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Sedona, Arizona Could Be Your Best Vacation

Updated on May 10, 2013

If you ever travel to Phoenix, Arizona, then it is worth your while to travel an hour and a few minutes out of your way to experience Sedona. A city with interesting history and surrounding beauty will always be one of my favorite locations to visit.

Cathedral Rock is one of the several named red rock sites to visit.
Cathedral Rock is one of the several named red rock sites to visit.
T.C. "Carl" and Sedona Schnebly
T.C. "Carl" and Sedona Schnebly | Source

The History of Sedona

Since 1988, Sedona, also known as Red Rock country, has become a growing community of artists and tourism, but this city's history also includes ancient civilization. A land with breathtaking scenery was a sacred land to early Native Americans. The cultural and geological history of the area is reason enough to travel to this beautiful land of inspiration.

A well-traveled route between the Red Rock country and Flagstaff was known as Munds Trail and it became so popular that resident, Theodore Carlton "Carl" Carl Schnebly, initiated the building of a post office in the vicinity. Mr. Schnebly and his wife traveled to this land from Missouri in the early 1900s. They lived by a creek and at the tail of the trading route and their home which was at the location of what is now known as Los Abrigados resort was used by people traveling in the direction of Flagstaff. The post office was called the "Schnebly Station". Although the government approved the post office, it didn't approve of the name and that was when Carl renamed the post office after his wife, Sedona. The town which used to be called Red Rock became Sedona. Carl and his wife left town a few years later after their daughter died in a horseback accident. Stricken with grief, they moved back to Missouri with their remaining two children, then to Colorado where they had three more children. They eventually returned to Sedona and are buried at the Cook Cedar Glade Cemetary. Carl passed away in 1954 and Sedona passed away in 1950.

Today millions of visitors travel here annually bringing their cameras to capture its beauty. A popular location is the local airport to snap photos of the sun going down. Other visited areas include Bell Rock, Oak Creek Canyon, Schnebly Hill Road, art galleries, great restaurants such as The Heartline Cafe, and shops focused on spirituality.

The Heartline Cafe is a wonderful restaurant to satisfy any palette along with a good menu of wines.
The Heartline Cafe is a wonderful restaurant to satisfy any palette along with a good menu of wines.

Lodging in Sedona

There are several hotels and motels in Sedona for families, but if you journey here on a solo experience or romantic get away, you will want the adventure of staying at one of their resorts surrounded by the valley's beauty. There's L'Auberge de Sedona in its French setting; the Hyatt Pinon Pointe; Los Abrigados Resort; or highly acclaimed Enchantment Resort surrounded by Red Rock country. (There are various options that can be explored further by clicking on the "Tourist Information Site" link).

Sedona is only a two hour drive from the Grand Canyon


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    Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Peggy, thanks very much! Since you've been there, then you understand its beauty for sure! Have a great week! By the way, I am making your Pork and Caraway Seed recipe this weekend! yay!

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I love the Sedona area and nearby Oak Creek Canyon. It is such a beautiful part of the country! Those red rocks are amazing. If I ever get back there I would love to take one of those jeep tours. Up, useful, beautiful and interesting votes and pinning this to my Arizona board.

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    GetSmart 6 years ago

    I am planning to visit my friend in Sedona this winter. She just moved there from Florida 3 months ago. I have bookmarked this to come back. Thanks :)