Sedona Living: The Jewel of the Southwest

At an altitude of 4,500 ft in Arizona's high desert, the city of Sedona stands out as a red-rock wonderland between oceans of highland pines to the North and the lush Verde Valley to the South. This provides Sedona with four distinct, yet mild, seasons and an abundance of sunshine and clean air. Sedona's annual average high and low temperatures are about 75 and 46 degrees, respectively. Of the approximately 10,000 Sedona citizens that live within the city limits, the average age is fifty years old.

In the 1930's and 40's the red rock area became widely known when the motion picture industry used it as the backdrop for numerous western movies. Commercials, film segments, and television shows are still filmed on-location around the city, and many celebrities have chosen to make their homes in this beautiful area. In recent years, The Sedona Film Festival has become internationally recognized, drawing participants and viewers from around the world.

Sedona got its unique name from early settler T. Carl Schnebly who established the first post office in his home. He asked the government to name the post office Schnebly Station or Red Rock Crossing, but was told the names were too long. Accordingly, he submitted his wife's name - Sedona - which was accepted and subsequently became the name of the town. The city of Sedona was incorporated in 1988.

Educational Facilities

The 12-year-old Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District includes Sedona Red Rock High School, West Sedona Elementary School, and Big Park Elementary School, located in Village of Oak Creek. There are also several private elementary and college prep schools in the area, including the highly regarded Verde Valley School. Yavapai Community College and Coconino Community College have campuses in Sedona. Northern Arizona University is located in nearby Flagstaff, approximately 20 miles away.

Medical Facilities

Northern Arizona Healthcare is the parent corporation of Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center, Sedona Medical Center and Northern Arizona Homecare. The Flagstaff and Verde Valley hospitals feature complete inpatient services, while Sedona Medical Center is an outpatient facility specializing in primary health care and emergency services. Northern Arizona Healthcare also provides emergency search and rescue, including medical evacuation by helicopter. A wide selection of health care professionals in private practice are also part of the medical services available to local residents.

Community Facilities

Public services include Sedona Public Library, Sedona Center for Arts & Technology, Future Studios Performance Hall, Sedona Historical Society, Sedona Main Street Program, and the Humane Society of Sedona. Sedona is also noted for an extensive list of charitable organizations, served by the efforts of large numbers of volunteers.


There are more than 30 churches in the area, serving a wide variety of faiths, many with beautiful buildings that have inspirational views of this spectacular area. Sedona is home to the world-famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. Although no church services are held there, it has long been recognised as a sacred site and an inspirationally designed building.


Sedona's reputation includes the unseen forces and energies that are focused in and around some of the red rocks. These power-centers are know as vortexes. Many people who visit these sites can feel the concentration of spiritual energies that form there. It is said that the veil between this dimension and the next is a little thinner in Sedona.


Financial institutions with nationally prominent names, including seven banks, some in recently constructed, enlarged headquarters, are located in Sedona. Services provided by Arizona Department of Commerce, including assistance with financing fixed assets and information related to the establishment of new businesses, also are available by calling (800) 542-5684 or contacting Arizona Business Assistance Center, 3800 N. Central Ave., Suite 1650, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Property Taxes

The City of Sedona is located in both Coconino and Yavapai counties. Although property taxes vary by county, transfer taxes on residential properties in the city total approximately one percent of the selling price. For complete information, consult the assessor of either county or a real estate firm in the area.