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Sedona AZ - Overview
Sedona is located about 90
miles north of Phoenix at the lower end of Arizona's spectacular Oak Creek
Canyon, and is known for its jagged red-rock cliffs and monoliths, as well as
its surrounding lush forests. Sedona is located in both Coconino and Yavapai
Counties and is completely surrounded by the Coconino National Forest.
Sedona has become a center for
traditional and contemporary arts and offers a variety of galleries, boutiques
and specialty shops. It is an upscale retirement and tourism community, and the
gateway to tours of the Red Rocks region.
Early Native Americans
considered the Red Rocks sacred and traveled for days on end to perform
ceremonies among the formations. Only the bravest chiefs and medicine men were
allowed into what was considered to be the home of the gods. Cathedral Rock was
honored as the birthplace of the first man and woman.
Until 30 years ago, Sedona
was a small farming community. Then Psychic Page Bryant claimed to discover
several "vortexes," or psychic energy sites that release psychic power from the
earth, in the hills around Sedona.
The four local points which she considered to be
energy vortexes are Bell Rock, Table Top Mountain, Cathedral Rock and Boynton
Canyon. Her revelations have brought spiritual seekers to Sedona in ever
Millions of tourists also visit
the Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon area each year for its western history, scenic
beauty, its thriving arts community, its world class hiking and golf, and its
famous jeep tours.
Recently voted by USA Today the most beautiful city in the United States, Sedona
is one of Arizona's most popular destinations
The motion picture industry
was also attracted to Sedona and such films as John Wayne's The Angel and the
Badman and Robert Mitchums's Blood On The Moon were filmed there.
Photographers love Sedona. It is almost impossible to take anything other than
a fabulous picture, and the natural lighting is superb.
Sedona's canyons, creeks,
Indian ruins, and red rocks are readily accessible on foot, and the area is easy
to hike. Another option is to take a jeep tour.
The setting and architecture of
the Chapel of the Holy Cross (known locally as the Church on the Rock) are
impressive. Built in 1956 by Marguerite Brunwige Staude, a disciple of Frank
Lloyd Wright, this modern landmark, with a huge cross on the facade, rises
between two red-rock peaks. Vistas of the town and the surrounding area are
In 1950, surrealist painter Max
Ernst moved to Sedona, and other famous artists followed. Many artists have been
attracted to Sedona and its rugged beauty. Over the years, an artist colony has
developed in Sedona, and many of the artists sell their work in local galleries
The town is filled with
upscale art galleries, Southwestern souvenir and craft centers, and crystal
shops. The town's shopping showplace is Tlaquepaque (TLA-kay-PAH-kay), an
adobe-style complex of shops and galleries and the site of a brilliant annual
December light display with luminaries.
The fishing is excellent;
the sunsets are glorious; there are hiking, running, water sports, archeological
tours, and an ideal climate year round. Imagine a photograph of the incredible
red rocks of Sedona set against a cloudless sky. Wouldn’t you like to be in