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Welcome to Sedona

A combination of hippie enclave, cowboy paradise, and snowbird resort town, Sedona pushes the limits—in a good way. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres (728,000 hectares) of national forest land, the Arizona town attracts those who love the wild to explore its countless options for hiking, biking, and off-roading tours, especially in pursuit of killer desert views and stunning sunsets. Adrenaline junkies might opt for a zipline trip or an off-road tour. Take a Jeep tour of the city’s “rock stars” such as the famous Red Rock State Park, Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Capitol Butte, and Chimney Rock, all accessible within a couple hours of downtown; or go even further afield on popular day tours to Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Horseshoe Bend. Helicopter tours promise clear aerial views of the major sites and a deeper understanding of why Sedona is nicknamed “rock country,” while whitewater-rafting trips down the Colorado River will wash all thoughts of the desert away. Sedona also offers off-road trips to Native American ruins that educate on the region’s long history of human habitation (dating back to 11,500 BC), tours that explore the town’s spiritual side and energy vortexes, and others that hunt for paranormal activity in the nearby town of Jerome.

Top 10 attractions in Sedona

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

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The road that winds 16 miles (26 kilometers) through leafy Oak Creek Canyon is the most scenic route between Sedona and Flagstaff or the Grand Canyon. With dramatic red rock formations to either side, the gorge is an outdoor playground for camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming.More
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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Built directly into the side of a red-rock hill not far from downtown Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a modern architectural marvel as well as a religious place for reflection. Visitors flock to the Roman Catholic chapel primarily to take in the outstanding views of Sedona’s awe-inspiring desert scenery.More
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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon is a humbling testament to nature’s power. Carved by the mighty Colorado River, this northwestern Arizona wonder is 277 miles (444 kilometers) long and more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep. It’s no wonder Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s most popular attractions, with over 6 million annual visitors.More
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Oak Creek Vista

Oak Creek Vista

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Visitors to Oak Creek Canyon would be wise to stop at this scenic viewpoint for a bird’s eye view of the rolling Arizona landscape. A well-kept lookout lined with Native American artisans selling handmade jewelry proves a popular destination for tourists and photographers alike. Though visitors warn Oak Creek Vista can get crowded, most agree its epic views are worth the trip.More
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Bell Rock

Bell Rock

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Bell Rock is a colorful bell-shaped red rock formation set in the desert outside of Sedona. The area is home to popular hiking trails, wildlife—keep an eye out for coyote and fox tracks—and vista points overlooking the surrounding valley and rock formations. The site is also known as an energy vortex and is a popular meditation destination.More
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Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

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Urban centers like New York and Chicago tend to get the most cred for their scenic skylines, but Cathedral Rock, in the heart of Arizona’s peaceful Sedona, has inched towards fame with its picturesque natural skyline, where towering vibrant red rocks meet clear blue sky.Located in Coconino National Forest, the steep ascent to this famous land formation draws travelers in search of a challenging hike, clear desert air, breathtaking views and wide-open space. And while the trail is only a short 1.5 miles, a quick 600-feet elevation change means parts of the passage can be a real scramble. Pack water, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a serious climb with views that are truly worth it.More
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Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village

Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village

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Most travelers venture to Sedona to get back to nature, get outdoors and get up close to Arizona’s stunning red rocks. But the unique shops, handmade crafts and tasty restaurants of Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village offer visitors a chance to experience another part of Sedona—its artist community.Visitors can wander the 40 specialty shops that make up this laid-back shopping destination and bare witness to artisans at work. Whether its blowing glass, painting an Arizona landscape or throwing a pot in one of Tlaquepaque’s studios, a visit to Tlaquepaque puts travelers in touch with the artists and offers a one-of-a-kind experience that’s sure to be a memorable part of any Sedona trip.More
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Airport Mesa

Airport Mesa

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Airport Mesa is more than its quirky name suggests. The scenic trail loop guides travelers along well-marked paths that lead to panoramic views of the city’s iconic red rock landscape. Outdoor enthusiasts agree Airport Mesa is one of Mother Nature’s most impressive local wonders, but with occasional old-school aircraft flying overhead, there’s still a nod to some modern marvels, too.The 3.5-mile loop has just a 200-foot elevation change, but its uninterrupted views of Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Cockscomb and Chimney Rock make it one of the area’s most scenic treks.More
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Boynton Canyon Trail

Boynton Canyon Trail

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Boynton Canyon Trail’s breathtaking red rocks views and easy passes make it one Sedona’s most accessible hikes. Travelers find impressive panoramic landscapes early in the three-mile trek, where open desert, lush foliage and sky-high canyon views reign supreme. And while some say this accessible hike ends in a rather anti-climactic way because box canyon walls stretch up on either side, ancient Sinaguan Indian ruins and tons of biodiversity make it a memorable outdoor experience for visitors to Sedona.More
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Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

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With views of ruddy cliffs everywhere you look, Red Rock State Park is a sight to behold. Trails slice through this 286-acre (116-hectare) nature preserve, winding through manzanita juniper shrubs toward the banks of Oak Creek. The visitor center offers numerous daily activities for guests, including nature walks and naturalist activities.More

Top activities in Sedona

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour from Sedona
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Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

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Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

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Sedona Chakra Vortex Tour
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Guided ATV Tour of Western Sedona
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Scenic Sedona Tour
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Scenic Sedona Tour

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Private Diamondback Gulch by Off-Road Jeep from Sedona
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Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Small-Group Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
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The Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Sedona

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48 hours in Sedona
Maryam_A, Jul 2021
Private Sedona Road Tour
I visited Sedona for just 48 hours however, I got to see so much of its beauty and hear a lot about its history thanks to our tour guid Vishali.
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Great trip!
Kathleen_P, Jul 2021
Half-day Sedona Sightseeing Tour
It was a great way to see the highlights of Sedona.
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Great tour!
Jacqueline, Jun 2021
Scenic Sedona Tour
The tour covered Sedona’s most popular attractions.
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The energy and beauty of Sedona is incredable...
John_D, Jun 2021
Spiritual Tours Vortex Tours
You will get to see some special places that you cannot access unless you have a guide.
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Very enjoyable
Monica_W, Jun 2021
Boynton Canyon Trolley Tour from Sedona
Glad I didn’t have to drive to see the same sights.
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We will definitely do this again!!
SusanS, Jun 2021
The Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour
They provide top-notch equipment to see the night sky and we were amazed at all the activity above Sedona!
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Amazing Experience
Jennifer_M, Jun 2021
Classic River Run on the Verde Guided Kayak Tour from Cottonwood
They even directed us to great eats in the area and advise on other activities.
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Pleasant and Educational.
Christopher_P, May 2021
Private Sedona Vortex Spiritual and Scientific Tour
Conner was knowledgeable about the geological and spiritual aspects of what makes Sedona a unique place to visit.
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Sedona must do’s!!
Cheryl_S, May 2021
Half-day Sedona Sightseeing Tour
Plus we got to see all the amazing parts of Sedona!
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Nice trolley ride through Sedona
Paul_S, May 2021
Boynton Canyon Trolley Tour from Sedona
Nice way to see Sedona.
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Extraordinary experience!
Julie_M, Apr 2021
Sedona Helicopter Tour : Dust Devil Tour
Am amazing way to see all of Sedona and it’s beauty that you cannot experience from roadside.
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This is the way you see the Gran Canyon!
Jillian_M, Apr 2021
Grand Canyon Deluxe Day Trip from Sedona
It was great having someone take away all the guesswork of where to go & what to do.
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Sterling was a wonderful...
brigette_s, Apr 2021
Private Diamondback Gulch by Off-Road Jeep from Sedona
If you want to see the Sedona landscape this is the way to go.
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Great way to see the red rocks of Sedona!
Jonathan_H, Mar 2021
Sedona Coyote Canyons Jeep Tour
Great way to see / experience the beauty of Sedona!
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Great way to see and learn about Sedona
Sarah_T, Mar 2021
Spiritual Tours Vortex Tours
Great way to see Sedona and learn about the history.
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Great experience
Tatiana_V, Mar 2021
Discover Sedona Small-Group Tour
Small group atmosphere made it more private and personal, it was a great experience for me to see the beauty of Sedona.
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Relaxing and Enjoyable
Heidi_M, Feb 2021
Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure
An affordable way to see some of Sedona.
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Money worth spent for a fun way to visit the Grand Canyon. Knowledgeable and safe drivers, fabulous scenery.
Diane_W, Jun 2021
Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion from Sedona
Excellent way to see the Grand Canyon.
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A great way to see the south rim of the Grand Canyon...
Kathleen_S, May 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
The Grand Canyon was our ultimate destination, but we made several stops along the way to see sights like a surprise lava field, lunch on the Indian reservation, and the remains of an abandoned pueblo, now a National Monument.
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So Great, I rode it 2x in 1 week
Porter50, May 2021
Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure
Highly recommend for anyone who wants to see the breathtaking views of the terrain and history of this part of NW Arizona.

All about Sedona

When to visit

Sedona’s peak season runs March through May, when ideal weather and desert blooms draw outdoor enthusiasts to surrounding canyons that pop with color. Be sure to book lodging well ahead for these popular months. Fall also boasts comfortable temperatures, plus lower hotel prices, leaving more in your wallet for October's Sedona Wine Festival and Sedona Arts Festival.

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