Sedona Community Profile:
The Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon area is one of Arizonaÿs premier tourism, recreation resort, retirement & art centers. Its location at the mouth of scenic Oak Creek Canyon & at the center of the stateÿs legendary Redo Rock Country affords breath-taking panoramas, a mild climate, plenty of sunshine & clean, fresh air. The area is the second most visited site in the state after the Grand Canyon. Established in 1902 & incorporated in 1988, the community was named for Sedona Schnebly, an early settler. Sedona spreads across the boundaries of two north central Arizona counties, Coconino and Yavapai County. The rim country of Flagstaff is 30 miles north of Sedona/Oak Creek area.
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Tourism forms Sedonaÿs economic base, with the National Forest Service estimating that more than 3.5 million people visit the area annually. Sedonaÿs small town character is preserved by a preponderance of small owner-operated businesses serving visitors and the community. Visitor interest during the past decade has stimulated retirement & vacation home acquisition & construction, creating one of the most viable real estate markets in the nation.
Sedona has something for everyone, world class resorts and small family run motels, quaint bed and breakfasts, fine restaurants, outstanding shops and diverse art galleries. The beauty of the area makes sightseeing and hiking, golfing and tennis year round activities. Visitors can take a jeep tour into the back country or view the red rock monoliths form a horse or hot air balloon. Red Rock Crossing has been featured in many motion pictures. Other attractions include Slide Rock State Park, Chapel of the Holy Cross, the Sedona Arts Center and Tlaquepaque, a Mexican-style arts and crafts village. Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon is the stateÿs first designated Scenic Highway and was named by Rand-McNally as one of the most beautiful drives in America. Sedona is a hub for visitors to Northern Arizona. Many visitor sites, including Indian ruins, the Grand Canyon, Jerome, Meter Crater and Sunset Crater are just a day trip away. The U.S. Forest Service administers many campgrounds in the area. Several are on or near Oak Creek, which is stocked with trout from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For information on Forest Service campgrounds, contact the Sedona Ranger Station, P.O. Box 300, Sedona, AZ 86339, telephone (928) 282-4119. Information on private campgrounds and picnic areas is available at the Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce.
Sedona offers a wide range of community facilities and activities, including parks, a library, golf courses, motion picture theaters, art museums and live theatre. Educational: The Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District is comprised of a high school (grades 9 through 12) located in Sedona and two elementary schools (grades K through 80, one in Sedona and the other in the Village of Oak Creek, six miles south of Sedona. Several private elementary and high schools are also located in the area. Both Coconino and Yavapai Community Colleges offer classes, and Northern Arizona University is in Flagstaff, 30 miles north. Medical. Sedona boasts a wide range of physicians, surgeons and dentists, with many specialties represented. Sedonaÿs outpatient facility contains both emergency and cancer centers, lab, x-ray, and mammography unit. There is a 99-bed hospital in Cottonwood (20 miles west Sedona) and a 162-bed hospital in Flagstaff (30 miles north of Sedona). Six ambulances staffed by Advanced Life Cardiac Skilled Paramedics, and emergency search & rescue team, and a medical evacuation helicopter serve the area. Financial. There are six financial institutions. Businesses are eligible for assistance in financing fixes assets through the Arizona Department of Commerce. Industrial bonds are available in Coconino or Yavapai County. Government Agencies. The community is governed by a mayor and six council members. There is law enforcement through the cityÿs police department and fire protection through a combination fire department with both full-time and volunteer personnel. Airport. The Sedona Airport has a lighted, radio-equipped 5,100 foot paved runway. Charter air services are available between Sedona and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.