Welcome To Sedona.
Start with scenery that makes your heart leap. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot.
Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town.
Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities. Most recently, with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms,Sedona has emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts.
The perfect destination should seem exotic yet feel like coming home. That is the very definition of Sedona, a small town blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty. Come experience it for yourself.
If Sedona has a kindred spirit it’s the Grand Canyon
The two geological marvels are both “bucket list” destinations for people all over the world. Millions of visitors come for scenery that’s dazzlingly unique. See a photo of either the Grand Canyon or Sedona and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else. Yet photos don’t begin to do these Arizona icons justice. They must be experienced in person.
It’s hard to imagine traveling to the Southwest and not visiting Grand Canyon or Sedona. So why not do both? We believe when you have one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in your backyard, take advantage of it. By making Sedona your base camp for a Grand Canyon expedition, you’ll enjoy a much wider array of creature comforts. In Sedona you’ll find more places to stay and eat, not to mention spas, shops, galleries and more.
Sedona sits approximately 100 miles south of the Grand Canyon and it’s a spectacular journey. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving so you can relax and take in the sights, several companies launch guided Grand Canyon tours from Sedona.
At Grand Canyon National Park designated overlooks provide visitors with awe-inspiring views. Walk along the rim in Grand Canyon Village. Snap a photo of mule riders moseying towards the river and peer into the abyss to hear what secrets are echoed there.
Then it’s time to come back home to Sedona, where all the incredible sights are just outside your door. Blessed with a beauty that’s epic yet intimate, grandiose yet personal, people seem to make a very special connection to Sedona. No overlooks or mule rides are required.
Fall Colors of Sedona
Sedona reminds us that every day is a gift. That becomes immediately apparent in red rock country where each day is gift wrapped by a spectacular sunrise and sunset.
In many places the simple rising and setting of the sun might go unnoticed but in Sedona they are events to be celebrated. Crowds gather to witness the spectacle on high mesa tops or at the base of towering pinnacles. A dreamy light washes over the landscape followed by a swirl of vibrant and far-ranging colors.
It’s said that Eskimos have dozens of words for snow. Sedona should have just as many for the color red. The formations here are called red rocks but that only tells part of the story. Everywhere you look you find scarlet and salmon, maroon and magenta, ruby and rust, with a host of other shades from the orange and pink spectrum. And every hue intensifies in the shimmering dawn and dusk.
Of course, the color palette of Sedona also flourishes with the seasons. Wildflowers blanket the forest floor during the spring. Fields of cream cups, paintbrush and globe mallow lap against sandstone buttes. Lanky penstemon sway in the breeze, agave and yucca send up flowering stalks and even gnarled manzanita sprout dangling blooms shaped like dainty pink chandeliers.
Autumn is a stealthy, albeit radiant, season. It doesn’t show up on high slopes as you’d expect. The rocks don’t blush any redder in fall. Instead, autumn erupts in drainages and canyon bottoms. The multi-hued ribbon of Oak Creek is graced by cottonwood, velvet ash, Arizona sycamore, box elder and willow, an array of yellows and golds. Along the creek, clustered sumac, neon-tinted bigtooth maple and a viney tangle of canyon grape and Virginia creeper enhance the kaleidoscope effect.Click here for a fall color update.
SEDONA Visitors Guide:
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