Sedona, a mecca to artists, outdoorsmen and those on a spiritual quest, lies south of Flagstaff, boasting an array of brilliant red and orange sandstone formations. The awe striking natural formations that surround the land beckon to travelers seeking a serene place for recreation and introspection. I’ve only been there once. I long to return.
My days in Sedona were spent visiting only a handful of the artists’ studios that abound. I think one of my favorite sights was the local McDonalds. No golden arches here. In Sedona they boast turquoise arches. After some galleries, we traveled to Chapel of the Holy Cross. A drive up the winding road to the top for a tour and the grandiose view is definitely a must if you’re in the area. A trip to Oak Creek Canyon, once I could drag myself away, led us north to Flagstaff, where we still encountered some snow in patches, although it was April.
According to Wikipedia, “The first Anglo settler, John J. Thompson, moved to Oak Creek Canyon in 1876. The early settlers were farmers and ranchers. Oak Creek Canyon was well known for its peach and apple orchards. In 1902, when the Sedona post office was established, there were 55 residents. In the mid-1950s, the first telephone directory listed 155 names. Some parts of the Sedona area were not electrified until the 1960s.”
There’s definitely more than 55 residents now. Wikipedia reports that “Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness.”
If you make a trip to Sedona, and I definitely recommend a March or April trip as opposed to an August visit, be sure to check out some of these locations.
Oak Creek Canyon: a breathtaking 14 mile scenic tour between Sedona and Flagstaff
Chapel of the Holy Cross:
Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness