Nestled at the base of Oak Creek Canyon in the spectacular Red Rock Country of Northern Arizona, Sedona features breathtaking scenery, four delightfully mild seasons, clean air and water, and unlimited recreational opportunities. Arizona’s famous Oak Creek meanders through the town, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife.
At an elevation of 4500 feet, Sedona is Arizona’s second most popular tourist attraction (next to the Grand Canyon) — although many of us feel it is the first! Sedona’s cultural richness and diversity make it a Mecca for artists, writers, entrepreneurs and visitors.
Sedona is located at 34°51′36″N 111°47′21″W / 34.859897°N 111.789199°W / 34.859897; -111.789199, which is in the Upper Sonoran Desert of northern Arizona. At an elevation of 4,500 feet (1,372 m), Sedona has mild winters and summers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.2 km²), all of it land.
The famous red rocks of Sedona are formed by a layer of rock known as the Schnebly Hill Formation. The Schnebly Hill Formation is a thick layer of red to orange-colored sandstone found only in the Sedona vicinity. The sandstone, a member of the Supai Group, was deposited during the Permian Period.
Sedona has a temperate high desert climate. In January, the average high temperature is 57°F (14°C) with a low of 31°F (-1°C). In July, the average high temperature is 97°F (34°C) with a low of 64°F (17°C). Annual precipitation is just over 19 inches.