During three previous winter stays in Cortez, FL (near Bradenton), we have become good friends with David and Karen, owners of a lot in the park where we stay. We really enjoy spending time with David and Karen but, let’s be honest, the real reason we hang around with them is to enjoy time with their dog, Cody. Cody loves to sit on Pam’s lap and enjoy her undivided attention (OK, the treats he receives may influence his behavior a bit). So we were pleased when we learned that they would be coming out west this spring. They have a beautiful fifth wheel on their site in Cortez but have a small Casita that they use for travel. We met up with them just outside of Sedona and enjoyed a day of hiking together.
The five of us piled into our Jeep and set out for two short hikes, both on Vultee Arch Road. The road is unpaved and requires a high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle to reach the trailheads. The first stop was at Devil’s Bridge, about a mile and a half down the road. If you don’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you can park at the end of the road and hike to the trailhead, something many people must have done as there were more hikers than cars in the small parking area.
This is a short hike, less than a mile, but there are some steep rocks to climb.
After enjoying the view at Devil’s Bridge, we returned to the Jeep and continued up the Vultee Arch Road for another three miles to where it ends. The road is pretty rough so not many people come this far to hike. At the end of the road we picked up the trail for a mile and a half hike out to Vultee Arch.
Behind us as we viewed the arch was a large rock outcrop. Look closely at the photo below and you can see a small plaque on the rock in the center of the picture.
The plaque is dedicated to Jerry and Sylvia Vultee, who died in a plane crash here in 1933.
After a long day of hiking, the group retired to a local coffee shop for some refreshment. One of the hikers was especially tired from all the walking and fell asleep on the table.
We are now about to head into Utah for a visit to the little town of Bluff in the four corners section of the state. David, Karen, and Cody will stay a few more days in the Sedona area before joining us at Cadillac RV Park in Bluff. There is much to see in this area and we look forward to them joining us for a few adventures.
More on that later . . .