The Magical Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

Jessica Peterson

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I believe in the power of nature to heal and to inspire.

This is a huge part of what motivates my travels. In my twenties, I often sought chaotic urban destinations and was dazzled by the movement, the lights, and the crowds. In my thirties, nature does so much more for my soul. Cities are exciting, but only nature gives back. It replenishes rather than draining the spirit.

So while some say the red rocks of Sedona are mystical and healing, I say yes, perhaps, but all of nature in its purest forms can be. No special powers are required, just a tuning in with the senses.

Sedona is just one of many places to go and let your senses, well, sense. Fortunately, there are lots of easily accessible spots to park the car and gaze out on the glowing red rocks. Go at sunrise or at sunset for the most brilliant colors.

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Absolutely gorgeous photos!

  • Joseph Humphreys

    What wonderful pictures! The red rocks do look otherworldly, and almost part of a lunar landscape, a bit like Caopadocia in Turkey. Totally agree with what you say about nature too – it’s restorative powers are wonderful 🙂

  • This looks beautiful! And I can definitely imagine how incredible it must be to experience the lights during a sunset or sunrise here.

  • Marlene Marques

    Really great photos! I think you manage to capture the essence of the place. As you, I’m a city person, but more and more enjoy the simplify and beauty of places like this one. Good tip about going at sunrise or sunset to catch the brightest colors.

  • I love Sedona, especially in the spring when the cactus are in bloom! Agreen there is something about nature that gives back and refreshes the soul!

  • This is immense, and so majestic. You’re completely right: somehow only nature gives back, and when you’re over 20, you don’t feel the same towards it. I just feel more connected to Mother Nature now, than before, when I fell in love with huge cities such as NYC or LA. For me, it’s completely different, and I can definitely imagine how incredible this experience must have been, and the lights through sunsets and sunrise has to be just magical! x

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  • Wanderers Hub

    wow, you have managed to capture some magical shots here. Love the feel of Sedona and I am sure it must be incredible during sunset and sunrise.

  • Whats the nearest gas station in this road? Just wondering