Sedona is located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon in the spectacular Red Rock Country of Northern Arizona. It features breathtaking scenery, four delightfully mild seasons, clean air and water, and recreational activities for everyone. For nature lovers there are plenty of easy access hiking and mountain biking trails through the Red Rocks in the Coconino National Forest or perhaps it is a game of golf or a visit to one of the many outstanding art galleries offering exquisite examples of Southwest fine art. Sedona, Arizona is the perfect place to relax, shop or explore.
Sedona Arizona is truly a vacation destination to dream about. What started out as a small settlement in the late 1800’s has grown into a vibrant, culturally rich city with something to offer for everyone. Visitors and locals alike revel in the amazing natural beauty of the surrounding Coconino National Forest and its stunning red rocks. One sunset alone is enough to make you fall in love with Sedona forever.
There are three main areas to the city of Sedona, each one offering different views of the rock formations as well as accommodation options, services and amenities. The Village of Oak Creek is home to the powerful energy vortex, Bell Rock formation, the famous Tlaquepaque Mall and the Chapel of the Holy Cross just to name a few highlights. It is located on the southern tip of Sedona and is close to world class golf courses, dining and accommodation.
Uptown Sedona lies just to the north of Oak Creek along highway 89-A. The major retail centers of Sedona are located in plazas in Uptown Sedona as well as the Sedona Heritage Museum and one of the original farmsteads of the area. Also part of this region is the Sedona Arts Center. This non-profit organization was built so that artists could work and teach together.
West Sedona has experienced the most recent growth including the new Cultural Park and Visitor Center in 2000. This venue hosts a variety of annual events and special occasions under the stars as it is an open air style amphitheatre with the breathtaking backdrop of Chimney Rock and Coffee Pot Rock.
The natural beauty of Sedona makes it a visually stunning location to relax or to take up adventure. The rich cultural heritage that has been preserved and nurtured by the local population makes it a spiritually satisfying journey as well. Sedona is a unique combination of small town heart and soul and big city services, ensuring that the needs of all visitors are met.
HISTORY OF SEDONA
Archaeologists claim that Sedona’s history dates back approximately 10,000 years when the first settlers to the area, Native American cave dwellers, inhabited the caves in and around the Sedona area. The Hopi Indian’s, in a feat that is still marveled at today, grew corn, beans and squash in an area where only 15 to 20 inches of rain falls per year. Examples of the four- and five-story structures built by the Sinagua, Anasazi and Hohokam tribes, such as Montezuma’s Castle or the Casa Grande ruins, provide excellent examples of early life in the Sedona area. Why the last tribe disappeared around 500 years ago still remains a mystery to this day.
The first Europeans, a Spanish expedition in search of rich Indian mines, discovered the Sedona area in 1583. Sedona began as a small, remote ranching and farming settlement in 1876 when the first permanent settler, John James Thompson, squatted in Oak Creek Canyon. By the early 1900s, two dozen families lived in the settlement. In 1902, Theodore Schnelbly petitioned for a new postal station, and when approved, he named the new post office Sedona, after his wife.
SEDONA ARTS & CULTURE
Today, Sedona, Arizona has a population of approximately 15,000 with an estimated four million visitors enjoying its natural beauty and energy every year. One of Sedona’s more distinctive man-made attractions is the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Named for a picturesque suburb of Mexico’s Queen City, Guadalajara, and meaning “the best of everything”, the shopping center has become home to 40 unique shops filled with the works of local artisans and craftsmen. It is a unique blending of the old and the new, not unlike the city it resides in.
It is this blending of cultures, from the artistic works of Mother Nature 350 million years ago and the carved rock formations painted striking red to the first human beings, magnificent cave dwellings, humble homesteads and artistic tributes such as the Tlaquepaque shopping center that make Sedona the one-of-a-kind place it is known as. A visit to Sedona is an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.