Unique Places in Sedona

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    Scottsdale is a Great Place to Visit

    by deecat Updated Jun 2, 2005

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    Before we came to Sedona, we stayed in Scottsdale to attend a wedding. While there, we visited Frank Loyd Wright's winter home, Taliesin West. The architecture certainly blends into its desert surroundings.

    Frank Lloyd Wright came to Scottsdale in 1937 to build this house at the foot of the McDowell Mountains. His school of architecture is also here. These low-slung Taliesin West buildings (stone and redwood beams) symbolize Wright's philosophy that structures should fit into their natural settings. Students at Taliesin West continue to follow in his footsteps. The public is able to visit the gift shop, but the grounds can only be visited on guided tours conducted year around.

    12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard at Cactus Road

    Many other artists followed this famous architect to Scottsdale, and soon Dude ranches started to spring up, and they were soon replaced by world-class resorts.

    It's interesting to note that even Eleanor Roosevelt came to shop here!

    Ironically, Scottsdale used to promote itself as "The West's Most Western Town".

    All that's left of that frontier would be the paintings in the galleries that are clustered along Fifth Avenue.

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale
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    Orchards (1890 – 1970)

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    It is always interesting to explore because you never know what you will find. We took a wrong turn, but decide to continue up the road and we discovered these wonderful plaques describing local history.

    The plaque reads: Fruit growing played a significant role in the early Sedona economy. Over time, settlers constructed ditches, flumes, pipelines, reservoirs, and water wheels to provide irrigation to their gardens and eventually to their larger orchards.

    Apples and peaches became the primary orchard crops. The Jordan orchard flanked both sides of this street and grew to almost 1500 fruit trees. Flagstaff and the mining town of Jerome provided markets for fruit, as did far away places. Oak Creek fruit was shipped to Seattle, San Francisco, Minnesota and even to American troops during World War II.

    Before the Jordans, the Pendleys, Thompsons, Purtymuns, and others developed orchards along Oak Creek. Henry Schuerman grew apples, peaches, apricots, pears, quinces and grapes complete with a vineyard for making wines in the German style of his heritage. Roadside fruit stands popped up along the canyon road after it paved in the 1930s.

    Located on Jordan Road and Hwy 89A

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    Van Deren Ranch

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    These are always wonderful treasures when exploring.

    The plaque reads: Lee Van Deren, cattleman, arrived to put his children in the new Sedona school opened in 1910. Ranching was a major part of Sedona’s early economy. Round ups and cattle drives were a twice a year occurrence for ranchers when moving their herds from winter to summer grazing allotments.

    About 1924, Lee’s son, Earl, bought 40 acres along the west side of this road and with hard work soon paid off the property and became a successful rancher.

    Earl occasionally added to his income by fighting fires for the Forest Service and providing cattle, horses and wagons for use in movies being made in and around Sedona.

    But after WWII, Earl saw Sedona changing with an influx of tourists and new residents. He could see the end of ranching as he knew it so he sold out and moved to Montana. The first street west of here is named for the Van Deren Family.

    Located on Jordan Road and Hwy 89A

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    Center of New Age (mural)

    by Yaqui Written Apr 18, 2008

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    If your into spiritual readings, tarot cards, clairvoyants, massage, past life regression, astrology reports, aura photos readings and many books, jewelry and crystals, then this is the place for you. This place attracted me due to its really neat mural on the outside of the building. This is located right across from the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, so you cannot miss it.

    341 Hwy 179
    Sedona, AZ 86336

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    Bronze Statues

    by Yaqui Written Apr 18, 2008

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    These statues are everywhere. I was never so impressed by the artistry that abounds in this community. I wish I kept better track of where each statue is located at, but there are so many to enjoy. Sedona is a very lucky community to have so many who can sculpture events or individuals who will be forever bronzed in time for future generations to enjoy.

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    Sedona Chamber of Commerce

    by Yaqui Written Apr 12, 2009

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    These centers are always a wealth of information and they are always there to help you find you next tourist destination.

    Uptown Sedona
    Village of Oakcreek
    Tequa Plaza, 7000 Hwy 179 Ste 101
    P.O. Box 478
    Sedona, Az 86336

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    Tuzigoot National Monument

    by Yaqui Written Nov 24, 2011

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    Tuzigoot is Apache for crooked water. They were a prehistoric people called the Sinagua who built these pueblos and lived in them from around 1125 and 1400 CE. They benefitted from farming, good source of water, and trade. They were accomplished in sculpting stones and jewelry making. Many wonderful pieces have been discovered from excavation. This pueblo is one the most preserved structures and probably housed as many to 77 and 110 rooms. This structure has been preserved by beefing up the walls with new mortar. What I find so special about this structure is you can actually walk around it, touch it and explore the top floor of the pueblo. By actually seeing it in person gives a small glimpse in the everyday life of such wonderful people rich in culture.

    P.O. Box 219, Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
    Directions: From I-17, Exit 287 and travel west Highway 260 to Cottonwood. Continue through Cottonwood Hwy 89A and head toward Clarkdale. At the first traffic light turning on to 89A, signs will direct you to turn left to stay on 89A thru old Cottonwood.

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    Best sunset location!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    A "must do" is the hike to the top of Doe Mountain. It is one of the best places in Sedona to watch sunsets and you can get a 360 degree view of Sedona and the surrounding area. It is a mesa so you can totally explore the top at your leisure. There is no set trail once on top but walking straight once ontop to the opposite side, then turn right, you can circumnavigate the rim. Be sure to bring a headlamp for the hike out if you go to watch the sunset.

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    "Lost Canyon" found!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    If you are into hiking to get your photo shots, here is another "off the beaten track" hike that is not in many guide books and not really recognized by the park service. It is known as "Lost Canyon." The trail starts just at the start of the Brins Mesa trail. The coordinates for this trail start are N34 55.002 W111 48.475. I tell you this because it is difficult to find but once on the the canyon rim it is totally worth it and I think the best hike in Sedona. The trail can be done as an in and out but if your really adventurous, you can continue around the canyon rim which will take you out by Devils bridge. Hike that trail back out to the road. The one way hike is about 5.5 miles. The trail is well established but if you have fear of heights it could be troubling at some points. The trail runs along two canyons, the first not as long but has a small indian ruin at the base. There is another ruin high above the trail but difficult to get to and not recommended. The trail fades at the far pint of the second canyon. You can continue on but there are only sporadic cairns. I've done this about 6 times so I know the way but I can tell you the first and second time were a bit of an epic. The thing is you can see where you need to go from the near side of the canyon but lose perspective once on the other side. I'll add some photos on my Sedona page I've been putting off creating, lol. Email me if you want the entire track log for gps.

    The trail does get very close to the edge. The trail ends at the low point in the far ridge. end of first canyon. trail runs from right to left established but unmarked on any map
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    Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center

    by Yaqui Written Nov 24, 2011

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    This vistor center was build around the 1935 like a pueblo with local natural materials to compliment the monument. Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the ruins as a U.S. National Monument on July 25, 1939. After a extensive excavation was performed back in the 1934 discovered many wonderful artifacts that are still on display at this wonderful center. Plenty of materials on displays and a small gift shop. Lots of shade during the hot summer months and restrooms available.

    P.O. Box 219, Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
    Directions: From I-17, Exit 287 and travel west Highway 260 to Cottonwood. Continue through Cottonwood Hwy 89A and head toward Clarkdale. At the first traffic light turning on to 89A, signs will direct you to turn left to stay on 89A thru old Cottonwood.

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  • Old Sedona Brewery

    by mrandmrsdevlin Written Apr 7, 2005

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    Oak Creek Brewery is an awesome micro-brew, where the beer is actually good.
    There are two in Sedona, go to the old one. There's a really cute beer garten out back with a firepit. The place just has a great vibe overall, very laid back and welcoming. It's a really local scene, and much different than the big money that's all over the rest of Sedona.
    Take 89A south through town, and turn right on Coffeepot Drive, you'll see it.

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    See the scenic vortex

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This will be a free advertising for the Earth Wisdom Tour. This company offers a variety of tours to families and visitors.

    They have the scenic vortex tour, the sacred wheel tour, walk about tour, hikes du jour, easy rider canyon tour, easy rider rim tour, rough rider canyon and rim-n-ruins tour.

    Their tours cater to different ages, too.

    Like for example the Sacre Wheel Tour includes an experience of an-depth journey that merges myth, meditation, native plants and sacred pilgrimage traditions. The tour also includes a tour on private properties which regular visitors can't go.

    The tour is about 3.5 hours and it cost about $78.oo per person. Children under 12 is $39.00.

    For more information of the rest of the tours, please call them directly at 928-282-4714.

    Their office is located at 293 N 89A Sedona, Arizona, 86336

    The Earth Wisdom Tour
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    The Stones, Rocks and Minerals in Sedona

    by joiwatani Written Apr 27, 2009

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    As I have noted in my tips, there are many jewelry stores in Sedona. But, here is one of the exciting thing, too, is that there are also stores that sells raw beads for jewelry makers.

    If you design jewelries, then this is the place to catch up in picking up your rocks and stones.

    The stores are located at the Sedona Center.

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    by MD2nd Updated Sep 5, 2009

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    When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard…

    …to listen to his son whine about being bored.

    …to keep a straight face when people
    complain about potholes.

    …to be tolerant of people who complain
    about the hassle of getting ready for work.

    …to be understanding when a co-worker
    complains about a bad night’s sleep.

    …to be silent when people pray to
    God for a new car.

    …to control his panic when his wife tells
    him he needs to drive slower.

    …to be compassionate when a businessman
    expresses a fear of flying.

    …to keep from laughing when anxious parents
    say they’re afraid to send their kids
    off to summer camp.

    …to keep from ridiculing someone who complains
    about hot weather.

    …to control his frustration when a colleague
    gripes about his coffee being cold.

    …to remain calm when his daughter complains
    about having to walk the dog.

    …to try to be more understanding to people
    who complain about the stress in their jobs.

    …to just walk away when someone says they
    only get two weeks of vacation a year.

    …to be happy for a friend’s new hot tub.

    …to be forgiving when someone says how
    hard it is to have a new baby in the house..

    -A.Crane
    (fwd from Jory)

    Postcard from Bill - thank you & deep respect
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    by MD2nd Updated Jul 25, 2009

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    No person is ever truly alone.
    Those who live no more,
    Whom we loved,
    Echo still within our thoughts,
    Our words, our hearts.
    And what they did
    And who they were
    Becomes a part of all that we are,
    Forever.
    -unknown

    With utmost respect for Arizonan Marine LCpl Juan Lopez-Castaneda (died August 14, 2008)

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