Located at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is the crown jewel of the Verde Valley.
Established in 1902 and incorporated in 1988, the city is named for Sedona Schnebly, the wife of early settler T. Carl Schnebly. Her stature stands in front of the library.
The 4,500-foot elevation, mild climate, and scenic splendor, work together to draw an estimated 4 million tourists each year.
Many of those tourists have chosen to stay and make Sedona their home—some as full-time and some as seasonal residents.
Not just an art and entertainment mecca, Sedona has something for everyone—world‑class resorts, small family‑run motels, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, fine restaurants, outstanding shops, and many existential organizations.
With the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking, and the Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop, a four-day celebration of independent films, Sedona has put itself at the forefront of independent filmmaking.
The area’s beauty makes sightseeing, hiking and jeep tours popular. There are also numerous top-level golf courses and other recreational opportunities.
Other attractions include Slide Rock and Red Rock state parks, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona Arts Center, and Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
State Route 89A through Oak Creek Canyon is the state’s first designated Scenic Highway, and both Rand‑McNally and Readers Digest have designated it one of America’s most beautiful drives.
The U.S. Forest Service has two visitor centers in the area—one at the top of Oak Creek Canyon in the Vista Overlook and one at Indian Gardens in Oak Creek Canyon. A Red Rock Pass is required to park anywhere on Forest Service land and can be purchased at any gateway center. Visitors also can obtain tourist information, maps, and information on ecological and archaeological sites. The Forest Service administers many area campgrounds including several on Oak Creek. The crystal clear creek is stocked with trout from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Sedona‑Oak Creek Unified School District includes a high school (Grades 9-12) and two elementary schools (Grades K-8), one in Sedona and the other in the Village of Oak Creek, six miles south of Sedona. There are several area private elementary and high schools.
Coconino and Yavapai community colleges, and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, also serve the Sedona area.
Sedona boasts a wide choice of physicians, surgeons and dentists, with many specialties represented. Sedona Medical Center, an outpatient facility, has an emergency room and a cancer center, laboratory, X‑ray, and a mammography unit.
Two regional medical facilities -- Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood and Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff -- also serve Sedona.
Sedona has seven financial institutions. The Arizona Department of Commerce will customize a package containing forms needed for starting a business. Information on licenses, applications, applicable taxes, clarification of government regulations, and much more is included.
More than 30 churches, representing many faiths, serve the area. Many churches are nondenominational.
The Sedona Airport has a 5,100 foot paved runway, and the airport is lighted and radio-equipped. Charter-air services, and scheduled air and van shuttle services, are available between Sedona and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
For more information, call the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce at (928) 282‑7722; or the City of Sedona at (928) 282‑3113.Population: 10,400 full time; 11,300 seasonal
City Hall: 102 Road Runner Drive, (928) 282-3113
City Manager: Tim Ernster 204-7186
Mayor: Rob Adams 204-7191
Police Chief: Joe Vernier 282-3102
Fire Chief: Nazih Hazime 282-6800
Waste Water: 204-2234
Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information: 282-7722
Forest Service (Sedona Ranger Station): 282-4119