It's easy to see what draws so many people to Sedona. Red-rock buttes—Cathedral Rock, Bear Mountain, Courthouse Rock, and Bell Rock, among others—reach up into an almost always blue sky, and both colors are intensified by dark-green pine forests. Surrealist Max Ernst, writer Zane Grey, and many filmmakers drew inspiration from these vistas—more than 80 Westerns were shot in the area in the 1940s and '50s alone.
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You’ll be awed by nature’s beauty at aptly named Bell Rock or on the hike into the wilderness of Boynton Canyon, two of Sedona’s most popular trails.
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The West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon passes an old apple orchard before following a creek under spectacularly eroded walls of red and buff sandstone.
Adults and kids alike will enjoy swimming and slip-sliding at this beautiful park where Oak Creek has eroded the stream bed into a slick water chute.
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Traveling solo? Follow these safety tips when going places on your own.
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Ever see the rings of Saturn? Jupiter up close? Gaze at distant galaxies with Evening Sky Tours. Telescopes, chairs and blankets provided.
Scenic and challenging, these classic greens are a duffer's delight.
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The most amazing massage I’ve ever had was at the Mii amo Spa. Watsu therapy combines shiatsu, stretching and touch in a warm, soothing pool.
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Camping in the desert is an awesome experience. Be sure to plan ahead and takes these tips into consideration.
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The air here inspires you to dream of a thinner waist. Eat at ChocolaTree, with its organic, homemade, vegan menu. Try the kale quinoa salad.
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