Beauty Beyond Words
Sedona Arizona is world famous
for it's spectacular natural beauty. The soaring, majestic red sandstone formations that dominate the
area are truly inspiring to visitors and residents alike.
Sedona Arizona is situated at the mouth of Oak Creek
Canyon, which is also renowned for its natural beauty. Oak Creek
winds through the town of Sedona and the surrounding Red Rock country.
Sedona scene shows Red Rock Crossing below Cathedral Rock. It's
probably the single most photographed scene in the state.
sits at the lower end of Oak Creek Canyon, south of Flagstaff, high on the
side of the Verde Valley. The community
is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest.
Sedona is unique among the South of Flagstaff
communities. The weather, scenery, local character, geology, and some say
the harmonic vibrations of the earth here make it unique.
At 4500 feet in elevation and located above Arizona's desert
floor and just below the high country, the weather here is generally mild and
Sedona Arizona is the second most visited spot in the
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The Grand Canyon is the most visited place in Arizona. It's only a couple of hours
by car from the Grand Canyon to this beautiful Red Rock country, so its
easy to visit both in a single trip.
Visitors are attracted by the artisans, the shops, and
the world class resorts, as well as by the inspiring natural beauty.
There are many activities available here:
- Sightseeing by Jeep tours, hot air balloon flights,
horseback, hiking, and biking
- Art Galleries
- Dining and nightlife
- Fishing in Oak Creek
Arizona pictures are available here and at other websites. A short list of some of
those other sites and links are included.
Sedona Arizona History
The Sedona area and Oak Creek Canyon have been
inhabited for thousands of years. We know this by the artifacts and farming
plots they left behind.
Like many areas in the southwest, these
early native people vanished, abandoning their settlements for unknown
Indian Gardens in Oak Creek Canyon was one
of these areas. The native people had developed irrigation ditches to water the
land here, and in other plots along Oak Creek.
When American settlers began moving into the
area in the late 1800's, some of them reclaimed and expanded these plots. They
grew vegetables and established fruit orchards. Apples grew especially well
Theodore (Carl) and Sedona Schnebley
were farming here around 1900 . They established a small store to sell what they
were growing. This store became the focal point of the settlement.
When Schnebley applied to establish a Post
Office, the name that was chosen after some negotiations with postal
authorities was that of his wife.
This sleepy community was discovered by the
artist community and others beginning in the early 1950's. Until then it had
been a very small farming community, attracting fishermen and a few sightseers
along the way.
The area has grown mightily in the past
fifty-something years or so, but tries to preserve it's informal, "living
with nature" character.
What's New In Sedona
Chamber of Commerce publishes an information
and promotion piece called What's New In Sedona. Here is the latest
April 25, 2008
Excitement Continues At Goldenstein Gallery
Gallery in Uptown Sedona continues its multi-faceted
series The Profound Palette through May and June that
includes art, music, celebrity talks and artists in
May "the Profound Palette" explores the
depth and evocative quality of the paintings of
artists Karyl Bennett, Marilyn Bos, and famed designer
and author Lynette Jennings.
All are renowned for their moving pieces that
draw the audience in, almost enveloping them in a
located at 390 N. Hwy. 89A in uptown Sedona and is
open daily. Parking is available behind the gallery.
Restaurant Opens Its Doors At Sedona Center
should be in the case in any burger place worth its
salt, the familiar and mouthwatering smell of grilling
angus beef wafts out the door of the new Open Range
Grille & Tavern at Sinagua Plaza at Sedona Center,
tempting the taste buds of shoppers and those cruising
along Hwy 89A. The Grille, located in the spot
formerly occupied by Amara Cantina and Sports Bar,
opened its doors last week - gone is the Cantina's
Mexican menu, replaced with a casual selection of
salads, sandwiches, gourmet burgers and comfort food
entrees from the creative genius of Executive Chef
Ivan Flowers and Chef de Cuisine Kyle Evans, but the
magnificent floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views
of the Crimson Cliffs and Oak Creek Canyon are still
there, making the dining experience a feast for the
concept behind Open Range is one of delicious American
comfort food," says Chef Flowers. "The name
comes from the amazing view of the mountain ranges
from the dining room as well as the idea of an 'open
range' on creativity. You'll certainly want to pay
attention to the nightly specials."
restaurant is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m.
to 9 p.m. The bar is open until 10 p.m. during the
week and 11 p.m. on the weekend. For more information
please contact Michael Rock at (928) 340-8806.
Jam, a "Stomp" Rhythm and Dance Band to
Rock Sedona - A Hard Hat Hip Hop Event in the 179
kind of a community comes together in a wild
celebration of the very thing that drives them
crazy? That would be Sedona. Specifically a group of
forward-thinking, creative, artists that want to
transform the jack-hammering, pile-driving cacophony
of the Highway 179 construction into the hip, urban
sounds of Street Jam, a global "stomp"
rhythm and dance band that is exciting audiences
with their explosive energy and unique style.
Don't miss this rollicking afternoon of fun
for all ages, Friday,
May 30, 3 to 6 p.m.
It's a progressive
event starting at Tlaquepaque at 3:00 p.m., then moving to
Garland's/Hozho at 4:00 p.m. and finally arrive at
Hillside at 5:00 p.m.
free progressive street event inspired to bring the Sedona
community together-even in the midst of broken pavement and
heavy equipment-was the brainchild of an impromptu
association of sponsors: Tlaquepaque, Garlands Navajo Rugs,
Hozho Shopping Center, Hillside Sedona, and King's Ransom
Sedona Hotel and Comfort Inn. Thank them for bringing in the
Phoenix-area phenoms for the day.
Decked out in construction overalls and hardhats,
performers will rock Tlaquepaque, Gallery Row and Hillside
in a heart-pounding tribute to road construction. Bringing
together some of Arizona's best dancers, drummers,
gymnasts and martial artists, the performers of Street Jam
improvise, combine and support each other's
individuality to create a "jaw-dropping" jam.
For more information about
schedules and events, please contact Wendy at Tlaquepaque
(928) 282-4838 or Karen at Hillside (928) 282-4500.
Bluegrass Festival 2008 Features "Psychograss"
Music for your ears
and your soul! A fantastic sometimes whimsical
combination of the acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin,
bass and banjo. "It'll make you gasp one minute and
laugh out loud the next." -Mangos & Mandolins
festival also features Muskellunge
Brothers Barton, and Burnett
May 4, Noon to 6pm at Creekside at Los Abrigados Resort. Call
(928) 204-2415 or visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org
for more information.
Debut at Visitor Center
Sedona Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the
addition of three interactive Kiosks at our Visitor Center
located at 331 Forest Road. These internet Kiosks will
provide visitors yet another avenue for obtaining travel
information on the Sedona area.
Bureau Members listed on the kiosk are able to manage
their own listings and can update or change photos,
Kiosks are paperless so visitors cannot print out a
specific listing; however, visitors are able to send a
text message of the desired information from the Kiosk to
their PDA's within a matter of seconds.
on SR 179 Road Improvements
Sedona Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Sedona,
and the Arizona Department of Transportation are working
together in order to lessen impacts of the construction
along this very important two mile business corridor. The
Follow the Red
Rock Road campaign was developed through extensive
input from community partners, business owners, city
officials and chamber members. This fun, inventive
campaign is designed to help residents and visitors
navigate through the construction zone with ease.
personalized Javelina Guide characters
integrated website promotion
out the website for
- On the first Friday of each month, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm,
members of the Sedona
Gallery Association offer a unique monthly
showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art
events. These special art receptions give locals and
Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light
refreshments while beginning their weekends with an
exploration of Sedona's exciting art scene. For your
convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free
transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery.
Century Bike Tour - May 3.
Annual tour winds thru the beautiful scenery of
Sedona and Verde Valley offering three route
Annual Sedona Pin-Up Show,
May 2-4 at the Sedona Art Center.
of local artists' work; 2 and 3 dimensional.
(928) 282-3809 or www.SedonaArtsCenter.com.
Bluegrass Festival Activities - call (928) 204-2425 or
Time with Psychograss
BBQ & CONCERT
Friday Gallery Walk
guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo)
- registration required
Sedona Arizona's Red Rock Country is a place to visit often.
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