Sedona and A Sky Full of Stars

I must make a disclaimer first that I was in Sedona for less than 24 hours so I can’t really make a judgement about the town- but this should only matter when I have bad things to say and I really don’t have anything negative to say about the town.

For those who may not know, Sedona is a city located in Arizona. It is most famous for its red rocks. This is the one thing that permeates the city and goes into its spirit- the red haze that you just can’t escape. We rode into Sedona at night so I really didn’t quite grasp how spectacular the surroundings are in the city. We walked out of the hotel where we were staying an dthis is what I saw.

View from the Road
View from the Road

Spectacular isn’t it? Sedona is also quite famous for other spiritual reasons. People believe that there are strong energy vortexes that cross the town and the surrounding areas. We went on a tour that spoke about the different vortexes- I wasn’t sure quite what to make out of it in the beginning but somehow Sedona is just so serene and powerful in an old kind of way that even if you didn’t believe in vortexes, you would believe that it is a good place to contemplate, reflect and meditate. It is one of those places that can make you introspect.

The Red Rocks of Sedona and the Town from a distance
The Red Rocks of Sedona and the Town from a distance

Sedona is one of those postmodern uber cool towns. There are bike lanes on every road in the town. The street lights are designed in such a way that not much of the light goes up (which helps with the night sky viewing – I’ll come to that in a bit). Even McDonalds is not allowed to have their golden arch because the city has building guidelines about permitted sizes, heights and colours of buildings. So I think they have a green arch out there! One of the most prominent geographical features of the town is Cathedral Rock. We observed Cathedral Rock from a park through which a stream runs across. It was quite peaceful to be there.

Cathedral Rock from a distance
Cathedral Rock from a distance

But there is one thing in which Sedona is truly spectacular- it’s night skies. Having lived in a polluted city all my life I was stunned when I stepped out of the car and looked up at the sky in Sedona. This is the place where I first had my glimpse of the milky way and I saw not one but two arms of our galaxy stretching up over the sky. We did this astronomy tour with Sedona Stargazing. Basically you go to an empty school ground and an astronomer takes you through the different things you can see in the sky. If you’ve never ever stargazed before you have to do this. If you like me used to stargaze but haven’t done so recently you have to do this. You can see so many stars, you almost wonder if you are even in the same planet anymore. They also have a telescope which they use to show you clusters, nebulae and other astronomical features. But even if they took it all out, if they only asked us to look up at the sky and breathe it would still be a spectacular tour! You can’t miss it for the world. If you’r e lucky enough to live anywhere close to here please go and take a stargazing tour. The guides are nice and patient and answer all your questions. We went close to the New moon so the sky was quite dark. However even if you go when the moon is full you’d get to see the moon craters up close with a great telescope- it’s win win!

I hope I get a chance to go see this town again sometime in the future!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    That star gazing tour changed my life!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I’m glad you liked it! It was like a dream come true!

  2. neihtn2012 says:

    Thanks for the tip about Sedona Stargazing. I will definitely have to go back to Sedona just for that.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      You must absolutely- it is truly worth every cent they charge!

  3. Anabel Marsh says:

    We visited here a few years ago on our way from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon, but didn’t do the stargazing or vortex tour – we hiked some of the red rocks. Maybe we’ll try stargazing next time!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      You definitely have to do the stargazing. What I didn’t mention in my blog is that Sedona has some of the most ideal conditions for star gazing – altitude, latitude and dry weather without humidity- so go for it!

  4. Nirmala says:

    Yes, the town lingers in your mind for a long time. We saw sun set and moon rising simultaneously,and we were so lucky.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That must have been so awesome!

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