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Old 04-04-2019, 09:08 PM   #1
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Parking in Sedona, AZ?


I plan on driving a Forest River FR3 25 DS which is close to 27 feet long to Sedona in September. I am going with my mother who has a lot of anxiety and I wanted to take her on some of the easier hikes such as Bell Rock. My question is, does anyone know if there is RV parking at any of those hiking spots in Sedona such as Bell Rock or Cathedral Rock? We do not have a tow vehicle so I will be driving the FR3 almost everywhere we go. I know it will be busy and we will have to go early, but my nightmare is that I pull into a parking lot with no parking spots and I can't turn around.

Thank you for any input. I am new to this forum, so if I didn't follow the rules I apologize. :-)
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:14 PM   #2
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Sorry, I can't tell you much about parking there, but I can make a suggestion. Rent a small car for a few days. It will be much easier to get around.
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:17 PM   #3
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Streets and parking in Sedona is tight, and very crowded. Some of the trail heads are fairly open if you time your visit before/after rush hours, but I remember having problems parking our crew cab truck Driving your FR3 from spot to spot is going to be challenging and frustrating.

There is an Enterprise car rental there and a Jeep rental also
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:04 PM   #4
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There are two Bell Rock trailheads and doing a Google maps satellite view it looks like the east site has the best RV parking. From the sat pic there are a couple rigs about FR3 size parked.
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:25 PM   #5
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I live in the area. Parking for Bell is more plentiful than Cathedral. Both of these formations are accessible from several parking areas and it all depends our how far you are willing to hike in from the parking area. Be aware however that Sept will be very busy so finding parking for anything is always a challenge. Early mornings ie before 0800 or late afternoons are your best bet.
Not sure if you have visited before, but the term "easy" for hiking is a relative term by individual. For Bell, waking around it is non technical. Following the trail up however requires a bit more strength, balance and body control. Cathedral, even more so
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:27 PM   #6
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We couldn't find parking for our 19' Toyota Tundra and driving those roads was not fun.

If I had to do it again, I'd rent a small (emphasis on small) car in Flagstaff and drive the one hour drive into Sedona. I think your fear of pulling into a trailhead and not having room to turn around is probably correct.

We drive a 25' MH without a tow vehicle and finding parking can be a challenge. Luckily most of the National Parks in the west have parking for rvs.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:43 PM   #7
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We stayed in Sedona last year with our Sunseeker 2400R. We had a site in an RV Park in town. Also we found RV parking on Forest Drive just behind the Chamber of Commerce. We had no problem driving around Sedona and found it just beautiful. We took a Pink Jeep tour that was fun. We also hiked the river at Cathedral Rock although the lot was full and we had to park on a city street about a mile away. We keep our bikes on the back so it was a quick ride to the park. Our experience is that there is always a way!
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:26 PM   #8
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I have been going to Sedona since the late 1970s. My Dad had a ranch about 40 miles away. I was there in Sept year before last and could not find room to park a full sized pickup at any trailhead. Parking in town was difficult. My days in Sedona are about over. Might be okay in winter.
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