Bear Mountain Trail Sedona Arizona

The highlight of our trip to Sedona, after the fantastic car camping, was a hike up Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain is located in the Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness of Sedona and ascending it is a challenging half-day hike. It is one of the area’s highest accessible points with amazing views of Fay Canyon, Boynton Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks, and colorful desert as far as the eye can see.

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Grand Canyon Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon’s Clear Creek Trail is a great “rest day” activity if you’re staying at Phantom Ranch or Bright Angel campground in the winter. It stretches 9 miles long so you can choose your own out-and-back length. And emphasis is on winter activity because it is south facing and consequently is in the sun from sunrise to sunset. In summer, temperatures at the bottom of the canyon can exceed 100 F. But in January it was a balmy 50 degrees!

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Cowboy Caviar

I like this Cowboy Caviar recipe so much I make it year-round. Including now, with snow coming down. It’s fresh and flavorful and a great item to have in the fridge for a quick healthy snack. I like it with tortilla chips but it also goes excellently as part of a burrito bowl meal with rice, cheese, guacamole, and hot sauce. Or you could put in in a wrap with rice, cheese, guacamole, and hot sauce for a regular burrito. It’s kind of like I enjoy different combinations of these same ingredients..

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