An exciting blend of adventure hub and luxe resort
Located two hours north of Phoenix, and 30 miles south of the Flagstaff peaks, Sedona’s mild four-season climate and high desert terrain assure good year-round weather for vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts. Oak Creek Canyon, a spectacular 16-mile gorge with streams and waterfalls between sheer rock walls, beckons hikers, campers and fishermen. It has been termed by Rand McNally as one of the eight most scenic drives in America.
With its dramatic red rock landscape and vibrant arts-and-culture scene, Sedona is an exciting blend of adventure hub and luxe resort. Sedona is the most beautiful place on Earth, in so many ways.
Sedona, named the most beautiful place on earth by USA Today, is situated in a rugged, unique geological area that has mesmerized visitors for decades. Breathtaking panoramic views of iconic red rock countryside stretch out in every direction. Sculpted by water and wind over millions of years, Sedona’s major red rock monoliths have come to be affectionately identified by names such as Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte, Submarine Rock, Coffeepot Rock and even Snoopy and Lucy of Peanuts fame. Some of these sites are said to be vortexes—sources of beneficial energy.
In addition to the draw of its inspiring landscape, Sedona appeals to visitors who want to hike, bike, horseback ride, or criss-cross the area in a bouncing Jeep and then enjoy the comfort of a deluxe hotel, country inn, bed and breakfast or resort at night. Indeed, this is the paradox and enchantment of Sedona: upscale accommodations, unique shops, inspiring art galleries and fine restaurants nestled in a rugged canyon surrounded by the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest. The forest encompasses seven intriguing wilderness areas adding to an extensive list of sightseeing and recreational options that includes state parks and national monuments. It is hardly a surprise that the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon is not only Arizona’s first officially designated scenic highway, it is the also first leg of the beautiful drive from Sedona to one of the world’s great wonders, Grand Canyon National Park.