Sedona, Arizona

Arizona’s Red Rock Country, Sedona, Arizona

Geologically, the history of Sedona began about 500 millions years ago. Over a period of 300 million years, the land was alternately ocean bottom and coastal plain. Sedimentary layers of sandstone formed. Between 200 and 65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the land. From 65 to 20 million years ago, there were uplifts in southern Arizona and down faulting and wind erosion in northern Arizona. From 20 to 12 million years ago, volcanic activity caused the Verde Valley to down fault into a deep basin with lakebeds, creating the Mogollon Rim.

About 3 million years ago, the Colorado Plateau uplifted. Since then, erosion by wind, rain and snowmelt has created Oak Creek Canyon and exposed the layers of sediment (Schnebly Hill Formation sandstone) to form the spectacular red rock formations we now see in Sedona. Vegetation and wildlife evolved and migrated. The process continues today, however slowly.

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The town’s was named after Sedona Schnebly, wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly who ran a hotel business from his home and organized the first post office.

Tourism is the largest sector of Sedona’s economy, you’ll have to visit there yourself to see why!

To learn about Sedona’s climate and year round average temperatures go HERE.


amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

Resources:  City of Sedona
 Photography by TBN Ranch

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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18 Responses to Sedona, Arizona

  1. P. C. Zick says:

    I love Sedona. One of the most magical and serendipitous events of my life happened there after a climb on Cathedral Rock. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Bassas Blog says:

    I do like your posts that give us glimpses of beautiful Arizona. Great pictures and fascinating information about the formation of the Red Rock Country. Beautiful pictures!

  3. Gorgeous pics! 🙂

    I keep a red stone from Sedona in my car to remember the fun we had there a few years back.

  4. Lola says:

    My people took me on a vacation to Sedona & I loved it. It’s a very dog-friendly place.

  5. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    Beautiful!!! Those red rocks formations are amazing. Hugs

  6. Someday I would like to come to such a place for a fossil hunt.

  7. kford2007 says:

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Bongo says:

    Woo woo! This place looks awfully familiar. Looks like a great place to go hiking.

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