With its towering red rocks, the Arizona desert city has an unforgettable natural beauty.
When you visit Sedona, you never plan for rain. Why would you? The desert city in central Arizona typically has fewer than 60 days of precipitation per year, and it never occurs to you that one of them will happen on your first night of vacation. For my boyfriend, Kyle, and me, that assumption turned out to be wrong.
We’d made the two-hour drive in our rental car from Phoenix earlier that day, marveling as the prickly, imposing fields of saguaro cacti evolved into reddish-brown rocks with the climbing elevation. Paleoamericans first inhabited the area around 10,000 B.C., and it has been home to several Native American tribes, including the Apache and the Yavapai, whose influence is still evident in much of the artwork that fills Sedona’s galleries. In the 1950s, the city began to attract tourists, and as we made our way through the sandstone hills, I could see what drew them.
Our trip to Sedona gave us a chance to relax and reconnect after a long year. I had recently finished graduate school, and Kyle’s job involves lots of time on the road, so it had been quite some time since we’d had the opportunity to travel alone — no dogs, family members or friends involved. We were looking forward to hiking in Sedona, exploring a new part of the country and spending a few days together with no other obligations.