4 Things You Didn't Know about Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is an incredible place filled with some of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking sights. Majestic red rock formations tower into the sky and inspire all kinds of creative thinkers and artists. The small city brings the Arizona desert together with powerful life-giving waterfalls. It’s truly a place unmatched by any other.

Aside from its obvious beauty, there are some pretty interesting things about Sedona you may not have known.

If you’ve never been, we highly recommend a visit. If you can’t make it anytime soon, here’s a quick list of a few things you probably didn’t know about Sedona, Arizona.

1. The local McDonald’s is truly one-of-a-kind.

Like so many places in the world, Sedona has its own McDonald’s, complete with a drive-through and everything else we’ve come to expect from the Golden Arches.

However, the McDonald’s in Sedona is unique and completely unlike any other McD’s in the world. How? Its arches aren’t golden, they’re turquoise.

When the restaurant was built in the early ‘90s, city planners were concerned about the traditional McDonald’s yellow clashing with or downplaying the rest of the area’s natural beauty. (There are actually quite strict building codes in Sedona for this very reason – structures cannot take away or distract from what was originally there.)

To appease the local government, McDonald’s agreed to make this one change to its plans. The result: One of the world’s most unique McDonald’s locations.

2. Lucille Ball may have owned a massive amount of property there.

There’s a very large, famous house in Sedona – so large, in fact, that it has its own name: “House of the Seven Arches.” But locals know it by another name: “Lucy’s House.”

At one time, Lucille Ball of the 1950s TV show, “I Love Lucy,” owned and lived in the house. Rumor has it that she may have owned a larger chunk of property in Sedona under another name. Whether it’s true or not, one thing is for sure: Sedona has earned many Hollywood stars’ stamp of approval over the years.

3. It’s home to one of the coolest churches you’ll ever see.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of Sedona’s most famous and recognized landmarks.

Completed in 1957, the chapel is a small Catholic place of worship built into the cavernous space between lofty red rock formations. A massive cross appears to be extending out between two massive stone faces and, inside the chapel itself, parishioners can gaze over Sedona’s gorgeous landscape.

Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is an incredible architectural sight to behold.

4. It’s the perfect place to recoup.

In need of a little rest and relaxation? Sedona can deliver! Spa junkies flock to Sedona to partake in all kinds of healing and rejuvenating services.

Whether you’re looking for a simple massage or facial or you’re itching for a full day of pampering, Sedona’s many spas and salons will have you feeling better in no time.

Many people come to Sedona for its supposed healing properties. For centuries, Native Americans held this part of the land in high regard for its energy vortices (singular: vortex). It is believed that these places have especially high concentrations of “swirling energy” that are conducive for physical, mental, and emotional healing as well as deep meditation.



Sedona is an amazing place for more reasons that we can list. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit today!


Need an idea for what to do in Sedona when you arrive? Join us for our West Sedona Canyon Tour!