Sedona, Arizona, is one of the magic places of the
desert Southwest. Its natural red rock beauty is almost unheralded.
Largely undeveloped till the 1970's, real estate was pushed and
sold to eager, future residents. Big promotions went nation wide,
with a sort of artists' colony taking root here.
The approach highway, AZ 179, from
the southeast, brings a sudden view as one drives over a hill.
I believe the formation to the right is named Courthouse Rock.
Despite the development, there are plenty
of virgin red rock formations all about. Many of the towers and
formations have names. Munds Mountain Wilderness is a scenic hiking
area just south of the sprawling town. I drove a bit up a rough
road to a trailhead, which has a nice view. The
area then didn't seem to be noted for any rock climbing activity.
Photos taken January 1, 1999, by Petesthousandpeaks.
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