Going to school: it’s supposed to be about learning new things, having revitalized experiences, figuring out how to interact with people, identifying your strengths and weaknesses… With times changing as they are, many students (okay, ALL students) are left feeling wanting. There has to be more to the educational experience than simply logging on and mentally critiquing the personal choices people make about their bookshelf contents.
There is more. And we found it. This is why we suggest you take your school experience by the horns and trade in the monotony of your tired house for a new adventure. Sedona vacation rentals are the perfect solution. Change up the day-to-day scenery with a gorgeous, fully furnished Sedona house for rent that’s available for as long as you need or like. Draw inspiration for your classes by simply glancing up and drinking in the awe-inspiring views of the towering red rocks. When the Zoom meetings are over and the essays are submitted, get outside! With gorgeous weather and ideal temperatures year-round, you can easily banish the isolation blues that tend to creep up on us even in a regular winter season, much less this year. Order takeout from new restaurants, get in sync with your spiritual self (the lovely ladies at Crystal Magic can help you with this), and hit the reset button. Once again, school can be fun.
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What constitutes a good school these days? We’d venture to say a flat writing surface (sometimes a bed qualifies, because who are we kidding? 2020 lowered our standards significantly), a strong Wi-Fi signal, and a coffeemaker. Check, check, check. Your Sedona houses for rent are not only equipped with everything you need to maximize your school experience but also have some added perks that you didn’t even know you need. With a full kitchen at your disposal, primed and ready with all the gadgets you need to be successful in the culinary world, it’s easy to fuel your adventures. Stock the fridge and pantry with your favorite foods, take advantage of the gargantuan salad bar selection at Whole Foods just around the corner, or simply give the microwave a run for its money as you master the art of reheating takeout. After a day of making your brain and calves hurt from pushing them to the limits, from schooling and hiking respectively, crawl into your plush bed and get the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a long time.
Recess for the Win
You’ve logged on to all the designated zoom meetings. You submitted your essays on time. You rocked the multiple-choice tests. Now what?
Now comes the fun. This is why you’re here! It’s time to close the computer browsers and let your brain recharge in the way it’s supposed to (not attached to an electronic device). Sedona is the biggest outdoor playground of them all, and with comfortable high-desert temperatures to guide you on your way, you can enjoy this playground year-round. We recommend you get to know the area by way of some epic hiking trails. The only dilemma you have now is deciding which adventure to start with.
Depending on your comfort level, rest assured there’s something for everyone when it comes to exploring the red rock trails of Sedona. Start easy with a leisurely trail that rewards you with beautiful scenery of towering red sandstone walls and a natural arch. Fay Canyon Trail, located 2.5 miles west of Sedona, is a great way to immerse yourself among the red rocks without tackling too much elevation gain.
On every hiker’s bucket list, a trek along Devil’s Bridge Trail brings hikers face to face with the most massive sandstone arch of them all. Rising 50 feet into the air, this arch is just as beautiful to witness from below as it is from above. Fortunately, the Devil Bridge Trail can accommodate hikers who are interested in both vantage points. In total, the hike runs just over 4 miles long and makes for some unforgettable scenery.
Climb over 1,800 feet over the span of this 2.3-mile (4.6 miles total with return) hike to the top of Bear Mountain along the challenging Bear Mountain Trail. The trail includes steep, rocky sections of switchbacks and a rocky 500-foot climb in a narrow side canyon. False summits make you think you’ve almost made it to the end only to be challenged again with another climb. However once you’ve reached the summit, you will be treated with breathtaking panoramic views that extend all the way to Arizona’s highest point, the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff.
No matter which trails you choose, remember that hiking in Sedona can mean long hours in the sun. This high desert climate means you need to be prepared with plenty of water, a hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking shoes for traversing all the red rocks.