Traveling south from Flagstaff, Arizona, we first entered the Oak Creek Canyon and followed the Oak Creek through the Ponderosa Pine forests. As we dropped in elevation from Flagstaff (elevation 7,000 feet) to Sedona (elevation 4,400 feet), we left the snow behind and entered into a valley where the day time temperatures reached about 80F and shorts replaced winter clothing, all in a distance of less than fifty miles.
Sedona, Arizona is a small community surrounded by towering monoliths of red-rock formations of limestone and sandstone.
With a population of around 20,000, tourism is a primary industry for this community and it doesn’t disappoint. Helicopter and bi-plane tourism is an important function of the airport which is located high above the valley on a flat knoll.