clark James said:
I was planning a trip to Sedona in Feb. and realized I would only be gaining 5-10 deg. So I need some help finding a good spot 10-12 hrs from Grand Junction CO. Tuscon, Santa Fe, ??? any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sedona can feel pretty warn due to all the rock reflecting radiant heat. In the summer time, I tend to feel that Sedona is every bit as hot as Phoenix for this reason, even though Sedona is at ~4000'.
Otherwise, if you plan to Sedona it would be pretty easy to zip south and ride the BCT trail, South Mountain, Goat Camp, Hawes and the other Phoenix destinations IF it was "too cold" in Sedona. Realize most storms and moisture passes to the North so you shouldn't be battling snow and ice at all. The BCT trail does have a few river crossings which sometimes shortens certain routes.
The 10-day forecast shows no precip for right now, which will be good for those of us in AZ that live at higher elevations.