Almost the entire world knows that Sedona, strategically situated at the mouth of spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, is a unique place. Characterized by massive red-rock formations, as well as the contrasting riparian areas of Oak Creek Canyon, the area surrounding this beloved community is considered at least as beautiful as many national parks.
As well as having a solid reputation as an artists’ enclave, Sedona offers visitors a wealth of trails ranging from leisurely jaunts to long, challenging backpacking treks. New Age spiritualists come to the area for its celebrated vortexes, mystical sources of energy. Among the state’s most photographed backdrops is Red Rock Crossing, where immense sandstone cliffs are reflected in the waters of Oak Creek.
Arizona’s golf courses are as diverse and spectacular as its landscape. With more than 300 courses across the state, Arizona can offer a unique golfing experience. Ranging from desert target style to links courses and alpine fairways.
Paleo-Indians came to the Sedona area more than 15,000 years ago. Nearby you will find ancient cliff dwellings and ruins occupied by the Sinagua people between A.D. 1100 and A.D. 1300. The largest cliff dwellings in the area have been cited as world class by archeologists! If that doesn’t get you archaeological interests peaked… how about pictographs? Carvings on rocks in place are called petroglyphs and drawings on these same surfaces are called pictoglyphs! This ancient “rock art? Is common to eastern Utah, the Grand Canyon, the Canyon de Chelly and the Sedona area but is rare elsewhere. Young and old alike will find these unique ancient sites both educational and interesting!
Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center. The park, which operates both as a nature reserve and an environmental center, offers beautiful scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock.
Slide Rock Park
The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek or swim in the natural rock slide pools.
To ancient Indian tribes, the red rock valley of Sedona was sacred land only to be used for special rites and ceremonies. Long ago, they established the locations of focused power, the vortices. A vortex is considered a place of energy and may be either positively or negatively charged and is considered masculine or feminine.
These ancient sites are visited daily and a number of the “vortexes” in the Sedona area are within an easy drive and a short walk. These concentrations of the earth’s power have inspired many a visitor’s spiritual Sedona experience. Nearby vortexes include Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Airport Mesa.
If you have never been to Sedona you have missed alot of fun. You can golf, hike, mountain bike, fish, hot air balloon rides, rafting and things you haven’t even thought of. A week long stay at Sedona Pines Resort is just $398 for a 1 bedroom/sleeps 4. This is another member benefit with a Travel Membership with a GRN membership. Get your membership today and start saving thousands on your vacation dreams. Watch the movie and decide if this is right for you. I’ll bet you do.