What to Do
Things to Do in Sedona
People often ask, "Is there no end to Sedona's attractions?" It's true: There are many things to see and many things to do in Sedona. Visitors and residents delight in the area's natural year-round beauty, which is conducive to many types of outdoor activities. It's easy to spend several weeks in Sedona exploring hidden canyons and enjoying red rock trails or visiting the area's sacred sites or Sedona's vortexes.
In addition to enjoying the outdoors, there are many other things to do in Sedona. Sedona activities include visiting art galleries and attending shows, musical and theatrical performances, spiritual and personal enrichment activities, annual festivals and many community events.
Sedona activities abound for solo or group adventures, romantic weekends, family reunions, girl getaways or family vacations. Many couples choose to have their wedding in Sedona. And, if you have an interest in finding an organization that will assist you in your travel services, click here.
Sedona's eco-friendly environment is a perfect base to visit Arizona tourist attractions, such as the Grand Canyon, Page, Lake Powell, Flagstaff and Verde Valley attractions, including Jerome. Click here to organize your Grand Canyon day.
Sedona Attractions & Sedona Entertainment
Sedona is justly famous for its natural beauty, but there are plenty of other things to see. Sedona attractions range from area museums, state parks and national monuments to local wineries and world-class art galleries. Sedona entertainment options include art, music and film festivals throughout the year and other world-class performances - from chamber and symphonic music to theater. There are many seasonal community events. Be sure to check the calendar of events for what to do and what to see in Sedona while you are in town.
Each of the amazing hikes in Sedona has its own individual character. Special attractions on Sedona's extensive network of trails are as varied as their degree of difficulty, unique location and historical significance. Some hikes lead to high elevations, some hug winding creeks, some afford awesome views of distant vistas, some offer intimate beauty. It's hard to pick a favorite hike, but you can't go wrong no matter what choice you make. Just remember hiking safety rules and that litter defaces. Please take out everything you bring in to the national forest.
Sedona Recreation: Mountain Biking
Sedona has an extensive network of bike trails, some of which do double duty as Sedona's hiking trails. New bike paths are being added all the time; the latest additions border the very scenic Red Rock Scenic Byway (State Route 179). However, bikes are off limits in specially designated wilderness areas. Biking enthusiasts in Sedona enjoy the annual Sedona Century bicycle event. Click here for bicycle information in the area.
Sedona Recreation: Camping, Fishing & Picnicking
Popular day-use sites provided by the U.S. Forest Service are located at Call of the Canyon, near the trailhead at West Fork; Crescent Moon Ranch, with its world-famous view of Cathedral Rock; and Grasshopper Point, a creekside location near Midgley Bridge. Fishing the waters of Oak Creek Canyon is another popular pastime. The AZ Fish and Game Department can provide more information. Designated picnic areas Encinoso, Banjo Bill and Halfway are creekside getaways in Oak Creek Canyon, as are Bootlegger, Cave Springs, Manzanita and Pine Flat campgrounds. Call (877) 444-6777 for further details.
Sedona Recreation: Horseback Riding
Another wonderful Sedona-recreation option is to see Red Rock Country on horseback just like Western movie icons Gene Autry and Roy Rogers used to do. Some horseback rides have delightful extras, such as creek crossings and outdoor dining. You can always break out in song if you're inspired. (And you will be!) Click here for outfitters.
Arizona State Parks
Slide Rock State Park in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon features a natural water slide eroded into a slick creek bed, which is surrounded by massive red-rock walls. The slide makes this park a family favorite. The 43-acre park also includes a beautiful orchard and historic barn. Call (928) 282-3034 for further information.
Red Rock State Park is a 286-acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery, 10 developed trails, meadows, picnic tables and a visitor's center with a classroom, theater and gift shop. The park offers many informational programs and seasonal events. Call (928) 282-6907.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park, a 423-acre park in nearby Cottonwood is very much alive, despite its foreboding name. The Verde River runs through the park, making it a popular site for camping, hiking, canoeing, picnicking, fishing and wading. More than 300 birds fly through the park each year--from predatory falcons and migrating species to the inquisitive cactus wren, the state bird of Arizona. For more information, contact the ranger station at 928-634-5283.
Please note: State parks require an admission fee, but an annual pass is available, which covers all three parks plus 28 others throughout the state of Arizona.
Sedona Tours for Sedona Sightseeing
While it's possible to see some of Sedona's famous red rocks while walking down Main Street, to really get a good look at world-famous Red Rock Country, consider taking a Sedona sightseeing tour. Sedona sightseeing tours go to ancient ruins, pristine canyons, Sedona vortex sites and even the Grand Canyon. Sedona guided tours include Sedona jeep tours, Sedona air tours, Sedona hot-air balloon rides - even a leisurely afternoon on a scenic railroad. It's easy to book a Sedona guided tour or Sedona excursion. For a directory of Sedona guided tours, click here. Not only will you be amazed at the sights, you'll learn a lot about Red Rock Country, too.
Sedona Recreation: Golf & Tennis
If you're a golf buff, tee up at highly rated championship courses open to the public, but don't get more concerned about taking shots with your camera than your clubs. Rather enjoy a short course? Play around on a couple of conveniently located executive courses.
On the other hand, if tennis is your game, you'll love playing in Sedona during any season. The weather is ideal for tennis all year long, and some of this community's finest resorts offer professional instruction and scheduled competition on top-quality courts. The picture on the right captures the beauty of the 10th hole at the Sedona Golf Resort.
Maybe you've had enough hiking, biking and touring; now it's time to really relax, to listen to beautiful birds that whistle while they work. Sedona is situated at an elevation of 4,500 feet, at the upper margin of the Sonoran Desert. According to the Northern Arizona Audubon Society, this elevation, combined with a distinct change of seasons and rich riparian areas, results in a varied population of birds and thus, good birding any time of the year. Additional information is available at the District Ranger Station in Sedona. Click here for information on birding in Sedona and the Verde Valley area.
Sedona Highlight: Stargazing
When the sun goes down and Sedona's red rocks are blanketed by darkness, it's possible to watch a heavenly light show - one that is rarely seen in cities where bright lights drown out the limpid night sky. Click here to read more about stargazing in Sedona.
Sedona's Scenic Drives
"Red Rock Country" has spectacular scenery, and driving is one way to take in the splendor. Visitors to Sedona can enjoy a scenic drive that showcases the area's fanciful crimson peaks, buttes and cliffs, verdant vegetation and desert wildlife. Sedona's scenic drives include 89A through Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock Scenic Byway (State Route 179), Schenbly Hill's scenic drive and Red Rock Loop Road. Other scenic drives near Sedona are Boynton Pass Loop and Page Springs Loop and the drive into Sedona from Cottonwood.
State Route 179, also known as Red Rock Scenic Byway, is one of only 27 roads in the country designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "All-American Roads" for their exceptional and unique recreational, natural and scenic qualities. Besides the spectacular golf and hiking and biking (both on and off the road), the Red Rock Scenic Byway/State Route 179 features scenic pullouts for travelers to enjoy the magnificent views.
Exploring Scottsdale and Sedona
Two of Arizona's most popular tourist attractions - Scottsdale and Sedona - are only two hours apart by car. Both cities offer breathtaking natural settings, luxury resorts and plenty to see and do - yet each maintains its own unique personality. Sophisticated Scottsdale is known for its Sonoran-Desert setting and cosmopolitan lifestyle, including a vibrant nightlife; while charming Sedona is famous for its breathtaking red rocks and laid-back atmosphere, where visitors leave behind the stresses of a hectic life. Be sure to include both Sedona and Scottsdale on your travels through Arizona. Visit www.Scottsdale-Sedona.com to begin planning your trip.