National Day of the Cowboy; High Country Hummers Festival; Championship Canoe Meet
National Day of the Cowboy
Historical re-enactments and gunfights by The Red Rock Posse and Sedona Showstoppers will give you more than usual to look at as you stroll Uptown Sedona, a fun day trip in itself almost anytime.
The town’s National Day of the Cowboy celebrations also include whip cracking, storytelling, and a tribute to Old West lawman Wyatt Earp by Earp’s great nephew. Cowboy Action Shooting World Champions Jessica and Cody Kirkham — twin youngsters — will perform. Kids’ activities, food booths by The Cowboy Club and Sedona Fudge Company, and an Oak Creek Brews Beer Garden round out the affair.
DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27. On Apple Avenue between Jordan Road and Cedar Street in Uptown Sedona. Free. (928) 204-2390 or SedonaMainStreet.com.
High Country Hummers Festival
Learn more about some of Arizona’s tiniest and most colorful forest dwellers at this tenth annual outdoor event, where Sheri Williamson, one of the nation’s foremost experts on hummingbirds, will lead a bird-capture and banding event. You’ll be able to watch up close as researchers handle, measure and band the birds.
Other things to see and do include touring the visitors center, learning the basics of bird watching and landscaping for hummingbirds, and checking out the Southwest Monarch Project, an effort to track Monarch butterflies.
Bring a camera for the session on how to photograph hummingbirds and for the “critter photo booth” with live hawks, owls and other wildlife.
Breakfast and lunch concessions will be available.
DETAILS >> 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 27. Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area, southeast of Eagar off Highway 191 toward Alpine. Free. (928) 367-4281 or AZGFD.gov/outdoor_recreation/hummingbird.shtml.
Championship Canoe Meet
Ready, set, canoe! Hidden Meadow Ranch, a luxury guest resort tucked away in Arizona’s White Mountains, hosts its first-ever Championship Canoe Meet on July 27.
It’ll be held at the ranch’s trout pond, a scenic spot surrounded by evergreens and meadows at a cool 8,500 feet.
Novice and experienced paddlers of all ages can participate in four events: a speed race straight across the pond, a parent-child relay race, a canoe tug-of-war, and the “In and Out” race, in which both team members have to jump out of their boat and climb back in during the middle of the race.
A cook-out with burgers and hot dogs kicks off the meet.
DETAILS >> Barbecue starts at noon Saturday, July 27. Races are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hidden Meadow Ranch, about 10 miles north of Greer on Forest Road 118. Canoe event is free for guests (cabin rates start at $350 per night); day-trippers pay $34 per adult, or $20 per child age 11 or younger. (928) 333-1000 or HiddenMeadow.com
Photo: Photo courtesy Hidden Meadow Ranch