Sedona - The location is simply magical and has been called, "The Most Beautiful Place in America."
Sedona is widely considered one of the major power centers on Earth, and is considered along with the Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge, and Easter Island for places of interest from those seeking information regarding spiritual enlightenment from mother Earth.
Sedona's major features include Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon and Secret Canyon. Bell Rock is notable for the belief that it is a portal to other dimensions, and Anomalous Electrical readings have indeed been scientifically recorded in Sedona. The fact that there are four purported vortexes all in close vicinity to each other likely magnifies the entire paranormal phenomena and experience in Sedona.
Historically, Sedona was a rural ranching community located far off the beaten path, but its unsurpassed natural beauty became nationally known through the motion picture industry. Today, commercials and television shows are still filmed in the unsettled areas surrounding Sedona, which annually attracts more than 4 million tourists from around the world.
Sedona's history started over 6,000 years ago with the first settlers to the area. Native Americans lived in and around the Sedona area in cave dwellings, some still exist today. In particular, the Hopi Indian's, in a feat that is still marveled at today, managed to grow Corn, Beans and Squash in an area that averages only 15-20 inches of rain per year.
Examples of the 4 or 5 story structures such as Montezuma's Castle or the Casa Grande ruins, built by various aboriginal cultures such as the Sinagua, Anasazi and the Hohokam, provide excellent examples of early life in the area, although why the last tribe disappeared around 500 years ago still remains a mystery.
Between 1870 and 1900 the first Non-Aboriginal settlers to the area began to homestead around the Verde Valley area. Because of the remoteness of the region, initial growth was slow but over time as more and more settlers arrived, the need for another postal station arose and T.C. Schnebly filled this void, naming the station after his wife, Sedona.
Today, Sedona Arizona has a population of approximately 21,500 residents with thousands of visitors each year enjoying the natural beauty and energy of the area. One of Sedona's more distinctive man-made attractions is the "Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village". Named for a picturesque suburb of Mexico's Queen City, Guadalajara, and meaning "the best of everything", the shopping center has become home to 40 unique shops filled with the works of local artisans and craftsmen. It is a unique blending of the old and the new, not unlike the city it resides in.
It is this blending of cultures, from the artistic works of Mother Nature 350 million years ago and the carved rock formations painted striking red to the first human beings, magnificent cave dwellings, humble homesteads and artistic tributes such as the Tlaquepaque shopping center that make Sedona the one-of-a-kind place it is known as. A visit to Sedona is an experience that won't soon be forgotten.
Sedona is a 19-square-mile city that is split between Coconino and Yavapai counties in northern Arizona. Only 51 percent of Sedona's area is privately owned - the rest of the land is part of the Coconino National Forest.
The average age of Sedona's population, which totals approximately 10,000 within its incorporated limits, is 50 years of age. Sedona's elevation generally is considered to be 4,500 feet, though well-known red-rock formations extend to more than a mile-high elevation.
Even Sedona's airport is located on a high mesa, is situated at an elevation of more than 4,800 feet. Almost the entire world knows that Sedona, strategically situated at the mouth of spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, is a unique place. Characterized by massive Red Rock formations, as well as the contrasting riparian areas of Oak Creek Canyon, the area surrounding this beloved community is considered at least as beautiful as many national parks.
Sedona - The Land of Art:
Sedona, ever-changing in the light, has attracted artists working in all mediums - all trying to capture its natural beauty.
Sedona is an Art Community at its core, from cutting-edge contemporary to visionary, Native American to modern realism. This burgeoning level of cultural activity helped foster Sedona's reputation as a destination. Sedona now rivals Santa Fe and Scottsdale in its appreciation and presentation of the arts.
Sedona has over 40 galleries throughout the city, in Resorts and mostly in the "Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village".
Every first Friday of the month, several of Sedona's most prominent Art Galleries host an evening of openings, technique demonstrations and receptions. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation as it makes a continuous loop between participating Art Galleries. For more information, contact the Sedona Gallery Association at: 928-282-7390.
Sedona promises to deliver all your favorite events such as Jazz on the Rocks, Sedona Arts Festival, Red Rock Fantasy, Chamber Music Sedona, Open Artist Studios, Fiesta del Tlaquepaque and the International Sedona Film Festival plus more unique events that feature world-class performers and entertainers.
Sedona's world-wide reputation as a spiritual Mecca and global power spot has drawn some of our planet's most amazing healers, intuitives, artists and spiritual guides. Come to Mother Nature's red-rock temples to experience their life-transforming, soul-nourishing work in person. Sedona is a perfect place for spiritual and personal enrichment of the body and the soul.
Why is Sedona so Special?
There are so things that make Sedona such a special place to visit for a day trip, a week-long vacation and in many cases visitors become residents. The majestic Red Rock scenery and Evergreen Vegetation are 2 reasons for the unique energy of Sedona and its tangible regenerative and inspirational effects. The Red-Orange color of the Rock formations in Sedona is one of the most neuro stimulating of colors. It enhances creative thinking and problem solving. Because Sedona is framed year round by green, visitors are also bathed in sense of hope and renewal, regardless of the season. The spectacular trails and overlooks provide numerous opportunities for prayer, and contemplation.
Sedona is also internationally known for the uplifting power of its Vortex Meditation sites. Two aspects of those sites make Sedona truly special. First, within a very small geographical radius you can easily access all the different types of vortexes (up flow/masculine/electric, inflow/feminine/magnetic, or combination /electromagnetic, etc.) Second, the Vortex Meditation sites are interwoven with the real world of a growing city. As a result, seekers have experiences in how to live their spirituality as they go through their daily lives. Rather than having to escape from civilization to find peace, visitors discover that Sedona's splendor gives them insights for how to create an inner harmony they can maintain once at home.
The name, 'Sedona':
The story about how Sedona was named is well known; nonetheless, a brief telling is appropriate. As the story goes, after Theodore Carl Schnebly and his wife, Sedona, moved to Sedona from Gorin, Missouri, the few families living here convinced T.C. to establish a post office in his large home, which already had become the community's hotel. Various interpretations of this story suggest that he asked the government to name the post office Schnebly Station or Red Rock Crossing. Subsequently, he was told the names were too long, and following a suggestion by his brother, Dorsey Ellsworth Schnebly, he submitted his wife's name, Sedona. And so it was.