Best of Sedona
- Where to Go
- The Best of the Valley of the Sun
- Wild West Adventure
- Let Scottsdale Rock Your World
- Finding Water in the Sonoran Desert
- Spring Training
- Arizona Family Road Trip
- Phoenix Points of Pride
- Southwestern Culture and Heritage
- Nocturnal Scottsdale
- Exploring Phoenix’s Architecture
- Unexpected Arizona
- Desert Chic
- Chilly Drinks and Cool Eats in Scottsdale
Chapel of the Holy Cross: Witness this iconic church, which appears to rise out the red rocks, creating a brilliant union of art, nature, and God. Its quiet interior is the perfect place to contemplate Sedona’s majestic landscape.
The Red Rocks: Explore the famous buttes from the road, on foot, or by bike. The massive red-rock buttes, which soar from the desert floor, captivate with intricate spires and rich colors.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village: Explore Sedona’s charming shopping center, inspired by small artisan villages in Mexico. It features some of the city’s best shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Jeep Tours: Tour the red rocks from the back of an open-air Jeep. The guided journey is a must-do highlight, and a fun way to explore out-of-the-way formations and learn about Sedona’s unique geology and wildlife.
Oak Creek Canyon: Drive the scenic highway through this leafy refuge north of Sedona. The quiet, wooded setting is an ideal place to take a hike — though kids will want to slip down the natural chute at Slide Rock State Park.
Jerome: Visit this hillside mining town in the Verde Valley, which locals like to tell you is haunted. The narrow streets that were once home to saloons and brothels now feature small restaurants, galleries, and shops.
Montezuma Castle National Monument: Discover one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the country. The five-story, 20-room pueblo, which clings to side of a limestone wall 75 feet above the ground, is an impressive testament to the ingenuity of the Sinagua people.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition