Frequently Asked Questions
Which websites will help me plan my visit to Sedona?
- U.S. Forest Service/Coconino Forest
- Sedona Weather
- Scenic Sedona
- Sedona Bed & Breakfasts
- Sedona Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Center
Other Useful Links
- What offers are in the SuperPass Coupon Book?
- Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Arizona Office of Tourism
- Grand Canyon Information
- Oak Creek Canyon information
Sedona Quick Facts
Elevation: 4,500 feet
Square Mileage: 19 sq. mi.
Counties: Coconino and Yavapai
Incorporated: Yes - 1988
Highways: Interstate 17, State Route 179, and State Route 89A
Distance to Phoenix: 119 miles
Distance to Tucson: 230 miles
Distance to the Grand Canyon: 108 miles
How do I get to Sedona?
State Route (SR) 179 is designated as an All American Road by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) based on its natural, recreational and scenic qualities. The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes, preserves and enhances selected roads throughout the United States.
From Phoenix: Total Distance 119 miles/Estimated Time 2 hours
Option A: Take I-17 north towards Flagstaff (98 miles), Exit at State Route 179 (exit 298), Turn left (west) onto State Route 179, Proceed on State Route 179 to Sedona (14 miles)
Option B: Take I-17 north towards Flagstaff (89 miles), Exit at State Route 260 (exit 287). Proceed west toward State Route 89A (16 miles), Turn right on State Route 89A and continue to Sedona (19 miles)
From Las Vegas: Total Distance 275 miles/Estimated Time 5 hours
Take I-515/ US-93 towards Hoover Dam/ Arizona (20 miles), Continue on US-93 towards Kingman, AZ (6 miles), Turn left onto US-93/I-40 (78 miles), Proceed east on I-40 towards Flagstaff, AZ (145 miles), Take I-17 south (exit 195) (3 miles), Take State Route 89A (exit 337), Proceed south on State Route 89A to Sedona (23 miles)
From Los Angeles: Total Distance 428/ Estimated Time 7 hours 30 minutes
Option A: Take I-10 east to Loop 101 north, Take Loop 101 north to I-17 north, Follow option A or B from Phoenix
Option B: Take I-40 east towards Flagstaff, Take I-17 south (exit 195) (3 miles), Take State Route 89A (exit 337), Proceed south on State Route 89A to Sedona (23 miles)
If I have just one day to spend in Sedona, what should I do?
In one day, you will get a taste of Sedona, and want to come back. In one day, you can see the beauty of the Red Rocks by stopping at the Chapel of the Holy Cross or Airport Mesa via Airport Road. A Sedona Trolley Ride or a hike in Red Rock Country will show you the beauty of our vibrant city. In addition, there are numerous galleries, attractions and restaurants that you will want to see while you're in town. The Seven Red Rock Canyons off Dry Creek Road, Red Rock Crossing and the scenic drives of 89A through Oak Creek Canyon and State Route 179 to I-17 are sure to be pleasing. Click here to learn more.
What is S-Hub?
S-Hub refers to Sedona (S) as the center of your travels to the east, west, north and south. Excursions can easily be planned from Sedona to Montezuma Castle, Indian Ruins , the ghost town of Jerome, the Grand Canyon, the Parks of the Navajo Nation, Canyon de Chelley and other interesting spots in Arizona and beyond.
Do I need a pass to park in Sedona to visit the shops, galleries and restaurants?
No, you do not need a pass. However, if you want to hike in Red Rock Country you will need a RedRock Pass. It is not necessary to have the Red Rock Pass to stop and take a picture as long as you do not leave your car.
We would like to go hiking in Sedona. What do you recommend?
There are numerous hikes in Sedona. Three low intensity hikes with beautiful views include the Bell Rock Pathway, Mystic Hills Trail, and Herkenham/Centenial Trail in West Sedona. Stop by the Sedona Visitor Center for additional hiking information. The Mund's Wagon Trail, Wilson Mountain Trail, Bear Mountain Trail, Brin's Mesa Trail and Long Canyon Trail prove to be long and/or difficult trails.
What and where are the Vortexes?
In the early 1970s Page Bryant wrote a book identifying centers of energy in Sedona. Each has its own attributes and collectively they began to attract the attention of the global New Age community after the 1986 Harmonic Convergence. The vortexes are located at Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon.
Why are the Red Rocks red?
Iron oxide resulting from a post-glacial age ocean that filled all of the Verde Valley.
Where can I fish in Oak Creek Canyon?
Fishing is catch and release above Junipine Resort; catch and keep south of Junipine Resort--but be mindful of those areas marked "Private Property" and please do not trespass!
Where can I find the Mogollon Rim?
The Mogollon Rim starts at Showlow and runs to the top of Oak Creek Canyon.
What are the closest commercial airports?
There are two commercial airports in the Phoenix Valley Metropolitan area:
How far is it to the Grand Canyon?
108 miles from Sedona. Allow 90 minutes to 2 hours depending upon traffic.
Where can I go apple picking?
Slide Rock State Park offers apple picking September-October dpending on weather conditions.
Are there any local colleges?
Northern Arizona University, Yavapai Community College and Coconino Community College are all in the area.
What congressional district is Sedona in?
District 3, Coconino: 800-793-6181 and Yavapai 928-639-5807
Where is the closest RV dump?
Cottonwood Giant Gas Station, 634-8459, 999 S Main St.; Camp Verde Shell Food Mart & Subway, 567-3886 and Pine Grove Camp Ground just south of Upper Lake Mary all provide RV Dumps.
Where and when are Sedona's Farmers Markets?
The Farmers Markets are at Relics Restaurant, 3235 W SR89A Thursdays 3:30-7:00 PM. Additionally, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village hosts Sedona Community Farmers' Market creekside on Fridays 8am to 11:30am starting June 1st, 2012.
Does Sedona offer any hiking groups?
The Sedona Westerners, www.sedonawesterners.org.
Where can I find Internet access?
While in uptown Sedona, Mago Café provides internet access. The Ravenheart of Sedona and the community library in West Sedona provide access. The Worm Book Store in the Village of Oak Creek also has internet access.
Where can I get a money wire?
Safeway, Bashas or Circle K
What time zone is Sedona in?
Sedona, Arizona is in Mountain Standard Time year-round, and does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
The effect of this is that Arizona is on the same time zone as Mountain Time states during the winter months. In the summer months, Arizona is on the same time as Pacific Daylight Time states.