The red rocks and beyond:
Move over Santa Fe, Sedona rocks! With its dramatic red rock setting and million-dollar homes sprawling across the desert foothills, Sedona has become one of the southwest's modern boom towns. However, this time people are coming not to dig for gold or silver, but rather to soak up the views, bask in the sun, and maybe balance their chakras.
You'd be amazed at how many ways there are to look at rocks here in Sedona. Of course you can see them from your car or with a minimal amount of walking at such spots as Airport Mesa or Red Rock State Park, but you can also do your rock watching from a hot-air balloon (pricey), from a bright red biplane (think "The English Patient"), from a jeep (four-wheel-drive tour companies abound), with a golf club in hand (at the Oak Creek Country Club or Sedona Golf Resort), or from a table at Enchantment Resort's Yavapai Dining Room or its adjacent casual lounge.
However, as breathtaking as the views are, there's only so much rock gazing a person can do. Once you're on a first name basis with Sedona's rock family, including Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Rock, and Coffeepot Rock, you may find yourself wondering what else there is to do in the area.
The physically fit can explore on foot or mountain bike. There are dozens of miles of hiking and biking trails starting from the edge of town. Among the best places for a hike are Red Rock Crossing, Boynton Canyon, and the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. If its hot and you want to cool off, head for Oak Creek Canyon's Slide Rock State Park, which has a natural water slide.