Sedona is surrounded by natural beauty and blessed with an ideal climate, making it one of Arizona’s most popular destinations. Sedona is the heart of the magnificent Red Rock Country, known for it’s colorful and unique rock formations. Visitors who are drawn to this scenic area to enjoy it’s many attractions, often find themselves desiring to make Sedona home.
Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon in Northern Arizona, Sedona is renowned for its stunning red rock buttes and monoliths, as well as its surrounding lush forests. Sedona is located in both Coconino and Yavapai Counties and is completely surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Sedona has become a center for traditional and contemporary arts and offers a variety of galleries, boutiques and specialty shops. It is an upscale retirement and tourism community, because it is the jumping off place for tours of the Red Rocks region.
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 1902, 20 families lived in the settlement and a postal station was petitioned for by Theodore Schnebly. The petition was granted and Schnebly named the new post office in honor of his wife, Sedona. The remote agricultural community was well-known for the quality of its fruit, especially the abundant apples. But as the scenic wonders and sites of Sedona became known, tourism surpassed agriculture in economic importance.
The climate for Sedona is high desert with four mild seasons. The weather in Sedona is delightful! It is warmer than Flagstaff and cooler than Phoenix. Sedona’s average annual rainfall is 17.15 (precipitation) inches per year. Sedona average temperature in the “winter” is 59 high and 29.7 low;”summer” temperatures are as high as 100 and 65 low degrees F.
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Slide Rock State Park- located 8 miles north of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon. Mother Nature’s natural water slide will make a big splash with the kids! (928-282-3034)
Red Rock State Park- on Lower Red Rock Loop Road off of W. Hwy 89A. Established as a center for environmental education, the 286 acre park is surrounded by red rocks (928-282-6907)
Red Rock Crossing/ Crescent Moon Ranch- take W. Hwy 89A to Upper Red Rock Loop Road to one of the most photographed scenes in the U.S. Picnic tables available but no overnight camping. Fee Required.
Chapel of the Holy Cross- about 3 miles south of the ‘Y’ (the stop light at the intersection of Hwy 89A and 179). A shrine of intriguing contemporary architecture built into the red rocks in 1956
Honanki- From the ‘Y’ in Sedona, go 9 miles west on Hwy 89A to FR 525. Turn right on FR 525 (dirt road) and follow approximately 10 miles to Honanki. Sinagua ruin and rock art site situated in the red rock cliffs at the base of Loy Butte. Fee Required.
Jerome- 37 miles southwest of Sedona, take a trip back in history to the old mining town perched high on Cleopatra Hill. State Historic Park recounts the mining history so important to Arizona. (928-634-2900)
Grand Canyon- the South Rim is only a 2 hour drive from Sedona, or for a special treat, take a turn of the century historic train from Williams to the park. (800-843-8724)
Artists and art lovers flock to this cultural center where one can view exhibits, purchase works from local artists or partake in educational courses. Address: 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona Phone: 928 282 3809
The week long festival features more than 125 films, including features, documentaries, shorts and animation. Filmmakers and audiences from around the world have heralded Sedona’s festival as one of their favorites. A wide variety of workshops bring Academy Award-winning, industry professionals to Sedona to teach, inspire and share their knowledge with the next generation of filmmakers.
Chamber music was originally written by the world’s greatest composers for themselves and their friends. It was often performed in homes or small venues that complemented the intimate nature of the music. Chamber Music Sedona now brings this magical music to our beautiful red rock home, inviting some of the world’s foremost performers to bring friends, family and community together with their gift of outstanding musical performances.
Sedona’s arts and events community welcomes you to experience a superb blending of the creative arts and fun-filled events of all types that take place amidst the inspiring wonders of Sedona’s vistas, canyons, forests and wildlife. Sedona is well known as one of the most beautiful places in America. The Sedona Events Alliance unites local event organizers to get the word out on Sedona as a premier arts, festival and incredible host of events destination to visitors and to the residents of our community.
Javelina Leap is a 10 acre estate vineyard set, with a fully equipped winery and tasting room. Rod & Cynthia Snapp make superlative handcrafted wine one ton at a time, with extreme care and attention to the smallest of details.
At Page Springs Cellars, our goal is to create delicious wines that express the unique character of our landscape. We trust that our wines and winemaking convey our philosophies concerning family, education and living life to its fullest.
Deb Wahl, owner of Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery, has heard many times that “good wines grows on gentle slopes with a river nearby” this is why her vineyard is located near beautiful Sedona, across from Oak Creek. In the higher elevations of the property, they grow Syrah & Merlot and in the lower portions they produce Zinfandel and Chardonnay. There is great sun exposure and currently they have approximately 4,000 plants on just ten acres. They produce full-bodied flavorful reds and lean whites in small batches, giving individual attention to each barrel.
Visit this recreated Mexican village and find delicious restaurants plus galleries and stores that feature local crafts and works of art. Address: PO Box 1868, Sedona, Arizona Phone: 520-282-4838
Sedona premiere shopping and dining destination, offering the area fine dining, galleries, boutiques, jewelry and specialty shops.
An endless amount of possibilities await you at Sedona Shops & Plazas. Most of Sedona’s shopping plazas offer a variety of art galleries, casual and fine dining restaurants, boutique clothing shops, jewelry stores, Native American arts and crafts, and of course, memorable Sedona souvenirs.
No other Sedona golf course provides a better combination of jaw-dropping splendor and exceptional challenge than the acclaimed Sedona Golf Resort. Located in the heart of one of the most captivating regions of the Southwest, the thrilling 6,646-yard, par – 71 course is widely considered among the world’s most unforgettable golf experiences. Winding around the famed red rocks of Sedona, each hole provides a unique adventure. No wonder this championship Sedona golf course receives a continuous four-star rating from Golf Digest.
This Sedona, Arizona golf course is a traditional layout similar to those that you may find in the midwestern United States. In the usual Trent Jones manner, the fairways are classic tree lined doglegs with fairway bunkers strategically placed in the landing areas, and the greens are all slightly elevated and surrounded with large swirling greenside bunkers. The golf course is “player friendly”, allowing plenty of room for error but always with an opportunity to recover and get errant shots back into play.
A nine-hole executive gem that caters to every type of golfer, Canyon Mesa provides the perfect recreational complement to the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. Canyon Mesa is also the best public golf value in Sedona. Tucked quaintly away in a corner of the Village of Oak Creek, Canyon Mesa is ideal for novices and yet challenging enough for the more experienced. Due to its short length — it averages just 140 yards a hole from the white tees — Canyon Mesa is perfect for those just learning the game.
The Tom Weiskopf design has been acclaimed as one of America’s 50 Greatest Golf Retreats by Golf Digest Index, rated one of the Best Residential Golf Courses and one of the Top 100 Modern Courses by Golfweek Magazine. Golf information: 928.203.2001