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...Sedona
Arizona's Red Rock Country
Coffee Pot Rock
Chapel Butte
Sedona, situated between Phoenix and Flagstaff, calls itself Red Rock Country. It's pretty obvious why as you stand anywhere in the cozy little upscale town and gaze upward. You're surrounded by the sights of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Capitol Butte and Cathedral Rock.

The surrounding pictures are of the red rock formations surrounding the Chapel of the Holy Cross which is built into the rock. The chapel sits near the tree line at the base of the butte. The two vertical rocks to the right (in the pictures above and below) are called the Two Nuns. In the two pictures below you can also see what is called "Madona and Child." It is the shortest vertical rock formation just left of center.

The interior of the Catholic church, which is open to the public and one of Sedona's most popular destinations, is modern and well-done without losing its reverence. The views from the church grounds are spectacular.

Chapel Butte
Chapel Butte
Walkway to Chapel of the Holy Cross
Interior of Chapel of the Holy Cross
Courthouse Butte

Left: Courthouse Butte

Below: Bell Rock

Bell Rock
The residential sections of Sedona are very smartly nestled into the moutains, with natural earth colors and local rock used for building and landscaping.
from Boynton Pass Road
View from Highway 179
Mtn backdrop to residential section
Coffee Pot Rock

Above: Coffee Pot Rock

Below: Chimney Rock

Taken from Boynton Pass Road

Above: Taken from Boynton Pass Road

Below: Cathedral Rock

Chimney Rock
Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock

Above: Another view of Cathedral Rock

Right, above: The hazy colors of ornamental grasses seem to fit well into Sedona's landscape.

Right, below: A small wind stirs up the red Arizona sand

landscaping with grasses
arizona sand

Along with its hiking and biking trails, Sedona is well-known for its off-road jeep tours. THE tour company that all the others wanna be is the Pink Jeep Tours. You wouldn't want to be caught dead in any other color jeep but pink, though there are several others out there.

The Pink Jeeps actually do have exclusive rights to some of the steeper boulders among the red rocks, and taking an adventure ride with them will have you wide-eyed and in awe of their capabilities.

Below are some shots I took on what they call their two-hour Broken Arrow Tour which goes to Submarine Rock, Chicken Point and up against the back of Chapel Butte.

Pink Jeep Tours
a Pink Jeep showoff
Chicken Point
This is Chicken Point. It gets its name from tours long ago when the jeeps were allowed to circle the piece of rock that's centered, putting the jeep certainly on the edge of the rock. Some of the drivers would chicken out. Today, of course, the law and liability prohibit the tour companies from taking the risk.
a Pink Jeep showoff
on the Pink Jeep tour
a Pink Jeep pathway
among the rocks on the Pink Jeep tour
on the Pink Jeep tour
on the Pink Jeep tour
on a hiking path
on a hiking path
on a hiking path
The Courthouse Butte Loop is a wonderful 4-mile hike that travels around Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. The rest of the shots were taken from that hike, on the Bell Rock Pathway.
on a hiking path
along the Bell Rock Pathway
along the Bell Rock Pathway
along the Bell Rock Pathway
along the Bell Rock Pathway

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a rock formation in Fay Canyon

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the arch on Fay Canyon trail

The Fay Canyon Trail is an easy two-mile hike off Boynton Pass Road. An additional hike can be made off the trail to the right to see the arch pictured above. The trail to the arch may be difficult to find, but it's possible that someone has set cairns to mark the beginning of the uphill path.

Fay Canyon Trail
Tlaqupaque Shopping Plaza

Above: along the Fay Canyon Trail

Below Left: at the end of the Fay Canyon Trail

Tlaqupaque Shopping Plaza
Tlaqupaque Shopping Plaza

Tlaquepaque Shopping Village is a fun spot to spend an afternoon in Sedona. Its unique specialty shops, galleries and restaurants are snuggled into the vine-covered stucco village tastefully graced with fountains, statues, arched entryways and leaning Sycamore trees. Get lost in the many corners and courtyards as you make your way through the shops.

Tlaquepaque, which means 'the best of everything,' has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970s. The surrounding shots were taken there.

Tlaqupaque Shopping Plaza
the wedding chapel at Tlaqupaque Shopping Plaza
The chapel on the grounds of the Tlaquepaque is for weddings. They even promise to ring the bells after the wedding in celebration.
a cowboy's silhouette at Tlaqupaque Shopping Plaza
Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek
Cathedral Rock reflection
Despite the snow and rain that central Arizona has received, there was still not enough to get a good reflection of Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek. We had to settle for puddles.
Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek
View from uptown Sedona
Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon is a 12-mile gorge, formed mostly by Oak Creek, that runs between Flagstaff and Sedona. This and the following pictures were taken near Slide Rock State Park, which is at the southern end of the gorge. The canyon is a very popular and scenic part of Arizona, said to be equivalent, albiet on a much smaller scale, to the Grand Canyon.
Oak Creek Canyon
This red rock formation can be clearly seen from uptown Sedona. The smaller formation on the right is fondly known as Snoopy in his usual prone position. The larger rock is called Lucy, according to the local Chamber of Commerce, because of the little knob on the flat part. Supposedly, it's a Lucy look-alike.
Oak Creek Canyon
Sedona red rock
Oak Creek Canyon
Highway 89A between Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon has stunning views of the red rock for which Sedona is so well known.