Sedona is one of Arizona’s rare gems. The scenery here is nothing less than stunning, with fine views from every street corner and hiking trail. Known not only for its red rock landscape, the city also has a unique vibe. Many visitors come to Sedona on a day trip from Phoenix, but for those with more time, a longer stay is definitely worthwhile. With clusters of natural wonders in every direction, it’s difficult to pin down a specific list of attractions, but what follows are a few premier highlights.
Sedona’s visitors often hear talk of vortexes — cyclones of energy that come directly from the earth that can be felt by those in their presence. These vortexes are represented by the uniquely shaped rock formations believed to emit energy. There are four primary vortexes in Sedona, each radiating its own particular energy – The Airport Vortex, the Cathedral Rock Vortex, the Boynton Canyon and the Bell Rock Vortex. There are also much smaller, more subtle vortexes found throughout the area.
THE CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a breathtaking landmark in Sedona, with a 90-foot cross that dominates the structure and a massive stained glass window. The modern appearance, with sharp lines and angles, contrasts with the rounded red rocks that stand around it. This stunning church was designed by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude (a student of architect Frank Lloyd Wright) in 1956. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a unique structure which sits on a red sandstone ridge at the base of a cliff.
Bell Rock is one of the first red rock formations you see when you arrive in The Village of Oak Creek. There are two trails that begin at the Bell Rock Vista. Both are considered an easy walk. People say that when they hike these trails, they experience an electrical charge throughout their bodies and can hike for hours without noticing how much time has passed. The Bell Rock area will help you to experience for yourself why Sedona has been voted one of the most beautiful scenic spots in America. A short walk here can help you feel the magic and tranquility that Bell Rock offers, making it one of Sedona’s favorite sites!
OAK CREEK CANYON
The stunning Oak Creek Canyon is just upstream from Sedona, south of Flagstaff. It has dramatic rock formations, cliff walls and forests and has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Most Scenic Drives in America. Oak Creek Canyon is a breathtaking stretch of beauty on a winding road that climbs 4,500 feet from Sedona to the top of the Mogollon Rim. The canyon opens to the foliage of oaks interspersed with evergreen pines with the incredible backdrop of red-faced rocks and cliffs in the backdrop.