Amara Creekside Resort

Sedona, Arizona

Jul 14, 2005
Outside Magazine
Amara Resort

   Photo: courtesy, Amara Resort

Ask Rama Jon, owner of the Sedona fat-tire shop Mountain Bike Heaven, for the scoop on the legendary local singletrack and he'll pepper his beta with the odd jab at his town's Shirley MacLaine vibe. "Any ride here usually takes twice as long as it does anywhere else," he deadpans, "thanks to the vortexes." All yukking aside, if you've chosen the sleek, modern Amara Creekside Resort as your chill-down zone, the closest you'll come to a swirling energy center will be the jets in your suite's whirlpool tub.

ROOM & BOARD: Think of the 100-room Amara as a deluxe base camp for the full-suspension set, complete with an in-room miniature Zen sand garden, dreamy linens, citrusy Aveda bath products, stunning red-rock-spire views from the saltwater pool, and Mies van der Rohe chrome-and-leather chairs in the lobby. And, no, the concierge won't scold you for tracking a little mud and dirt on the carpet.

OUT THE BACK DOOR: With an estimated 300 miles of singletrack rivaling Moab and Vancouver, Sedona is on the life list of anyone who can tell the difference between Schrader and Presta. The classic rides that shouldn't be missed: Broken Arrow Loop, a three-hour, ten-plus-mile round-trip combining slickrock, rollers, step-ups, and drop-offs; and Munds Wagon Trail—an out-and-back 14-miler that climbs 1,800 vertical feet from downtown Sedona to the top of the Mogollon Rim.

DETAILS: Doubles, $180–$260; 866-455-6610,