When we picture Sedona, we think of beautiful red rocks carved by nature. Once we were there we were happy to see that picture confirmed. A trip to Sedona is a visual treat and undoubtedly offers an incomparable experience of a lifetime. Sedona, Arizona is a place so tranquil in a world as chaotic as ours. It is a wonderland of natural, desert beauty. The small town boasts a crimson shade of red and the sky an incredible blue, known for its steep red rock canyon walls and beautiful pine forests. Sedona is known for its serenity and mystique; in fact many people believe the area possesses an incredible amount of spiritual energy.
Sedona is a relatively short drive from the Grand Canyon and we drove along a pass called Oak Creek Canyon, about a 14-mile stretch between Sedona and Flagstaff. It was an absolutely gorgeous winding road, along with steep gorges along the way and mesmerizing wooded areas. The Grand Canyon is nearly endless and even difficult to take in as a whole, as the expanse goes well beyond your peripherals. We found Sedona’s scenery more striking than the Grand Canyon but, that said, to have the chance to see one of the natural wonders of the world is worth the short day trip.
Perhaps Sedona’s most iconic rock formation, the splendid Cathedral Rock is visible from countless spots around Sedona. Regardless of the vantage point, the red sandstone formation is recognizable, be it framed by pine trees, agave cactus, or the waters of Oak Creek. Bell Rock with its pretty bell shape is also instantly recognizable and visible for miles around. We were stunned to see the sweeping vistas visible from virtually any of the rocks. The rock formations get most of the attention in Sedona but what lies in-between is equally amazing. Just pick any of the vantage points, and plan to sit and simply gaze.
On that weekend in early May, Sedona was in its full glory. Lush greenery, cottony clouds, and cerulean skies, all served to set off the main feature- Red Rocks as far as the eye could see. As we hiked the trails, the vibrant colors, diverse landscape, and stunning rock formations kept striking us again and again. The weather was very warm when Abhi and I reached the Oak Creek Crossing where we waded a little in the (extremely cold!) creek. It was too late to try Slide Rock but for those who don’t know, it’s pretty much an Earth-made slide! It’s a natural water slide amongst the rocks in Oak Creek that follows downstream.
In Sedona, the views are eye-catching and the energy is intense. The colors change as the sun does so we stayed back till sunset to witness the dramatic changes. Maybe it was the spiritual energy or otherwise, we realized how happy we felt there. There’s just something about this place and we can’t wait to feel it again!
Travel more. Worry less.