Red Rocks! Sedona, Az
Sedona is located in the Upper Sonoran Desert of northern Arizona at an elevation of 4500 feet - chug chug chug that water!!!
Sedona's a-maz-ing.... Upon arriving the RV had a moment of silence. As the red sandstone formations showed themselves against the blue sky, we were hooked. It's no wonder Sedona attracts spiritual seekers, artists and healers. Many New Age types believe that Sedona is the center of vortexes that radiate the Earth's power. We definitely felt something.
The Sedona area was at sea bottom 330 million years ago, and the shells of sea creatures formed a layer of limestone that is in the area today, called the Redwall limestone because of its color, the result of iron oxide deposited in the rocks by water in later eras. The Supai Group of red sandstone, deposited when the area was a floodplain about 300 million years ago, sits atop the Redwall Formation, to a depth of about 600 feet. On top of that is a layer called the Hermit Formation, about 280 million years old, made of sandstone, mudstone and conglomerate
So, why the name Sedona? It's is named after Sedona Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of the city's first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness. We quickly found out (via the many bronze plaques around town) that many of Hollywood's classic westerns were filmed in or near Sedona.
What's a Sedona Vortex? Well, they say a vortex is a place, usually on or near an interesting rock formation, where people have reported feeling inspired by a beneficial source of energy. We for sure felt it, but it could be beaches the views are breath-taking - therefore making us light-headed, leading to a feeling of euphoria:) If you're skeptical, that's okay - looking for vortexes is still a fun excuse for a hike.
When Sedona? Evidence of humans in the Sedona region begins around 4000 BC when hunter-gatherers roamed through the Verde Valley. As early as 300 BC the dry desert soils were being farmed by the Hohokam people, who developed systems of irrigation canals by 700 AD but then left the area, perhaps because of a regional volcanic eruption in 1066 AD. I'd definitely leave then!
If you can, Check out these Rocks! The famous Red Rocks of Sedona are one of the most beautiful natural sites in the United States!