Sedona was founded at the turn of the 20th century when
15 homesteading families discovered the area and decided
to call it home. Theodore Carlton “T.C.” Schnebly was from
Gorin, Missouri, and was married to Sedona Miller. T.C.’s
brother, Ellsworth, had moved to Arizona for health reasons
and convinced the couple to join him in red rock country.
The Schneblys built a large two-story home that also
served as the area’s first hotel and general store. T.C. also
organized the village’s first post office. T.C. suggested the
names Oak Creek Crossing and Schnebly Station to the
Postmaster General in Washington, D.C. The Postmaster had
a preference for one-word names for postmarks, so Ellsworth
advised T.C. to name the town after his wife.
The name Sedona was given to her by her mother,
Amanda Miller, who says she just “thought it up” and named
her daughter that because it sounded pretty. So much for
thinking the town had a Native American or Spanish name.
Since then, the town has grown to over 10,000 and boasts
over 4 million visitors per year. It is equal parts resort and
nature, drawing in the spiritual-minded for the natural vortex-es and electro-magnetic fields. Some consider these things
part of the healing and spiritual properties of the area.
On a different level, over 100 feature films and countless
video productions and commercials have been shot in the
Sedona area. The first movie shot there was Zane Grey’s
1923 silent film, The Call of the Canyon. Westerns of all
stripes have been shot there. The incredible red rock formations and the pinion-juniper landscape is a perfect backdrop
for movie cowboys.
RIDING RED ROCKS
There are over 200 miles of red singletrack in the area,
which makes it a mountain biker’s dream. Currently, however,
these trails are off-limits to electric mountain bikes. There
are, however, many miles of roads that get you to incredible
views, and many have dedicated bike paths. There are also
a great many miles of jeep trails, and electric bikes are absolutely welcome there. They are fun, rocky and challenging.
We found that riding an electric bike is the perfect way to
see Sedona’s breathtaking sights and vistas. Surprisingly,
there are no places to rent a bike in town, so you’ll have
two options. First is to bring your own bike. You’ll then want
to plan ahead by visiting VisitSedona.com to find out the
places to go and see. They will suggest everything from the
famous man-made Chapel of the Holy Cross to the incredible
views on Schnebly Hill Road, a jeep trail that twists its way
up through the red rock highlands with astonishing vistas,
culminating in a ride among the pine forests of the Colorado
We liked that ride so much, we rode it on two different
days, getting caught once in a lightning and hailstorm. Desert
weather can change in a heartbeat, and we were almost prepared for it. We found a bridge to hide under for 20 minutes
while it passed, but when we were descending, it was wet
and muddy and the valley looked like it had been snowed on;
there was so much marble-sized hail that had fallen everywhere. It was quite the magical and unforgettable ride!
On an electric mountain bike with good suspension and
power, a ride lasting a few hours will let you climb terrain
that’s a combination of rock, dirt, sand and slick rock. It’s
The jeep trails of Sedona provide a great
ride and beautiful scenery.
The jeep trails are not for the inexperienced, but there
are also always easier and harder (more fun) ways to get
through every trail.
Included in the E-Bike Tours ride is a trip to the Chapel of the
Holy Cross, which is a famous Sedona landmark.
Slick rock sections on the jeep trails provide some fun challenges. Unlike Moab, these slick rocks are slick for bicycle tires.