Drive north of Phoenix on 179N for a couple hours. Turn off onto 89A and you will find yourself in Sedona.
Sedona is a beautiful town of 14,000 people located near the entrance to Oak Creek Canyon. The rich red sandstone bluffs and spires back up to desert grasslands. Coyotes, mule deer, bobcats, black bears, javalinas and mountain lions roam freely here. This is a mixed conifer forest located in a transition zone. The few trees such as cottonwoods, pinon pine, junipers and sycamores are located near creeks. Sedona is the New Age capital of America. People say this because there is supposedly a mystical vortex swirling here. People come from all over the world to see Sedona.
Places to See in And Near Sedona
* Red Rock Crossing -This range of red rock is one of the most photographed places in Arizona. It has been painted by artists and has been in over 60 Hollywood movies. Located 7 miles southwest of Sedona it is at 4,000 feet. There are places to picnic and fish and water activities. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on US 89A.
* The Verde River - There is a lot to do along this river. Sedona Adventure tours will take you white water rafting. There is a 3 and a half hour Water to Wine tour that is exciting. First you raft up the river to the Alcantara Vineyards and go ashore where you will have a wonderful time tasting different wines. For more information call 877-673-3661
* Slide Rock State Park - A naturally formed rock slide that is made of slippery sandstone. The family will have hours of fun sliding down it and swimming in the clear water. This area used to be a 43 acre apple farm. In the fall people can come and pick apples from the 13 varities that grow here. There are two trails to walk on that are fairly easy. One circles the water areas while the other trail meanders among the trees. The park rangers offer a guided tour daily. Admission is $8.00 a car with 4 adults.There are 15 picnic areas and grills. The phone number is 928-282-3034.
Ways to Get Around in Sedona
* The Sedona Trolley - There are two narrated tours that drive people around the city.
* Pink Jeep Tours - Choose from tame sight seeing rides to more rugged edge of your seat adventures. Either way you will enjoy the red rocky terrain.
* Hummer Tours, ATV Rides and Vans - All of these are great ways to see Sedona.
Other ways to see the red rock desert is to take aerial tours, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours and small planes. Ask at any of the gift shops and stores for an itinerary of these tours.
Spas and Resorts
* The Enchantment Resort and Spa - Beautiful rooms and great views. There are many things to do at this resort. From Cooking demonstrations to the Journey of tears exploration. There is a complete Native American program for adults that covers playing the Native flute, The Medicine Walk, and a walk to the Ruins. For the kids ages 4-12 there is Camp Coyote. In this camp counselors guide the children on nature walks, star gazing, sculpting pottery, painting, and several outdoor games.
* Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa- Located near a creek and overlooking the red bluffs. This spa has a wonderful array of selections to choose from. 90 minute massages, a salt water pool, jacuzzi, yoga classes, a gym, and very close to shopping. There are also classes on photography, water colors, gardening, meditation, aqua classes, and astrology.
Festivals and Family Activities
* The International Film Festival - This festival is in February in Sedona.
* Jazz on the Rocks- Music festival in September in Sedona.
* Sedona Arts Festival - This festival is held in October.
* Fantasy of Lights - Every year a million lights light up Sedona from Thanksgiving until New Years Day.
There is also many hiking trails, swimming, camping, miniature golf, bowling, horseback riding, 4- wheeling, and fishing adventures to be experienced. Visit the two parks for children - Sunset and Posse Ground. There are also activities such as bocce ball, croquet, ping pong, putt putt golf, whirlpool spa, and mountain biking. Some seasonal attractions are Easter Egg hunts and parades. Do visit the Heritage museum for a living history presentation that is very memorable.
There are over 80 art galleries in Sedona to visit. See the hand made works of local artists in pottery, painting and silverwork. Or you can make something yourself at the Imagine Art classes given in Sedona.
If you are interested in Native American history visit the ruins and see petroglyphs at Palatki. Or visit Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle. Participate in a real sweat lodge or visit ringing rocks.
Whatever your choices when you visit Sedona you will take away great experiences.