Family Camping in Sedona: Perfect Spot along Oak Creek

My birthday present from my family this year was a weekend in Sedona with friends.

picture taken at Chapel of the Holy Cross on the way into Sedona

picture taken at Chapel of the Holy Cross on the way into Sedona

After the long car trip, Max was eager to stretch his legs. This photo was taken at our campsite, it had a little path to the water.

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My husband reserved two sites in March at Cave Springs Campground along Oak Creek.

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Cave Springs has three loops with campsites. Reserve a site online to guarantee your spot.

Site 11A, Cave Springs Campground

Site 11A, Cave Springs Campground

I recommend 11A, our site (tent only). It was creekside and isolated compared to the other sites.

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Easy family hikes in Sedona are Robbers Roost, Allen Bend Trail, Fay Canyon Arch or Doe Mountain (easiest to still easy but with switchbacks).

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Read about hikes before you select as some charge a fee to park and their is no global pass. One last hike if you have older kids, Long Canyon trail (7 miles) seems like the best bet.

This popular campsite has a great little store with accessible hours (open at 7AM on Sunday? Love!). Look at the selection of marshmallows. Fun!

This popular campsite has a great little store with accessible hours (open at 7AM on Sunday? Love!). Look at the selection of marshmallows. Fun!

See you next year Oak Creek!! If you can’t find a spot at Cave Springs, try Pine Flat Campground.

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Family Trip to Grand Canyon: Love those fences!!

I’d seen photos of friends at the Canyon, but had no idea what to expect and frankly found it overwhelming. Like this post suggested, we visited the South Rim. We used the buses, popped on and off the overlooks and I loved the fences. Mather Point was very crowded by the yellow loop on the South Rim was not crowded at all.

Grandview Point

Grandview Point

Our trip was an impulse trip, so we were poorly prepared and we still had a great time. All you need is 25 dollars, the bus, time and hands to hold when you walk around.

If you visit on a Public Lands day, entrance is free. (6 days a year). The next free day is 9/28.

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We parked in the visitor center parking lot complex. We used the shuttle buses and found them clean, prompt and easy for this tired mom to figure out.

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We paid $25.00 for our family car, this gave us a 7 day pass to visit the park. Within 10 minutes of parking our car, we were at the Yaki Point overlook taking in the gobsmacking view.

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I said, I’m coming with two kids and I’m leaving with two kids. My biggest worry was that Max would run off, but keeping to our South Rim, shuttle bus plan we were just fine.

Max_LegThis photo perch is on popular Mather Point overlook. It looks scarier than it is!

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Do you want to hike? 100 Places that Change Your Child’s Life suggests you take the 3 1/2 mile South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge hike. It is offers a panoramic view of the canyon and is easy enough for a family.  This is a link to the national park PDF of the same trail.

14025455My favorite aspect of the canyon was how the story of immense time is vividly displayed in the bare rock.  I’m excited to build on the experience with books, movies and a longer visit when they are more mature.

This is the book I bought for Max at the Visitor Center.

This is the book I bought for Max at the Visitor Center.

A four hour ride home is a good excuse for buying new books isn’t it?

Our next family read aloud.

Our next family read aloud.

note: The new Grand Canyon Skywalk is not a part of Grand Canyon National Park. It is located at Grand Canyon West, on Hualapai Indian Tribal Lands. The main access road into the complex is unpaved for a distance of about 15 miles. Though recently graded, it is still very bumpy and deeply rutted in some areas. 

The most wonderful time of the year

One of the boys at school remarked since choir was beginning, that Brady was going to start singing around school again.

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Brandon Stewart, conductor for MCO

There is something magical about hundreds of children tackling complicated, gorgeous, sacred and classical music.

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Beyond anything you thought was possible. The children blow me away.

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The choir is all ages, all faiths. Whole families sing together and find their best selves through the music.

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In our case, the music brought Brady out of his shell. He used to be overwhelmed by noise. These blue headphones he wore if we were out with people.

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On the day of his first performance when he had to stay backstage all day with hundreds of kids waiting for his turn to sing, he gave his headphones away to a younger girl.

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He doesn’t use the headphones anymore. Ever.

riuOur favorite song is Riu Riu Chiu. You can hear it here or buy the album online.

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You can learn more about Millenial choirs here.