What Is It?

Known for its red sandstone formations and purported energy vortexes, Sedona, Arizona, may be the spot to recharge after a tumultuous year.

What’s in a Name

In 1902—before the town had a name—a farmer named T.C. Schnebly wanted to open a post office to serve the area’s growing population. He applied, suggesting the names Oak Creek Crossing and Schnebly Station, but was told the names were too long. Instead, Schnebly named the town after his wife, Sedona.


Many believe Sedona is home to vortexes— “centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation, and self-exploration,” according to visitsedona.com. Places in Sedona that are called vortexes include Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Red Rock Crossing. These picturesque areas are worth visiting regardless of their energies.

Take a Hike

Sedona has more than 400 miles of trails. One popular and easy option is the Crescent Moon Ranch Trail. About 1.5 miles round trip, the easy hike offers great views of Cathedral Rock (pictured).

When to Visit

Spring is a popular time to visit Sedona, when the area is in bloom. Fall and spring both tend to be warm, but if you are looking to warm up, Sedona averages high temperatures in the 90s during the summer.

More Info

For updated travel restrictions related to COVID-19 and to begin planning your trip, go to visitsedona.com or call 800-288-7336.