A trip to the western part of the country wasn’t in the stars until we realized the benign holiday schedule. Thanks to United Airlines, I scored two roundtrip tickets to Phoenix with miles for the week after Christmas. We started out in Sedona, roughly 115 miles away and a two hour drive from Phoenix. We hiked, rode a jeep, and mountain biked amongst a spectacular backdrop of red rocks. Our plans to go star-gazing were thwarted by an overcast sky on both nights. We stayed in Flagstaff, under an hour ride from Sedona. Driving the road (Highway 89) adjoining the two cities is a must in the winter (see the last few pictures).

Devil Bridge Trail Hike
Pink Jeep Tours- Broken Arrow
Bike & Bean (mountain biking)

Beaver Brewery (Flagstaff)
Pink Java Cafe

Devil’s Bridge Trail

GPS: N34° 54′ 10.26″, W-111° 48′ 49.716″

Access: Drive 27 miles south from Flagstaff to Sedona on US 89A. Continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (FR152) at the west end of town. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to where FR152 forks and take the right fork (leaving the paved road). This road is rough, but can be traveled by passenger vehicles, high-clearance vehicles recommended. It is not recommended during wet weather. About 1.3 miles up this road, turn right to Devil’s Bridge Trailhead and parking lot.

devils bridge trail sign


mark + sedona


sedona rocks


devils bridge

devil's bridge gap

devils bridge

me and mark b&W

sedona sunset

sedona sunset 2

Beaver Street Brewery

11 South Beaver St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Flagstaff is particularly known for its breweries, and this place is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. We had to wait a whopping 1 hour before we snagged a two-top on a busy Saturday night around 7pm. It was worth it. Not only was the beer cheap, but it was some of the best we had on this trip. The food itself is a bit expensive, but we think it was totally worth it. Definitely recommend the pizza chips and the raspberry ale.

beaver st brewery sign

waiting room + card

beaverstreetbrewery hostess

kitchen + Oven



Big Rapid Red & Bramble Berry Brew (both $4.50)

pizza bread app

pizzzzza bread

Pizza Chips: Pizza dough topped with Parmesiano-Reggiano and herbs served with a tangy marinara ($6.79)


mark destroys burger

Beaver Street Burger: Half-pound patty of Angus ground chuck blended with garlic, fresh basil, and sun-dried tomatoes. Topped with Havarti and a side of basil pesto mayo ($10.99)




3 sausage pizza


Three Sausage: Tangy marinara topped with a blend of Parmesiano-Reggiano, Romano and mozzarella cheeses, an assortment of fresh smoked sausages, mushrooms, and caramelized onions and finished with chopped parsley ($10.99)

worst dessert presentation

Dessert Trio: Apple-ginger stout cake, chocolate bread pudding and seasonal fruit cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream ($6.25)
Worst presentation ever but tasted good!

Pink Jeep Tours

204 North State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Broken Arrow Tour: $79/adult and $59.25/child

I was hesitant about booking this given that Mark typically wants to be the guy sitting directly behind the wheel, rather than sitting in the back for a ride. He and I both loved this. The tour takes about two hours when including check-in and driving to the trail. Mark quizzed our guide, Chip, from geology to demographic questions to auto inquiries. Chip knew everything. This specific tour takes you to Submarine Rock and Chicken Point where you have 10 minutes to take pictures. Both are hike-able, but going there in a jeep is a totally different experience.

At the time of booking, they were offering a 10% off coupon along with a free lunch at the Pink Java Cafe next door. It’s a cute little cafe that sells panini and chips. Don’t expect fancy fare, but do expect some cheesy and delicious sandwiches overlooking the great red rocks.

pink jeep plaza

pink jeep

me and mark in sedonnnnaaa


chicken point

red rocks by chicken point

more rocks

me and mark

broken rim tour


from the jeep


pink jeep on rock



the italian panini

Bike and Bean

75 Bell Rock Plaza
Sedona, AZ 86351
(928) 284-0210

Front Suspension- $25 for 2 hours, $30 for 4 hours
Full Suspension- $30 for 2 hours, $40 for 4 hours

Mark had to literally beg me to go mountain biking with him. After a disastrous experience in NH, I was hesitant but finally relented. All I can say is, I’m glad we did it, but this is not for the inactive. Even the easiest (and most scenic trail) is a challenge as it is filled with an incline for the first third of the way. Mark actually struggled with this- a surprise- given that he had no problem in NH. For me, running 50mpw finally paid off! Do take the Bell Rock Pathway if you try go biking. The sky was overcast when we first set out but eventually cleared way to a magnificent deep blue sky!

still overcast

the stop

too tired


sedona background


sedona sky


driving in town

entering flagstaff

snowy mist


in and outttt
Of course no trip to the west is complete without an In-and-Out experience!