Red rock love

On a winter visit to Sedona, find world-class scenery and some of the West's best art
Matthew Jaffe

On a winter day, Arizona's Sedona may be the most beautiful place in the world. With its miles of trails leading beneath red sandstone buttes, it's a haven for hikers and mountain bikers. But Sedona is rich in ancient Native American art too, and its gallery scene is among the most vibrant in the West. The mix of culture and extraordinary scenery is a potent lure for Sedonans such as wilderness guide Mike Krajnak, who first visited the area when he was 12. "I told my family, 'I'm going to live here someday,' " Krajnak recalls. Even in three short days, Sedona will leave a lasting impression.

Traveling to Sedona
With cool temperatures (a high of 55º and a low of 30º in January) and generally clear skies, winter is perfect for a Sedona visit. Shuttle, taxi, and rental car services are available from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. From Phoenix, the 125-mile drive north on I-17 takes about 2 hours, provided there's no traffic. For more information, contact the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, 800/288-7336).