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If you have a extra day and you want to check out some nearby places then this is a suggested day trip.
Sedona -- Sunset Crater National Park -- Wupatki National Monument -- Grand Canyon National Park -- Sedona
Start from Sedona and drive through Oak Creek Canyon towards Flagstaff,AZ. Its a 20 - 30mile drive, but it climbs to higher elevation and provides some nice views of the canyon.
Sunset Crater is a 3 mile detour from Highway 89 enroute to Grand Canyon East Entrance. Its a dormant volcano and you can see the frozen lava all around. There is a trail that takes you to the base of the volcano and you would be walking with black frozen lava all around. There is a 1/4mile trail to the viewpoint or you could take a longer 3/4-1mile trail to the base of the volcano.
Wupatki is a Indian ruins and it is adjacent to Sunset crater national park. Its another 15mile down the road from Sunset Crater. Since the road runs along a national park, its pretty much deserted on a regular day. But you get to see some stunning Desert vegetation along the way.
Continue 60 miles from Wupatki National Monument along Highway 89 till Cameron and turn onto highway 64 towards Grand Canyon East entrance. The highway is pretty much deserted but it provides a good idea of the desert vegetation.
You enter the Grand Canyon through the Desert View entrance and you can drive 25miles to Grand Canyon South Entrance visitor center by stopping along the way at various view points. I personally felt Yavapai & Yaki point near the visitor center provided a better view of the Canyon.
* Sedona - Sunset Crater - Wupatki - Grand Canyon - Sedona
* Approx Total Round Trip Distance - 275 Miles
* Approx Total Round Trip - 12 Hours
* Depending on the time of the year the weather can be very different. You go through different altitudes and so dress accordingly. Grand Canyon South Rim is at approx 7000 feet altitude.
* We went during first week of March , the temperature was 50'F but was brutally windy at grand canyon and so we need to wear a full winter gear to stand at each view point and it was still hard.