I recently traveled to Sedona, Arizona on a whim. I had originally planned on spending about 24 hours in this little town and that turned into 3 days. On the drive from Phoenix to Sedona I will never forget turning around a bend and being slapped in the face with an unbelievable view. The red rocks really take your breath away and I was immediately dreaming of all the things to do in Sedona, during my time there!
From hikes, to spiritual vortexes, to delicious grub, Sedona has so much to do! Here are some of my favorites.
10 Things to do in Sedona, Arizona
Go for a hike.
Sedona should be known as the capital of hikes. You can easily find something for any and every skill set and desire. If you’re looking for great up close scenery, there’s a hike for you. If you’re looking for wide, majestic views, there’s a hike for you. An easy stroll, yep! A sweat inducing, back breaking climb, yep! My personal favorite, the Bell Rock hike. It’s a nice wide path with a good mix of difficulties and breathtaking views of some of the iconic rock formations in the area.
Get in touch with your spiritual side.
Sedona is well known for the Vortexes spread throughout the area. What is a vortex, you ask? It is a cloud of energy coming from the earth that is confined to a place. They are supposed to be able to be felt by visitors to the area and are meant to energize, restore and rejuvenate. Each vortex has its own specific types of energy that they emit. One is seen as masculine in nature and gives off confidence and motivation. Another emits more feminine qualities like compassion, patience and goodness.
Watch the sunset from an airport.
One of the first things I heard when stepping foot in Sedona was that I had to go to the airport. :::record stop::: Yes, airport. The Airport Mesa is set on one of the tallest plateaus in the area therefore, it is the place for some of the best views in all of Sedona. Watching the sun set from the areas surrounding the path to the airport will blow your mind.
Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
This stunning church was built into the side of a red rock cliff and was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most renowned architects of this era. The views of and inside the church are something not to be missed.
Head off on a 4-wheeler.
From time shares to pink jeep tours, there is someone selling something at every corner. Don’t get sucked in by the shmucks but it is worth finding a legitimate company to rent 4-wheelers/ATVs from to go exploring in the desert. Aside from a hike, there is no better way to get off the tourist paths and explore the real surroundings of Sedona.
Shop in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
With stucco walls, cobblestone streets and tiled pathways, the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is a great way to spend an afternoon. Wander around the area taking in local handicrafts, local snacks and a Mexican village vibe like no other in Arizona. It’s located right in the heart of Sedona and is only a few minutes drive from the Canyon Villa Bed and Breakfast of Sedona.
Drink some wine.
I’m sure when I say Arizona, wine country doesn’t naturally come to mind but the Verde Vally wine region is located just outside of Sedona and has some absolutely delicious wines! This region has the perfect mix of dry conditions and access to water that makes for good wine grapes. What better way to relax for a day after hiking then with a few glasses of vino while staring at the gorgeous red rocks that bring you to the region.
Get some history at the Palatki Heritage Site.
The Palatki Heritage site is home to some of the largest cave dwellings in the state and is a glimpse back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Two short hikes on the site will take you to the pictograph drawings and to the cave dwellings. The staff on site are incredibly enthusiastic and will help you to understand the rock art and what life was like back then.
Explore the Montezuma Castle National Monument.
These cliff dwellings look straight out of a fairy tale. The sleek exteriors have been beautifully preserved for over 800 years. Just outside of Sedona, visitors can take in the expansive 20 rooms and multiple stories of this historical glimpse into the Puebloan way of life.
Slide in Rock State Park.
From a natural water slide to tubing, if you’re visiting Sedona during the warm months, a trip to the Rock State Park is a must to cool off after a day of explorations. The entrance fee isn’t cheap, but to take a dip in natural swimming pools, meander around an old homestead and zip down some slippery rocks, it’s worth it, in my opinion to experience such a unique place.
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Thank you to the Canyon Villa Bed and Breakfast for hosting my stay in Sedona, as always, all thoughts are my own!
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