Constellations, like impressionist paintings and conspiracy theories, were created when someone drank a bottle of wine, squinted at the sky, and drew conclusions that weren’t there. Learn about the stars or taste their inception with today’s Groupon from Sedona Red Rock Adventures. Choose from the following options:
- For $77, you get a five-hour Sunset into the Night tour (a $175 value).
- For $95, you get a five-hour wine-tasting tour to three vineyards (a $195 value).
- For $139, you get a seven-hour wine-tasting tour to four vineyards (a $295 value).
A team of guides led by Jim Reich and his canine colleague Summit searches out Sedona’s most vibrant natural entertainments, from stunning rock formations backlit by sunsets to tours of wineries nestled between cliffs and rivers. Mounted in the comfort of rugged terrain-ready vehicles, passengers watch the sun slip beneath the horizon’s edge from vantages where few humans and even fewer babies have stood. Guests swap sightlines to watch the full moon rise or stay put if the new moon is in phase and soak up eyefuls of starlight as they sparkle to life on the sky’s surface.
Cottonwood-, Jerome-, and the Page Springs–area wineries tempt tongues to extended retirements with fruity fermentations and bottled episodes of Murder She Wrote from their vineyards. Taste the complexity of crimson rock soil in tannin-rich reds or sample the sweetness brought out by a dry climate in airy whites and carefully balanced blends. Tours follow no agenda other than the customer’s, allowing the party to spend additional time sampling at favorite wineries. Tour guides provide snacks to prevent grumbling stomachs from attracting wild munchies, as well as water to thoroughly hydrate bodies unused to the Arizona sun.
Sedona Red Rock Adventures
Sedona Red Rock Adventures' founder, Jim Reich, credits his father with nurturing a love of nature in their home outside New York City. As an adult, Jim transplanted his passion for the outdoors to the crimson boulders of Sedona after encouragement from a friend and fellow outdoorsman. A Western backdrop for movies during the 1940s and '60s, Sedona covers 19 square miles in the middle of scarlet bluffs, canyons, and Native American ruins and petroglyphs. Jim and his canine sidekick, Summit, share their affinity for fresh air through diverse tours that range from daylong jaunts into the Grand Canyon to the exploration of nocturnal wildlife during full-moon adventures. He adheres to Leave No Trace protocols, leaving nearby national parks free from litter or speakers blaring the theme from Chariots of Fire.
Jim powers all of his tours, including voyages through wine country and microbreweries, with drinks and snacks, and invites pooches along for the ride. He also snaps photos so that patrons can always remember the time they dropped their digital camera into the Grand Canyon.