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Sedona: Chuckwagon Supper and Western Stage Show

1. Sedona: Chuckwagon Supper and Western Stage Show

Visit the Blazin' M Ranch in Cottonwood and step back in time as you partake in an evening of western-style fun. Explore an authentically replicated western town, dine on a chicken and rib dinner, and take in a western stage show. Start your Wild West experience by exploring the Blazin' M Ranch Frontier Town located just outside of Sedona. Be sure to bring some extra spending money to make the most of the many family-friendly attractions and activities sure to delight and entertain. You'll find a real western saloon, axe throwing, bull riding, wagon rides, shopping, and other fun activities for people of all ages. Check out the shooting gallery, get some ropin' lessons, ride a vintage tractor pull, and much more. Or visit the Red Garter Old-Tyme Photo Studio, dress up in Victorian, saloon girl, or gunslinger regalia and have your picture taken for the perfect memory of your visit. At 6:30 PM, listen for the chow bell to ring and be seated for your chuckwagon-style meal. Dine on tender barbeque chicken, pork ribs, baked potato, cowboy beans, fluffy flying biscuits, and the signature prickly pear coleslaw. Beverages such as lemonade, iced tea, and coffee are included. Then, after a scrumptious dessert of homemade caramel apple crisp, the lights dim, and the Western Stage Show begins. Sit back and take in a performance by the Blazin' M Wranglers. Enjoy an array of western hits, including songs by Chris Stapleton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Rogers, Bob Willis and The Texas Playboys, and a few original hits by the band. At the end of the show, the shops will reopen for any last-minute souvenir searches. 

From Cottonwood: Guided Kayaking Day Trip on the Verde River

2. From Cottonwood: Guided Kayaking Day Trip on the Verde River

Discover the beauty and wildlife of the Verde River on this kayaking adventure from Cottonwood. Travel along the river and plunge over rapids with high-quality equipment, a personal floatation device, and the help of your river guide.  Start at the activity provider's boathouse to get "river ready" before taking a short shuttle ride to the launch point on the Verde River. Have the use of changing rooms, facilities, and lockers before setting off on your adventure.  Feel prepared with the option to purchase or rent products like phone splash bags and water shoes. Receive a brief safety talk from river guide that will lead you on your river trip. Practice paddling and navigating your choice of a single or tandem kayak.  Admire the breathtaking views and wildlife along the Verde River. Be exhilarated as you navigate through class I and class II rapids. Experience the thrill of paddling through rapids with the help of experienced guides. Enjoy the highlights of the area as you guide points them out.  Enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water at a swimming hole created by a dam. Relive the highlights of your trip as your guides loads the equipment and into the return shuttle to the boathouse where you can use the facilities once more before your departure.  Share your memories through photos of your experience that are provided after your trip as a courtesy from your lead guide.

Sedona: Creek to Cocktails Verde River Tour

3. Sedona: Creek to Cocktails Verde River Tour

Embark on a shuttle to and from the Verde river for a beautiful paddle and sightseeing adventure. Take the scenic nature as you paddle along the Arizona waters and enjo a beer or wine afterward to top it off. Check-in at the boathouse and board the shuttle to the Verde River. Once there, paddle in the peaceful, picturesque stretch of the Verde River in Clarkdale. Recognized as one of Arizona’s only two Wild and Scenic Rivers, beginner and veteran paddlers alike will love the scenery and opportunities to cool off in this lush riparian community. Once off the river, make the choice between beer or wine from an Arizona local offering in Old Town Cottonwood. Taste the featuring Arizona wineries and breweries after a beautiful exploration. Love the convenience of being within minutes of Clarkdale or Old Town Cottonwood for dinner or drinks for a relaxing Sip-n-Shop experience.

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We didn't know sipper wasn't til 6:30, we wouldn't have come at 5