Sedona is one of the most popular vacation destinations. You’ll find world class shopping and dining and a natural environment that is one of the most unique on earth!
Sedona’s Vortexes-What’s a Vortex? To ancient Indian tribes, the red rock valley of Sedona was sacred land only to be used for special rites and ceremonies. Long ago, they established the locations of focused power, the vortexes. A vortex is considered a place of concentrated energy and may be either positively or negatively charged and is also considered masculine or feminine.
These ancient sites are visited daily and a number of the “vortexes” in the Sedona area are within an easy drive and a short walk. These concentrations of the earth’s power have inspired many a visitor’s spiritual Sedona experience. Nearby vortexes include Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Boyton Canyon, and Airport Mesa. Schedual a Shamanic Vortex Tour with Rebekah and Bear!
Hiking and Sightseeing
Whether you want to take a drive or park and hike or ride horseback on the trails, we’re sure you’ll find the views breathtaking. Within a short drive are some of the most spectacular red rock views you’ll ever see. If you’re a bit more adventurous, there are trails to suit those who would prefer a short walk along beautiful Oak Creek to all day climbs that take you 2300 feet up and 5.6 miles one way! No matter what your preference, you’re sure to find unmatched views of Sedona and Northern Arizona’s most majestic scenery memorable!
The location of Sedona
Sedona is located in the Upper Sonoran Desert of northern Arizona at an elevation of 4500 feet.
Uptown Sedona (the part in Coconino County) and West Sedona (the Yavapai County portion) form the City of Sedona. Originally founded in 1902, the town was incorporated into a city in January 1988. The Village of Oak Creek, despite its location seven miles (11 km) to the south and outside Sedona city limits, is a significant part of the community.
The city of Phoenix lies 114 miles to the south, Las Vegas is 278 miles to the northwest and Los Angles is 482 miles to the west. The Grand Canyon is 110 miles north of Sedona.
The geology of Sedona
The famous Red Rocks of Sedona are one of the most beautiful natural sites in the United States. Part of the eroding Mogollon Rim of the vast Colorado plateau.
Sedona’s canyon walls show nine layers of stone from different geological periods spanning hundreds of millions of years. There are six layers of sandstone, two thin layers of limestone and atop all of these, one igneous layer of basalt stone. The different sandstone and limestone layers were formed by wind blown sand dunes or mud deposited by inland seas. The red colors of some of the sandstone layers are the result of iron oxide staining the rocks over great periods of time. The uppermost igneous layer was deposited by volcanic eruptions 14.5 million years ago and once covered the entire Verde Valley several meters deep in lava.
The Verde Valley, meaning Green Valley, is so named because of the natural copper, appearing green when extracted from the ground, which had long been mined in the nearby hills and not because of the colors of local vegetation. The waters of Oak Creek come from the many natural springs along the course of the creek and not, as is commonly assumed, from melting snow of the nearby sacred mountain of Kachina Peak.
Interesting Facts about Sedona
At an elevation of 4,500 feet (1,372 m), Sedona has mild winters and hot summers. In January, the normal high temperature is 51 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 21. In July, the normal high temperature is 93 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 63. Annual precipitation is around 19 inches.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.2 km²), all of it land. As of 2009, Sedona’s population is 11,500 people. Sedona’s cost of living is 50% higher than the U.S. average. The cities ethnic mix is 91% Caucasian, 1.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% and African American, 5.5%.
The major Industries in Sedona are tourism and hospitality, recreation, retail shopping and art galleries.
Sedona’s main attraction is its stunning array of red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks of Sedona. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The Red Rocks form a breathtaking backdrop for everything from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Among the rock formations is one that closely resembles the character Snoopy (from the popular Peanuts comic strip) lying on top of his doghouse. Another nearby rock is said to resemble Lucy, also from Peanuts. Other landmark rock formations include Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Chimney Rock, Courthouse Butte, the Mittens, the Cow Pies, and the Rabbit Ears.