Sedona Travel Guide
Hiking is easily one of the top things to do in Sedona, and a great first stop for any hiker is Oak Creek Canyon, which offers views of red rock formations and a lovely forest. Here are some other classic things to do in Sedona:
Scope out the Vortexes. Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, and Boynton Canyon are the locations said to contain the most energy by New Age enthusiasts. You can walk to them yourself, but you can also take guided tours for a more educated look at the phenomena.
Shop. For some of the best and most scenic shopping for art, jewelry and souvenirs in town, visit Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village—just be sure to pronounce it tuh-LAH-kee-PAH-kee.
Cool off at Slide Rock Park. If the temperatures start to get to you, visit this spot in Oak Creek Canyon where the canyon creek beds have created natural waterslides. Or, check out Grasshopper Point, on Oak Creek, where you can choose from four swimming holes, or even jump from up to 25 feet high into the water.
Explore Arizona Wine Country. The Verde Valley is a half hour drive from Sedona and is receiving lots of buzz for its good wines, such as those at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards.
Plan a kid-friendly outing. For a family hike with a fun pay-off, visit Snoopy Rock, off Schnebly Hill Road. The rock formation at the apex of this roughly three-mile hike looks a lot like a certain famous Beagle.
Visit the Grand Canyon. One of the most tempting things to do in Sedona is to pack in a visit to the South Rim. You can do it as a day trip, as long as you get up early and plan to get back late, but to be more leisurely, plan on spending a night near the National Park.
Spend the afternoon browsing the high-end galleries and boutiques of open-air Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
Located in the upscale shopping center of Hillside Sedona, the El Prado Gallery is surrounded by fountains and ponds, rock furniture, and kinetic sculptures.
Spend the afternoon fishing before grilling your catch at the on-site picnic area.
Rent a four-wheel-drive and take an afternoon drive into the backcountry to see the spectacular red rock formations at “the magic hour.”
The Mii Amo Spa offers spa "journeys" of three, four, and seven nights. The resort comprises 16 rose-colored, adobe casitas surrounded by twisting cottonwoods at the foot of the Boynton Canyon buttes.
The company runs 1.5-hour flights—and promises both peaceful landings and a celebratory post-flight picnic.
Picnic and swim in scenic Oak Creek Canyon at Slide Rock State Park. Gun down a thrilling, all-natural 50-foot-long waterslide carved into the Oak Creek Canyon riverbed.
Hike or ride through scenic Oak Creek Canyon, where you’ll be surrounded by dramatic red rock formations and lush forest.