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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Sedona

June 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

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When the volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce told me that the view of Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing was the most photographed location in all of Arizona, I was skeptical. After all, the Grand Canyon draws huge crowds and its viewpoints are a lot easier to get to than the location of this shot. But many others agree with him.

This scene “is a symbol of the American Southwest and the most photographed spot in Arizona,” according to the Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council. “It has been featured in more than 60 classic Hollywood films and is displayed on hundreds of postcards, posters, calendars and billboards. ”

The volunteer said that Cathedral Rock was east of Red Rock Crossing, which itself is seven miles southwest of Sedona. That made it an afternoon shot with the sun at my back. He told me that I could get there easiest from Red Rock Loop to the north. Another way there was to take Valley Verde School Road to the south, but I would have to hike about a half mile if I went that way. Since I was staying at the Desert Quail Inn near Verde Valley School Road, I went that harder way. I was glad that I did, because I was able to get right out onto slabs of red rock on Oak Creek without getting my feet wet.

Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing

Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing

Sedona is one of the most attractive small cities that I have ever visited, both in the city itself and its surroundings. The only places that I know that compare with it in overall beauty are Carmel and Mendocino, California, and Aspen, Colorado. I love all of those small cities as I could never love a big one, not even San Francisco or Paris.

Only about 10,000 people live in Sedona. If I ever left Boulder and if I could afford to live in Sedona, it would be my first choice
During the four days that I stayed in Sedona on this trip, I drove through and all around the city as I concentrated mostly on photographing the stunning red rock formations surrounding it. At first light early one morning I drove up to the Sedona airport, which is the highest point in the city. From there I shot this panorama of the city showing how it sits below some of the most beautiful red rock formations found anywhere.

Only about 10,000 people live in Sedona. If I ever left Boulder and if I could afford to live in Sedona, it would be my first choice

During the four days that I stayed in Sedona on this trip, I drove through and all around the city as I concentrated mostly on photographing the stunning red rock formations surrounding it. At first light early one morning I drove up to the Sedona airport, which is the highest point in the city. From there I shot this panorama of the city showing how it sits below some of the most beautiful red rock formations found anywhere.

Only about 10,000 people live in Sedona. If I ever left Boulder and if I could afford to live in Sedona, it would be my first choice.

.Sedona and Its Surroundings

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Just 10 miles north of Sedona is one of the most beautiful hikes anywhere. Early on another morning I hiked the West Fork Trail in the Coconino National Forest into the Secret Mountain/Red Rocks Wilderness. The trail itself is easy, but it did require crossing the stream in several places. This is the West Fork of Oak Creek, and people often call it the Call of the Canyon Nature Trail, because Zane Grey’s famous western novel centers around this area. I made sure to read Call of the Canyon on my iPad after I made this hike.

Zane Grey Made the West Fork of Oak Creek Famous

Zane Grey Made the West Fork of Oak Creek Famous

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Back in Sedona proper, I found a vacant lot. Here I could build a house.

Back in Sedona proper, I found a vacant lot. Here I could build a house.

The End of the Day on a Sedona Street

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  • 1 Marcia // Jul 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful exotic place.

  • 2 David Mendosa // Jul 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Dear Marcia,

    This little town must have the one of the greatest setting of any. Thanks for your appreciation.

    Namaste,

    David

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