We arrived in Sedona during a midday thunderstorm.
Our evening stroll along the Centennial Trail allowed us to see the views more clearly and the rocks were bright from the summer downpour.
Our hike the next morning into Fay Canyon was full of iconic Sedona views and observations of tons of Anna's and Rufous hummingbirds feeding on the prolific beardlip penstemon (Penstemon barbatus ) and scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregate) blooms.
After a steep climb, we reached the small cliff dwellings at Palatki Heritage Site just outside Sedona where the Sinagua people lived over a period of 175 years.
Pictographs at the site represent all the native cultures that once lived in the Arizona Verde Valley.