highway 179.
The Sedona area has a little bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiast, especially hikers and mountain bikers. But, there is a crush of people, hence the trails are well used. This trail was advertised as a five mile easy to moderate loop with decent views. Carla took the pic above of the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
As we continued on our hike we noticed several bell shaped formations…
and buttes, this one is called Courthouse Butte.
The return portion of the trail took us by the highway leading to Sedona and our parking spot after an easy hike.