Sedona AZ: Part Great Outdoors, Part Inner Peace

Hike the Airport Mesa Trail, and stay for the sunset

Hike the Airport Mesa Trail, and stay for the sunset

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Sedona AZ, is one of America’s most beautiful places, with a dramatic colorful landscape: the red rocks against an almost always blue sky.

Sedona is part rugged, part resort. Part hiking the great outdoors, part finding your inner peace. The surrounding canyons offer excellent hiking and mountain biking, but it can be intensely spiritual as well. Many New Age types believe that this area is the center of vortexes that radiate the Earth’s power.

GETTING THERE: Fly into Phoenix, Arizona’s Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), and pick up a car rental for the drive to Sedona.

What to Do in Sedona AZ: hike Cathedral Rock Trail

Hike Cathedral Rock Trail


Hundreds of hiking trails will lead you to some fantastic vistas. See The Hike House’s Sedona Trail Rating System.

Chapel of the Holy Cross, situated between red-rock columns,  was built in 1956 in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Airport Mesa is one of the earth’s best-known vortexes, said to radiate electromagnetic energy; also a great location for watching the spectacular red-rock sunset.



Elote Cafe serves the cuisine of Mexico culled from over 15 years of travels through Mexico by chef Jeff Smedstad. Of course, you have to try his signature dish, Elote – tire roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and cotija cheese.

L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek was named “One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest” by Condé Nast Traveler. Go for Sunday Brunch, and try to get a creekside table.

Where to Stay in Sedona AZ: book a guest house through airbnb

Book your own guest house


Find unique places to stay and book your own guest house through airbnb.

Amara Resort & Spa, a desert retreat with a distinctly urban vibe. The hotel’s creekside location also offers views of the Red rocks and the Oak Creek. Newly renovated and located just a few steps from Oak Creek, in Sedona, close to Sedona Art Center, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and Chapel of the Holy Cross.



Where to Stay in Sedona AZ: Amara Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel

Amara Resort and Spa


3 thoughts on “Sedona AZ: Part Great Outdoors, Part Inner Peace

  1. Eden, your set of images reminds me how much I would like to get back to the United States to explore the country’s natural wonders. The shrimp-colored tones that you captured at sunset are extraordinary. The formations bring to mind some that we saw in Meteora, Greece. Did you devote much time to hiking?

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