Sedona is one of Arizona's most popular destinations. Sedona and its rugged beauty is set amongs towering sandstone cliffs that truly glow with an energized red hue. Sedona is considered at least as beautiful as many national parks.
Strategically situated at the mouth of spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon is Arizona's first officially designated scenic highway. The Red Rocks form a breathtaking backdrop for everything from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Located in Arizona's high desert under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air. Ideally, the annual average high and low temperatures are 74.7 and 45.7 degrees, respectively.
Sedona has become a center for traditional and contemporary arts and offers a variety of galleries, boutiques and specialty shops. It is an upscale retirement and tourism community which over the years has developed an artist's colony with many local galleries and shops.
The 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest engulfs this city with intriguing wilderness areas. The stunning array of red sandstone formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun.
Arizona is not usually thought of as a cool weather destination, but there are areas of Arizona that offer a respite from the hot desert climates. Many folks in the Phoenix visit Sedona for the wonderful cool high-desert nights of summer. Summer's Hot but it's Cool in Sedona! Star gazing is a delight at this higher altitute and clear skies area.
Many of Hollywood's classic westerns were filmed in or near Sedona. The red rock buttes and desert landscape provided a striking setting for these films. A number of its shooting locations can still be visited via off-road trails.
Sedona is located in both Coconino and Yavapai Counties and is completely surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Sedona is located in northern Arizona only 130 miles from Phoenix, 50 miles from Prescott, 40 miles from Flagstaff, 24 miles from Jerome, 20 miles from Clarkdale, 19 miles from Camp Verde, and 16 miles from Cottonwood.