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Painted Desert Overview
Painted Desert Hiking Details
The towns of Flagstaff and Sedona, AZ are located on the southern end of the physiographic province known as the Colorado Plateau.  The plateau itself stretches  from far western Colorado to eastern California, and south to central Arizona.  It is bounded by extinct, dormant, and active volcanoes on all sides, and consists typically of undeformed horizontal sediments ranging from 60 to 500 million years old.

Flagstaff is famous for its large volcanoes, lava tubes, and cinder cones that stretch out to the Painted Desert.  Sedona is famous for its towering red sandstone cliffs and Oak Creek Canyon, cut by Oak Creek and the Oak Creek fault over the last several million years.  Fall colors abound in both areas, and canyons, terraces, and wonderfully scenic exploration awaits the adventurous in spades.  Both places are world-class hiking destinations for people of all ages and skill levels.

Hiking tours in this area include full and 1/2 day hiking and exploration to various areas of particular geologic interest in the Flagstaff and Sedona areas.
Flagstaff and Sedona, although close in proximity, have decidedly different climates and topography.  Flagstaff is a mountain climate, meaning that summers are pleasant with mild (70-80s) daily temperatures and cooler night temperatures (40s-50s).  It snows in the winter, and can be windy in the spring near town.  Further from the mountains transitions into a high desert climate with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters.

Sedona is located below the Mogollon Rim on the border of the Plateau and the Arizona Transition Zone.  It has a more desert climate with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters. 

Day adventures in both of these areas can be done in all seasons, and require good physical condition and general preparedness (see our blog for training and packing tips).

Trip Price Inlcudes: certified guide, lunch and snacks, water, permits and fees, transportation to and from trails

Trip Price does not include: extra gear rental (water bladders, etc.), airfare, transportation to and from host city, pre or post-trip hotel accomodations, personal health/liability insurance

Reservations, Payments, and Cancellations:

It is advised to book single-day adventures at least two weeks in advance, as space is limited and trips fill quickly. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. 

Why reserve early? 

Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Blue Marble Adventure GeoTourism reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements (usually 4 guests).
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page .


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