Sedona is the ultimate outdoor destination. It is the perfect location for a long weekend getaway being only a quick 2 hour drive from Phoenix. The ideal time to enjoy the beautiful Southwest Landscape is to plan a trip in the Spring or Fall when you will enjoy warm but mild temperatures. This is the perfect time for hiking and adventuring the great outdoors.
Sedona has attractions for all types of visitors. This location is the perfect place to escape the city life, breathe in that crisp mountain fresh air, or to enjoy a beautiful and relaxing vacation. Many people come here for Yoga Retreats or to reset their mind and body due to the Natural Vortexes found here.
Driving in to Sedona is one of the most beautiful drives as you are welcomed by the unforgettable and grand red rock mountains that contrast with the lush green trees and bright blue skies. The terrain is perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, hiking, or mountain biking. You can also just enjoy a relaxing vacation in the warmth drinking your cocktail poolside at one of the many amazing resorts. This is the perfect way to wind down after a long day outdoors.
Recommended Places to Stay:
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock - located at the beginning of town is this large and modern hotel which is conveniently located to hiking trails, shops, and restaruants. There is a beautiful pool and outdoor lounge area to enjoy after a long day outdoors. There is also a great spa on property to really help you wind down and recover.
Enchantment Resort - located further in to Sedona has beautiful views as the resort is nestled inside the valley of surrounding rock canyons. You can find a beautiful pool and views for days.
Unique AirBnBs - plan early and stay at some of the cooler homes in the area.
Things to Do:
Hiking - there are tons of great trails ranging from easy to dificult for any adventure. Each trail will have a beautiful view along the way. (Make sure you pack appropriate and bring lots of water and snacks - there is a Whole Foods in town which I recommend). Be sure to save all hiking trail directions/maps beforehand as there is very limited cell service.
Mountain Biking - there are many designated trails for a biker of any level to enjoy. Bring or rent a bike and get out and explore.
ATVs / Off Roading - some of my best adventures were on the ATVs. Many of the trail heads, including the most popular Devils Bridge trail, start with a long walk which can be bypassed if you have a high elevated 4x4 or ATV.
Pink Jeep Tours - you'll see these tour jeeps everywhere and for good reason. If you aren't as adventurous then these are a great alternative to see all of Sedona.
Yoga / Meditation Retreats - a great place to namaste and experience the Vortex energy
Star Gazing - plan a trip during a New Moon to see dark skies and all of the stars. April - October is the ideal timer stargazing as these are the months the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is visible to our hemisphere.
Vista Points - if you aren't an avid hiker, be sure to stop at the many Vista Points right off the main roads.
Chapel of the Holy Cross - One of the most beautiful churches you will ever see.
My Favorite Hikes
Devils Bridge - Level of Difficulty - Medium. Distance: 4.2 Out and Back
This is the most popular spot in all of Sedona. If you have an off-road vehicle or an ATV this hike is much easier as you bypass a long walk before you get to the trailhead. If you are hiking, you definitely want to plan to get here early to beat the crowds.
Birthing Cave - Level of Difficulty - Easy/Medium Distance: 2 Mile Out and Back.
This is a gorgeous hike that ends inside a beautiful cave. The hike isn't that hard except for the last 1/4 mile which gains elevation quickly. The path is easy to miss so be sure to follow all GPS directions. (Note - plan ahead - no service!)
Soldiers Pass - Medium / Hard Distance: 4.7 Loop
There are a lot of beautiful and scenic areas along and off the trail. Be sure to check out the Sacred Pools and even some of the beautiful "hidden" caves along the way.
Red Rock Ranger Station - Level of Difficulty: Easy / Distance: N/A
Centennial Trail - Level of Difficulty: Easy / Distance: 0.7 Miles Round Trip
Cow Pies - Level of Difficulty: Easy / Distance: 3 miles Round Trip
Chimney Rock - Level of Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 2 miles Round Trip