We begin our journey at Bell Rock, one of the first red rock formations you see when you arrive in The Village of Oak Creek. There are two trails that begin at the Bell Rock Vista. Both are considered an easy walk. People say that when they hike these trails, they experience an electrical charge throughout their bodies and can hike for hours without noticing how much time has passed.
The Bell Rock area will help you to experience for yourself why Sedona has been voted one of the most beautiful scenic spots in America. A short walk here can help you feel the magic and tranquility that Bell Rock offers, making it one of Sedona’s favorite sites!
If you decide to take a walk on the Bell Rock trails, look closely at the ground from time to time, and you might see paw prints. And if you’re real quiet, you may get lucky and spot a coyote on the trail or even a red or silver fox. This area is home to many cottontails and very large jack rabbits with long ears. Javelinas also live here. They look like furry pigs with a large snout and reddish eyes. Lizards can easily be seen as they scurry around the landscape or rest on a rock in the sun. Hummingbirds can appear suddenly as they fly from tree to tree. Hawks and sometimes eagles can be seen in the skies of Sedona.
With all the many stream banks, farms, different elevations, cliffs and climate changes, the Verde Valley brings more then 297 species of birds. Making this area their year round home or using habitats here during their migrations.
Just to the right of Bell Rock, we see the towering rock formation known as Courthouse Butte. Legend has it that Walt Disney named some of his characters from the many shapes and images found here in the red rocks of Sedona. Snoopy is one of them.