I feel in love with Sedona at first sight more than a decade ago! Sedona, Arizona, does not have the scale and grandeur of its famed brother, the Grand Canyon. But that is exactly what makes it so charming! Sedona has an intimate scale and approachability that allows you to see its virtues up close. Most of us can only stare into the Grand Canyon (unless you’re a grizzled mountain man) from a well-traversed rim. However, you immerse yourself in the beauty of Sedona. Short pleasant hikes bring you to face-to-face with stunning red rock formations and majestic 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. After a day spent exploring the red rock, dine at the moderately priced cafes and restaurants, or browse 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]