The first Europeans to explore Sedona did so in search of gold; they didn’t find it. Thousands of years earlier, however, the Sinagua Indians had found what they were looking for in Sedona: mild weather, abundant water, ample game and fish, and a landscape well-suited to the needs of a growing population center, as evidenced by the remnants of ancient cities of Montezuma’s Castle, Tuzigoot, Palatki and Honanki.
Years later, the Sinagua mysteriously abandoned their settlements, and the Yavapai and Apache Indians became the primary occupants of the Verde Valley. Anglo-Americans arrived in the late 1800’s, and it was one of these early settlers who gave the town its name: Sedona Schnebly, the wife of town’s first postmaster.
Today, Sedona is a bustling community with diverse interests. People from all over the world are attracted to its vibrant arts scene; others are drawn to Sedona for its spiritual qualities, including those legendary vortexes. Sedona also offers excellent shopping opportunities, fine dining, lavish spas, hotels and resorts.