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Uniquely Scenic Sedona

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Posted on September 30, 2022

In the Red Rock Country of Arizona, ancient geological marvels surround many of the top outdoor attractions including national parks and local valleys and canyons. The area hosts great golf courses, and scenic drives and hiking trails wind around Sedona on routes that have been known for their significance for thousands of years.

Experiencing the Top Activities in Sedona

Sedona's dry desert surroundings provide the backdrop to many of the area's top attractions and outdoor activities. As you approach Sedona along the Red Rock Scenic Byway on Highway 179 you may spot several of them, including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Cathedral Rock Sedona

Cathedral Rock is perhaps the most photographed site around Sedona, and visiting it remains one of the top activities in Sedona. It rises above the red-rock landscape and can be reached by various hiking trails leading up to the saddle of the rock. From there, you can catch amazing east and west views.

Bell Rock is named for its distinctive shape, and Courthouse Butte is further south near the Village of Oak Creek. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was built by Marguerite Brunswig Staude in 1956. She was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and her breathtaking design for the chapel includes a 90-foot cross that dominates the chapel and a windowed front.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Inside the Verde Valley, named for the thick green trees and vegetation which blooms alongside the Verde River, ancient Native American cliff dwellings rise up on the cliff faces, energy vortexes re-energize travelers, and vineyards thrive in the high country.

This area also has Oak Creek Canyon, another popular scenic drive with rugged rocky terrain, steep switchbacks, and thick forests. One of the area's biggest draws is Montezuma Castle National Monument, a series of cliff homes that were inhabited by Native Americans around 900 years ago.

If you choose to stay in a Sedona timeshare for your vacation, you are also within an easy day trip of some of Arizona's most visited places, especially the Grand Canyon, which is about a 2.5-hour drive.

Grand Canyon

You can easily carve out time for a day trip there on any Sedona vacation, and the drive itself is full of classic Arizona reddish scenery and rock formations. There are even tour buses that depart from Sedona and will take you on a day trip to the Grand Canyon.

More Outdoor Activities in Sedona

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the outdoor activities in Sedona center around hiking, mountain biking, and exploring these beautiful natural wonders. Hikes and trails take you through canyons, up rock formations, and along scenic byways. A classic Sedona Pink Jeep tour will show you many of the best sites, and the tour guides can educate their guests on the historical and geological significance of what they are seeing.

A Sedona timeshare vacation can also lead to an excellent game of golf. The Sedona Golf Resort goes through the Oak Creek River valley, offering both a challenging par-71 course and great views of the surrounding canyons. Other golf courses in the area include the par -3, 9-hole golf course at Canyon Mesa Country Club, and the original Oakcreek Country Club, which was the first golf course in Sedona.

Sedona Golf Resort

Arts, Crafts and Museums

 

While this area may be a treasure trove of outdoor adventures, with its stunning natural beauty and plentiful trails and destinations, there are also several activities in and around Sedona for the more laid-back traveler.

The Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is an artists' community originally founded in the 1970s where you can still pick up unique works of art in all kinds of different mediums, from glassware to weavings to paintings. Its layout is reminiscent of a Mexican village. While here you