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Verified travelerAug 22, 2019
Known as “Red Rock Country,” Sedona, Arizona offers visitors a huge range of outdoor sports and activities amid a backdrop of spectacular scenery, a robust spiritual and artistic community, many ancient dwellings and more than 80 galleries.
Sedona’s red sandstone formations make a stunning backdrop for many outdoor pursuits. Rent a motorbike or buggy and take a self-guided tour through to the Grand Canyon or one of the other nearby landmarks, such as the Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monument.
Make the most of over 200 miles (320 kilometers) of hiking and biking trails that wind their way through buttes and monoliths, deep canyons and thick forests. The trails offer different levels of difficulty and different experiences. Some lead to high elevations and sweeping views, others to winding creeks and unusual geological features.
Bikes and hiking equipment are readily available for rent. For biking enthusiasts there is an annual mountain biking festival.
Visit one of the area’s many spiritual guides and healers who have inhabited Sedona for many years, and who claim the area possesses extraordinary powers for meditation and healing. Take a tour to Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock or Boynton Canyon, which some claim were created by electromagnetic vortexes of energy.
For a taste of the rich Native American history of the area, visit the Palatki and Honanki heritage sites, where you can see ancient cliff dwellings and rock art. Montezuma’s Castle, a five-story, 20-room dwelling built by the Sinagua farmers in the 12th century, is considered by many one of the best preserved historic structures in the Southwest.
Sedona’s low levels of pollution make it one of the finest places in Arizona to view the night sky. Sign up for the Evening Sky Tours, and learn about the constellations and stars.
Sedona offers unique geology, rich history and outdoor activities, making it a popular and interesting holiday destination.
Hiking, Tours and Scenery
Enjoy the desert landscapes and explore Montezuma Castle National Monument, a favorite green space in Camp Verde. You can seek out the area's campsites and hiking trails.
Embark on a short walk or a longer hike to see the horizontal bands of sandstone in this landmark butte and its breathtaking Verde Valley surroundings.
Emerging from one of Sedona’s famous walls of red rock, this chapel is a spectacular sight to behold.
Swim down a natural water slide and explore a former pioneer homestead at this popular destination for outdoor fun.
Sedona’s skyline is distinctive for this crimson-hued sandstone formation, which stands like a giant sacred monument overlooking the red-rock landscape.
Experience Sedona’s exciting arts scene through workshops, classes, exhibitions and events at this thriving hub showcasing the work of local and interstate artists.
Take a nostalgic trip between the mountains of central Arizona with a ride aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad Railway, on a spectacular stretch of legacy track. This vintage train takes you back to the days of luxury on the rails, offering a journey across 20 miles (32 km) of country and a century's worth of history.
Hold on tight as this 4x4 adventure in a custom Jeep Wrangler offers the timeless, natural beauty of famous rock formations such as Capitol Butte, Chimney Rock, Lizard Head, Doe Mesa, and the Cockscomb. Experience the serenity and beauty of Boynton Pass.
Eyes open wide on this fun-filled adventure over the red rocks as you discover some of the best off-roading in Sedona. Pink Jeep Tours is the only guide company with access to this rugged canyoning trail, and in a cutting-edge Jeep Wrangler, while the magnificent canyon walls surround you.
If you are looking for an adventure of a heart-pounding 4x4 tour combined with the intrigue of a 700-year-old Sinaguan cliff dwelling, then this adventure combo tour is for you! Enjoy the best two experiences Sedona has to offer.
Zip through Sedona's Dry Creek Basin as you make your way through 7 of the region's most majestic canyons during a thrilling Jeep tour. Climb aboard a comfortable open-door jeep that shuttles you through the red-rocked Arizona countryside, revealing amazing views of this spectacular desert landscape.
Visit: Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348 This museum will inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
DougAug 20, 2019
Sedona is one of my favorite destinations. Magical.