Sedona is one of Arizona's premier tourism, recreation,

resort, retirement and art centers. Its location at the mouth of

scenic Oak Creek Canyon and at the center of the state's legendary

Red Rock Country affords breath-taking panoramas, a

mild climate, plenty of sunshine and clean, fresh air. The area is

the second most visited site in the state after the Grand Canyon.

Established in 1902 and incorporated in 1988, the community

was named for Sedona Schnebly, an early settler. Sedona

spreads across the boundaries of two north central Arizona

counties, Coconino and Yavapai. It sits at an elevation of 4,500

feet, 3,200 feet higher than Phoenix, which is 120 miles south,

and 2,600 feet lower than the rim country of Flagstaff, 30 miles

to the north.

 

Tourism forms Sedona's economic base, with the National

Forest Service estimating that more than 3.5 million people visit

the area annually. Sedona's small town character is preserved by

a preponderance of small owner-operated businesses serving

visitors and the community.

Visitor interest during the past decade has stimulated retirement

and vacation home acquisition and construction, creating one of

the most viable real estate markets in the nation.

 

Sedona has something for everyone–world-class resorts and

small family-run motels, quaint bed and breakfasts, fine restaurants,

outstanding shops and diverse art galleries. The beauty of

the area makes sightseeing and hiking popular; golf and tennis

are almost year-round activities. Visitors can take a jeep tour

into the back country or view the red rock monoliths from

horseback or hot air balloon. Red Rock Crossing has been featured

in many motion pictures. Other attractions include Slide

Rock and Red Rock State Parks, Chapel of the Holy Cross, the

Sedona Arts Center, and Tlaquepaque, a Mexican-style arts and

crafts village.

 

Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon is the state's first designated

Scenic Highway and was named by Rand-McNally as one

of the most beautiful drives in America.

 

Sedona is a hub for visitors to Northern Arizona. Many visitor

sites, including Indian ruins, the Grand Canyon, Jerome, Meteor

Crater and Sunset Crater are just a day trip away.

The U.S. Forest Service administers many campgrounds in the

area. Several are on or near Oak Creek, which is stocked with

trout from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For information on

Forest Service campgrounds, contact the Sedona Ranger Station,

P.O. Box 300, Sedona, AZ 86339, phone (520) 282-4119.

Information on private campgrounds and picnic areas is available

at the Chamber of Commerce.