By Ted Grussing
… This photo pretty well captures most if not all of the named red rocks in the Sedona area as well as the named communities that comprise the Sedona metro area.
For starters, I am over the western most region of House Mountain which is about a 12 to 15 million year old shield volcano and it once was part of the Colorado Plateau … the later has receded several miles in the intervening years. A shield volcano is one in which the lava is a very low viscosity and thus flows out more or less like oil and does not build the typical high volcanic cone. I am looking to the north … the runway on the airport, center left image, is aligned with a compass heading of 30 (NNE). As you can see it is pointed a bit to the right from my location so that validates the view to the north.
On the right side of the image is a portion of the Village of Oak Creek … Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock and Lee’s Mountain going vertical from the village. Jacks Canyon is above it on the right and then the plateau. Jacks Canyon makes a hard left and goes behind Lee’s Mountain and Munds Mountain.
Cathedral Rock is in heavy shadow near exact center of the photo … further left the green snake winding down to the left edge is Oak Creek and the Loop area. The populated area to the left of the airport is West Sedona and on the far left is where Dry Creek Road takes you up into Long Canyon, Seven Canyons and Enchantment Resort, Above and left of West Sedona is Thunder Mountain, Coffee Pot and Chimney Rock … above the airport is Wilson Mountain and to the right of it Munds Canyon is wending its way up to Munds Park. Oak Creek Canyon cuts left behind Wilson Mountain. To the right of the airport you have the Chapel area.
On the horizon from the left, the San Francisco Peaks are partially obscured by rain showers and just to the right of it, the lower flattish mountain is Mount Elden; about two thirds of the way from the left edge is Mormon Mountain, which is a kind of flat loaf like mountain and behind it is Mormon Lake, the largest natural lake in Arizona … it seldom has much water in it, because it is a closed ecosystem dependent solely on local runoff and snow melt.
So somewhere in here is your favorite Sedona red rock and vantage point. Pretty cool to just kinda park up there and take it all in. I was at about 7,000 feet.
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