Magazine article Sunset

Sedona: Romance, Red Cliffs & Mysticism

Magazine article Sunset

Sedona: Romance, Red Cliffs & Mysticism

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OUR ROAD TRIP WILL LEAD YOU for weeks into the wild heart of the American Southwest. It is just possible, then, that you may want some pampering as your first stop on the journey--a luxurious launch pad into adventure. Sedona offers that, extravagantly, along with the chance to experience the Southwest at its most romantically alluring. Turn off the interstate onto State 179, and the ground begins to take on a pinkish cast as Sedona's monumental red rocks come into view. The eroded mesas are a ceremonial gateway onto the Colorado Plateau, the region that you'll be exploring. Although Sedona is best known (and frequently lampooned) for its spiritual vibe, it's not as if the town, with its galleries, upscale restaurants, and spa-laden resorts, is the exclusive domain of wide-eyed mystics. And given Sedona's many Native American sites and dreamscapelike terrain, the area does seem to have a certain power to it. Just take a hike on the Brins Mesa Trail and down into Soldier Pass. Look out on the sandstone turrets rising above the forest. Then eavesdrop as a self-anointed shaman at the Seven Sacred Pools explains the flow of energy from the Earth's core to the area's vortices. Who can really say? But Sedona will make a believer out of just about anyone. visitsedona.com.

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