❤️ Why It Is Easy To Get Red Rocks Fever and Fall In Love with Sedona

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

What Makes the Red Rocks of Sedona so Special?

Harvest Moon

Ship Rock from my backyard with a telephoto lens


Sedona Hikes

"God Made The Grand Canyon, But He Lives In Sedona!" 

Ah! The Red Rocks of Sedona, the first time you see Sedona's majestic red rock beauty, the image you see burns into your memory. What makes this landscape unique is how it changes as you move through it. A certain "Wow Factor" can take your breath away as the scenery seems to change right in front of your eyes. There is an old saying that "God made the Grand Canyon, but He lives in Sedona."  Also, Sedona is one of the few cities where you can go outside at night and see the Milky Way. We will discuss that later!


What's Love Got To Do With It?

Preface ~ February’s City Love Challenge, “What I Love About My City,”

Hosted by Brian England and Debe Maxwell, CRS 

As I was researching my last blog titled "Ambiente ~ A Landscape Hotel" I came across a video of the "Vista Rossa" which is the video below.  It is owned by the family who owns the Ambiente and the land that Mariposa Restaurant occupies. 

I pass by this approx. 15,000 SF mansion located two blocks from my house. It is tucked away down a 1/4 mile driveway.  You can't see it from the street but it is there! 

This 10 acre parcel was purchased in 1998 for a little under $100,000 an acre.  Rick and I purchased our Cottage at Coffeepot in 2003.  At that time we had our home scheduled for a remodel and it was 6-months out for the tile to be laid.  I got a call and was told that a major job down the street was on hold for 1 month and they could get our job done.  I found out later that his "major job" was the Vista Rossa!  Phil Morris built the Cottages at Coffeepot and the Vista Rossa.  

It has seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.  There is 6000 SF of covered outdoor space.  You can see all the major red rocks in Soldiers Pass from this property.  

This 5:32 video is why Rick and I moved here.  It took us two years to decide where we would move to. Twenty years later, and we can't see ourselves leaving this area of Soldiers Pass.  Hundreds of people hike this area every day.  The video encapsulates why we moved here better than any picture.  But, as a REALTOR® or person in the real estate industry, you will appreciate this unique home.  As of right now, it is not showing up on our local MLS.  Watch it full screen!

Map of Soldiers Pass - West Sedona Arizona

Red Rocks Fever


Sedona Real Estate

Red Rocks Fever - I have talked about this many times before. We have a dedicated domain that showcases some of the landscape and photography of Sedona's red rocks.

Sedona Instills A Sense of Adventure

Whether you are hiking or driving, there is an anticipation of what you might see around the next turn. When you experience the sights, the sounds, and the smell of pine trees, junipers, and red rocks, a feeling of euphoria may come over you. Hence, the name "Red Rocks Fever"!

Those with severe "red-rocks fever" cases may lose some sleep, become anxious, and possibly be frustrated because they did not plan enough time in this awe-inspiring area. A person with the "fever" may try to pack too much into their time here, such as an extra hike or bike ride, maybe a red rock jeep tour, or just one more vortex before you leave. I know you don't want to leave, but you have to go back home to work.

They didn't plan it, but they are, looking at property for a vacation home or a home for future retirement.

If you know someone with red-rocks fever, or you may have it yourself, please see me. I had a severe case of the bug, and I can find a "cure" for you!


Red Rocks Fever Catch It!

Cathedra Rock for Crescent Moon Park on Oak Creek

The image above is Cathedral Rock in the Spring - with the pump house to create electricity and pump water.  


I Love the Red Rocks and the Landscape, but why should I move to Sedona?

Many people move here for the weather, climate, and year-round outdoor activities. Buyers say they love the clean air and healthy mild climate.

All year long, there are outdoor activities, including hiking and mountain biking among the red rocks. Golf and tennis are other popular activities. Living in the red rocks and enjoying a dark sky is a powerful draw for buyers. Mild weather with very little noticeable humidity and around 300 days of sunshine is another big reason to move to Sedona. Is it any wonder why Sedona is a second home, retirement, and relocation destination?

2022 Final Weather Numbers by Category


Verde River rafting

How Is The Weather in Sedona?

I get a lot of questions about the weather and climate. Before we moved here full-time, we decided to visit every season to understand the nuance of the Sedona climate.

My husband erected a weather station to record the weather. His records are pretty extensive, going back to 2010.

In my neighborhood of 33 homes, only 10 are full-time owners. In winter, many residents come here to avoid the fridged cold of the midwestern and northeastern states, while others beat the heat from areas such as Phoenix or Tucson in those long summers of 110º plus days. Sedona averages 10-15º cooler than the Phoenix area and 10-15º warmer than the Flagstaff area.

Sedona has a mild climate compared to other areas, with high humidity in the summer months and frigid freezing weather in the winter months. As a result, both seasons are relatively short, with a more extended period of pleasant spring and fall weather.

How Does Low Humidity Affect How You Feel?

Many people don't realize that low humidity in summer and winter months means temps over 90º do not feel as warm as areas with humidity. This same climatic condition goes for winter weather as well. Days below 50º feel less chilly than other areas with humidity and wind. If you are looking for four distinct seasons, Sedona may be what you are looking for! You may see snow. However, it evaporates quickly. Since 2010, there have only been a handful of days that the temperature remained below freezing all day. Our climate minimizes the chance of icy conditions. You can see this complete documentation at Sedona-Weather.com.

How Does Sedona Compare To Large Metropolitan Areas?

Besides the beautiful weather and gorgeous views, people move to Sedona because of the small-town atmosphere, commitment to the Arts, and easy access to businesses, doctors, dentists, and other professional services. Sedona has 5-star resorts and first-class restaurants. Just in West Sedona alone, there are four grocery stores: Bashes, Safeway (Albertsons), Natural Grocers, and Whole Foods. Besides the pharmacies in Bashes and Safeway, there is a CVS and Walgreens for convenience.

Five minutes east of Whole Foods, you will find Uptown Sedona. Uptown is home to jeep touring companies, restaurants, wine-tasting rooms, stores tourists enjoy shopping in, and lodging accommodations. The Hyatt at Pinon Pointe Shopping Area is the transition from West Sedona to the Uptown area. You can find all of this within a short drive. Even if there is an appearance of traffic, you can get just about anywhere in Sedona 86336 within minutes. For example, my home at the very back of Soldiers Pass is only 4-5 minutes from Whole Foods, including my doctor and other professional services.

Big-box stores such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot are located 25 minutes to the west in Cottonwood. Verde Valley Medical Center Sedona Campus Emergency Department is 6 minutes from Whole Foods. Traveling short distances for your shopping, professional and medical needs does spoil me. If it takes me an extra couple of minutes to get somewhere because of traffic, my husband reminds me how much traffic we came from in the Metropolitan Los Angeles area.

Sedona is an International Dark Sky Community

One of the main reasons Rick got Red Rocks Fever was the night sky. You could see the Milky Way at night along with shooting stars. Sedona reminded him of being a kid again when there was little light pollution, and you could see stars. Once there was the suburban sprawl, light pollution entered the picture. International Dark Sky Community Sedona   Sedona has taken great strides to suppress light pollution and preserve the dark sky. An actual city ordinance covers what residents and the business community can do with lighting.

In 2014, Sedona was designated as the eighth International Dark Sky community. Worldwide, you will find 18 other communities, including Big Park Village of Oak Creek, Arizona. Flagstaff, Arizona, was the first city to be designated IDA back in 2001.

Each designated area must meet stringent criteria to carry the IDA designation. There are also 30 International Dark Sky Parks.  Of the 61 areas worldwide, you can find 36 in the United States, and seven are in Arizona. Four of the seven are located in Northern Arizona.

Both images above were shot during a full moon, and you can still see a lot of stars.


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1994-As You enter Sedona off SR179 - Ryan-Rick-Ricky

1994-Entering Sedona (Village of Oak Creek) from the SR 179.


Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte in Background

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Here is a look at the latest up-to-date Sedona Market Report for zip code 86336, including West Sedona, Uptown, Red Rock Loop, and the Chapel Area. The Market Reports for zip codes 86336, (86351--> VOC), (86325--> Cornville), (86326--> Cottonwood), (86324--> Clarkdale).  You can find other market reports at SedonaMarketReports.com.


This post was published on March 28, 2020, with revisions on March 31, 2022, and February 10th, 2023.

Comments (49)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are all very stunning views, Sheri.  That top photo especially, knocks my socks off.

Feb 11, 2023 04:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 11, 2023 04:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

I was amazed when I first saw Sedona and the red rocks years ago, and always enjoy your photos of them. But there is so much more to attract people to Sedona - to visit or to live - and you did a wonderful job of showcasing why that is so. The love you and Rick have for Sedona always shines through your posts!


Feb 11, 2023 04:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  pictures look not just good but amazing:)Endre

Feb 11, 2023 10:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You definitely know how to make us want to visit the area.

I will schedule a reblog.

Feb 12, 2023 07:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I've been to Sedona.  Years ago I was there on a 5-day meditation retreat. While most of my time there was spent in meditation, we did get out to explore the beauty of the area. 

We were blessed with a surprise visit from Dr. David Hawkins who spent half a day with us.  What an incredible experience. Sedona will always hold a special place in my heart.  

Feb 12, 2023 11:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Thank you.  I knew about the property and have heard about it.  I was at a home on the south side of that property, one street away. this property I was at had a very similar view of the Sphinx and Mittens. Oh!  That garage is amazing!  

Feb 13, 2023 01:08 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I do walk that area, so I know the view well.  It is phenominal.  

Feb 13, 2023 01:11 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS - I really do need to get out and hike more.  Many trails are so much busier than they were in the past.  

Feb 13, 2023 01:13 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - I am so glad you enjoy them.  We just got about an inch of snow about 2 hours ago.  The ground was covered but it is completely gone now. 

Feb 13, 2023 01:15 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy, Thank you for the reblog!

Feb 13, 2023 01:17 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - Since living here, I have met many people who are sensitive and have been on numerous outings.  A meditation experience is something special.  Hiking alone in the red rocks can put you in a very relaxed and meditative state.  Our trails intersect and you can go in different directions.  My son has come across indigenous sites that are amazing. 

Feb 13, 2023 01:35 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

We visited Sedona many years ago when we were in Scottsdale for a RELO Convention. What a beautiful place to call home!

Feb 15, 2023 04:43 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Sedona has an amazing amount of red rock formations that are very appealing to visitors and residents! Many people say that your area is similar to ours in some ways, Sheri.

Feb 15, 2023 06:19 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Buzz Mackintosh - Thank you.  I do love it here.  In a nutsheel, it is a safe environment and we get 4 mild seasons.  Everything is close by.

Feb 16, 2023 07:26 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I knew this was going to be fabulous and your post did not disappoint, Sheri! You live in such a gorgeous area and I think I could get used to the weather there too. 

We were on vacation last week and friends who we were with were talking about Sedona being on their radar for retirement. I told them they HAVE to reach out to me before they pick up the phone to speak with an agent as I have THE most amazing agent in Sedona for them!  You are a brilliant ambassador to Sedona, Sheri. 


Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge - well done, as always!

Feb 23, 2023 10:56 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Sheri I have said for years that you and Rick are THE experts at marketing homes and the Sedona community. And here is another fantastic example of just that!  Incredible photos!  Red Rock Fever!

Feb 23, 2023 01:16 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Absolutely beautiful area. More impressive is this excellent blog letting people know the various statistic about the area. Great job.

Feb 24, 2023 04:41 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Wow, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® you "sold me on Sedona!" and what a great video and photos you shared. 
So many of my clients make a pilgrimage their every year. For all the months in total I have spent in AZ the last 37 years between training, visiting, vacationing - I've never been to Sedona but I can see I'll need to change that!

Feb 26, 2023 06:51 AM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Redricks love the camerA. I recall a U2 concert and a John Denver concert at red rocks

Feb 26, 2023 11:30 AM