Reasons to visit Sedona extend far beyond the town itself, a fabulous base for exploring the breathtaking landscapes extending in every direction.
When you are not out exploring the great outdoors, you will enjoy Sedona’s many art galleries, spa services, good food and places to stay.
The surrounding national forest offers unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities. The many trails facilitate hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. There are backroads for off-roading, and water holes for swimming. There’s even a natural waterslide carved into the red rocks. If you want to explore the backroads and don’t have a suitable vehicle Jeep Tours are available. Other recommended tours include the Verde Canyon Railroad excursion or a morning Hot Air Balloon tour.
To help with conservation efforts, the National Forest Service requires the purchase a Red Rock Pass to explore and hike in the area, but the cost is nominal and well worth it. These are available at many locations throughout the town.
Even though the town is small, traffic in Sedona does get busy and parking can be scarce during the peak tourist season, so give yourself plenty of time for getting around. Peak seasons include spring and fall, attributed to the ideal temperatures. Other times are quieter and the semi-arid climate translates to nice weather year round. If you don’t mind the heat, summer is a bit quieter and if you don’t mind temperatures dipping below freezing at night, the winter can be an awesome time to visit. If you can avoid the weekends you will also enjoy a quieter visit and more bargains. Arrive on a Sunday when most visitors are leaving and stay until Thursday is ideal.
Within town you can take advantage of a hop-on and hop-off trolley tour to explore and get around.
Sedona is divided into 3 main areas – Uptown Sedona, West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek to the south. Accommodations are more expensive in Uptown and more budget friendly in the Village of Oak Creek.
We would be remiss not to mention the Grand Canyon along with Sedona. If you can pull yourself away from the breathtaking scenery around Sedona for a day, it’s only a 2 hour drive to the South Rim – an easy day trip. The proximity of Sedona makes it an ideal base from which to explore the Grand Canyon without the higher cost of accommodations located closer to the Canyon.