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Sedona - a Four Season Playground  by Robert Livesay

Sedona began as a small, remote ranching and farming settlement in 1876 when the first permanent settler, John James Thompson, squatted in Oak Creek canyon. By 1902, 20 families lived in the settlement and a postal station was petitioned for by Theodore Schnelbly. The petition was granted and Schnelbly named the new post office in honor of his wife, Sedona. The remote agricultural community was well-know for the quality of its fruit, especially the abundant apple orchards. But as the scenic wonders and sites of Sedona became known, tourism surpassed agriculture in economic importance.

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Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone - whether you're into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful. Natural endowments aside, you'll also find world-class hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and a very good variety of dining to keep you satisfied.

Tourism has dynamic direct and indirect effects on each and every business in Sedona. The Sedona chamber's tourism bureau has been the leading marketing organization responsible for generating overnight visitation in order to enhance the vitality of its economy. Sedona's visitor's centers move more than 400,000 visitors per year around the community. The collection of Sedona's impressive, natural endowments also includes the 1. 8 million-acre Coconino national forest, which essentially engulfs this city and encompasses seven intriguing wilderness areas.

Oak Creek canyon is a 16 mile stretch along Oak Creek through towering, red canyon walls. The beauty, greenery and coolness of the creek attract thousands of visitors each year, with. Slide rock state park contains a natural waterslide, the biggest summer attraction. There are some top hiking trails here, such as west fork, and visitors enjoy the great trout fishing and camping too. In fact, highway 89a offers visitors one of the most scenic drives in the country. The winding road through Oak Creek Canyon not only is Arizona's first officially designated scenic highway, it is the first leg of a day trip to one of the world's great wonders, nearby Grand Canyon.

Cathedral Rock Above Oak Creek at Red River Crossing, Sedona, Arizona
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Sedona is a perfect place" for spiritual and personal enrichment of the body and the soul. Sedona is a place of beauty, peace and mystery. Spiritual seekers come here from all over the world, attracted to what many believe are energetic places. Many stay in Sedona because it is a central hub to the best sightseeing opportunities in the area, including national monuments and geographic wonders like Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon.

Sedona is one of the power spots of the world, and many believe that Sedona's red rock country is a vortex of energy. "Indians tell us that Sedona's "towering crimson peaks stimulate sensitivity and are the home of the Great Spirit. Amid red rock vortex country, people come face to face with themselves and the potentials of their nature.

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Sedona's Scenic Drives   by Sylvia Somerville for the Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council

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It's been said that God created the Grand Canyon for the world, but Oak Creek Canyon for himself. Oak Creek Canyon is a picturesque, intimate canyon, carved by the perennially flowing waters of Oak Creek . A 14.5-mile paved, meandering road through the canyon (89A) links Sedona to Flagstaff , Arizona , and offers memorable views all year long from either direction. This drive is "must-do" for anyone visiting the area.

Travelers pass colorful canyon walls (dusted with snow in winter) and lush greenery, which explodes into brilliant hues in the fall. Because the canyon has an elevation gain of nearly 2,500 feet from one end to the other, 89A traverses five ecosystems, which add great variety and their own signature beauty. At the top of the canyon, sightseers may want to stop at the scenic overlook, which offers a panoramic view; road amenities, such as restrooms; and a visitor's center from March through October.

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Other notable drives that showcase red rock country's striking vistas include:

Red Rock Loop Road on the western outskirts of Sedona: a winding drive with several scenic pull-offs and access to Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Ranch and Red Rock State Park (Part of the road is gravel.)

Boynton Pass Loop: a sweep past electrifying views of Dry Creek Road and Boynton Canyon and the desert grassland landscape of Forest Road 525. The roads, with access points to several trails, are mostly paved, but there are unpaved and bumpy sections.

Highway 179 (also known as Red Rock Scenic Byway): One of only 27 roads in the country designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "All-American Roads" ("tourist destinations unto themselves") for their exceptional and unique recreational, natural and scenic qualities. Highway 179 features scenic pullouts for travelers to enjoy the magnificent views.

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Page Springs Loop: a look at the outskirts of Sedona-from Page Springs and Cornville to the Village of Oak Creek. The paved roads go past a fish hatchery, wineries, red rocks, desert grasslands and trailheads.

Schnebly Hill Road: Eleven miles of bumpy, steep, winding road with unparalleled views and historic interest. The road, which connects to Interstate 17, dates back to 1904; but it is only open part of the year-usually from April through October. Only the first mile is paved.

Note: While off-road vehicles are prohibited in Red Rock Country, there are routes that have been cleared for 4 x 4 and ATV travel. For more information, call the Red Rock Ranger Station at 928-282-4119.


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Adobe Grand Villas Sedona
Nestled at the base of the majestic Thunder Mountain and cocooned by red-rock formations in Sedona, Ariz. The concierge can assist with arrangements for a variety of area excursions, including horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides and mountain biking. Nearby Stride Rock State Park offers fishing hiking and bird watching. Each morning, the hotel serves a specially prepared, complimentary three-course gourmet breakfast. The hotel's chef will prepare intimate and romantic dinners upon request. The resort features a small seasonal outdoor pool with views of the mountains and a year-round spa tub with an adjacent fire pit. The hotel's spa offers a variety of massage and healing therapies, and specializes in couples' treatments.
Amara Resort Sedona
Nestled amongst the oaks, red rocks and pines on the banks of Oak Creek in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, the Amara Resort of Sedona is destined to become the next luxury resort in Sedona. Spend your days pampered at the Amara Resort relaxing around a heated pool, whirlpool, hiking, shopping and sightseeing the unmatched beauty of Sedona and its many attractions. A concierge will arrange your therapeutic massage or spa, jeep tours, or scenic air rides. Here you will experience the serenity, rejuvenation and relaxation that awaits you at the Amara Resort in Sedona.
Best Western Inn of Sedona
The three-story Best Western Inn of Sedona is situated a mile from downtown Sedona, featuring Santa Fe-style architecture that blends with the unique natural terrain. Nestled into the red rocks of Sedona, this 110-unit inn lies 3 miles from Oak Creek Canyon and 25 miles from Flagstaff. The outdoor swimming pool, spa tub, and terraced promenade decks afford views of the surrounding landscape. Other amenities include daily complimentary continental breakfasts, a fitness center, and complimentary shuttle transportation within five miles (on request). 
Comfort Inn Sedona
The Comfort Inn® hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the magnificent red rocks of Sedona. From this charming jewel hotel, adorned in a desert lavender coat, guests may stroll to Sedona's best art galleries and boutique shops at Hillside Sedona and the acclaimed Spanish art village, Tlaquepaque. Red Rock Country, Slide Rock State Park and Oak Creek Canyon are also nearby. Sedona's red rock landscape deserves to be explored on foot. Just head out the back door to hike the amazing scenic Coconino National Forest; Marges Draw Trailhead is ideally located in this Sedona hotel's own back yard. Don't forget the camera. After a day of hiking or exploring, return and relax in the courtyard with its year-round sparkling heated pool ...
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa
Welcome to the intoxicating Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. This 6-year old breathtaking property is the place to be when you stay in Sedona. There are simply no comparable hotels in this area at the affordable rate that they offer. The Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa is the only full service resort in Sedona that features a spa & an 18-hole championship golf course. For guest leisure you can "tee it up" at the Sedona Golf Resort just steps from your suite or enjoy a soothing massage at the Hilton Spa. Whatever your pleasure, luxury awaits you.
L'Auberge de Sedona, Sedona
L'Auberge de Sedona is less than 1-quarter mile from Uptown Sedona in Sedona, Arizona. The resort is within 1 mile of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Jordan Historical Park is approximately one mile away.  L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek serves French-inspired American cuisine including Butter & Honey Roasted Forestière Mushroom and Elk Rack. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating with views of the Red Rocks and Oak Creek. Spa at L'Auberge features massages in an outdoor cabana along Oak Creek. The Verbena Citrus Shiatsu Fusion treatment uses traditional Japanese dry brushes, shiatsu techniques, stretches, Swedish massage strokes, and verbena bergamot massage oil. 
Los Abrigados Resort & Spa Sedona
Los Abrigados is ILX Resortsí signature resort now recognized as one of the finest ownerships resorts in the country. Guests have found our dedication to service exceeds their expectations time and time again. Taking full advantage of the fantastic red rock views, Los Abrigados Resort & Spa is nestled against the banks of famous Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona. The resort rests on twenty-two acres of winding walkways, cascading fountains and shady nooks, while evoking a feeling of total privacy. Guests never stop discovering and experiencing new pleasures with the resortís combination of ultimate luxury and diverse amenities. 
Radisson Poco Diablo Resort Sedona
Nestled on the banks of famed Oak Creek, the Radisson Poco Diablo Resort is situated on 22 acres of lush landscaping, tranquil ponds, cool streams, green willows and pines, 5 miles from downtown Sedona. Enjoy scenic indoor or outdoor dining featuring Continental Cuisine with a Southwestern flare at the Award-winning T-Carl's Restaurant, which is located on property. The 10th Hole Lounge is also available for casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a sports game on the big screen while indulging in their favorite cocktail. No other Sedona resort comes close to what Radisson Poco Diablo Resort has to offer such as a 9 hole, par 3 golf course, on site fitness center and beautifully landscaped outdoor heated pool and spa.
Sedona Summit Resort
Sedona Summit offers unparalleled opportunities for relaxation amid stunning mountain scenery nestled in the upper Sedona Plateau. Whether the family is along for a river-rafting trip or youíre taking a much-needed respite, youíll find everything at Sedona Summit including heated swimming pools, BBQ areas, whirlpool spas and a fitness center. Spend a day swimming and picnicking at Slide Rock State Park and slide down a natural water chute in the center of a historical working apple farm. Once you have returned to your relaxing accommodation, youíll enjoy your in-room whirlpool or perhaps you will curl up in front of your fireplace.
Sedona Super 8 Motel
The comfortable and affordable way to enjoy the many splendors and abundant activities surrounding the Red Rocks of Sedona - hotel accommodation at its best. We strive to make your visit to Sedona a memorable one. Our centrally located motel offers access to all the amenities that make Sedona such a magical place. There are an abundance of activities in the surrounding area ranging from hot air ballooning to hiking to train rides. Sedona has a small town heart with big city service. Our friendly, professional motel service will make your vacation unforgettable.
The Orchards Inn of Sedona
With its front door opening to the shops, restaurants and galleries of Uptown Sedona, Ariz., The Orchards Inn of Sedona is located between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. This Sedona hotel sits 6 miles from the outdoor activities of Slide Rock State Park. The Orchards Inn of Sedona features the Orchards Bar & Grill, where chefs prepare American favorites with unique Southwestern flair. Wireless Internet access is available for a fee in the lobby and restaurant. The hotels sundeck offers views of the Red Rocks and is home to a splash pool, spa tub and a separate dining area with a fire pit. One-quarter mile from the hotel is the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, that hosts more than 40 boutiques offering one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles.
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