History in Sedona

Sedona’s rich and unique history combines the stories of Native Americans, pioneers, successes, failures and reinvention. Well known for its peach and apple orchards in the late 19th century, early farmers and ranchers utilized several irrigation techniques to keep their crops healthy and growing.

However, as time passed, developers recognized Sedona’s potential as a tourist destination thanks to its stunning red-sandstone formations and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Today, you can explore and learn about Sedona’s story thanks to the Sedona Heritage Museum, self-described caretakers of the town’s history. This eclectic museum focuses on the lifestyles of the people who started and grew the community. For true history buffs, a large collection of archives and photographs awaits to be explored.

Sedona was once home to a thriving film set location where many ‘Western’ movies were shot, most during the Golden Age of Western Films in the 1940s and ‘50s. Here you can tour the restored Telegraph Office, the last remaining vestige of Sedona’s movie town set.

Less than 20 miles from Sedona is Palatki Heritage Site in the Coconino National Forest, where ancient cliff dwellings and pictographs provide a glimpse into the earliest inhabitants of this region. Take one of three trails to the various cliff dwellings, each about one-quarter mile in length.

And less than 30 miles away in Jerome, learn the history of how early mining shaped this part of the state by taking a mining tour; or indulge your spooky side with a Haunted History Ghost Walk that explores the former once booming mining town turned ghost town.

Come join us at Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Piñon Pointe and discover the rich cultural history of Sedona.