Sedona Information

There are so many sights to see, both in the center of town and all around! Amazing art galleries, shops, and vortexes are as synonymous with Sedona as are its beautiful vistas. You may even see the likes of javelina, mule deer, beavers, raccoons, great blue heron, and black hawks if you venture beyond the center of town.

State Parks | Indian Ruins | Museums | Uptown Sedona | West Sedona | Village of Oak Creek | Vortexes |
National Monuments


State Parks:

Dead Horse Ranch State Park:

Dead Horse Ranch State Park is one of 5 State Parks in the Sedona Verde Valley region. The park is located in Cottonwood, Arizona. The 423-acre park is an oasis for wildlife. The park has 10 miles of well maintained trails (some connect to form loops). The parks also offers 16 tent areas or 150 camp sites.

Slide Rock SedonaSlide Rock State Park:

Swimming, wading, picnicking, birdwatching, fishing (no glass bait jars please), a nature trail, volleyball court, and excellent apples (in season). Slide Rock Market for snacks and picnic supplies. Close to several Coconino National Forest campgrounds and hiking trails.

Red Rock State ParkRed Rock State Park:

The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park’s 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye. Arizona’s famous Oak Creek meanders through this scenic park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat, the land-based ecosystem closely associated with Oak Creek, provides the setting and the opportunity for Red Rock State Park to offer a center for environmental education.

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Indian Ruins

indian-ruinsThe Sinagua Indian Ruins:

The Sinagua Indians, numbering several hundred in Walnut Canyon, built over 80 cliff dwellings distributed over both sides of the canyon. The dwellings were constructed in recessed natural overhangs in the walls that gave them “roof” shelter from the elements. Three side walls were made of masonry, the back of the recesses acted as the fourth wall and the rock ledge itself served as the dwellings’ floor.

Native history in Sedona reaches back thousands of years. Sedona holds remnants of ancient cultures like the Sinagua, as well as communities of contemporary Native American tribes including the Yavapai, Apache, Hopi and Navajo, along with their rich cultures. Local individuals offer tours to explore the area’s native history and there are several annual festivals of music, dance, storytelling and visual arts.

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Museums

sedona-heritage-museumSedona Heritage Museum:

One might claim that Sedona began 350 million years ago. That’s how long it has taken for Nature to form our red rocks by earth thrusts, sea changes and erosion forces. Or maybe 1000 years ago, when primitive hunter-gatherers evolved into the Native Americans we know as Sinagua, who farmed and traded with faraway tribes.

This Museum is focused on the lifestyles and works of the people who pioneered this community,from 1876 to the present.

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Uptown Sedona

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Uptown Sedona: Sedona has more than 50 galleries, food emporiums, New Age metaphysical shops, specialty stores, antiques and even an outlet shopping district, with both national stores and local businesses.

In Sedona’s shops there are numerous one-of-a-kind gift items that are not available elsewhere as well as classic favorites, such as name-brand sporting goods, clothing, books, CDs, toys and electronics.

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West Sedona

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West Sedona: The intersection where Highway 179 meets Highway 89A is known as the “Y”. To find West Sedona, travel West from the “Y” on Highway 89A. The road ascends up a large hill into West Sedona.

Home to residential neighborhoods and shopping centers, you’ll also find unique restaurants, lodging, schools, churches and the medical center.

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Village of Oak Creek

Village Of Oak Creek - Sedona,AZ

Village of Oak Creek: The Village of Oak Creek, gateway to the spectacular red rock country of Sedona, is just a few minutes from uptown Sedona. Though part of Sedona, it is a community in its own right. The population of the Village of Oak Creek is just over 5,000 residents (according to the 2000 census), and it is home to many world class resorts and amenities due to the nearly 4 million tourists who visit Sedona annually. Elevation: 4,105 feet.

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VortexesVortex Map

The Sedona Energy Vortexes: In Sedona the plural of vortex is usually vortexes. So what is a vortex, anyway? Well you see them in everyday life. The turbulent flow of water makes vortices. If you have ever seen a whirlpool in a river or watched water going down the drain in the bath tub and have witnessed the tornado like glassiness of spinning water, you have seen a vortex.

A vortex is created from spiraling motion of air or liquid around a center of rotation. If you have ever witnessed a dust devil kick up in the desert, you have seen a vortex.

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National Monuments

TuzigootTuzigoot:
Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. From a roof top a child scans the desert landscape for the arrival of traders, who are due any day now. What riches will they bring? What stories will they tell? Will all of them return? From the top of the Tuzigoot Pueblo it is easy to imagine such an important moment. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. The site is currently comprised of 42 acres..


Montezuma’s Castle:

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Since before its establishment as a National Monument in 1906, Montezuma Castle has drawn curious visitors from all over the world. Standing below the 900 year old masonry walls of this dramatic structure often conjures more questions than answers.

It’s been over fifty years since the last visitor was allowed to gaze out the windows of Montezuma Castle as the Sinagua did 700 years ago. While we can no longer permit the general public to enter the fragile cliff dwelling, you can still discover the enduring legacy of the ancient Sinagua through this virtual tour of the iconic symbol of Arizona’s ancient cultures.


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