Scenery & Views, Sedona
The Airport vista is open to the public. It is free but there was a nice woman asking for a $1.00 donation. The donation is for improvements of the parking area and to help pay for an Ambassador that can answer questions about the area. All the times I drove by I only saw an ambassador there once.
The parking lot can get very crowded in the afternoon. There is plenty of parking but it is a good idea to stop by earlier in the morning.
For a slightly different view point from the neighboring Sedona Airport Vista, Sky Ranch view point has a small garden area with benches and a little fountain. It is private, but its a quiet area and Sky Ranch Lodge does not use any hang tag. You may be able to check it out if you are visiting Airport Vista.
Drive up Table Mesa Drive toward the airport an hour or so before sunset to join the crowd of locals and tourists ready to take in another stunning sunset amid the red rocks. It's quite a scene filled with photographers and new age spiritualists. Whether you're there to soak up the last rays of sunshine or have your energy cleared atop this central vortex site, it's a great way to finish up a day.
The article below is a nice introduction to the New Age take on Sedona and its five 'vortex sites'.
We spent a couple days here, just driving around, enjoying the various views of the rocks. It was as if we were inside a miniature grand canyon. It is an experience you won't ever forget. There are a lot of names for certain mountains, but I don't remember them now. I liked the small town feel. There aren't homes around every corner, no tall or large buildings and traffic is not congested!
Weirdly pronounced by Sedona locals as MUG-ee-un, the Mogollon Rim is a 2,000 foot escarpment cutting diagonally across Arizona into New Mexico. There is a dramatic change going up to the rim: the top of the rim consists of ponderosa forest, consistent with a high mountain environment, while the bottom consists of lowland dessert.
You can view the dramatic scenery at the Oak Creek Canyon Vista, if you drive north of Sedona on Highway 89A. There is a large parking lot and view points to take it all in.
Also, if you are looking for some inexpensive souveniers, many native people have set up stalls and tables at the viewpoint. I don't really think a lot of the items are authentic, but they do have a nice selection.
If you are coming from the Grand Canyon or Flagstaff, avoid the interstate and take AZ-89 south from Flagstaff to Sedona. Not only is it a thrilling drive coming down the mountainside (many sharp turns), but you get a great view of the the canyons and parks in the area. It is a short detour from I-17 and is much more fun.
Sedona is tucked away amongst red rocks and a desert landscape. There are plenty of old weather beaten trees and monkeys.
As you drive through Arizona you can’t help but notice the thousands of giant cacti dotted across the landscape.
....and another great shot of red rock country. The colors in the strata of the rocks are simply amazing. That mesa on the left background is called Cathedral Rock.
(Sigh!) The flowers are just beautiful. Here in Germany, they grow in pots. Inside. (And die when near me.)
WE GOT UP AT DAWN TO SEE THE RISE OVER THE RED ROCKS AND WE WATCHED THE BALLOONS FLOAT MAJESTICALLY ACROSS THE SKY AND THEN WE WENT BACK FOR SUNSET!