The last time we visited Sedona in 2010, we had a downpour and could barely see the giant red rocks. We never expected such rain in Arizona, but it happens. This time we had beautiful weather and clear views of massive red peaks.
As in Utah, the red color comes from iron oxide. The top layers of the land here are basalt and limestone that are harder than the underlying sandstone. As water erodes the sandstone, it undercuts the upper layers and whole sections of rock fall, leaving a sheer cliff. Thus the striking formations in Sedona.
It’s very hot here. Late September and the daytime temperature is still over 90F. But it’s a dry heat, so we were able to go for a hike to enjoy some of the rock formations close up.
Oh wait, that isn’t us. It’s Jimmy Stewart and Debra Paget in Broken Arrow. This is us:
These striking backdrops make Sedona popular for filming movies. Watch a few old Westerns and you may see more.
This is the view today of Owl Creek and Cathedral Rock undisturbed by people.
Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and several other locations in Sedona are known spots with vortex energy. In 1987 thousands of people gathered around Bell Rock for a Harmonic Convergence. Not much happened. The same for us today; we didn’t notice any special consciousness during our visit, just an appreciation for the area’s beauty.
Sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude was so impressed by the beauty of the area that she commissioned the construction of the Chapel of the Holy Cross church here in 1956. Click on the photo above to enlarge it and see the cathedral in the lower right.
From rocks shaped like cathedrals to cathedrals built on rocks, that’s our short trip to Sedona. Sayonara to Sedona and on to Palm Springs.