You may not consider the colour red to be a peaceful backdrop, but you’ll change your mind as you enter “red rock country” and the natural red colours infuse their natural beauty into each of your senses. Take a deep breath and absorb all that your Sedona will offer.
Settled on the southwestern rim of the Colorado Plateau, Sedona lies between the Coconino and Yavapai counties. Its mile-high rocks make long drives a pleasure, and the never-ending forestry create the illusion that you’re living inside a national park. Once a rural ranching community, Sedona is now a place known for its mystical environment and its refreshing energy. An early settler, Carl Schnelby turned his house into both a post office and a hotel for travellers, and when pressed to name his complex, he chose his wife’s first name – Sedona – to set his place apart. The name stuck, and expanded to the surrounding area, now filled with hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and more than 30 churches.
Sedona’s picturesque desert terrain creates the perfect outdoor paradise for a spiritual awakening for which the area is so well-known. More than 4 million tourists visit Sedona each year for the serenity of this organically infused atmosphere. When you’re not connecting with your inner “om,” take advantage of the shopping, outdoor sports, and resorts that lie inside the city’s 19-square miles.
Arizona boasts beautiful, warm weather all year long, and the relentless sun only cools things down a bit during the winter when temperatures fluctuate between 7-23 degrees. While days are usually warm and bright, extreme highs and lows do occur, depending on your location in the desert. If you’re in the middle of the desert on a hot summer day, you might experience 51 degrees of simmering sunlight, but if you’re in the same spot on a winter evening, temperatures can easily plummet to -37 degrees. If you’re booking flights to Sedona to stay in more popular areas though, conditions typically stay mild and pleasant, ranging between 20-25 degrees.
Although Sedona has four distinct seasons, each one is laden with sunshine and clear skies so it’s easy to plan a visit to Sedona all year-round.
The perfect time to book flights to Sedona is during the winter months of December to February, when the sun’s rays taper off, and allow for cooler temperatures and milder conditions. Winter storms do occur, but only in the high mountains, where snow covers the peaks in a white blanket. As usual, precipitation depends on the elevation.
Although it’s hard to believe there could ever be an off season in such a beautiful place, travellers often find cheap flights to Sedona during the summer months (July – mid September) because of scorching temperatures, thunderstorms, and exorbitant rainfall. When high winds up to 100 mph and a rainstorm combine, the peaceful red haven becomes a chaotic mess.
A great way to get around the city is by hopping aboard the city trolley. It covers the city every 10 to 15 minutes, so you’ll never be waiting long. It might be a good idea to rent a car, but watch out for weekend traffic. The beautiful scenery surrounding Sedona makes for some wonderful drives, but drivers have been known to get distracted by all the beauty – so pay attention to the road.