One of the most common myths associated with Sedona is that ancient peoples only came here for ceremonial purposes. But once you actually explore the wilds of Sedona, you discover that there are ruins everywhere. Ancient people, in other words, from different tribes and time periods, lived all over the area.
While some of the ruins featured on this website are well known and heavily trafficked, we're primarily interested in the ones that are far removed from the beaten path.
A few quick statistics:
According to Coconino National Forest officials, the 160,000 acres that make up Sedona's red rock country has been populated by human beings for at least 8,000 years!
Today, Sedona is home to about 12,000 people, many of whom are devoted hikers and environmentalists. The area also attracts about four million visitors annually.
Along with human beings, Sedona is also home to deer, coyote, mountain lions, more than 550 types of seed plants, 80 kinds of fish, amphibians, and reptiles, over 180 birds, and 55 mammals. Within 10 miles of Sedona you can also visit seven distinct biological communities.
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