THIS WINTER, FALL IN LOVE WITH SEDONA, ARIZONA

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It’s been an especially cold winter so far, and after subzero temperatures in many parts of the U.S., plenty of RVers have decided to head South (or stay South). If you’re looking for a place where you can escape the grip of the “polar vortex” but aren’t quite ready for the summer heat, prepare to fall in love with Sedona, Arizona, often called “a traveler’s oasis in the middle of the desert”.

If you’re into outdoor adventures, February is the perfect time to explore the nooks and crannies of the desert, places that can get a little too hot in the summer. Sedona offers a variety of outdoor activities from hiking, to fishing, to mountain biking in any of the area’s pristine state parks, each of which offer something a little different. Dead Horse Ranch State Park, for instance, offers some of the best bird watching available in the state.

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Looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway? Head to one of the area’s award-winning spas, like the Enchantment Resort, for some R&R (locals swear that Sedona’s land has special healing gifts), or take a horseback riding adventure through the Old West, complete with outdoor dining. Perhaps the most stunning activity available in the Sedona desert is the world class stargazing with eye-popping views of the cosmos afforded to few other places in America.

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History buffs will love exploring the ancient Palatki Ruins, or viewing the V-Bar-V Ranch’s awe-inspiring petroglyphs carved centuries ago by Native Americans. Follow the history lesson up with a visit to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a piece of award-winning architecture known for rendering visitors speechless with its staggering views of the desert.

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Sedona also makes a wonderful “home base” for exploring some of Arizona’s other treasures, from the snowy mountains of Flagstaff, to the deep chasms of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy one-of-a-kind scenic drives through the Red Rock Scenic Byway, one of only 27 roads in the country designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “All-American Roads” thanks to their unique blend of sightseeing and recreational properties.

Whether you’re looking to spend time with your family, rejuvenate your senses, or run away from the freezing temperatures, you’ll fall in love with Sedona’s unique southwestern charm.