If you have never been to Sedona, it is best to put this place on the top or your bucket list! For me it is one of the most beautiful places in the USA. Oak Creek wanders down (and I mean down – about 3000 feet!) from Flagstaff, into a valley where the red and tan rock is all around you. The valley is mostly controlled by Coconino National Forest.
(My grandson Dillon says it should be called Coconino National Brush as there are no trees around Sedona, except short junipers!)
The small artist town is growing but still very charming. There is lots of art, Indian jewelry and pottery and leather items. A great place to do your holiday shopping.
The town has a variety of places to stay from basic lodges to elegant resorts and spas! Of course we stayed at the latter. Enchantment Resort is out of town nestled in the red rock.
One day we went on a private jeep tour of the high desert. It was very interesting to learn how the early Indians used the desert plants. The Prickly Pear is great to eat. Actually we had batter fried Prickly Pear for dinner one night, much like fried zucchini. Dillon thought it was most interesting how the bark of the Juniper was pounded to become very soft and then spread the bark in the beds for babies. The bark absorbs liquid like a diaper!
Also the Juniper branches were burned to make smoke and the smoke has a cleaning component. It was like taking a bath… As the desert has so little water it was a very clever health habit.
Sedona and the surrounding area is a great several-day visit. There are modest to very aggressive walks and hikes, nearby ruins to explore, trout fishing in the creek and of course, the great shopping.