History of this Sedona Hotel
No one knows when the first humans arrived in Boynton Canyon, but this magnificent setting is part of the creation story told by the elders from various Arizona tribes. Ancient waters that covered the Southwest left behind incredible red rocks, which attracted long-ago people to this enchanting area.
Homesteader John Boeington, whose name became associated with the canyon, was only one of the early settlers. Miners, ranchers and Native Americans who struggled to survive in the region were all drawn by the natural pageantry of the breathtaking red rock walls.
After Boeington left, other owners included a Montana rancher, Western novelist Zane Grey's literary secretary, a mid-century resident who built a 9,000-square-foot mansion, and eventually tennis legend John Gardiner with plans for a hotel in Sedona.
In 1987 John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch opened on these beautiful grounds, and guests from all over the world responded enthusiastically. Enchantment Resort became an even more appropriate name, as travelers and critics alike discovered the compelling allure of architecture that reflects the spectacular setting amidst crimson monoliths and Coconino sandstone, cool pine forests and fields dotted with wildflowers.
Enchantment pays tribute to those who lived here first, with a Native American program unlike any other Sedona hotel. Guests enjoy exploring the hiking trails and ancient ruins amidst the Secret Mountain Wilderness as a delightful contrast to the luxurious splendor of the resort's world-class dining and destination spa. It all adds up to a truly enchanting experience.