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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sedona Chakra Vortex Tour

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Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Trip from Sedona
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Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Small-Group Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
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Scenic Sedona Tour
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Scenic Sedona Tour

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Private Old Bear Wallow Jeep Tour from Sedona
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Recent reviews from experiences in Sedona

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Grace_L, Nov 2021
2.5-Hour Sedona Sightseeing Tour with Sedona Hotel Pickup
Being able to visit and pray at the church on the mountain.
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The Grand Canyon was Gorges
Meagan_W, Nov 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Highly recommend as a great way to see the Grand Canyon from Sedona
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Great time!!!
Jenifer_H, Oct 2021
Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep
Highly recommend the 3:30 sunset tour in The fall.
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Perfection…seeing the Grand Canyon on this tour 🥰
Jim_Z, Oct 2021
Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona w/Lunch
We stayed in Sedona and wanted to see the Grand Canyon…this tour was absolutely perfect!
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Great was to experience Sedona
Curtiss_L, Oct 2021
Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep
The tour USA fantastic way to see Sedona, looking forward to my text tour.
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We love Sedona.
MaryLou_S, Oct 2021
Scenic Sedona Tour
Great way to see Sedona to get the lay of the land now we know where to go, what restaurants are interesting, etc.
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Perfect!
Elmer_T, Sep 2021
Sedona Helicopter Tour: Desert Thunder Tour
Great way to see Sedona!
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Learned a lot!
Joni_W, Sep 2021
Boynton Canyon Trolley Tour from Sedona
I recommend doing the trolley the first part of trip so you can decide where to go and what to do the rest of the week.
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Great tour for solo traveler!
Amy_P, Sep 2021
Grand Canyon Small Group Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
I am a 40 year old single woman on a solo trip, and this was the way to see the Grand Canyon.
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Perfect with the AC van
Stephanie_P, Aug 2021
Scenic Sedona Tour
The air conditioned van was really appreciated in the summer month.
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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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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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We will definitely do this again!!
Susan_S, 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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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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Overview of Sedona
Diane_G, Nov 2021
2.5-Hour Sedona Sightseeing Tour with Sedona Hotel Pickup
He gave ideas for things to do and see and places to eat and drink.
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I wish everyone could have this experience.
LynDee_K, Nov 2021
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour from Sedona
I’m grateful to JR for giving us his valuable time, the Navajo Nation for allowing us to visit their land and for being able to experience these gorgeous natural wonders.
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Wonderful Experience
Colby_C, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Day Trip from Sedona or Flagstaff
He knows the spots to visit that result in amazing photos, picturesque views, and capturing special moments.
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Breathtaking pictures
Lynda_Y, Sep 2021
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour from Sedona
It is amazing to see and was just a leisurely walk through the canyon.
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Wonderful Experience!
Donna_G, Sep 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
This tour took the stress away of driving from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, finding the locations to visit, parking, and locating lunch.
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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.

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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