Listen to the Water -- Images by Connie Baxter Marlow, 2006
Discover Page Springs, Sedona's best-kept secret. Page Springs is a unique and tranquil rural community nestled in a high desert valley between Sedona’s legendary Red Rock beauty and the bustling town of Cottonwood. Located along Oak Creek with its large and ancient cottonwood trees and bordered by more than 2000 acres of National Forest, Page Springs was established by James Page, great grandfather of the current Page family, in 1894. Our quiet, little community has much to offer. It is reminiscent of “the way Sedona used to be”.
As you turn off scenic Hwy 89A onto Page Springs Road, you can’t help but relax into the beauty and solitude of the high desert country. Meander a mile along Page Springs Road and you find us, Page Springs B&B at Rancho Feliz with two expansive homes tucked away on eight acres below the ruins of an ancient Sinagua community at the base of a large natural amphitheater.
Less than a mile further down the road, you discover Bubbling Pond Hatchery, the largest state-run hatchery in the country for raising endangered species of fresh water fish, just before they become extinct. With the 100 springs that feed Oak Creek in Page Springs, here also is the migratory corridor for more than 500 species of birds traveling from Canada to South America – a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 120 species found at the hatchery itself. Meander along the mile and a half trail that takes you to the banks of Oak Creek. Or hop in your car, drive a few yards and park by the bridge where there is public access to the Creek. Enjoy the peaceful creek, cast a line, have a picnic or take a walk. Down the road is the much larger Page Springs Hatchery and Visitor’s Center. Click Here to Check out the Page Springs Fish Hatchery at Gateway to Sedona.
If you ever doubted a temperate climate in the desert, drive further and drop in at the Oak Creek Vineyard and sample the fine wines Arizona sunshine encourages. One more stop at the Page Springs Cellars vineyard down the road and you will be convinced that California’s wine country is moving eastward. Enjoy the wines, buy a bottle and take a little of Sedona's wine country home with you. We are also home to award-winning Echo Canyon Winery that sits in Hidden Canyon's special micro-climate on the banks of Oak Creek. They do not have a tasting room so you will have to purchase their wines in town or ask for them at fine local restaurants. See our special "Page Springs Wineries" section for a more in-depth look at these wineries.
Now that you have sampled the fruit of the vine, perhaps you’re ready to move on and try the fruit of the trees. Perfect! Here comes Quiet Valley Ranch, an organic orchard that has won 1st place for 10 years at the Yavapai County Fair in the Best Commercial Fruit category. It’s pick-your-own cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, pomegranates and apples as the season unfolds. Proprietor Chris Robinson encourages you to take a walk along the cool banks of the mile and a half of Oak Creek that borders his property while you enjoy sampling your fresh- picked fruit.
Getting hungry? Onward to the famous Page Springs Restaurant located along Oak Creek. As you gaze out the wall of picture windows overlooking the cottonwood-lined creek you may order their delectable barbeque ribs, prime rib and other tasty dishes served since 1974 at this family-owned local gathering spot.
Now that you’re comfortably satiated, turn around and come home to Page Springs B&B and Vacation Home and relax. You’ve had a great day!
If you extend your visit beyond a night or two, be sure to experience and enjoy our other local businesses and attractions that make Page Springs and neighboring Cornville a unique destination vacation.
To literally take home a piece of Arizona, visit Tsoona Creations on Old School House Road just off of Northern Page Springs Road. Artist Sally Bree Stryker has created a distinctive collection of whimsical assemblage art using found treasures that had a previous utilitarian life. Touched by Arizona sun, wind and rain, rusty hinges, old canteens, snaky pieces of wood and other forgotten discards of the modern world are transformed into works of art that reflect Sally’s Arizona background and family history that extends from the Jerome copper mines to the Hopi Reservation, the gold mines of Prescott and beyond.
Page Springs B&B at Racho Feliz will feature Tsoona Creations at their Idris Galley during their Grand Opening and Equinox Celebration on March 25, 2006. The exhibition will continue through April 23.
Tsoona Creations at 11200 Old School House Road is open by appointment only. Call 928-634-9274.
Wisdom of the Earth
Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit ... naturally is the intent of Wisdom of the Earth’s founder Barry Kapp, Master Medicinal Aromatherapist,his partner Audre Wenzler, certified Medicinal Aromatherapist and Reiki practioner and his wife, Cynthia. With over 200 single, medical-grade essential oils imported from around the world, their approach is to teach their clients how use their oils to deepen their connection to the healing power of the bountiful Mother Earth.
Wisdom of the Earth offers personal consultations, introductory and advanced seminars and certification classes in Medical Aromatherapy and an exciting annual study trip to Provence, France to meet the growers of plants for some of their essential oils. A newly added Corsica excursion follows the trip to France.
Visits to their Page Springs facilities is by appointment only. Learn more by contacting them at 888-817-8955 toll free, local phone at 928-649-9968 or visit their web site at www.wisdomoftheearth.com
As you leave Page Springs and journey to Cornville you will find many interesting businesses at the junction of Page Springs Road and Cornville Road.
Casey's Corner with a covered wagon to greet you at the entrance to their gas station/convenience store and Box Car Cafe adds local color to the junction of Page Springs and Cornville Road. Stop in and meet the Cornville folks. You'll be glad you did.
The Manzanita Inn Restaurant & Lounge
In the quaint community of Cornville, Arizona, the Manzanita Inn, serves an eclectic menu with a continental flair. Chef Al Kramer, born and trained in Switzerland, has received many culinary honors and awards and has worked at 4 and 5-star restaurants across North America, Hawaii and the Caribbean. He uses only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients and features organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, many of which he grows in his adjoining garden. At the family-owned and operated Manzanita Inn, the menu is ambitious, the prices affordable and the portions generous. In addition to local favorites and German, French, Swiss and Italian specialties, the restaurant features low-carbohydrate dishes, vegetarian meals and seasonal specials. The wine list includes low-carbohydrate wines and an extensive by-the-glass selection. The next time you are looking for a memorable meal in an intimate, comfortable setting, visit the Manzanita Inn. It is well worth the drive. Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinners only. Reservations requested 928 634-8851.
Page Springs is the Center of Verde Valley. It is perfectly located to allow access to all parts and attractions of the valley.