The Sanctuary of Sedona

By: Roger Naylor

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November 25, 2017

Find your bliss among the Red Rocks during spiritual hikes and soothing spa treatments.

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Roger Naylor

Roger Naylor

Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond his beloved Arizona. He specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and pie. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to Arizona Highways, USA Today, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine and dozens more. He is the author of Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers and Arizona Kicks on Route 66. He lives in Cottonwood, Arizona and can be reached through his website,

The change will come suddenly.

Perhaps you’ll notice it as you’re hiking past tall columns of red rocks, or when you step through enchanted woodlands to hear the music of Oak Creek. Or quite possibly it will happen while you’re still in the car as you top a hill and first glimpse the distinctive skyline of Sedona.

Just like that, your muscles will begin to unknot. Your breath will grow slower and deeper. You’ll feel lingering tension ebb away. That’s the power of Sedona. It is a place to relax and recharge.

Sedona is a sanctuary without parallel. There is nowhere else that combines such raw physical beauty with a spiritual and wellness-based community, all amid an infrastructure of stylish luxury in a small-town setting.

Escape to the Outdoors of Sedona

Visitors to Red Rock Country can choose their own path to rejuvenation. For active types, Sedona is Arizona’s playground. This landscape is ripe with recreational opportunities. More than 300 miles of trails wind through scenic canyons, crossing musical creeks and passing in the shadows of magnificent sandstone formations with names like Coffeepot Rock, Snoopy Rock, Courthouse Butte, Cathedral Rock and Doe Mountain.

This is a chance to reconnect to the great outdoors. Go for a hike or bike ride. Climb mesas, savor stunning overlooks, discover magnificent natural arches and explore fragrant forests. Reap the benefits of exercise outside – not at an overcrowded gym – beneath a clear blue sky in one of the most beautiful spots in America.

While you’re moving, enjoy soothing sunshine and clean pine-scented air. And Sedona’s elevation of 4,500 feet adds just the right amount of spice to any workout, whether you’re hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, swimming or playing tennis.

Unique Tours of Sedona

Treat yourself to one of Sedona’s signature adventures. Every morning, hot air balloons waft above the canyons and cliffs to greet the sunrise. Helicopter tours skirt mountains, swoop through corridors of vertical stone and glide along knife-edged ridgelines. For those who prefer to keep feet on the ground, Jeep tours explore distant corners of the rugged outback.

Find Spiritual Renewal in Sedona

Perhaps you want some time to just slow down for a bit. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, that’s another Red Rock specialty. Long regarded by American Indians as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal.

Many visitors seek out the vortex sites scattered among the towers of sandstone. These swirling centers of energy are conducive to meditation and self-exploration. The four primary sites are found at Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Airport Mesa. Maps and directions are available at the visitor center.

Spas of Sedona

When you finally decide to come inside, set aside time for a session at one of the many spas in town. They range from luxurious all-inclusive resorts to comprehensive day spas to massage schools where knowledgeable students of the healing arts work their magic. So budget is never an obstacle when pursuing an hour or two of pure bliss.

Allow yourself to be pampered with a facial, wrap or scrub. Try hot stone therapy, a chakra boost or an outdoor deep-tissue massage on the banks of Oak Creek. Many spas use indigenous materials like red rock clay and local plants. Others offer couples massage so you can share the indulgence with someone you love.

Sedona offers a rare gift to visitors – a second chance. It provides the tools to wipe the slate clean and then begin again. Shake off the weariness of stress and work and become your old self again, your true self. This is a place you come to be made whole.

Most vacation destinations offer some level of relaxation. Good for them. But why settle for just a fleeting bit of comfort? The rejuvenating power of Sedona goes much, much deeper, soothing your very marrow. Find your passion again. Embrace bliss. Feel what it’s like to head for home, restored, revitalized and renewed.


Brought to you by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and contributor Roger Naylor, (800) 288-7336,

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