Sedona Canyon, AZ

Explore Sedona's majestic red rock canyons! Hike stunning trails, witness ancient cliff dwellings & awaken your spirit in this vortex hotspot. Breathtaking views await!

by and - last updated on 7/2/2024

Sedona Area Exploration   Map

Ok, so in the interests of "honesty" we actually stayed at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock Ridge in Oak Creek Canyon, AZ. This location is 8 miles north of Sedona on route 179. Yes, this page is named for Sedona because that was the purpose of our visit, but for those of you who know about our Hilton Properties zeal, you can easily guess why we stayed at this hotel. Regardless of our Hilton enthusiasm, this is a seriously nice hotel, with a very nice set of amenities, pub, spa, pool and nearby golf course.

However, as I said above, the purpose of this destination was to further explore Sedona Canyon because it beckons with its fiery red rocks and spiritual allure. Hike stunning trails that wind through towering mesas and sculpted buttes. Witness the ingenuity of ancient cliff dwellings tucked into canyon walls, remnants of civilizations past.

Sedona is renowned for its vortexes, swirling pockets of energy believed to enhance creativity, meditation, and self-discovery. Feel the earth's energy thrumming beneath your feet as you soak in breathtaking panoramic views.

There are some really good 4WD off-road trails in the Sedona area, we did not endulge in this kind of adventure for this trip, but we did on a previous trip to Sedona. Click here to view that page.

Interesting facts about Sedona 

Sedona, Arizona is a land of vibrant red rocks, artistic energy, and fascinating secrets. Here are some interesting facts that set Sedona apart:

  • Million Dollar Views: Unlike some scenic destinations, Sedona's breathtaking red rock formations are completely free to enjoy. You can embark on scenic hikes, picnics, or meditation sessions surrounded by this natural wonder without spending a dime.
  • More Than Just Red: While the red sandstone is the most prominent feature, Sedona's landscape boasts a surprising range of colors. You'll find hints of black, white, and even turquoise peeking through, creating a visually stunning geological tapestry.
  • Home to Ancient Ancestral People: Sedona's history stretches back thousands of years. Evidence suggests the Sinagua people, known for their cliff dwellings, thrived here between 600 and 1450 AD. You can explore their legacy at the Palatki Ruins and Honanki Heritage Sites.
  • Mysterious Vortexes - Energy Hotspots or Tourist Trap? Sedona is known for its mystical vortexes, swirling pockets of energy believed to enhance creativity, meditation, and spiritual connection. The scientific validity of these claims is debated, but many visitors find these sites to be powerful and transformative.
  • Hollywood's Playground: The dramatic red rock formations and otherworldly landscapes of Sedona have made it a popular filming location. Over 100 movies have been filmed here, including westerns, sci-fi flicks, and even comedies. See if you can recognize some iconic locations during your visit!
  • The Only McDonald's with Teal Arches: Sedona has strict design guidelines to protect its unique aesthetic. As a result, the McDonald's here sports teal arches instead of the usual yellow, making it the only one of its kind in the world!
  • Spiritual Significance for Native Americans: Sedona holds significant spiritual meaning for many Native American tribes. The land is considered sacred, and some areas are designated for prayer and meditation. Be respectful of these traditions during your visit.
  • A Haven for Artists: Sedona's beauty and vibrant energy have long attracted artists. The city boasts a thriving arts scene with over 200 galleries showcasing works by local and regional talents. Immerse yourself in the artistic spirit by visiting galleries or attending a performance at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.
  • Stargazing Paradise: Sedona's minimal light pollution creates a perfect environment for stargazing. Gaze upon a breathtaking display of stars, planets, and even the Milky Way with the naked eye, or take a guided stargazing tour for an even more in-depth experience.
  • More Than Just Hiking: While hiking is a popular activity in Sedona, there's something for everyone. Relax at Slide Rock State Park's natural water slides, explore the Chapel of the Holy Cross perched on a butte, or go on a thrilling Jeep tour for an off-road adventure.

Sedona Airport Mesa Overlook 

Airport Mesa has fantastic views overlooking Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock, Chimney Rock, and Coffee Pot Rock. Image # 4 above was taken from that overlook. To get to Airport Mesa, start from Sedona by taking North State Route 89A south toward Forest Road. Take the second exit at the traffic circle, onto AZ-89A. After one mile, continue straight on the traffic circle to stay on the AZ-89A. Finally, turn left onto Airport Road. Once you've reached the top of that hill, there will be a small parking lot on your left, park there as the turnout on the right has a fence in place to preclude cars from parking.


More Info for Sedona, AZ 

  • Vortexes in Sedona, AZ
  • Sedona, AZ Wikipedia Article
  • Sedona, AZ Google Images Set:
  • Our Sedona, AZ Image Gallery:
  • Sedona, AZ Restaurants via Google Search Results:
  • Sedona, AZ Accommodations via Google Search Results:
  • Tortas de Fuego Mexican Restaurant, Sedona, AZ - We had lunch here and it was excellent:
  • Our Youtube Channel

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