The Chapel of the Holy Cross is an architectural and spiritual treasure of Sedona. Built on a magnificent red rock perch and offering vistas of Sedona’s most breathtaking landscape, this house of worship has drawn countless people from all over the world since the 1950s. Today it is one of the most popular destinations for visitors of the Sedona area. Those who expect to find the Chapel as just another charming site are often surprised to find themselves embued by the powerful spirituality emanating from this plain yet beautiful building that seems to have stepped forth right out of Sedona’s dramatic red rocks.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is available just a short walk down the cliff side from the church. The Chapel is located 4 minutes from the home and can be seen from the back patio. For more information, visit the official website The Chapel of the Holy Cross.
Sedona sits approximately 100 miles south of one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. You can enter the park by train or by car. If you choose to go by train, the classic train cars of the Grand Canyon Railway depart daily for a 2 ½ hour journey featuring costumed singers, storytellers, and even train robbers. At Grand Canyon National Park, you can drive to designated overlooks, walk along the rim’s edge to Grand Canyon Village, rent bicycles and hike into the canyon. Some activities, such as rafting, mule rides and the eight-mile hike to the turquoise-blue waters of Havasupai Falls, require weeks or months of planning, but they are well worth the extra effort.
Sedona not only offers astounding natural beauty, it is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with art galleries, historical attractions, museums and art festivals that will enrich and inspire.
Today, Sedona is home to more than 200 artists of every medium and aesthetic bent. It is an art community of ruggedly individualistic expression, from cutting-edge contemporary to visionary, Native American to modern realism.
This burgeoning level of cultural activity helped foster Sedona’s reputation as a destination. Sedona now rivals Santa Fe and Scottsdale in its richness of the arts.
Where there is art, there are galleries, and more than 40 exhibit a wide spectrum of Southwestern, Western and Native American arts. The galleries showcase contemporary, representational and traditional artists who are known nationally and internationally.
This creates a full calendar of openings, artist receptions, demonstrations and workshops to keep the art aficionado entertained year ’round.
From 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, Sedona’s most prominent galleries host an evening of openings, technique demonstrations and receptions. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation as it makes a continuous loop among the studios. Details: Sedona Gallery Association, 928-282-7390 or www.sedonagalleryassociation.com.
visitors find themselves here just on their way to the Grand Canyon. If a visit to the Grand Canyon part of your plan, we highly recommend that you book yourself a Sedona hotel room or vacation rental for a couple of nights. Sedona is also a fantastic home base to visit all of what northern Arizona has to offer. From Sedona jeep tours, hiking, Slide Rock, and Oak Creek Canyon to spiritual healing, massages, psychic readings and energy vortexes, Sedona will have your senses buzzing for days!
Sedona, AZ has become a mecca for all sorts of communities: spiritual healers, mountain bikers, hikers, artists, nature photographers, and even film makers. This vibrant and stunning area of Arizona’s ability to attract and accommodate so many walks of life has created and nurtured an eclectic, unique culture unlike anywhere you’ve ever experienced. Sedona is truly one of a kind, and visiting Sedona will be an experience not easily forgotten.
There are veritably hundreds of things to do in Sedona. There are enough activities to satisfy a life-long stay, so the only trouble with planning a vacation to Sedona is how to manage to do the “very best things” in a short amount of time. If you have only one day in Sedona, make the most of the day by arriving in Sedona as early as possible (allow for driving time from Phoenix or where ever your trip begins.) You can take a self-guided driving tour, a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour, do a short day hike or an ever-popular Jeep tour. Spend time meandering about Tlaquepaque, Uptown Sedona, and the various art galleries, eateries and shopping centers therein. Drive up Oak Creek Canyon and back, stopping at West Fork or Slide Rock for a lovely, verdant hike as long or as short as you like. End the day watching the sun go down from Airport Mesa. A two- to three-night stay is the ideal length of stay for the majority of Sedona visitors. Use the extra time to heal and focus inward, or get out and explore outward. Book a day of restorative spa treatments at one of Sedona’s acclaimed day or resort spas to quiet the noise of your everyday life. Or pile into the car for more driving than hiking. Head for West Sedona for additional shops and dining and a bit beyond toward Page Springs/Cornville to sample the terroir of Arizona wine country; venture down Highway 179 to poke around the Village of Oak Creek’s shops and restaurants; or even take a day trip through cute-as-a-button Cottonwood to the funky former ghost town of Jerome. Sedona is so laid back, almost nothing (except guided tours and the sunrise and set) happens on a particular timetable, so relax and go with the flow of Sedona’s palpable energy. If you can’t see it all in 2 – 3 days—and we assure you, there’s always more to do—come back year after year like many visitors, and do something different on your next visit.
The Red Rock Ranger Station has an amazing visitor center where visitors and locals alike will enjoy learning about the area’s many scenic wonders and world class recreation opportunities.
Services offered at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center
Recreation Activity/Trip Planning Assistance
Detailed Trail/Road Information
Free Forest Recreation Guide with map
Arizona Natural History Association Store (Maps, Books, Gifts)
Sale of Red Rock Passes (annual only)
Sale of Federal Interagency (America the Beautiful) Passes
Sale of Forest Product Permits (personal use fuelwood, rock for landscaping)
General Forest information