Sedona, Arizona

“The Red Rock City”

river through red rocks“Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon Sedona is renowned for its stunning red buttes 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, because it is the jumping off place for tours of the Red Rocks region.

Sedona began as a small, remote ranching and farming settlement in 1876 when the first permanent settler, John James Thompson, squatted in Oak Creek Canyon. By 1902, 20 families lived in the settlement and a postal station was petitioned for by Theodore Schnelbly. The petition was granted and Schnelbly named the new post office in honor of his wife, Sedona. The remote agricultural community was well-know for the quality of its fruit, especially the abundant apple orchards. But as the scenic wonders and sites of Sedona became known, tourism surpassed agriculture in economic importance.

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 which is said to enhance their creativity. Over the years, an artist colony has developed in Sedona and many of the artists sell their work in local galleries and shops. It may have been more than the scenic red rocks that stimulated the creativity of artists. It is believed by many people that the region of Sedona contains a concentration of vortexes which are spots that release psychic energy or power from the Earth. The four local points which are considered to be energy vortexes are Bell Rock, Table Top Mountain, Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon.

Sedona is located in northern Arizona only 130 miles from Phoenix, 40 miles from Flagstaff, 20 miles from Jerome, 60 miles from Prescott, 20 miles from Camp Verde, 16 miles from Cottonwood and about 20 miles from Clarkdale. You can even make a day trip to the Grand Canyon from here.

Once in Sedona, there are many things to see and do. Why not check out the many unique shops in Jerome, or relax and have a bit to eat at one of our many restaurants, listen to some great music, explore the red rocks, hike, swim or just relax.

Once you have spent enough time shopping and relaxing in Sedona, why not check out one of the communities close to us to see what they have to offer. There is just about everything one could desire in the vicinity of Sedona, Arizona.

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