Sunday, December 15, 2019

Red Rock Country

About 115 miles north of Phoenix is the town of Sedona located right in the heart of "Red Rock Country".  The area is dominated by beautiful red sandstone formations that make it one of the most beautiful places in the state and the country.

When you visit Sedona you will always find cars pulled off to the side of the road while their passengers get out to admire and to photograph their surroundings.  My car was just in front of the one you see to the left.

I was stopped there so I could get a photo of one of Sedona's most well known sites, the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  I happened to be there on a Sunday so getting close to it was almost impossible.  In fact, I got to a certain point and wasn't quite sure how I was going to turn around to get back down.

So I had to settle for the parking spot down below the chapel and then walk a little way to get my photos.

The chapel was completed in 1956 and stands 70 feet high out of a 1000 foot red rock cliff.

After maneuvering my way around the road to the chapel, I found another spot where there was a view point and some hiking trails.  It was a perfect spot to get some photos of the beauty of this area.

There were gorgeous views in every direction.

I could see all the way across the valley and see the chapel I had just been to.  You can see it in the far right lower corner of the photo above.

I zoomed in so you could see it more clearly.

When I first moved to Arizona, the chapel sat almost all alone in this gorgeous setting.  These days it is surrounded by houses all around it in the valley below.  But, you can only see a hint of those homes from up high like this.  That is one of the nice things about this area.  The bastions of civilization don't detract from the scenery around you.


Andy said...

Red Rock Country is rugged and beautiful all at the sametime.

William Kendall said...

Magnificent countryside.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The red rock country is awesome (in the true meaning of that grossly overused adjective) and I first visited it about fifty years ago. Then, Sedona, was a sleepy little town, nestled into the landscape. I last visited eleven years ago and found it transformed into the hat and tee shirt capital of the world. I couldn't wait to leave.

Catalyst said...

It is a beautiful area, that's for sure.

Allison said...

Sedona is a perfect example of what happens in a beautiful area if it's not declared a national park. It's still beautiful, but it could have been more.