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Sedona Tourism and Facts

Sedona is one of Arizona’s premier tourism, recreation, resort, arts and cultural, and retirement centers. At an altitude of 4,500′, Sedona escapes the desert heat of Southern Arizona and the mountain snows to the north with either just a short drive away. Sedona’s location at the mouth of renown Oak Creek Canyon and at the center of the state’s legendary Red Rock Country affords breath-taking panoramas, four delightfully mild seasons, plenty of sunshine and clean, fresh air. Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon was Arizona’s first designated Scenic Highway and was named by Rand-McNally as one of the most beautiful drives in America. The area is the second most visited site in the state after the Grand Canyon.

Established in 1902 but not incorporated until 1988, the community was named after Sedona Schnebly, an early settler. Sedona spreads across the boundaries of two north central Arizona counties, Coconino and Yavapai, and is completely surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Incorporated Sedona and the unincorporated areas in Oak Creek Canyon, the Village of Oak Creek, Red Rock Loop Road and the canyons to the west are collectively known as the Greater Sedona Area™. The area’s housing is predominately single family residences with some condominium developments and there is a preponderance of small owner-operated businesses serving the community.

Tourism, in concert with the retirement and the arts and culture communities, forms Sedona’s economic base with the Forest Service estimating that four million people visit the area annually. Sedona has something for everyone – world class resorts and small family-run motels, quaint to elegant bed and breakfasts, fine restaurants, outstanding shops and diverse art galleries. The beauty of the area and the climate make sightseeing and hiking popular, golf and tennis are almost year-round activities. Visitors can take a jeep ride into the backcountry or view red rock monoliths from horseback or hot air balloons. Red Rock Country has been the setting of many motion pictures and continues to be a favorite location for all forms of filming – motion, video & still.

Sedona is a hub for visitors to Northern Arizona. After enjoying all that Sedona has to offer, including Red Rock and Slide Rock State Parks, many visitor sites such as the Grand Canyon, Jerome, Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater, Indian ruins and Native American Reservations are easy day trips.

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