Sedona is a wonderful place to vacation.  It has great restaurants, shopping, jeep tours, and more.  But by far, the single most compelling reason to visit is the beauty of Sedona’s natural landscape.    In case you’ve never been, here are five scenic reasons why Sedona should be your next travel destination…

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Red Rock State Park

With over 286 acres of natural red rock, you won’t be short on sites to see.  There are hiking trails, guided hiking trails lit by moonlight, and a large variety of plant, animal, and bird life to observe.  Red Rock State Park is a site you literally can not miss; it’s the basic back drop for all of Sedona!

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Oak Creek Canyon

This 12-mile long river gorge descends from Flagstaff all the way into Sedona where we happily nestle.  Often known as the Second Grand Canyon, it is known for its unparalleled beauty.  Great fishing too!

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Slide Rock Park

If you have children, this naturally formed rock slide water park is the place to visit.  Several Olson children have made their way down these slides over the year.  Did you know it also contains one of Sedona’s only existing apple orchards?

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Coconino National Forest

This picture probably should have gone first because all of scenic spots are located here.  This website is a great resource on the forest’s camping and visiting hours.

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Wilson Mountain

For serious hikers, you might try climbing the top of Wilson Mountain, the highest peak in Sedona.  It’s a grueling 11-mile trip but the view at the top makes it well worth it!