Sedona is nestled in Arizona’s northern Verde Valley region — in the Upper Sonoran Desert of northern Arizona — and is known as Red Rock Country.
As these Sedona photos will show, the area’s unique sandstone cliffs and natural rock formations are brilliantly orange and red — even moreso when illuminated by the early morning or late afternoon sun.
If you get out of town, you can go sightseeing, camping, hiking or mountain biking — or even check out one of Sedona’s “vortex” sites. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce notes, “Many people visit Sedona to explore its metaphysical dimensions, especially its vortexes. Page Bryant coined the name ‘vortex’ in 1980 for areas in Sedona that have highly concentrated energies conducive to prayer, meditation and healing.” (Note that these aren’t visible tornado-style vortices, but “spiritual power spots.”)
In town, you can shop, eat, visit art galleries (the town has more than 40), or even attend the annual Sedona Film Festival.
Before Kia appropriated the moniker for their minivans, the town was named in the early 1900s for Sedona Miller Schnebly, who was the wife of the city’s first postmaster — and a prominent landowner — Theodore Carlton Schnebly. (Names that the Postmaster General in Washington DC rejected for being too long: “Oak Creek Crossing” and “Schnebly Station.”)
And long, long before the area was “settled,” it was inhabited by Native Americans for more than ten thousand years. Most recently, the Yavapai and Apache tribes made the Verde Valley their home, until they were forcibly removed in 1876.
Here’s a look at just some of the sights you might see if you find yourself in Sedona. (Click on any image to see a larger version or to view the entire gallery of Sedona pictures.)