Sedona, Arizona

Coconino County


Sedona is an American city in the Verde Valley in northern Arizona in the Coconino and Yavapai County


Sedona is located 48 km south of Flagstaff at the outlet of Oak Creek Canyon in the Verde Valley. Flowing through the city of Oak Creek.


Due to its location beneath the Mogollon Rims on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, the climate in Sedona is a year despite the height milder than in the deserts of the plateau. In the months of December to February, the average night temperature is still below the frost line from May to September Located on the average daily value over 28 degrees Celsius in July, the average daily maximum is 35 degrees. Rainfall all year low.


From about 4000 BC to about 1350 settled the Sinagua Indians in their pueblos in the Verde Valley. From 1400 followed by the Yavapai and Apaches. The first Europeans in the area were the Spanish prospectors Antonio de Espejo ( 1583 ) and Marcos Farfan de los Godas ( 1598 ). However, they found no gold, but copper.

Until 1821 the land belonged to Spain and then went into the possession of Mexico. In 1848 it fell under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which followed the Mexican-American War, the U.S. and now belonged to the state of Arizona.

1876 ​​met with John James Thomson of the first settlers in the area a.

Sedona was founded on 26 June 1902, as a farmer village and got in January 1988, the city rights. The city's name comes from the wife of T.C. Schnebly, who had opened a post office in the village about 1899. The post office was called at the beginning of Oak Creek Crossing and Schnebly Station. Since the postal administration of the name was too long, Schnebly gave the name of his wife Sedona.

With the surrealist artists Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, who moved to Sedona in 1946, already a painter, sculptor, writer and members of other creative professions were soon attracted to the significant mark on the cityscape. Ernst created here in 1948 his large sculpture Capricorn of cement, standing in front of his house. It is only preserved in fragments, which are located in Berlin. There are, however, an impression in plaster and some bronze castings at various locations.


Annual travel between two and three million visitors because of the natural beauty (such as Slide Rock State Park ) to Sedona. Another attraction is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a built into a mountain chapel.

Transport links

Through the city lead the Arizona State Routes 89A and 179 on the southwestern outskirts of Sedona Airport is located. The Interstate Highway I 17 extends about 15 kilometers east of the city, separated by a mountain range.

New Age Movement

Today the city is a center of the New Age movement, because the mountains are said to possess spiritual power in the area.

Sons and daughters of the town


Bell Rock in Sedona

Rock at Sedona

View of Holy Cross Sedona direction

Chapel of the Holy Cross