Horse statue
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Photo Caption: A horse statue and other artistic pieces adorn downtown Sedona.

Photos and Story by Greg Johnson, travel writer

You slowly get into the “Zen” spirit as you drive the curvy road down Oak Creek Canyon to the touristy town of Sedona.

Mountain bikers, hikers, artists, tourists and spiritual healers throng to Sedona for stunning views of the rock cliffs and canyon landscapes surrounding the city. 

Red rocks
Iron oxide pigmentation in the sedimentary layers of the cliffs above Sedona create the stunning red-orange color known as “red rocks.”

Sedona is a spiritual place where you can enjoy a message at one of the many spas and experience elevated levels of earth energy at a local vortex. The Sedona Airport Mesa Vortex is perhaps the most popular and well-known of the several vortexes in Sedona. Other vortexes are Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

You can also take a jeep tour of the surrounding area, shop in Sedona and the village of Tlaquepaque. For a special treat, slide down Oak Canyon Creek at Slide Rock State Park.

Woman on vortex
A women enjoys a quiet time atop the Airport Mesa Vortex in Sedona.

Popular trails include Wilson Canyon, the Cathedral Rock hike, Doe Mountain Trail and the Devil’s Bridge Trail.

The Sky Rock Inn of Sedona (formerly Best Western Plus of Sedona) is a great place to stay for breathtaking red rock views from the hotel terrace. Gather around the terrace fire pits at night to see the stunning red rock formations set against a starlight sky.

For information, contact the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, website:, phone 800-288-7336.

For information on Sky Rock Inn of Sedona, call 800-292-6344 or go to [email protected].