Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sedona: awesome views, special places

Sedona, Arizona, is Red Rock Country (Source: VisitSedona.com) 
There is a special uniqueness about Sedona. It’s partly the natural beauty in this Red Rock Country and the pull of the majestic mountains--whatever it is, there is definitely a magical essence here. It is said that ancient winds blow rose-colored sand grains into the surrounding mesas sculpting magnificent monuments of timeless crimson beauty.

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
People come to Sedona "to heal and be healed, to express creativity and be inspired.” Among those lured here over the years have been thousands of fine artists, poets, musicians and writers.

Visitors can experience some of today's artists' work at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village with more than 40 shops and art galleries.  A Sedona landmark since the 1970’s, Tlaquepaque was originally conceived as an artist community. These days people frequently have an opportunity to meet well-known visual and performing artists at Tlaquepaque. To learn about mostly-free events, including First Fridays Evening at the Galleries,  click here.

Chapel of the Holy Cross
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is nestled in the Red Rocks above Sedona. This amazing architectural feat is well worth a visit. There is no charge.

The Chapel rises out of a 250-foot-high twin pinnacle spur, and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Inside the sweeping views continue through giant glass windows beyond the alter.

Hours: daily from 9-5, and on Sunday from 10-5.
Location:  At the end of Chapel Road, off of AZ Hwy 179.
There is limited free parking at the base of the hill (larger rigs, or pull trailers are not encouraged). From the parking area there is a short, but steep, hike up to the Chapel. A courtesy cart, at no charge, is available for those who need a lift.

Sedona Community Farmers Market happens every Friday, May 27 through October.

Meet the local growers and taste farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, gluten free, vegan, hand-made chocolates, and live music.

Hours: Friday from 8-11:30 am.
Location: Tlaquepaque Creek Side Parking Lot, 336 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336

Slide Rock State Park (Arizona State Parks)
Slide Rock State Park a public park for outdoor play.

The sun shines an average of over 300 days of the year in Sedona. That’s more sunshine than Florida. Arizona has more National Parks and National Monuments than any other state and Sedona is centrally located near most of them, including Slide Rock State Park, located in Oak Creek Canyon seven miles north of Sedona.

This day-use public park features a smooth natural water slide that cascades into a swimming hole, wildlife viewing, picnic areas and short hiking trails. To read about other nearby state parks, click here.

Entrance Fees: Monday-Sunday: $10 per vehicle
Hours:
Feb 1-Oct 31 - 8 am to 6 pm (last entry 5:30 pm.)
Nov 1-Jan 31 - 9 am to 5 pm (last entry 4:30 pm.)

Free Visitor Information:
Sedona Net -
Click on this spot to connect with a comprehensive calendar of events, many free or low cost, including a film festival, open mic night and quilters' demos.

Visit Sedona - 
"Want to know where to eat? Where to shop? Where to stay? Curious about special events? Sedona’s unique history? Or would you like to view a map of our most famous hiking trails?” Obtain information from this free Sedona Visitors Guide. Order a glossy guide, or view it online for free.

Sedona’s Best -
If you're looking for fun things to do in Sedona, Az, and are here on a vacation or visiting, there are many Sedona events and attractions.

Read a previous item on “Vineyard hopping near Jerome, Arizona" elsewhere in RV Short Stops.

-- Julianne G. Crane 
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2 comments:

  1. I was so happy to see this since Sedona is my destination for next month! Thanks for the great tips and info!

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