It’s November, which means it is time to focus on Thanksgiving.
Here are some tips for Turkey Day in Red Rock Country.
First, beware of weather changes. Late November is typically pleasant (sunny & dry, with temps in the 60’s), but an early winter storm can change things dramatically. To get the best forecast, avoid national weather websites and the Weather Channel on TV if you’ve already arrived. These offer data from Flagstaff, Prescott or Phoenix, all of which are tremendously different. Instead, we recommend www.sedonaweather.net
Second, beware of crowds. Thanksgiving Weekend visitors come as overnight visitors but also as day-trippers from the Valley of the Sun. This means that things go from quiet to busy around 11am. Our advice: Get outside before that.
Third, make a restaurant reservation. Fortunately, the day-trippers tend to leave around 3pm, so restaurants are crowded, but not mobbed. Nonetheless, call ahead or your chances will shrink to get into Sedona’s best spots.
Fourth, think carefully before considering a Grand Canyon visit. The year’s longest lines can be found at the entry gate, full of cars from Phoenix and Las Vegas. Nothing is more discouraging than driving for hours only to sit and wait for hours. However, you do have an advantage if you’re headed there from Sedona, which is only 2 hrs, 15 minutes away (as opposed to Phoenix and Las Vegas, which are 4 hours away). Still, plan to leave early, or the sun may go down before you ever see the canyon.
As for activities, most jeep tours will be available, but exclusive, private outings such as those of Sedona Private Guides require advance reservations. Check the website for details. www.SedonaPrivateGuides.com