On my first official trip to Sedona in the beginning of November, I was immediately struck by the similarities it had with Carmel. Sedona is a quaint little mountain town surrounded by the beautiful Red Rock landscape. If Carmel is all about the views of the ocean and fairy tale cottages, Sedona is all about gigantic Red Rocks that you can see almost everywhere you go. This is what this part of the country is all about. If you love hiking and walking amongst Mother Nature’s creatures. Sedona is a place for you.
Sedona also had a lot of Western and Native American influences. Most of the arts and crafts you see in the shops are made of semi-precious stone and silver native to the area. The fashions in the shops are western – inspired (on some occasion) mostly made by local designers and artisans.
But for nature lovers, this town is paradise. Aside from the Red Rock landscape it presents, it also has hiking trails for those who wants to be amongst these giant formation. If you want to get up close and personal with places such as Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock, leave the car at the parking lot and hit the trails. The hike may take longer but the views are spectacular.
Visiting Sedona in early November is one of the best time to see this great town. The weather is still great – still a bit warm and sunny not what I expected. I knew before coming here that I will be seeing Red Rock Country but I did not expect to see what I saw. It’s amazing what a few billions years can do to these Earth.