Sedona started out as a rural ranching community located far off the beaten path. Offering truly excellent educational facilities, the area is served by the Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District, which has been around for the past 12 years. This district includes Sedona Red Rock High School, located at the base of Schuerman Mountain, West Sedona Elementary School, and Big Park Elementary School, located in the Village of Oak Creek. Colleges and universities such as Yavapai Community College and Coconino Community College are located near Sedona. Nearby Flagstaff features Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University in Tempe is only about 100 miles away.
A rich history of art follows Sedona. The original ancient inhabitants of the area left behind intriguing petroglyphs, pictographs and artifacts. The inhabitants were clearly influenced by the towering red rocks and the unique beauty of this area, yet in modern history, Sedona has taken a lead in the art world as well. The most successful art organization in American history, Cowboy Artists of America and the Sedona Arts Center, established 40 years ago, has made the city a hub for artists. With regard to big-name artists, Sedona has the highest claim to fame. Western art legends like Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, Jim Reynolds and John Hampton, as well as the internationally famous precursor to surrealism, Max Ernst, all came from Sedona. Other familiar names include Zane Grey, who wrote Call of the Canyon while living in Oak Creek Canyon, and Walt Disney.
Another element that attracts many homebuyers to Sedona is the great outdoors. Thanks to Sedona's mild climate, this city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Sedona has a variety of hiking trails that range in difficulty from easy, moderate and strenuous, offering hikers of all skill levels a different challenge every day of the year. In fact, some of Sedona's hiking trails require some of the most experienced hikers to get on all fours or traverse near vertical sections of rocks. Cathedral Rock is just one of these advanced trails. Other popular outdoor activities include biking, swimming, fishing in Oak Creek, and horseback riding.
It's easy to see why enthusiastic connoisseurs of art and culture are drawn to Sedona. Even today, Sedona's artist colony features artists with amazing talent, if not legendary claim. With over 300 artists and 40 galleries and several annual arts festivals that attract recognized exhibitors from throughout the entire Southwest, Sedona is a hub of progressive art. Sedona even boasts an annual ten-day International Film Festival.
Sedona offers over 30 churches, many well-crafted in the stunning red rock unique to Sedona and capturing the inspirational views. Institutions such as Sedona Public Library, Sedona Center for Arts & Technology, Sedona Creative Life Center, Sedona Historical Society, Sedona Main Street Program and the Humane Society of Sedona, add to a long list of extremely effective charitable organizations that also offer great services.
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