Ablaze in crimson and magic, the Red Rock formations of Sedona are north Arizona's passionate celebration of life.
The breathtaking beauty of Sedona so captivated architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who reportedly said, "Nothing should ever be built here."
Perched at 4,350 feet, Sedona features rich red sandstone buttes and monoliths. Located in the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon, in Coconino and Yavapai Counties about 125 miles north of Phoenix, the haven is completely surrounded by the lush Coconino National Forest. At sunset, the mountains catch fire with reflected glow.
"Mountains," said Nathaniel Hawthorne, "are earth’s undying monuments."
Named for Sedona Schnebly, one of the community's first Dutch settlers, Sedona is a noted spiritual hot spot. Bell Rock, Table Top Mountain, Cathedral Rock, and Boynton Canyon are energy vortexes. The spiritual pull is palatable with reported "power points"--concentrated life spirals that enhance well-being and feed creativity.
USA Today called Sedona the most beautiful place in America.
"Red Rock Country is big enough to take your breath away. Steal your heart. Capture your imagination," wrote Kathleen Bryant in Arizona Highway (9/03).
For years Hollywood has captured the unique red splendor in Westerns--John Wayne's Angel and the Badman (1947) and Jimmy Stewart's Broken Arrow (1950) are just two classics.
Artists have soaked in priceless knowledge and inspiration. Nature delights in Sedona.
As British scientist John Lubbock observed: "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
Find the magic that's around you.