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Sedona Arizona
Beauty Beyond Words


Sedona Arizona


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.

This Sedona scene shows Red Rock Crossing below Cathedral Rock. It's probably the single most photographed scene in the state.

Sedona 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 Arizona

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 sunny.

Sedona Arizona is the second most visited spot in the state. Try this link if you're looking for a place to stay in Sedona.

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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
  • Shopping
  • Dining and nightlife
  • Golf
  • Fishing in Oak Creek

Sedona 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 reasons.

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.Sedona Arizona

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 here.

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

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce publishes an information and promotion piece called What's New In Sedona. Here is the latest edition...




April 25, 2008

Sedona News

The Excitement Continues At Goldenstein Gallery


Goldenstein 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 residence.


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 different world.                                              


Goldenstein Gallery  is located at 390 N. Hwy. 89A in uptown Sedona and is open daily. Parking is available behind the gallery.


New Restaurant Opens Its Doors At Sedona Center


As 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 senses.


"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."


The 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.


Street Jam, a "Stomp" Rhythm and Dance Band to Rock Sedona - A Hard Hat Hip Hop Event in the 179 Gallery District!


What 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.


The 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.


Sedona 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


The festival also features Muskellunge Bluegrass, The Brothers Barton, and Burnett Family Bluegrass,


Sunday, May 4, Noon to 6pm at Creekside at Los Abrigados Resort. Call (928) 204-2415 or visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org  for more information.


Kiosks Debut at Visitor Center


The 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.

Tourism Bureau Members listed on the kiosk are able to manage their own listings and can update or change photos, specials, etc.


The 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.


Update on SR 179 Road Improvements


The 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. 


Campaign components include: 

  • Seven personalized Javelina Guide characters
  • Brochure/map,
  • Scavenger hunt,
  • Consistent signage,
  • Fully integrated website promotion



Check out the website for more information.


Upcoming Events


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1st Friday - 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.
Sedona Century Bike Tour - May 3.

9th Annual tour winds thru the beautiful scenery of Sedona and Verde Valley offering three route choices. www.sedonacentury.com.


3rd Annual Sedona Pin-Up Show, May 2-4 at the Sedona Art Center.

Hundreds of local artists' work; 2 and 3 dimensional. (928) 282-3809 or www.SedonaArtsCenter.com.

ADDITIONAL Bluegrass Festival Activities - call (928) 204-2425 or visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org


April 30

Free Informance w/Psychograss



May 1 

Prime Time with Psychograss




May 2 

First Friday Gallery Walk

Burnett Family Bluegrass



May 3

Psychograss Workshops

(fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo)

1:00-3:00pm - registration required




Sedona Arizona's Red Rock Country is a place to visit often.

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