The City Of Sedona
The City of Sedona, located an easy two-hour drive from burgeoning Phoenix and 90 miles south of the Grand Canyon, lies amidst an ancient forest of juniper and pine, surrounded by the celebrated sculptured pinnacles and mystic vortexes of Arizona's Red Rock Country. One of America's premier tourism, recreation, arts and cultural centers, Sedona enjoys super-clean air and water and a moderate elevation of 4,500 ft., allowing residents to escape the desert heat of southern Arizona and mountain snows to the north, with either just a short drive away. Four delightfully mild seasons with average annual daily temperatures of 74 degrees (high) and 46 degrees (low) and total annual precipitation of only 17 inches makes for an ideal getaway destination year around.
This vibrant city with a residential population of 16,000 has become nationally recognized as a creative and spiritual center, attracting artists, writers and approximately 4,000,000 annual visitors from around the world, highlighted by over 40 art galleries and significant cultural facilities.
In 2003, USA Today named Sedona and the surrounding Red Rock Country *The Most Beautiful Place in America,* explaining its choice as follows:
*Ever since the early days of movies, when Hollywood has wanted to show the unique beauty of the West, it has gone to Sedona, a place that looks like nowhere else. Beginning with The Call of the Canyon in 1923, some hundred movies and TV shows have been filmed in and around town. We fell under Sedona's spell, too, and while debating our No. 1 spot kept returning to it for the same reasons Hollywood does: The Area?s telegenic canyons, wind-shaped buttes and dramatic sandstone towers embody the rugged character of the West - and the central place that character holds in our national identity. There's a timelessness about these ancient rocks that fires the imagination of all who encounter them. Some 11,000 years before film cameras discovered Sedona, American Indians settled the area. Homesteaders, artists and, most recently, New Age spiritualists have followed. Many cultures and agendas abound, but there's really only one attraction: the sheer, exuberant beauty of the place. People come for inspiration and renewal, tawny cliffs rising from the buff desert floor, wind singing through box canyons, and sunsets that seem to cause the ancient buttes and spires to glow from within. We hear the canyon's call and cannot resist.*
For more information vist the official site of the City of Sedona