Sedona is a an outdoor heaven
Surrounded 7,300 square km of national forest land, four wilderness areas and six state parks, this is a landscape built for adventure. Over 300 km of trails provide visitors instant access to recreational activities. Hikers amble and mountain bikers zoom through the labyrinth of stone towers. Jeeps rumble into the outback and ride across sandstone outcroppings. Hot air balloons lift off early each morning to greet the rising dawn. Helicopters swoop in and out of high- walled canyons. Golfers enjoy bent grass greens and rye fairways all year long. And stargazers marvel at the glittering blanket of heavenly bodies.
Are you interested in something mystical? Continue that path of renewal and rejuvenation among the array of spas that include luxurious resorts, comprehensive day spas and acclaimed massage schools. Try hot stone therapy, a chakra boost or an outdoor deep tissue massage on the banks of Oak Creek. Many spas use indigenous materials like red rock clay and local plants.
Art & Shopping
The dramatic setting and ever- changing light of Sedona have been a powerful lure
for creative types. It is an arts community of ruggedly individualistic expression, from cutting-edge contemporary to visionary, Native American to modern realism. Prowl galleries and retail shops that showcase the artistic diversity of Sedona. You’ll also find wearable art, home décor, garden accents, books, music, souvenirs and so much more.
Native America Culture
Sedona was regarded as sacred by its early inhabitants. The ancient ruins of Palatki and Honanki are both cliff dwellings of the Sinagua, ancestors of the Hopi, who lived in the region from 1100 AD to 1350 AD. The Sinagua are responsible for Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle National Monuments. Sitting on the banks of Beaver Creek, the V-Bar-V Heritage Site is the largest known collection of petroglyphs in the Verde Valley. A migration of the Sinagua began in the late 1300s, with families and groups moving away. By 1425, the villages were deserted. Reasons for their departure remain a mystery but warfare, drought and disease are a few of the theories suggested. It was about the same time that the Yavapai and Apache migrated into the region. The Yavapai, Apache, Hopi and other tribes continue to conduct rituals in and around the town. Native tours are offered through local tour companies. And Sedona’s art galleries carry a beautiful assortment of Native American jewelry, pottery, carvings, sculpture, rugs and more.
Wine & Dine
From casual cafes to white tablecloth dining rooms, health-conscious vegetarian to cowboy- style steakhouses, spicy Southwestern to elegant Italian, Sedona has emerged as a destination for lovers of fine food. Local fruit and produce, along with trout pulled from Oak Creek are menu mainstays. Varietals of grapes grow on lush hillsides producing fine Arizona wines, the perfect pairing for your meal. Sedona is meant to be savored.
Annual Festival & Special Events
Every season brings a different event, generally with an artistic or outdoorsy slant because those are Sedona specialties. Sedona International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious gatherings of cinephiles in the country. The National Day of the Cowboy event brings the Old West back to life. Other annual events include the Sedona Marathon, Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona Plein Air Festival and Sedona Winefest to name just a few.
For a full calendar of events, visit www.SedonaEvents.com.