This is down a path by the river the road is right above this shot. Sedona is such a unique and beautiful place.
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Andromeda Galaxy rising over Sedona, Arizona
I've been wanted to get a shot of Andromeda rising over some cliff formations for a while, and I researched many locations to try this out. The decision was a trailhead parking lot off Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona.
I thought I had timed it right, and there were mostly clear skies in the forecast, but things don't always go according to plan. By the time it was dark, Andromeda was already high over the cliffs, so I couldn't use 70mm to anchor it close to the rocks, or even 50mm, which was what I had planned. I opted for 35mm, and hoped for the best.
The clouds actually add interest, so I'm happy with them.
The sky is a stack of 10 shots at 4000 ISO, and the foreground is one shot at 320 ISO, 7 minute exposure. If you make it to Sedona, take an hour to check this. Spectacular building and setting. Inspired and commissioned by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.
There are also some great short hikes in the red rocks nearby. Park on the street down below.
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This view is from Hiking to cathedral rock starting at hiline trailhead. The trail is full of beautiful views and is a mountain bike trail so if you're a hiker watch for bikers! Some of the paths are steep and narrow so I recommend hikers to not wear headphones as to hear a biker who may be coming fast around a corner. Loved seeing the Milky Way over Coconino National Forest at 5 AM. The church built in between the mountain's rocks . Hiking the Teacup Trail. About a mile loop, flat, awesome views and great for kids. #canyonballrun2013 Sedona 
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Cathedral Rock, Sedona
Relax in the river and enjoy the scenery. The Red Rocks of Sedona are magical especially as the sun sets, and during twilight. If in Sedona, be sure to drive up to Airport Mesa for sunset. If you get there early enough, you can park at the lower vista and take a trail up to a knoll (not the mesa.) This location has far fewer visitors who congregate at sunset. You can see the city below the red rocks from this view. The one you want on the postcard. The colors of the landscape are amazing! Only a limited number of angles available from which to photograph this beautiful church. But every one of them yields very satisfying results.
( #blue ) For years, to me, the old west only ever looked like this. The colors of the desert are astounding, but they'd be nothing without all that light. Another Collared Lizard, another staring contest. The Munds Wagon Trail zig-zags across the wide, dirt road that ferries jeeps and off-road vehicles and their passengers comfortably to the top of the canyon.
Truth be told, there are only about three places where you need to cross, but the trail itself follows the road rather closely for long stretches. At those points, you're never more than fifty feet from the road itself -- which can be a bit of an encumbrance when the dust is rolling high.
For the most part, though, you'll be left alone to enjoy the vistas all by yourself. And, believe it or not, the road is often the best place to see them. This is one of the many beautiful views along hiline trail to cathedral rock. It's an advanced mountain biking trail but also great for hikers... If you're hiking just keep your eyes and ears out for bikers! The loop we did was about 8miles and took us a little under 4 hours including climbing up cathedral rock and stopping for lots of pictures and a lunch break. This trail was recommended to us by a worker at The Hike House (near the main drag of Sedona). I highly recommend stopping at the hike house for outdoor recommendations for hiking, biking etc... They also have a great store for hiking equipment and a snack shop. A night shot of Bell Rock on a clear moonless night. Sedona does a magnificent job of keeping light pollution to a minimum. The night sky on our last day in Sedona was breathtaking. Firecracker Bush growing up from the cliffside near the northern terminus of the Munds Wagon Trail. Sedona needs no introduction. Sedona needs no publicity. To the contrary. If someone were to start a wildly fantastic rumor that a nuclear accident had produced gangs of six-foot carnivorous lizards who roamed the streets looking for tourists, it might do the city some good. Every weekend, the traffic-circled main drag of town is a dripping stream of molasses, with folks coming from hundreds of miles away to soak in the beauty. I spent two hours driving ten miles to get to this view. Lesson learned.
The weekdays, on the other hand, are an entirely different affair. The tourists come, but not in droves, and if you pick your places carefully -- not even all that carefully -- you can get a feel for the Sedona which must have existed here twenty or fifty or a hundred years ago.
The city is famous for its hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. The five- and six-hundred foot red rock mesas lining the canyons in the area are enough to make your jaw drop, and to literally stop traffic.
You can hike hard, you can hike easy. You can just walk. Enjoy the restaurants. The arts-centered shopping. Hire a pink jeep to take you up into the high country. Or trudge out there yourself.
If you're aching for calm and sun and dry, lazy days, by all means head for Sedona. But steer clear of weekends. Or holidays. Or spring break. Or any time you think the greater portion of Southern California, Phoenix, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah might be hankering for a getaway.
Even then, it might just be worth it. A view from the end of the trail -- or the beginning -- funny how the two are often the same.
( #blue ) The broad expanse of Damfino Canyon stretches out before you as you begin your trek down the Munds Wagon Trail. This is about a mile into the journey (and, truth be told, was taken on the return trip).
You can see the trail heading off into the shadows to the lower right of the photo. They call this one I had always heard good things about Sedona, AZ but only recently made my way there. Now I understand what everyone has been talking about. This place is pretty damn awesome. Yes, it's touristy in town, but when you get out on the trails, you can find all kinds of solace - and all kinds of awesome stuff to point the camera at. Count me a fan. From http://nomadicpursuits.com/ #Hiking the West Fork Oak Creek Trail in Sedona. A wonderful hike in the water to escape the heat. Parking is $10 for the day #weekendgetaway Hedgehog Cactus flower. Rare sighting of a Coral Snake. I'm sorry, Richard, it was already dead. I'm not even sure that Peter Piper could pick a peck of Purple Prickly Pear. Sedona airport road overlook The plaque reads:
The Lord is risen to you indeed. Peace be unto you. Luke 34:34,36
Shrine of the Red Rocks
Dedicated Easter Sunrise
April 2, 1961
By Hon. Barry Goldwater
United States Senator, Arizona
Masons of Verde Valley, Arizona Hangover Trail It's hard to believe that this structure was almost never built. And if its benefactor had succeeded in an earlier attempt, we would now know it as one of Hungary's The end of the Cow Pie Trail. That's right, the Cow Pie Trail. A .6-mile spur off the Munds Wagon Trail is called the Cow Pie Trail, primarily for the...er...mounds of rock that form at the base of this mesa.
The site served as the location for many an early western -- and I do mean many -- but it is now more or less just a odd little jog off a very long trail heading up into the hills. Very beautiful, though. I think the word The red rock took the pride as aura for the enlightened Buddha! #nature #sedona #buddha #peaceofmind #redrocks #placestovisit #longweekend #beautifuldestinations #traveldestination
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#InStone The red rocks around Sedona at sunset. Sunset at Airport Mesa is a must if in Sedona. I recommend hiking to the knoll below the mesa for a view with fewer people. The mesa is accessible by car and attracts large numbers of people. You have to hike to the knoll and far fewer people congregate here. A full shot of the large stand of rocks near the end of Munds Wagon Trail. That's Merry-go-Round Rock to the right, The Cocktail Party in the middle, and the end of the Cow Pie Trail on the far left.
From this view, it's fairly obviously how that trail got its name. It's a popular place, but it provides some of the most sweeping views of the main red-rock formations surrounding the town. Oh, and the flora ain't bad, either. Once in a lifetime opportunity: two Buddhist monks ascend the stairway to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The Munds Wagon Trail has a dual personality. One part walking trail, one part off-road home to the Pink Jeep Tours and any other private party who wants to try its hand at navigating a dirt ditch up four miles of mountain.
If you walk, you can't possibly avoid the road from time to time, and the leisure-loving (let's not be judgmental and call them Amazing view .... My handy trail guide calls this little hollowed-out section of the trail The beautiful red rocks in hot, muggy, expensive Sedona, Arizona Mountain vistas outside Sedona. This is one of the most beautiful hikes in Sedona. The loop is longer than it looks. Bring water and rest in the shade. Truly glorious One of the beautiful alleys around Sedona. Visited Sedona, AZ this past April and this church was one of the cool stops along the way. Amazing architecture and what a crazy place to have a church. Sedona is full of red rock formations that captivate many travelers. The hike to Devil's Bridge is beautiful but beware of the ATVs and jeeps that are allowed on this road. Sedona. #landscape #travel #places #Arizona #Sedona #animal #giraffe Day 10 - Stunning Sedona.
#Green Check out the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous American architect. It is built into the red rocks. This was our favorite campsite of CanyonBallRun. Try to get a spot between 74 and 83. They are adjacent to a sweet garden/lawn and a little zen brook that are idea for kids romping around, collecting ladybugs and climbing trees. The park is a 10 min walk from downtown Sedona restaurants. Take a jog up the road into the Canyon for an epic afternoon trail run to justify your happy hour cocktails. #canyonballrun2013 Sunrise with balloons up in the sky . As the sun rises the balloons fly high in the sky making the sky look more prettier .. ! Who wants to miss this sight ?? #sunrise #balloonrides #freethings #redmountains #hiking #loveit #nature Another photo of the red rocky mountains in Sedona. The most amazing sunsets. Just make sure to get their early to beat the crowds to the good spots The beautiful red rocks around sedona I was very impressed with Sedona being from Colorado I've seen mountain towns before but this was better. The rocks aren't really mountains but there is still a town hidden back there which is so special. Great short hike (2 miles to top) with views the whole way and multiple other trail options. One of the many spectacular views that can be enjoyed around the Sedona, Arizona area. We took the tourist route from Flagstaff, then drove around the outskirts of Sedona to take in the majestic scenery. There are a lot of trails around the town, all worth checking out. Tlaquepaque Village in Sedona, Arizona This is the view from the chapel of the Holy Cross. If you are in Sedona you should really visit this church. Its so beautiful and the vistas are amazing.
#roadtrip #hiking One of the most photographed scenes in the Southwest. This is Cathedral Rock outside of Sedona taken across Oak Creek around sunset. The foliage along the creek was out of the sunlight while Cathedral Rock was getting the last rays before sunset. Sunset over Sedona, this whole area is so beautiful and I loved all the colours and shades of red and #blue that seem to come alive at sunset Cactus bloom in May in Sedona. Only adds to the beauty. Cathedral Rock reflection. Trees have grow taller here since I visited the first time.
#reflections Where's the best photo shot at sunrise? From a balloon or from the airport!
#localgem A classic door in the Southwest The most amazing sunsets in Sedona. The sun sets at the far end of the valley and just lights up the red rocks and clouds above them. Just get their early to make sure you get a good spot I recommend the West Fork of Oak Creek Trail if you're ever in Sedona. It's an easy hike and very lovely. Camping in Sedona at the end of 2016 This restaurant is seated in the perfect spot for breathtaking views while you dine. If the weather is nice, ask to be seated outside. You won’t be disappointed! Arizona road trip #weekendgetaway #TakeaHike! A river runs along the hwy - day areas and camping sites available The Chapel of the Holy Cross is built into the buttes outside of Sedona, Arizona. A local sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude had originally planned to have the chapel built in Budapest, Hungary, but the plan was aborted due to the outbreak of World War II. She later decided to have it built in her native region.
#architecture #StunningStructures Sedona. #landscape #travel #places #Arizona #Sedona Sedona view Flowers highlight the schnebly road trail. There are over a hundred trails in the Sedona area. This is a shot from the West Fork of Oak Creek Trail. It's an easy hike and very lovely in the late afternoon light. Day 10 - A lovely peak at Sedona. Some locals told us this was a great spot to watch the sun setting, they weren't wrong. A view of the 89A bridge that takes you into Sedona when coming from Flagstaff. A trail takes you under the bridge and down to the nearby creek. It's an easy hike, even with a bunch of camera gear. The hike offers some great views of the bridge as well as the various types of native trees and flowers. And the color of the rock! Amazing! Worth the cost for a trip to remote, scenic spots near Sedona in a Pink Jeep. The fun is in the steep up and downs you'll experience. Plus the guides are funny and well-versed in the local geology and history as well as DRIVING THAT JEEP! Sunset over Sedona . As the mountains change colors and the clouds sink with that .#hiking #sunset #sedona #bestviews View from the Chapel of the Holy Cross #Sedona #Arizona #Blue A tarantula that crawled into a cactus for protection with the stinger poised to inflict damage on the photographer stalking it. I was lucky to capture a few shots as I was completely unprepared for the chance encounter at night on a dirt road. I followed the spider into the roadside scrub to get a few last shots before realizing I should quit while I was ahead. Check out the balloon rides when your in Sedona, AZ next time! No available description Such a relaxed, quick, and easy hike to the pools. A definite must after some rainfall ☔️ #TakeAHike We didn't waste any time taking advantage of Amara Resort and Spa's heated pool and jacuzzi. Even through the hail snow and rain we experienced it was absolutely stunning!
More on http://www.ajauntwithjoy.com Day 10 - A lovely peak at Sedona. Some locals told us this was a great spot to watch the sun setting, they weren't wrong. The view from the chapel.. That mansion and the view.. breathtaking! 😊 Gorgeous setting and beautiful yummy food. We loved every meal, but the huevous rancheros and French bread pudding (b-fast or Sun. brunch) stood out. The creek brings hummingbirds and ducks by the table - in the desert! It was fun ! Beautiful landscape - as far as the eye can see.... Arizona road trip #Red Obsessed with our room at Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona. Talk about attention to detail and fun decor! #amara #sedona #kimpton
More on http://www.ajauntwithjoy.com You can drive right up to this chapel and look around inside whenever it is open to the public. #BestOf5
More on http://www.ajauntwithjoy.com A cactus lined pilgrimage to the chapel of the holy cross. Sunset is a magical time in Sedona. Pick any rock formation with the sun setting behind it, and you will walk away a happy photographer.
Taken on hwy 179
#sedona #arizona Alleyway between the shops in this quaint little Spanish style village.
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Popular property highlights

Free parking
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Restaurant
Swimming pool

Uptown convenience

Set against a superb backdrop of red-rock buttes, and steps from the banks of Oak Creek, this Arizona hotel is just a block from Uptown Sedona's shopping and restaurants.

Creekside pampering

The resort has a restaurant with patio dining, a spa, in-room massage, wireless Internet throughout, and an infinity pool in a garden setting.

Balconies or patios

Guestrooms at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa offer pillowtop mattresses, gourmet organic honor bars, spa bath products, bathrobes, and patios or balconies.

Languages Spoken

Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa sits adjacent to the calming waters of Oak Creek, and has a heated outdoor infinity pool with a complimentary cabana, a sundeck, a spa tub and sauna, and a small 24-hour fitness center. A landscaped lawn featuring an artificial stream leads to Oak Creek.

The hotel's restaurant and lounge offer indoor and outdoor seating highlighted by an open fire pit. The onsite spa offers massage, body treatments, reflexology, waxing, manicures and pedicures, facials, and other treatments. There are couples treatment rooms and a steam room in the spa.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Full-service spa 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Conference space 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Express check-out 
  • Free pool cabanas 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Steam room 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Free valet parking 
  • Sauna 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Computer station 
  • Wired Internet access - surcharge 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Concierge services 
  • Total number of rooms - 100 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Television in common areas 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Wedding services 
  • Garden 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Free valet parking

Room Amenities

  • Pay movies 
  • DVD player 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Balcony or patio 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Minibar 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • iPod docking station 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • LCD TV 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • In-room climate control (heating) 

Where to Eat

SaltRock Kitchen - This restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Outdoor dining along side 3 fire pits is complemented by views of the garden, Oak Creek, and red-rock buttes. Live music plays seasonally in the evenings.

Nearby Things to Do

The outdoor splash pool in a garden setting shares a sundeck patio with lounge chairs and a spa tub. A small fitness room with several cardio machines is also available.

Guests can indulge in jeep trips, horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides, and other Arizona adventures. Hiking, mountain biking, and tennis are within a five-mile radius. The nearest golf courses, both 18-hole, are Sedona Golf Resort and Oak Creek Country Club, about seven miles from the resort.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Free bicycles on site 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Rock climbing nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Skydiving nearby 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 

Spa Services

Amara Spa is a reflection of Sedona and the red rock panoramas of the high desert. Amara offers renewal and rejuvenation through organic facials, body treatments, massages, and nail services.

  • Number of treatment rooms 4 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body treatments 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Spa tub in spa 
  • Steam room in spa 
  • Reflexology 
  • Sports massage 
  • Massages 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at 11:30 PM

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per stay.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets stay free
  • Specific rooms only
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
No cribs (infant beds) available
Pets allowed (no fees)
Group bookings of 10 or more rooms cannot be accommodated via this website.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 1 per stay
  • Resort fee: USD 33.62 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Shuttle service
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Concierge/valet service
  • Valet parking
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 13 and USD 35 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 14.99 per stay (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 14.99 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: USD 14.99 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.0 per stay
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Amara Kimpton
  • Amara Kimpton Sedona
  • Amara Resort
  • Amara Resort Kimpton Hotel
  • Amara Resort Kimpton Hotel Sedona
  • Amara Resort Spa
  • Amara Resort Spa Sedona
  • Amara Spa Resort
  • Amara Spa Sedona
  • Kimpton Amara Resort Sedona
  • Kimpton Amara Sedona
  • Kimpton Amara

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. This property allows pets in specific rooms only. Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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