This marker caught my eye of course and it is located under a lovely huge tree. The creek behind it was just so beautiful that day. There were a couple of photographers taking loads of pictures of the stream, trees, mountains, and the marker too. What a awesome location to live at. I can see why the Native people loved this area as well as the white settlers that moved in.
Indian Gardens (Arizona’s Historical Marker)
J.J. Thompson was the very first settler in 1876 to set his roots along Oak Creek Canyon and called it Indian Gardens Ranch, which was later shortened to Indian Gardens. He remained here till his death in 1917.
The historical sign, it is also right across the street from the Indian Gardens Market, which is right next door from Garlands Jewelry Store.
We saw this beautiful Red Rock on our way into the Palatki Ruins (next tip). I asked the park service volunteer at Palatki if it had a name, as it seems every rock in Sedona has a name.
He told me it didn't have a name, but some locals believe it is used as a landing pad for alien spaceships, when they visit Sedona.
Hoooo kaaaay .... whatever
Sedona is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The combination of deep canyons filled with trees and high, spirallling and unique red rock formations provide a spectacular diversity of scenery. Add to that the fact that Sedona is a small town which does everything it can not to detract from the scenery- from building codes to light ordinances. The beauty of Sedona will lull you into a state of extreme peace.
It is always interesting to see the cactus plants of Arizona intermingle with the pine forests. Look at the soil--it is hard to imagine that any living plant would find this area suitable for putting down roots. But they do in abundance. Proving once again that life is most resilient.
Me and my girlyfriend Mimi decided we wanted to check out the creek beds that provided meditation and a warm spot to do some journaling...There is a spot that locals know of that is accesible by off road vehicles along a local highway...No this isn't just some ditch darling, its a real flowing creek with electric dragonflies and smooth granite wind buffed boulders to craddle in...A faerie backdrop and mystical little area too, and if you have enough privacy you could just disrob and smash avocado onto sprouted bread as we did...=)
Walking around the Sedona area you are likely to find artists painting, fabulous looking homes, great golf courses and of course the red rocks.
I visited Sedona in the fall, when the leaves turned yellow. Driving throughn Oak Creek Canyon during this time of year and seeing scores of golden hued trees is an experience not to be missed.
A few miles outside of town there is a nice place to take a dip in the river. We went just past the big bridge. If you sit in the river you can slide down because the bed is so mossy.
Pretty little spring in Red Rock State Park. The deep blue of the springs contrasts nicely with the desert-like rock formations of Sedona to the northeast.