The Coconino’s majestic landscape was designated as a national forest in 1908. It’s vast landmass blankets over 1.85 million acres. It is located next to Sedona, which is just south of Flagstaff, Arizona. It is a gem of nature and an American presences of beauty. Its majestic scenery and mountainous terrain makes for a fabulous site. There are numerous vantage points with hiking trails that encompass easy to expert levels . We were fortunate to observe the many dimensions in Red Rock State Park with its tapestry of colors, blue sky, and green forestry. This time of year includes the addition of the glistening snow that covers it peaks and shear cliffs. It appeared during an unusually heavy snow storm during the New Year holiday of 2015. These prolific mountain tops display a picturesque view of nature’s ever changing scenery.
Thunder Mountain (pictured above and right) is the centerpiece of Chimney Rock, Capital Butte and Coffee Pot Rock. This beautiful cluster on landmarks are located West of Sedona.
The rightmost feature resembles an old fashion coffee pot that bears its name sake, Coffee Pot Rock.
To the left of Coffee Pot Rock and in the foreground is a cone shaped mound named Sugarloaf. To the far left and separated from Thunder Mountain is Chimney Rock. This particular setting is a favorite for photographers. I could easily have over a thousand framed photos of this Iconic monument. The rugged terrain’s colorful blends dramatically enhances the sunrises and sunsets.
The photo pictured left shows how the western part of the United States still has attitude. Its gladiator style terrain will challenge even the most experienced wilderness survivalist at their own game. Don’t mess with mother nature!