The Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona are world famous, having been immortalized in countless westerns like Broken Arrow (with Jimmy Stewart). The colors displayed by sunrises and sunsets on the red sandstone rocks have brought in admirers from around the world. That beauty, combined with the mountains and the moderate climate provided by an altitude of 4500’ have made Sedona a very popular retirement community as well as tourist destination. The population in 2011 was just over 10,000.
At least one source rates Sedona in the top 20 retirement spots in the country. Hiking and the arts are extremely notable here. The International Film Festival, many musical events, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are an indication of the high level of culture that Sedona enjoys. The Sedona area straddles 2 counties – Coconino and Yavapai. The nearest city is Flagstaff. Many active adults have chosen Sedona as their community for its warm climate and beautiful setting. Zoning is very strict here, even the McDonalds looks like a pueblo. Photo of the Chapel of Holy Cross courtesy of Wikipedia and Matthew P. Del Buono. Here is information on retirement in Arizona or in Flagstaff or Phoenix