Posted by: Lori Reinhold
People from all across the world travel to Sedona to marvel at its gorgeous landscapes and iconic red rocks. Sedona is regularly voted one of the most beautiful places in America. With its awe-inspiring panoramas, jaw-dropping landmarks, and stunning color palate, it is no surprise that Sedona is a popular destination for landscape photographers and selfie-seekers. Whether you are an experienced photographer or just an avid Instagram user, here is everything you need to know to snap the perfect photo in Sedona.
Everywhere in Sedona is gorgeous, but there are certain places in the area where you are practically guaranteed to get incredible photographs.
Driving up Schnebly Hill Road, you have many chances to pull over along the way and take a picture. At 6,000 feet, Schnebly Hill Vista overlooks the Verde Valley, Steamboat Rock, Oak Creek, and the mineral-rich Mingus Mountains.
Cathedral Rock is one of Sedona’s most iconic landmarks. This natural sandstone butte is probably one of the most photographed spots in the area, for good reason. You can hike the Cathedral Rock Trail to various saddle points or gaps in Cathedral Rock that give you an incredible view of the surrounding area.
From Airport Mesa, you will be able to capture stunning views of Coffee Pot Rock, Chimney Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock, and Cathedral Rock as well as the city of Sedona itself. This is a very popular place to go to watch the breathtaking colors of a Sedona sunset. For that reason, however, it is very important to get to the mesa early to ensure you get a parking spot and an unobstructed view.
If you want to mix up your portfolio a bit and take pictures of something other than the red rocks, Oak Creek Canyon is the place for you. It is a lush gorge located between Sedona and Flagstaff. If you take State Route 89 through the canyon, you will have ample photo opportunities along the way.
Planning a photography tour of Sedona, Arizona? Book a stay at the Alma de Sedona Inn for warm service and unbeatable red rock views.