Sedona is a community of diverse cultures and
interests. Recently named by American Styles Magazine as one of five top
art destinations by polled readers, Sedona has evolved from a small
agricultural community into an artists sanctuary and tourists dream. Four
major regions offer significant contributions to Greater Sedona. You'll
find lovely accommodations and year-round comfort with more than 40
galleries, unique shops and countless attractions. Four visitors centers
are offered at each gateway which feature maps and local information.
The Village of Oak Creek
Located on the Southernmost end of Sedona is the Village of Oak Creek, which offers premier galleries, shops and a superb shopping experience at the charming Tlaquepaque, a recreated Mexican Village. Galleries and shops nearby offer alternative browsing and spiritual enlightenment. Find the Sedona Golf Resort with fine dining at the Grill at Shadow Rock. This area is also called the Chapel area, due to the proximity to the ascetic Chapel of the Holy Cross, designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Village area offers upscale dining, golf, tennis, shopping and accommodations including the Poco Diablo Resort, the suites at DoubleTree and Wildflower Inn.
The fiery-hued rock formations you'll find in this area include the famous Bell Rock, with its energy vortex, the wonderful Courthouse Butte and adjacent to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the stately Two Nuns formation.
Drink in fresh air and experience elevating surroundings while you continue up Highway 179 toward Sedona proper. Look all around you, at the fabulous colors, shapes and forms of the Submarine Rock, Elephant Rock and the easily identifiable reclining Snoopy Rock. At the "Y" junction of highways 179 and 89A, you'll find fuel for the vehicle, a stoplight and a Visitor Center nearby.
Turn right onto Highway 89A, and you're headed to Uptown Sedona. There are shops located in a major retail plaza along the highway that are convenient and within easy walking distance. Native American arts, jewelry and accessories are featured, as well as top-notch Southwestern clothing.
Rich in culture, the Uptown area offers the Sedona Arts Center, which includes a school and gallery, with juried works exhibited by various artists. Theatrical productions are also produced here, home to the professional Oak Creek Theatre Company. Next, pay a visit to the Sedona Heritage Museum, the original farmstead of one of Sedonas founding families, the Jordans. Exhibits include written narratives, vintage orchard equipment and photographs, which depict the areas early history.
Outstanding accommodations in hotels and intimate bed & breakfasts are offered in Uptown. These include the European-style L'Auberge de Sedona. Rattlesnake sausage and a Pink Lizard to wash it down is featured at the nearby Cowboy Club.
Oak Creek Canyon
Follow Highway 89A North through one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America, as noted by Rand-McNally. The tree-lined canyon offers quiet austerity and invokes self-reflection as you meander through it. Particularly beautiful after a rain, tiny waterfalls race down canyon walls enveloped in mist.
Many secluded spots here offer sanctuary and quiet rooms, with space to relieve your mind of daily stresses and anxiety. Creekside is a wonderful and romantic honeymooning space to revel in love and dream of the future. Find charming accommodations at locations like the Junipine Resort, with its rustic yet appealing Junipine Cafe.
Hiking and fishing are two favorite pastimes at Oak Creek. Bring your fishing license during the warm months when the creek is well stocked. Take a seat on the sun-warmed rocks and contemplate in the satisfying natural world.
Dappled sunlight reflects on the water at natures playground at Slide Rock State Park. Bring your camera as children at play frolic down the 30-foot natural rock slide. Easy hiking surrounds the area; wear comfortable shoes with plenty of traction because the path is often slippery.
Camping is also offered in the Canyon, on a first-come basis. Single fee units in six areas are highly popular during the summer because many Phoenix residents arrive to escape the scorching heat.
If you follow Highway 89A north, you'll eventually see Steamboat Rock and arrive in Flagstaff, which features the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world. Just a few miles West of Flagstaff, off I-40, you'll find skiing and the original Route 66 running through the charming town of Williams. This is also the town where you catch the train to see the Grand Canyon National Park for a scenic day trip.
Wind your way back down Highway 89A through the switchbacks and Canyon to the "Y" junction at Highway 179 in downtown Sedona. Travel straight through this intersection to enjoy the many faces of Sedonas West side. You'll find interesting shops, fine dining including Fournos Restaurant, grocery stores and quaint bed & breakfasts like the Lantern Light Inn.
Sedonas airport is located on the West side, offering activities like barnstorming the canyon at the Red Rock Biplane Tours, or rise to meet the red monoliths in an aircraft from AeroVista. Another powerful vortex is located near the airport.
Growing by leaps and bounds, this area has acquired a beautiful new Cultural Park and Visitor Center, which opened in the Summer of 2000. Featured at the hub of the parks 50 acres is the new Georgia Frontiere Performing Arts Pavilion. Home to the annual Jazz on the Rocks concert in September, and the Sedona Ecofest benefit event in October, this ampitheatre features unique openwork architecture.
From this vantage point, enjoy panoramic Northern views of the Cockscomb, Chimney Rock, and the majestic Coffee Pot Rock. Superior photo ops are not to be missed, so drag out that camera again and be ready! Nearby interpretive signs along paths and hiking trails are available to nature lovers, as well as picnic tables and ramadas. Loads of information on the red rock region is waiting inside the Visitor Center facility. Further up to Boynton Canyon, find the exquisite accommodation at the Enchantment Resort.
Drive a little further west, then head south down the Upper Red Rock Loop Road for a satisfying journey into the Red Rock State Park. If you'd prefer a nice paved road, take the Lower Red Rock Loop Road which is located a little further west and doubles back. Red Rock Parks fee area offers a picnic retreat at Red Rock Crossing, but there are no overnight camping facilities. A popular bed & breakfast is not far away, at the Cathedral Rock B & B. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Cathedral Rock and feel the energy which flows from another vortex.
Continue westward on Highway 89A toward Clarkdale, this area offers opportunities to study ancient rock art at several sites. Pueblo ruins at Palatki and Honanki are closest to Sedona, and a little further out you'll discover Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale.
If you have some leisure time, be sure and hop on the wilderness train at Clarkdale for an enjoyable journey by rail through red-laced canyons. Jerome, which offers more ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument and Cottonwood, which offers an historic area. Originally mining towns, these towns are now a hub for artists and tourists. Jerome offers unusual charm, with shops and homes built on the sharp incline of a slowly sliding mountain slope.
South of Sedona off I-17 you'll find Rimrock and Lake Montezuma. Attractions include the Yavapai-Apaches Cliff Castle Casino as well as ancient cliff dwellings nearby at Montezumas Castle and Well. There is a visitors center at Montezumas Castle with visual exhibits and interpretive trails. Play a relaxing round of golf and a bite to eat at the Beaver Creek Golf Resort in Rimrock.
Sunsets in the red rock region glow with unearthly hues and may be enjoyed from all of Sedonas vantage points. If you leave the place an altered spirit, know that you may return.
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