by: Editor on 8/20/2014
Beautiful and breath taking Sedona is known throughout the United States for the rare and spectacular red rock formations that surround the city. Ideal for pictures, hiking and watching a beautiful sunset, these red rocks are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day or evening. Many travel from all over the world to see these Sedona’s red rocks that are unique to this area and this area only.
Sedona sits at 4500 feet elevation which is at the base of the Mogollon Rim. Erosion has eaten at the rim over time leaving spectacular portions of the rim in clear view and creating some of the most amazing canyons and buttes around.
Sedona’s red rocks are iconic glow a brilliant red and orange in the rising or setting sunlight. One might wonder how the rocks became so colorful. While the answer is not simple as it takes millions of years for these rock layers to become so majestic, we can sum the answer up for you in a simple reply: The unique red rocks that puts Sedona on the map is due to the presence of hematite, also known as rust (iron-oxide), that stains the rock layers. A thin layer of iron-oxide coats each grain of sand in the sandstone. A minimal amount, when exposed to groundwater, becomes a small sample of red dye that stains the sand when it hits groundwater and turns the rocks red before they emerge from underground.
While it has taken a very long time for these picturesque formations to reach their current state it only takes a moment to marvel in their beauty. Knowing that these rocks hold millions of years of geological history it makes the surroundings of Sedona that much more amazing.