Sedona, and the adjacent Oak Creek Canyon area, is a magical landscape of pastel painted bluffs, buttes, and boldly shaped geological formations. Often referred to as “red rock country” because of these mountainous forms, Sedona lures tourists with its beauty and attracts New Age devotees with its “power spots,” or vortices, where the electrical and magnetic fields emit a special energy described by enthusiasts as peaceful and calming. These places often coincide with sites sacred to Native Americans. Native Americans have inhabited Sedona and the surrounding region for centuries. “The ancient ones” came here to hunt and fish. You can still visit the remnants of their cliff dwellings and see their pictographs carved into the stone.
In the 1950s Surrealist painter Max Ernst, perhaps drawn by the area’s geographically severe shapes and unusual textures, moved to Sedona. Other artists followed, and over the years Sedona developed into a recognized artist colony. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.
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