Hiking to a Panoramic Sunset in Sedona, Arizona
The heat of the day has retreated and the sun hangs low as you arrive at the trailhead for Doe Mountain, a mere nine miles outside of Sedona. A well-worn trail snakes gradually up 500 feet of elevation in less than two miles to a flat-topped mesa covered with twisted manzanita and prickly pear cactus. Leisurely explore the crisscrossing network of trails, and stroll around the rim for a complete panoramic view of the nearby red-rock formations. As the sun sets, gaze out at the nearby glowing mountains, while the clear whistles of olive warblers or the stirrings of a whiptail lizard bring the only interruption to the serene silence. Thirty minutes after sunset, there's still ample natural light for your descent, but you brought a flashlight knowing the mesmerizing views might cause you to linger.