"Spiritual Mecca, Artistic Enclave & Outdoor Wonder" Sedona by deecat

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The Naming of This Beautiful Place

Did you ever wonder where the name Sedona originated? This beautiful area was named after T.C. Schnebly's wife in 1902. Why? Well, Schnebly had purchased an 80-acre site & built a beautiful home, but he, and other residents, were upset about the infrequent mail service. Thus, he filed an application for the establishment of a post office. They tried various names such as Red Rock Crossing & Oak Creek Station; however, the government denied them because the names were too long!

T.C Schnebly's brother suggested to him to use his wife Sedona's name. He did, & the rest is history.

This first post office for Sedona, Arizona, was, appropriately, located in the back of the Schnebly's home.

Reasons To Visit Sedona

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People seem to visit Sedona, Arizona, for many reasons--We, for instance, visited to see for ourselves the famed "red-rocked monoliths" that we had heard so much about. Others go the Sedona to hike in this fabulous outdoor paradise. My friend Kate always goes to visit the healers, spiritual guides, and intuitives. Whatever the reason for going, I think you'll be satisfied with most of it.

I must say, I was not enamored with the multitude of tourist-oriented shops with less than inspirational "wares". But, that was a small annoyance compared to all of Sedona's natural endowments:

Mogollon Rim, Ponderosa Pine trees, Coconino National Forest, and Oak Creek Canyon.

I learned that the road through Oak Creek Canyon was the first Officially Designated Scenic Highways and the most scenic way to the Grand Canyon!

One misconception people have about Sedona is that at all times the rocks look red. It all depends on the season, the weather, and the lighting. The photo almost looks fake, but it's real, and it appears yellow.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Increible Natural Beauty
  • Cons:Tourist shops
  • In a nutshell:A picturesque town nestled within awesome scenery
  • Last visit to Sedona: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    There is something so magical about those beautiful red mountains. Excellent tips and information as always Dee! Hope your VT meet goes well.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    what a pleasure to read your page and revisit sedona. great pictures. email to follow.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    must have been used in road movies - happy new year. sb.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    When I got here Oct 2009, I did not get to see as much as you and regret that. As always, you detail comments and great pictures guide the reader to enjoyment. We just got back from 3 weeks in Phoenix area; nice

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:10 AM

    Wonderful page. I enjoyed all the beautiful pictures, the restaurant and the hotels. Good shopping tips. What extraordinary scenery.

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    It's always a pleasure to read your extensive tips and nice pictures. Once againa job well done! Keep on travelling my friend!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Wonderful page on this stunning area! The scenery is beautiful, I love all those vivid colours and unusual shapes. You brought a smile to the face about the master bedroom!

  • Jan 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Enjoyed the info about the mysticical environment. Thanks for an honest, comprehensive group of tips that are helpful and informative. What a beautiful area. Two excellent shopping tips.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    What a wonderful guide for Sedona, Dee :-)) I was there once for one day only, in February and could already see its magic red-yellow atmosphere :-) next time I must visit Taliesin!! morning hugs :-))

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Excellent tips. Shopping! I'm with you on that one! Wish I had known about Taliesin West and the train ride when we were there. Love trains and Wright.


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