Painted hills and desert scrub...

Golden brown in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona lies in the northern Verde Valley between Phoenix (to the south) and Flagstaff (to the north). The region is famous for its incredible red sandstone formations! While Phoenix and Scottsdale are pretty in their own way, Sedona is the beauty of the bunch.

In April 2012, my mum and I paid Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona a visit. With direct flights to Phoenix and a basic hotel with pool included at just over $450 each (from Calgary/Vancouver), the trip was a great deal for a weekend. We booked through Westjet Vacations and for that value, I’d certainly do so again.

Let’s go on a road trip!

The landscape started to change as we drove north from Phoenix.
The landscape started to change as we drove north from Phoenix.
Getting closer to Sedona...
Getting closer to Sedona… Speed limits in mph, something to get used to for us Metric lovers!
Hello traffic circles!
Hello traffic circles!
Sharing the road with motorcyclists, red sandstone formations on either side.
Now entering the town site and sharing the road with motorcyclists. Beautiful red sandstone formations on either side.

Sedona’s characteristic red rock is formed from a thick red and orange rock layer called the Schnebly Hill Formation. The formation is exclusive to the Sedona area and was deposited between 252 and 300 million years ago in the Permian period. A little geography lesson!

Beautiful sandstone formations in and around Sedona.
Beautiful sandstone formations in and around Sedona.
Beautiful sandstone formations in and around Sedona.
Beautiful sandstone formations in and around Sedona.
Interpretive area surrounded by beautiful sandstone formations in and around Sedona.
Interpretive area surrounded by beautiful sandstone formations in and around Sedona.
Something to look at in every direction! The colours were so vibrant.
Something to look at in every direction! The colours were so vibrant.

It was a hot day, even in April. We were glad for our rental car’s air conditioning. Average temperatures in April are cooler than in Phoenix at 23 degrees Celcius (~73 F), which is still warm by Canadian standards!

Painted hills and desert scrub...
Painted hills and desert scrub…

Sedona is a great day trip if you’re in the Phoenix (or Flagstaff) area. The drive is about two hours from Phoenix or just under an hour from Flagstaff. There are all kinds of annual events to plan to attend if you’re looking for a specific reason to drive in, besides the beautiful landscape!

Look out for snakes and prickly cacti! 😉

Getting late in the afternoon with lower light. Heading back to town for dinner.
Getting late in the afternoon with lower light. Heading back to town for dinner.
Can't wait to be back! What a beautiful place.
Can’t wait to be back! What a beautiful place.

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