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SEDONA, AZ

SEDONA
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Sedona, AZ

A Land of Beauty & Contrast

Red rock pillars rise to the heavens, sandstone mesas beckon you to climb their smooth surface & the refreshing waters of Oak Creek rush by in an ever changing dance.

In this land of heart and healing you will find peace in the forests, invigorating energy in the streams, and a sense of the mystery in long lost paths that weave through red rock canyons.

The real gems of Sedona are hidden off the beaten path and the more you explore, the more you come to know the secrets of this sacred land. Come journey with me. You will not be disappointed!

I make the two-hour drive from Phoenix to Sedona as often as I can. This land will heal your heart and soul, inspire you, nurture you, and uplift you. If nature is not enough, you can enjoy fantastic adventures, amazing food, incredible art, intuitives, healers, massage therapists, and so much more.

While there are far more comprehensive guides to Sedona on the web, these pages are personal. They contain my favorite hikes, special places, restaurants, healers, tales of adventure, heavenly music, and more.

To me, Sedona truly is a little bit of heaven on earth. I am delighted to share the magic with you.

With much love,

Ann Albers

BEAUTIFUL HIKES

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Bell Rock

Bell Rock – Hike up a vortex that will really get your energy pumping. There’s an easy trail on Bell rock for the casual hiker, but I’ll also tell you how to get to the top. At sunset you see the rocks glow a brilliant red, and in the moon and starlight this becomes another world.  Bell is an activating vortex and a great place to stimulate creative thinking. I use it as my outdoor office!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Boynton Canyon

Boynton Canyon – Hike through manzanita and scrub brush before entering a charming forest nestled between red rock canyon walls. Continue all the way back into the majestic box canyon, or stop by the ruins earlier in the hike for a climbing adventure. Boynton is a cleansing and purifying vortex and one of my favorite hikes.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock – Breathtaking! This climb will bring you to a narrow saddle with incredible views. At sunset the landscape becomes surreal with the waning light creating a crimson glow on the rocks. For an invigorating hike, try the climb at sunrise and greet the new day in prayer. You’ll be rewarded with a sense of the sacred.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Devils Bridge

Devil’s Bridge – Take a long hike on a dirt road which leads you to a short beautiful trail. Wind through a forest of manzanita, climb a short but steep ascent and you’ll find yourself in awe of the large natural bridge formed out of the red rock. Make sure you find someone to photograph you on the bridge!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Doe Mountain

Doe Mountain – A moderate climb takes to you a mesa with 360 degree red rock views and scenic panoramas.  Doe Mountain is perfect for an early morning or afternoon hike because you can see both sunrise or sunset over Sedona.  It is also a little off the beaten path so its rarely overcrowded.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Fay Canyon

Fay Canyon – You’ll feel like you’ve entered an enchanted forest as you hike past juniper, cypress, and pine trees nestled in a deep red rock canyon. The red sandy path wanders past dry stream beds and offers side trips up the cliff side with spectacular views. Alternately you can head to the back of the canyon and make your way to a perch above the pines.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Long Canyon

Long Canyon – The name says it all. You’ll walk through manzanita bushes and scrub brush until you find yourself entering a forest of cypress and juniper. If you continue for awhile, you’ll be blessed with large ponderosa pines and a diverse forest that grows between towering red cliffs. Gorgeous, but… long!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing – This is an entire park – beautiful, easy to access with leisurely trails, swimming, sunsets, and a great picnic spot. What more can I say? Bring the camera, and if you come in the summertime come early as the parking lot fills up quickly.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Secret Canyon

Secret Canyon – If you want to be alone in the wilderness, try Secret Canyon. You’ll hike into the back country past red rock vistas deep into a secret canyon. Here you will wander through a beautiful forest along a usually low or dry stream bed. The picture is from above. You’ll be walking down in the forest.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Soldier Pass Arches

Soldier Pass Arches & Seven Sacred Pools – This hike is a winding, exposed trek over red rock washes. Beautiful! You’ll pass Devil’s Kitchen, a huge sinkhole, and then wander through the shorter trees until you reach the climb to the arches. The arches are fun to explore, but be careful when climbing!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Sterling Pass

Sterling Pass – Take a steep ascent from Oak Creek Canyon up to the ridge where you can then return or continue back down the other side to Vultee Arch. This trail wanders through a peaceful burnt ponderosa forest ripe with new vegetation. Enjoy stunning views of the red rock, just 10-15 minutes from the top!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Vultee Arch

Vultee Arch – Hike through a pretty and peaceful forest back to a view of the naturally formed Vultee Arch. Enjoy towering ponderosa pines and miniature oak trees. Vultee requires a bumpy drive in, but is a relatively easy walk in the woods from the trailhead. Alternately you can climb up and down steep Sterling Pass.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Westfork

Westfork – Wander three miles into a deep red rock canyon, periodically crossing the stream and pausing to take in the serene beauty of the forest. You’ll hike past ferns, wildflowers, ponderosa, miniature oaks, maples, and a whole host of other vegetation. One of Sedona’s most popular hikes, this is my heaven.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Wilson Mountain

Wilson Mountain – If you want a strenuous but rewarding hike, try Wilson. You’ll climb steadily through exposed desert to a saddle and then begin an ascent through a beautiful forest. At the top you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Oak Creek canyon.  This trail is most enjoyable in the Spring and Fall.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Bell Rock

Bell Rock – Hike up a vortex that will get your energy flowing. There’s an easy trail for the casual hiker, but I’ll also tell you how to get to the top. At sunset the rocks glow a brilliant red. In the moon and starlight this becomes another world.  Bell is an activating vortex and a great place to stimulate creative thinking. I use it as my outdoor office!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Boynton Canyon

Boynton Canyon – Hike through manzanita and scrub brush before entering a charming forest nestled between red rock canyon walls. Continue all the way back into the majestic box canyon, or stop by the ruins earlier in the hike for a climbing adventure. Boynton is a cleansing and purifying vortex and one of my favorite hikes.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock – Breathtaking! This climb will bring you to a narrow saddle with incredible views. At sunset the landscape becomes surreal with the waning light creating a crimson glow on the rocks. For an invigorating hike, try the climb at sunrise and greet the new day in prayer. You’ll be rewarded with a sense of the sacred.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Devils Bridge

Devil’s Bridge – Take a long hike on a dirt road which leads you to a short beautiful trail. Wind through a forest of manzanita, climb a short but steep ascent and you’ll find yourself in awe of the large natural bridge formed out of the red rock. Make sure you find someone to photograph you on the bridge!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Doe Mountain

Doe Mountain – A moderate climb takes to you a mesa with 360 degree red rock views and scenic panoramas.  Doe Mountain is perfect for an early morning or afternoon hike because you can see both sunrise or sunset over Sedona.  It is also a little off the beaten path so its rarely overcrowded.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Fay Canyon

Fay Canyon – You’ll feel like you’ve entered an enchanted forest as you hike past juniper, cypress, and pine trees nestled in a deep red rock canyon. The red sandy path wanders past dry stream beds and offers side trips up the cliff side with spectacular views. Alternately you can head to the back of the canyon and make your way to a perch above the pines.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Long Canyon

Long Canyon – The name says it all. You’ll walk through manzanita bushes and scrub brush until you find yourself entering a forest of cypress and juniper. If you continue for awhile, you’ll be blessed with large ponderosa pines and a diverse forest that grows between towering red cliffs. Gorgeous, but… long!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing – This is an entire park – beautiful, easy to access with leisurely trails, swimming, sunsets, and a great picnic spot. What more can I say? Bring the camera, and if you come in the summertime come early as the parking lot fills up quickly.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Secret Canyon

Secret Canyon – If you want to be alone in the wilderness, try Secret Canyon. You’ll hike into the back country past red rock vistas deep into a secret canyon. Here you will wander through a beautiful forest along a usually low or dry stream bed. The picture is from above. You’ll be walking down in the forest.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Soldier Pass Arches

Soldier Pass Arches & Seven Sacred Pools – This hike is a winding, exposed trek over red rock washes. Beautiful! You’ll pass Devil’s Kitchen, a huge sinkhole, and then wander through the shorter trees until you reach the climb to the arches. The arches are fun to explore, but be careful when climbing!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Sterling Pass

Sterling Pass – Take a steep ascent from Oak Creek Canyon up to the ridge where you can then return or continue back down the other side to Vultee Arch. This trail wanders through a peaceful burnt ponderosa forest ripe with new vegetation. Enjoy stunning views of the red rock, just 10-15 minutes from the top!

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Vultee Arch

Vultee Arch – Hike through a pretty and peaceful forest back to a view of the naturally formed Vultee Arch. Enjoy towering ponderosa pines and miniature oak trees. Vultee requires a bumpy drive in, but is a relatively easy walk in the woods from the trailhead. Alternately you can climb up and down steep Sterling Pass.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Westfork

Westfork – Wander three miles into a deep red rock canyon, periodically crossing the stream and pausing to take in the serene beauty of the forest. You’ll hike past ferns, wildflowers, ponderosa, miniature oaks, maples, and a whole host of other vegetation. One of Sedona’s most popular hikes, this is my heaven.

Sedona, Arizona - Hike Wilson Mountain

Wilson Mountain – If you want a strenuous but rewarding hike, try Wilson. You’ll climb steadily through exposed desert to a saddle and then begin an ascent through a beautiful forest. At the top you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Oak Creek canyon.  This trail is most enjoyable in the Spring and Fall.

BEST SUNSETS

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset on Airport Mesa

Airport Mesa – The most popular spot in town for sunset gazing, there is ample parking and an easy viewing area at the top. Alternately, you can take a short hike, sit on a vortex and watch the sunset, then stay to see the stars appear while the energy really begins to hum. Shut your eyes and you may have visions here.

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset on Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock – A steady uphill climb for the intermediate to intrepid hiker offers spectacular views of the sunset against the red rock cliffs. Watch from a narrow saddle as the red rocks glow orange and then fade as the starts begin to twinkle. If it is a full moon you might just get a moonrise too.

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset on Bell Rock

Bell Rock – In addition to being a beautiful place for an easy hike, Bell Rock also offers magical views of the changing lights on the red rock during sunset. This is a stunning spot to catch natural vistas as the day melts into night. If you’re lucky enough to be here on a full moon night, bring a flashlight and a blanket and stay until the stars come out.

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset at Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing – This is the iconic Sedona photo spot. On a good night professional photographers line up to capture the view of Cathedral Rock in the setting sun reflecting on the water.  An easy walk along the creek offers various swimming holes, views, and places to sit and sip a glass of wine if you are so inclined.

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset at Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing – This is the iconic Sedona photo spot. On a good night professional photographers line up to capture the view of Cathedral Rock in the setting sun reflecting on the water.  An easy walk along the creek offers various swimming holes, views, and places to sit and sip a glass of wine if you are so inclined.

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset on Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock – A steady uphill climb for the intermediate to intrepid hiker offers spectacular views of the sunset against the red rock cliffs. Watch from a narrow saddle as the red rocks glow orange and then fade as the starts begin to twinkle. If it is a full moon you might just get a moonrise too.

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset on Bell Rock

Bell Rock – Bell Rock offers magical views of the changing lights on the red rocks during sunset. This is a stunning spot to catch natural vistas as the day melts into night. If you’re lucky enough to be here on a full moon night, bring a flashlight and a blanket and stay until the stars come out.

Sedona, Arizona - Sunset on Airport Mesa

Airport Mesa – Airport Mesa is the most popular spot in town for sunset gazing. An easy drive leads to ample parking. Just hop out of your car and walk across the street to the viewing area.  Alternately, park halfway up the hill, take a short hike, and sit on the vortex while you watch the sunset. If you don’t mind a climb down in the fading light, stay to see the stars appear and feel the energy begin to hum. Shut your eyes here, and you just may have visions.

REFRESHING SWIMMING HOLES

Sedona, Arizona - Swim in Oak Creek

Oak Creek Canyon – Oak Creek canyon is beautiful! Swimming holes and wading places are plentiful. Take a picnic lunch and pull off the side of the road. Bring a towel and a book and bliss out in peaceful nature.

Sedona, Arizona - Swim at Grasshopper Point

Grasshopper Point – Wade, swim, or enjoy an exciting leap off the red rock cliffs into an emerald pool.  For a more peaceful experience, walk down stream, sit with your feet in the water, and watch the bubbles caress your toes!

Sedona, Arizona - Swim at Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing Park – Beautiful, easy to access, and a great picnic spot with numerous swimming holes, gorgeous vistas, and plenty of places to float or relax. Bring the camera and plan to stay awhile.

Sedona, Arizona - Swim at Slide Rock

Slide Rock State Park – Oh so much fun! Wear sturdy old clothes, hop in the water, and watch yourself go down the natural rock waterslide! You’ll find swimming holes, hiking without trails, and lots of fun in the water and sun.  Plan to arrive early in the Summer. The parking lot fills up quickly.

Sedona, Arizona - Swim in Oak Creek

Oak Creek Canyon – Oak Creek canyon is beautiful! Swimming holes and wading places are plentiful. Take a picnic lunch and pull off the side of the road. Bring a towel and a book and bliss out in peaceful nature.

Sedona, Arizona - Swim at Grasshopper Point

Grasshopper Point – Wade, swim, or enjoy an exciting leap off the red rock cliffs into an emerald pool.  For a more peaceful experience, walk down stream, sit with your feet in the water, and watch the bubbles caress your toes!

Sedona, Arizona - Swim at Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing Park – Beautiful, easy to access, and a great picnic spot with numerous swimming holes, gorgeous vistas, and plenty of places to float or relax. Bring the camera and plan to stay awhile.

Sedona, Arizona - Swim at Slide Rock

Slide Rock State Park – Oh so much fun! Wear sturdy old clothes, hop in the water, and watch yourself go down the natural rock waterslide! You’ll find swimming holes, hiking without trails, and lots of fun in the water and sun.  Plan to arrive early in the Summer. The parking lot fills up quickly.

SPECIAL PLACES

Sedona, Arizona - Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross – The Chapel is a Sedona landmark. Non-denominational and open to the public, it offers stunning vistas, and a refuge from the busy world. Visit when you need peace, solace, or connection to a higher power.

Sedona, Arizona - Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle – On the way to Sedona from Phoenix, take a short side trip to these beautifully preserved Sinagua cliff dwellings to learn more about the early native cultures in the area. This is also a great place for a field trip!

Sedona, Arizona - Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well – Believed to be a sinkhole, the well is lined with cliff dwellings. Enjoy culture, history, and learn about native plants. Walk down a brief trail to the spring where the water temperature remains constant all year.

Sedona, Arizona - Honanki Heritage Site

Honanki Heritage Site – Off the beaten path, the Honanki ruins feel silent and sacred. The early Sinagua dwellings and petroglyphs remain well-preserved. Tread lightly and do not touch the markings on the wall.

Sedona, Arizona - Palatki Heritage Site

Palatki Heritage Site – Easy trails lead you to a gathering of well-preserved Sinagua ruins and a stunning collection  of pictographs. Mystical. The park rangers are friendly and very informative. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Sedona, Arizona - V Bar V Heritage Site

V Bar Heritage Site – Not far outside of Sedona this site offers one of the largest collections of petroglyphs in the area, left by the ancient Sinaguan cultures.  Guided tours are provided. Check weather and visiting hours.

Sedona, Arizona - Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park – A stupa is a sacred place created as a gift to the world and filled with blessed objects that contain prayers, positive intentions, and energy for mankind. Visit to meditate, pray, or simply be at peace.

Sedona, Arizona - Rachel's Knoll

Rachel’s Knoll – Created by a visionary woman who felt the energy of the land and wanted to share her property with humanity for the purpose of meditation and inspiration. Visit for peace, solace, and silence.

Sedona, Arizona - Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross – The Chapel is a Sedona landmark. Non-denominational and open to the public, it offers stunning vistas, and a refuge from the busy world. Visit when you need peace, solace, or connection to a higher power.

Sedona, Arizona - Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle – On the way to Sedona from Phoenix, take a short side trip to these beautifully preserved Sinagua cliff dwellings to learn more about the early native cultures in the area. This is also a great place for a field trip!

Sedona, Arizona - Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well – Believed to be a sinkhole, the well is lined with cliff dwellings. Enjoy culture, history, and learn about native plants. Walk down a brief trail to the spring where the water temperature remains constant all year.

Sedona, Arizona - Honanki Heritage Site

Honanki Heritage Site – Off the beaten path, the Honanki ruins feel silent and sacred. The early Sinagua dwellings and petroglyphs remain well-preserved. Tread lightly and do not touch the markings on the wall.

Sedona, Arizona - Palatki Heritage Site

Palatki Heritage Site – Easy trails lead you to a gathering of well-preserved Sinagua ruins and a stunning collection  of pictographs. Mystical. The park rangers are friendly and very informative. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Sedona, Arizona - V Bar V Heritage Site

V Bar Heritage Site – Not far outside of Sedona this site offers one of the largest collections of petroglyphs in the area, left by the ancient Sinaguan cultures.  Guided tours are provided. Check weather and visiting hours.

Sedona, Arizona - Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park – A stupa is a sacred place created as a gift to the world and filled with blessed objects that contain prayers, positive intentions, and energy for mankind. Visit to meditate, pray, or simply be at peace.

Sedona, Arizona - Rachel's Knoll

Rachel’s Knoll – Created by a visionary woman who felt the energy of the land and wanted to share her property with humanity for the purpose of meditation and inspiration. Visit for peace, solace, and silence.

SCENIC DRIVES

Sedona, Arizona - Scenic Drive - Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon – This is the drive to take in Sedona. You’ll pass through uptown with all the tourist shops then proceed to wind up the canyon along the sides of Oak Creek.  Flanked by red rock cliffs, ponderosa, and sycamores, you’ll enjoy clean air, and stunning views all the way to the top.

Sedona, Arizona - Scenic Drive - Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing – If you only have time for a short drive but still want gorgeous scenery, take a quick trip down to Red Rock Crossing. En route you’ll have places to pull off and enjoy beautiful vistas of Cathedral Rock and others in the distance. This drive offers a quick but wonderful view of Sedona.

FOOD, FUN, & MORE…

While Sedona is famous for its red rocks and beautiful landscapes, it is also a mecca offering food, entertainment, and a myriad of ways to nurture body and soul. There are plenty of places to shop for one-of-a-kind items, numerous adventure companies, and more than enough to keep you busy – or thoroughly relaxed – even if you’re not an avid hiker.

There are many websites offering a comprehensive directory of Sedona options. Instead, here I share my favorites – places and people I’ve experienced personally or ones that come highly recommended by others I know and trust.  Enjoy… This is my Sedona!

While Sedona is famous for its red rocks and beautiful landscapes, it is also a mecca offering food, entertainment, and a myriad of ways to nurture body and soul. There are plenty of places to shop for one-of-a-kind items, numerous adventure companies, and more than enough to keep you busy – or thoroughly relaxed – even if you’re not an avid hiker.

There are many websites offering a comprehensive directory of Sedona options. Instead, here I share my favorites – places and people I’ve experienced personally or ones that come highly recommended by others I know and trust.  Enjoy… This is my Sedona!

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