Sedona is a touristy kind of place with lots of shops selling everything from copies of Native American jewelry
and art work to modern paintings, carvings and blown glass. You won't see any pictures of that as I was more
interested in what surrounded the area. These photos are a few of the scenic areas in and near Sedona.
|There are dozens of hiking trails that start inside or very near the city limits of Sedona.
We turned off to Boynton Canyon, about two miles one way.
|In the photo on the right, and very difficult to see, is a
person playing a flute while sitting on top of the spire
near the center of the picture.
|The red sandstone bluffs around the area have been used as a backdrop in many western movies.
|As a reminder that you are not far from town, the third shot looks opposite the red rocks and over an upscale neighborhood.
|Airport Mesa is an excellent place to watch the sunset. It over looks most of
Sedona and across the way, are the red rocks from our earlier hike. The two
photos on the right and sunset shots below were all taken from the mesa.
|After a very nice sunset, the lights
of Sedona start to come on, right
two photos, and longer exposures
showoff the view across the valley.
|Chimney Rock Loop is an easy trail of about 3 miles and 500 feet in elevation
that circles more of the red sandstone and has great views of the Verde Valley.
|These two photos on the right look toward the east and the
Airport Mesa where the sunset photos were taken.
|Not far along this trail, we passed into the wilderness area
that shares its boundary with the city limits of Sedona.
|Near the highest elevation on the trail, a view of both the east and west
parts of Verde Valley where Sedona is located.
|A short drive south is the 'V Bar V' ranch where a parks service fellow explained to us the meaning of much of
the petroglyph's caved into the sandstone by a method call pecking. He told us that the Sinagua people left this
area and merged with the Hopi who lived northeast of here. It is their ancestors that have passed along the
meanings and how we know who made these drawings.
|This trail ends with a nice view to the west of Sedona.
|It was long thought that the squiggly lines in
the left photo were likely a snake, until
someone looked at an air photo of the area
and realized that the stone etching is an
exact replica of the nearby Beaver Creek.
|This center photo shows a face that is
watching the opening to the underworld.
These people believed that all creatures came
from there and returned when they passed.
|The photo above show two 'Shaman', with the
right one likely female because of the hair on
the sides of the head. To the left of that one is a
long necked figure, possibly of the 'Snake Clan'.
One of 32 or 33 clans in the tribal organization.
|The petroglyphs are
located on what was the
'V bar V' ranch
established in the
1800's. The main cabin
burned down sometime
ago and the fireplace is
all that remains.
|Sunset from Airport Mesa.
|Lots of great views, but we decided not to climb up to the trail namesake shown in the third photo.
|In the larger picture above, you
can see the name of a cowboy
added over a hundred years ago.