Sedona does not have the scale and grandeur of Arizona’s most popular attraction, the Grand Canyon. But that is exactly what makes it so charming. It has a scale and approachability that allows you to see its virtues up close. The hikes are easy and bring you to face-to-face with iconic red rock formations and vistas.
The approachable and accessible beauty of Sedona makes it one of my favorite day trips. This is truly a world-class natural attraction. It is not a stretch to call it one of the most beautiful places on earth. Here are a few images I captured during my visits to Sedona’s red rock country.
The trip from Albuquerque to Sedona is a little over 5 hours on Interstate 40. If you choose to stay overnight (highly recommended), there are wonderful bed and breakfasts and hotels in the heart of Sedona. Generally, with a bit of online research, you can find very nice overnight accommodations for less than $125.00 or so.
To a city boy from New York where all land is flat, and all dirt is brown, Sedona was a visual revelation.
Bring comfortable shoes (sneakers are fine) and a water bottle. You cannot come to Sedona without enjoying its irresistible scenery up-close. The trails are well-marked and well-traveled, with a low degree of difficulty. You can park at the start of most trail-heads. Sedona also offers plenty of inviting moderately priced cafes and restaurants, along with fascinating art galleries.
If your travels bring you to Albuquerque, New Mexico, you may want to include a couple of days exploring our sister state, Arizona. Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Petrified Forest National Park are three Arizona attractions I highly recommend. However, I must say that my personal favorite is Sedona! [email protected]