Rouge-Rock Adventure

Sedona, Arizona

Aug 22, 2006
Outside Magazine
Rouge Hotel and Spa

Rooftop Terrace View

From crystal-toting vortex hunters to canvas-schlepping artists, Sedona's three million annual pilgrims can't be wrong: Arizona's canyon-guarded oasis is a slice of desert inspiration. If you're feeling more perky than pensive, Coconino National Forest's swell of sandstone is just as good for climbing as for contemplating, and the slickrock rivals anything in Moab. After a hard session of walking meditation—some call it hiking—on sandy, juniper-lined trails, the chic Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa (from $199, based on double occupancy; 928-203-4111, is the perfect place to unwind even further. Opened in June, this sumptuous retreat blends Old World Mediterranean decor (brightly painted Moroccan furniture, ornate iron balconies, and ancient Tunisian vases) with 21st-century luxury (flat-screen TVs, goose-down comforters, and rain-spray showers). Work out the kinks at the full-service spa with a hot-stone massage and a reflexology session, then sink into an overstuffed leather armchair at Reds, the hotel bistro, for the house-specialty brick-oven sea bass with baby fennel.