State Of Sedona

Just south of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, sitting at the bottom of Oak Creek Canyon, is the vibrant town of Sedona, Arizona. Its red rocks, energy vortexes and protected surrounding valleys and forests make it very special.The first settlers inhabited the caves in and around the Sedona area. By the early 1900s, two dozen families lived in the settlement. In 1902, Theodore Schnebly petitioned for a new postal station. After ‘Schnebly Station’ was rejected as the town name (fortunately), he then named the new post office Sedona, after his wife.

Today, Sedona’s architecture is typically southwestern, with the natural colors of the surrounding area blended into its homes and buildings. Outdoor life and activities factor into everyone’s day. There are hikes, water activities and all kinds of adventure opportunities. Also, there is a thriving artist community. Sedona is also known for its vortexes (the proper grammatical form ‘vortices’ is rarely used). These are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation and self-exploration. Many people feel inspired, recharged or uplifted after visiting a vortex.

We took a Pink Jeep off-road tour and learned about the cool rock formations, the plant life and the history of the area while we bounced around and marveled at the sun set reflecting on the rocks.

Fun fact; Walt Disney had a home here- there is a street named for him…and Thunder Mountain kind of looks like the Thunder Mountain roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom. We even found a hidden Mickey in the cactus.Coffee Pot Trail seemed like the appropriate morning hike. We got to the trail head close to the corner of Maxwell House and Coffee Pot Lane, of course. The hike was beautiful and shoots off to several other trails. We were inspired to actually get coffee. We ate at Etch, which is along the edge of the bubbling Oak Creek. Another stunning view of Sedona.On our way out of town, we stopped at Tlaquepaque, an art and shops area and yes, more creative quilting. A few more amazing red rock formations of Sedona as we descend to desert again.

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