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Arizona's artistic and spiritual mecca inspires recreational vehicle travelers to spread their wings

Located about 120 miles north of Phoenix, Sedona is nestled between 1,000-foot-high walls of stone in lushly forested Oak Creek Canyon and the wide-open space of the Verde Valley.

This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm. The Red Rocks of Sedona appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun.

Often called "Red Rock Country," Sedona is a four-seasons playground for every kind of traveler, whether you're into history and archaeology, arts and culture, shopping, outdoor sports or the spiritual and metaphysical. The city of 10,000 annually attracts more than 4 million tourists from around the world.

This 19-square-mile city is split between Coconino and Yavapai counties.

Because of its stunning visuals, Sedona has played host to more than 60 Hollywood productions over the years, eventually earning the moniker "Arizona's Little Hollywood."

At an elevation of 4,500 feet, Sedona has mild winters and summers.

Arts and Special Events
Sedona is home to hundreds of artists of every medium and aesthetic bent. It is an art community of ruggedly individualistic expression, from cutting-edge contemporary to visionary, Native American to modern realism. This burgeoning level of cultural activity helped foster Sedona's reputation as a destination.

Over 40 Sedona galleries showcase contemporary, representational and traditional artists who are known nationally and internationally. This creates a full calendar of openings, artist receptions, demonstrations and workshops to keep the art aficionado entertained year-round.

Every first Friday of the month, several of Sedona's most prominent art galleries host an evening of openings, technique demonstrations and receptions, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation as it makes a continuous loop between participating galleries.

Numerous events are hosted annually in the Sedona area, including the Sedona Bluegrass Festival, the week-long Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival, the Sedona Marathon and Chamber Music Sedona, which sponsors an annual chamber music program.

For More Information:
Sedona Chamber of
Commerce Tourism Bureau

Arizona Office of Tourism