Hoping to get some thoughts on my October 19-27 itinerary in Arizona, including 2.5 days in Sedona. We are 4 women in a mid-20's, love hiking and backpacking and good food and drinks. Hoping to get particular advice on if we've picked a good variety of hikes to see the highlights of the area, restaurants we've selected, and if I'm trying to cram too much into our days (whoops, so much beauty, so little time!)! Any other suggestions, better replacements for things I have planned, or advice welcome :)
Saturday: 8am Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour (should we do the 3 hour one with the Mogollon rim or is our time better spent with the rest of the things on our itinerary?), hike soldier pass trail, snacks/picnic for lunch, hike bell rock or cathedral rock if time?, then back to our hotel to freshen up for dinner at Elote
Sunday: up early, hike Boynton Canyon and Devils Bridge, late lunch at Tii Gavo (Is ik ok to be a little sweaty? Should we bring clothes to change into? Need reservation?), walk around Tlaquepaue village for an hourish if time?, hike cathedral rock or bell rock if time?, hang out at Red Rock Crossing for sunset with a bottle of local wine (suggestions for a not too expensive not too dry local wine?) and some snacks. If we hiked Cathedral Rock we were thinking we could hike from Cathedral Rock to RRC for sunset and then back out to our car at the Cathedral Rock Trailhead with headlamps?
Monday: sunrise at Airport Mesa or Airport overlook (which one?), breakfast at Mesa Grill (or somewhere else? Preferably on our way out via Oak Creek Canyon), drive Oak Creek Canyon, stopping at overlooks, hike west fork trail, stop at the DQ and overlook for Native American vendors, we were thining of Indian Gardens for lunch on our way out but it looks like that is south of the West Fork Trailhead, meaning we'd have to backtrack our way out of Sedona- is it worth it? Do they do take out food that we could get for later, or should we just stop somewhere else, or perhaps stop there instead of Mesa Grill for breakfast and get a later lunch/dinner on the road? From here we drive to Peach Springs for a night at Hualapai Lodge.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: hike into Havasupai, explore falls, hike back out and drive to GCNP Thursday afternoon, camp at Mather Campground Thursday and Friday night.
Friday: Sunrise at Yaki point and hike Kaibab 3-4 hours or sunrise on the Kaibab trail (perhaps getting up early enough to try to make it to Ooh Aah Point for sunrise?), grab lunch somewhere (suggestions for fast, inexpensive lunch?) and then take the Hermit Road shuttle, walking between and stopping at various points (any points in particular recommended to stop or walk between?), then shuttle back to El Tovar, walk past El Tovar east for sunset, then back to El Tovar for drinks/apps for dinner, walk the rim again after dark for some stargazing.
Saturday: start driving from Mather to Desert Watchtower between 6 and 6:30, stop at view points and Watchtower before driving down to Phoenix, leaving by 9:20 to make one friends 3:20 flight, drop off rental car after dropping her, then the rest of our flights leave later that evening.
Whew! Thanks for making it through that! I love the TA forums, so thanks in advance for any helpful advice!