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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 15 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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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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This towering 4,965-foot (1,513-meter sandstone butte stands sentinel over Sedona’s red rock landscape. An icon of Arizona, its image is often emblazoned on postcards and tourist materials. The formation draws camera-toting visitors who want to capture the sight as well as hikers who trek up the short-but-steep Cathedral Rock Trail.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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Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village

Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village

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Get a feel for the art scene of Sedona and pick up unique gifts at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. Located along the banks of Oak Creek, this picturesque outdoor shopping complex and artist community is home to more than 45 art galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops selling hand-made crafts and one-of-a-kind artistic creations.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
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Snoopy Rock

Snoopy Rock

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If you gaze at Snoopy Rock from the right angle, the red rock formation resembles the famousPeanuts dog lying on his back with Woodstock on his nose. This rock—one of the most famous in Sedona—can be spotted from a number of viewpoints, such as Marg’s Draw Trail, and the shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafés of uptown.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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Seven Canyons

Seven Canyons

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Sedona may be known for its stunning red rocks, desert life and spiritual slant, but those who like to live their life in the green still have their chance at the Seven Canyons Golf Course. Since 2002 this scenic outdoor destination has played host to thousands of golfer lovers seeking to experience the best of Arizona. With 20,000 square feet of teeing space, manicured fairways, world-class cuisine and a relaxing club house, visitors will feel at home in the comfort and luxury of this back nine destination. The challenging course is as ideal for long-time lovers of the sport as it is for newbies and breathtaking views of Sedona’s red rocks and national forests insure travelers get to experience the best of Arizona when they tee up.More
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Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park

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Just outside the city of Sedona is the evocatively-named Slide Rock State Park that was once an apple farm.Slide Rock State Park was originally the Pendley Homestead, an apple orchard started in 1912 that covered more than 40 acres. Pendley later built cabins as more vacationers began coming into the area, and the homestead was purchased by the Arizona Parklands Foundation in 1985. The original Pendley farmhouse is still in the park.The name “slide rock” comes from one geologic feature of the park, a slippery area in a creek near the homestead. The red rock formations that are so famous in this part of Arizona are all over the park, which is a popular place for hiking, swimming, fishing, and picnicking.More
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Airport Mesa

Airport Mesa

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With panoramic views of the desert, Airport Mesa is a rock formation where you’ll find Sedona Airport and a popular hiking area. According to some it’s also a vortex, an area of high electromagnetic energy. Whether you see Airport Mesa as one of Sedona’s spiritual highlights—or just a scenic one—it’s certainly a gorgeous spot.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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Broken Arrow Trail

Broken Arrow Trail

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This 4.5-mile round-trip hike is a favorite among locals and travelers because of its incredible red rock views, challenging terrain and easy access from Sedona’s main roads. But visitors warn its popularity means the trail is usually crowded with hikers, bikers and 4x4s. While the moderate climb is a good option for fit travelers, those who fear descending the Devil’s Staircase can opt for one of the area’s off-road Jeep tours.More
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Wilson Mountain

Wilson Mountain

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This full-day hike is ripe with stunning views, rare wildflowers, impressive scenery and rugged trails that are perfect for intrepid travelers. Visitors say thick forests, vast views and a memorable Sedona overlook make this climb worth the effort. Varied terrain will keep even the most expert outdoorsman interested and steep ascents of approximately 2,000 vertical feet will challenge the fittest of travelers.More

Top activities in Sedona

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

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Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour from Sedona
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Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep
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Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

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Sedona Outback Trail Jeep Adventure
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Scenic Sedona Tour

Scenic Sedona Tour

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The Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour
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Kayak Tour on the Verde River

Kayak Tour on the Verde River

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Guided ATV Tour of Western Sedona
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Guided ATV Tour of Western Sedona

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The Outlaw Trail Jeep Tour of Sedona
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Recent reviews from experiences in Sedona

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Awesome outting! Highly recommended
Tonya_R, Jun 2022
Half-day Sedona Sightseeing Tour
This is perfect perfect outting to see Sedona and all of her glory...
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David_P, Jun 2022
Half-day Sedona Sightseeing Tour
Great way to see highlights of Sedona if you have limited time.
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Good way to see the City
Jonathan_E, May 2022
EZRider Sedona Self Guided E Bike Tour over 650 5 star reviews
First time in Sedona and it was a good way to see a lot of attractions in a small amount of time!!!!
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Belief validated
zpmt5xn26x, May 2022
The Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour
I was so pleased to be able to see them with the infrared googles.
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Such a fun experience,...
Patricia_C, May 2022
Guided ATV Tour of Western Sedona
Such a fun experience, this was really great way to see Sedona.
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Don’t miss this excellent opportunity in Sedona!
Deanna_H, May 2022
Bliss Wine Tours Sedona - Visit 3-4 Vineyards with AZ’s #1 Wine Tour Experience
It was wonderful to see so much of the area around Sedona and learn history, exciting things happening in the future and the beautiful wineries visited.
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Sedona’s Hidden Treasures Revealed
Kimberly_F, May 2022
Scenic Sedona Tour
It even forced me out of my comfort zone to visit The Chapel of The Holy Cross due to my fear of heights, but it was so worth it!
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An Overall View of Sedona Past and Present
Lynn_S, Apr 2022
Scenic Sedona Tour
The Cathedral in the Rocks was particularly beautiful;also lovely to see the Tlaquepaque shopping center before all the crowds.
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Excellent! Must Try This!
Dylan_T, Apr 2022
EZRider Sedona Self Guided E Bike Tour over 650 5 star reviews
This is the way to see local Sedona!
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Girls Trip
Brandi_M, Apr 2022
Sedona Red Rocks Helicopter Tour - covers over 20 miles!
Amazing to see Sedona from the air.
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Vortex tour
Emily_F, Apr 2022
Private Sedona Vortex Spiritual and Scientific Tour
Nice way to see Sedona!
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Worth the trip.
Maureen_Q, Mar 2022
Sightseeing Highlights Tour of Sedona
It was a nice way to see a little bit of Sedona that we otherwise would have missed.
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Great tour
Dave_S, Mar 2022
Sedona Outback Trail Jeep Adventure
Then took us around the Sedona area to see the "vortex" locations.
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Great tour. Highly recommend
Jennifer_K, Mar 2022
Half-Day Private Scenic Tour of Sedona
Enjoyed the opportunity to see popular spots and grab great photos.
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Great way to see The Grand Canyon and surrounding areas!
Mark_H, Mar 2022
Ultimate Grand Canyon Private Day Tour
getting to see the incredible beauty of the area without the aggravation of navigating unknown roads, National Parks, and cultural sites.
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Great for first time visit
Gail_S, May 2022
Half-day Sedona Sightseeing Tour
Appreciated the recommendations for restaurants and sites to visit on our own.
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Balanced but brief
Tony_P, Feb 2022
Private Sedona Vortex Spiritual and Scientific Tour
I wish there would have been the opportunity to visit a couple more vortices.
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I loved learning about...
JulieAnne_F, Feb 2022
Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep
This was the only way I was able to get out to see the area.
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Great Time Had By All
Brian_B, Feb 2022
Sedona Outback Trail Jeep Adventure
Sedona is a place of incredible beauty and this is a fun and exciting way to see the beautiful desert and red rock.
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Oh the things you will see
JoyceJ_G, May 2022
Sedona Stargazing Tour
Every needs to be able to see this!
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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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