The approach to the area reminded me a little bit of the Grand Canyon. You know you are close to the area, but there is no big visual clue until you are on top of it.
But once we got into Sedona it was stunning! The redness of the rocks and the famous rock formations are right there --- seemingly closer than they really were. I just couldn't keep from saying, "Oh My!!" or "Wow".
We took the main 89A highway through town and went to the 'Visitor Center'. It became apparent it was a commercial place pretty quickly with offers of RV camping near by and helicopter rides available and jeep rides through the canyon to see it all up close.
We opted for the scenic overlook up Airport Road which was a right turn off the main drag and up the hill. Then the valley and all its majesty below...
The Coffee Pot
I have no idea but it was beautiful...
We took lots of pictures and tried to take it all in. And then quickly we had a couple of helicopters fly by.
It was getting to be about lunch time and we wanted to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It was a couple of lights and round-abouts away off highway 179. A few minutes later we were in the parking lot and eating our lunch before we climbed the small hill up to the Chapel.
here. A prayer service is held there on Mondays, but all Liturgies are at the Parish Church in Sedona.
As we drove back through town, I decided to get up early the next day and see the sun rise over Sedona with the Red Rocks as a back drop. It was pretty chilly but worth the hour of picture taking.
And then we had some hot air balloons in the distance
Sedona is now on "One of My Favorite Places" list and we will have to come back. There is a lot more to do and see here.
Thanks for joining us on our day in Sedona!