Sedona is 90 miles north of Phoenix at the lower end of spectacular Oak Creek Canyon. It is known for its jagged red-rock cliffs and monoliths, surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Early Native Americans considered the Red Rocks sacred, traveling for days to perform ceremonies among the formations. Cathedral Rock was honored as the birthplace of the first man and woman. Sedona's canyons, creeks, Indian ruins, and red rocks are readily accessible on foot, and the area is easy to hike. Until 30 years ago, Sedona was a small farming community. Then Psychic Page Bryant claimed to discover several "vortexes," or psychic energy sites, in the surrounding hills. Her revelations brought droves of spiritual seekers here.
Sedona offers a variety of galleries, boutiques and specialty shops. Many artists, such as surrealist painter Max Ernst, have been attracted to Sedona, and an artist colony developed. Artists sell their work in local galleries and shops. Sedona also offers fishing, hiking, water sports, archeological tours, and an ideal climate year round. Recently voted by USA Today as the most beautiful city in the United States, Sedona is one of Arizona's most popular destinations.