Sedona

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Sedona is a town in Arizona, United States of America, 120 miles north of Phoenix. Known for its beauty and serene setting amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, the town is famous for its vibrant arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events including the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Arts Festival and the Sedona Jazz Festival. It offers excellent outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. Sedona is surprisingly sprawling, with Oak Creek to the south, West Sedona and Uptown Sedona each providing great views, hikes, dining and arts.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The small Sedona Airport (FAA: SEZ, IATA: SDZ) is too small for scheduled jet traffic, but is popular for general aviation destination. The nearest major airport is in Phoenix.

By car[edit]

Sedona is located approximately 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Arizona. From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon exit, where you turn west onto SR 179. The Village of Oak Creek is seven miles down this road, and Sedona is another seven.

From Flagstaff, Sedona is also reachable from I-17, but by far the most spectacular route is down Oak Creek Canyon via Hwy 89A. Drive carefully, as the switchbacks and falling red rocks can give quite a white-knuckle ride, but the view is well worth it.

Hwy-179 is designated as an All America Road by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Get around[edit]

Sedona is a great walking town, but a bike or car is necessary to access trail heads and most destinations.

By guided tour[edit]

A number of companies provide guided tours (by bus, trolley or Jeep) of Sedona that include transportation from the surrounding areas. Some companies will provide bus travel from nearby towns while others begin in Sedona. Some will provide just a brief tour with small stops, while others may take you on a hike, and arrange all your meals.

  • Sedona Trolley Tours +1 928-282-4211. The best first thing to do in Sedona is to take the Sedona Trolley. They have two routes. One is the City Highlights Tour and the other is Scenic Canyon Tour. $10.
  • Hydros Adventures Tours +1 928-310-8141. Offers one day and overnight hiking, rafting, backpacking, and adventure tours to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona, and Southern Utah. Pickups in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon area.

See[edit]

Honanki Heritage Site

Sedona is home to a bustling downtown and vibrant arts community, but the real attraction is the surreal, red rock landscape, visible from anywhere in town. There are however several notable historic sights.

  •    Palatki Heritage SiteForest Rd 525 - Forest Rd 795 +1 928-282-3854 (reservations). Daily 9:30AM-3PM. A Sinagua archeological site with cliff dwellings and pictographs and petroglyphs, dated to 1100-1400 CE. The site is located in the Coconino National Forest, and has three interpretive trails. Reservations are recommended, as visitor numbers are managed by the rangers to limit damage to the site. A Red Rock Pass, which can be purchased at the visitor center, is required on all vehicles. Red Rock Pass.
  •    Honanki Heritage SiteForest Rd 525 (15 miles west of Sedona),  +1 928-203-2900 (reservations not necessary). Daily 9:30AM-4PM. A Sinagua cliff dwelling site with numerous pictographs, inhabited from 1100-1300 CE. The site is managed by the Coconino National Forest Service. A Red Rock Pass is required on all vehicles; the passes are not sold here and must be purchased beforehand. Red Rock Pass.

Do[edit]

Cathedral Rock seen from Red Rock Crossing
Bell Rock
Devil's Bridge Trail
Slide Rock State Park

Hiking and mountain biking[edit]

Canyons, creeks, mountains, forests, spiritual vortices, hikes and mountain biking trails surround the area. A Red Rock Pass ($5/day, $15/wk, $20/yr, sold at multiple locations and online) is required to park at trail heads. A full-sized printable directory with comprehensive trail and camping information is available online, as well as a full-sized trail map.

Mountain bikes can be rented from Over the Edge Sedona Bike Shop (1695 Hwy 89A, tel. 928-282-1106), and from Absolute Bikes (6101 Hwy 179, tel. 928-284-1242).

  •    Boynton CanyonBoynton Canyon Rd. One of the most scenic of the box canyons in the area, and correspondingly popular. The parking lot is a short distance from the trail head; no parking at the luxury resort.
  •    Broken Arrow TrailMorgan Rd (Hwy 179). Follow an easy 2-mile hike to Chicken Point. Well-marked trail (follow the cairns). Beautiful views. Do early in the morning before Pink Jeeps - which start around 8AM. Can also see Submarine Rock from trail. This route is popular for mountain biking.
  •    Cathedral Rock TrailBack-O'Beyond Rd (Hwy 179, 3 miles before 'Y' intersection, left at Back-O'Beyond Rd, 2 mile to park.). For a challenge, this 0.8-mile trail is steep, but the view is unparalleled. Great at sunset. Beats Airport Mesa. Can walk around the base of the rock for a less strenuous hike.
  •    Bell Rock Pathway / Vista (off of Hwy 179). A 3.7-mile trail with fantastic views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and the surrounding area. Suitable for hiking and mountain biking.
  •    Devil's Bridge TrailDry Creek Rd (FR152) (12 miles west of Sedona). The largest natural sandstone arch in the area. The trail is short and moderately difficult, with outstanding views at the top. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

Other notable trails include Soldier Pass Trail and Courthouse Butte Loop Trail. For a more laid back stroll, park near the end of Verde Valley School Road and walk the rest of the way to Oak Creek Crossing. Or take an hour's walk from near the school by the junction of the Upper Red Rock Loop Road and the Highway 89 (there is a parking lot there). The trail leads up to one of the finest panoramic views you will ever see.

Other outdoor activities[edit]

  •    Red Rock State Park4050 Red Rock Loop Rd +1 928-282-6907. Daily 8AM-5PM. This 286-acre preserve was once part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, and has ten well-maintained hiking trails as well as a visitor center. A number of guided hikes, birdwatching walks, and astronomy events are offered. $10/vehicle (up to 4 adults).
  •    Slide Rock State Park6871 Arizona 89A (Oak Creek Canyon),  +1 928-282-3034. Daily 8AM-7PM. Originally known as the Pendley Homestead, this historic apple farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is named for a slippery rock slide into a creek. Swimming encouraged. $20/vehicle (up to 4 adults).
  •    M Diamond Ranch3255 National Forest 618 Rd +1 928-300-6466. M-Sa, by reservation only. Horse back rides and cowboy cookouts. Real western history and heritage at a 100-year old working cattle ranch. Transportation provided to and from Sedona.

Scenic drives[edit]

This is a gorgeous area and driving around gives you great views of the rocks. Jeep rentals for serious off-road driving are popular. If you have four wheel drive, Schnebley Hill Road at sunset provides excellent views.

  • Desert Canyon Loop Scenic Drive. This scenic loop begins east of Interstate 17 where State Route 179 from Sedona crosses I17 to become FR618 just north of Camp Verde, Arizona. This scenic drive is a uniquely different natural landscape view versus the red rock canyons in and around Sedona.
  • Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive. Follow 89A through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Very cool in summer months July - September. Views are not really spectacular, but unusual to be in a pine forest with a running river in Arizona. Hike West Fork of Oak Creek, for an easy well marked 2.5mi hike, along a very tranquil stream.
  • Red Rocks and Sycamore Canyon Loop Scenic Drive. This drive takes you into the heart of the magnificent Sedona Red Rocks Country. The route hugs to the foot of those colorful cliffs and offers the option of four scenic side trips that lead to some of the most exciting features in Red Rock Country.
  • Red Rock Scenic Byway. Beautiful views start on Arizona's First All-American Road, also known as the gateway to Red Rock Country; it starts soon after you exit I-!7 and ends in Sedona. Near the beginning of this National Scenic Byway (south of the Village of Oak Creek on SR 179), there's the Coconino National Forest Visitor Center; stop there and get free maps and lots of red rock country information.
  • Boynton Canyon. A pretty drive up Half-High Rd and left at Enchantment Resort. Nice hike up Boynton Canyon, or 1 mile past resort, at Doe Mountain.

Spas and wellness[edit]

Sedona is famous as the home of five New Age vortices, areas where the earth's magnetism is said to have special properties. Vortices are located at Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Schnebly Hill. You can take a vortex tour from one of many local guides, or hike to the sites yourself. Look for cairns marking the vortex sites.

  • Chakra Healing Arts Center207 N Hwy 89A +1 928-204-1047. An alternative healing and wellness center open seven days a week in the tourist district of uptown Sedona, started by multi-generation acupuncturist and healer, Banya Lim, in 2013. The five-room studio loft specializes in massage to balance chakra energy centers, healings which tap the surrounding natural resources (red rock vortexes), readings which intuit past lives and current energy blocks, and trainings about energy principles, used by its Licensed Massage Therapists. Sister store Sedona Story, below it provides sustained, extended support for the enterprise.

Buy[edit]

Sedona's main street, with the Red Rock Hills in the background

Sedona has many shops specializing in local Native American arts and crafts, international galleries and New Age shops (aura readings, healing crystals, vortex information) in addition to the usual tourist fare. A few stores sell shirts dyed in genuine Sedona red rock.

  •    Hozho Plaza311 N Hwy 89A. Contains international and local art galleries.
  •    Hillside SedonaHwy 179 (just south of the 89A Y). A lot of high-end shops and restaurants, well positioned for strolling around.

Eat[edit]

When it comes to dining, Sedona has an exceptional choice of style, atmosphere, decor and flavor developed for tourists from around the world. Many of the restaurants in Sedona are rated among the best restaurants in Arizona, and several have earned national acclaim.

Budget[edit]

  •    Wildflower Bread Company101 N Hwy 89A (Shops at Pinon Pointe),  +1 928-204-2223fax: +1 928 204-9449. Wildflower raised the bar for affordable dining in Sedona. Good food at affordable prices. Great views of the red rocks. Nice comfortable fireplace on a winters' day, with daily newspapers and free wi-fi. Very central location.
  •    Simon's Hot Dogs2050 Yavapai Dr (inside Oak Creek Brewery),  +1 928-496-0266. M-T, Th 4PM-9PM; F-Sa 12PM-9PM; Su 12PM-8PM. The best gourmet beef and vegetarian hot dogs.

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Barking Frog Grille2620 W Hwy 89A +1 928-204-2000, e-mail: . Su-Th 11AM=10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM; daily Happy Hr 3:30PM-6:30PM. Sister restaurant to the Cowboy Club Grille, located in the western section of town, away from the main tourist area. Good southwest fare in a great atmosphere. Cactus fries and desert mojitos at happy hour are great after a day of sightseeing/dayhiking.
  •    Casa Bonita164 Coffee Pot Dr #H +1 928-282-2728. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, 11AM-11PM F-Sa; daily Happy Hr 3PM-6PM. They offer a 10% discount if you are staying at a few selected hotels in the area. Just show your room key.
  •    Coffee Pot Restaurant2050 W Hwy 89A +1 928-282-6626. Daily 6AM-2PM. A local institution that has been featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network, etc. With a view of Coffee Pot Rock, this historic family-friendly place offers 101 omelets and southwestern favorites. Open for breakfast and lunch only. Includes a small curio shop.
  •    Cowboy Club241 N Hwy 89A +1 928-282-4200. Daily 11AM-10PM. Very central and very popular steak house. Good atmosphere, food is pretty good. Really don't understand why so popular, but on a weekend plan on a 45 minute wait during evening hours for a table (reservations accepted).

Splurge[edit]

Grocery stores[edit]

  •    Safeway2300 W Hwy 89A +1 928-282-0118. Daily 5AM-11PM. Has a full-service hot and cold deli, as well as an onsite pharmacy.

Drink[edit]

  •    Oak Creek Brewery & Grill336 Hwy 179 D201 (Tlaquepaque),  +1 928-282-3300. Noted for nut-brown ale, hefeweizen and Pilsner-style lagers. If you can't decide what to order, try the Seven Dwarfs sampler, served in miniature 5-oz. beer steins.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Sedona Real Inn & Suites95 Arroyo Pinon Dr +1 928-282-1414, toll-free: +1-800-353-1239. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. A pleasant hotel on the outskirts of town, just off 89A. Rooms have exterior entrances; they're a bit on the small side but they're clean and well-decorated. Free hot breakfast with some very good options, and free wi-fi. Concierge and pool; pet-friendly. About $115+/night.
  •    Sky Ranch Lodge1105 Airport Rd (Left at the Y from 179 to 89A South, then left at Airport Rd and up a mile),  +1 928-282-6400, toll-free: +1-888-708-6400, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Scenic views from Airport Mesa, pet friendly. Nice grounds. Quiet. Older property but well maintained. Reasonable prices. $80+/night.
  •    Super 8 Motel2545 W Hwy 89A (Left at Y from 179 to 89A, 2mi on left, between Coffee Pot and Dry Creek Rds),  +1 928-282-1533, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Basic motel, good location, set back from road. Free wi-fi and breakfast, pool, pet-friendly. Clean. One of the better budget Super8 motels. $76+/night.

Splurge[edit]

Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon
  •    El Portal Sedona Luxury Hacienda and Restaurant95 Portal Ln (off of Hwy 179),  +1 928-203-9405. Check-in: 3PM-6PM, check-out: 11PM. The architecture and adobe construction of El Portal is completely authentic. Nowhere else in Sedona will you find a luxury inn or hotel with 18-inch thick adobe walls— walls that provide both quiet and history. Twelve spacious rooms have been created in accordance with the simplicity and function of turn-of-the-century architecture. $200-399.
  •    The Penrose Inn Bed and Breakfast250 Red Butte Dr +1 928-284-3030, toll-free: +1-888-678-3030. Check-in: 1PM-7PM, check-out: 11AM. Arguably one of the best. The service, amenities, and delicious, hot breakfasts are miles above average. Their view of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte is unmatched. $225-$250/night.

Camping[edit]

Oak Creek in Oak Creek Canyon
  •    Cave Springs CampgroundHwy 89A, Oak Creek Canyon (13 miles north of Sedona), toll-free: +1-877-444-6777. Open April - October, this is one of the most popular campgrounds in the area. 82 sites with picnic tables and fire pits, drinking water and toilets, coin-operated showers available. No hookups, trailers under 36'. Reservations can be made online. $18/night.
  •    Manzanita CampgroundHwy 89A, Oak Creek Canyon (6 miles north of Sedona),  +1 928-203-2900, toll-free: +1-877-444-6777. Open year round, with 18 single-unit sites with tables, fire pits, vault toilets, and drinking water. No hookups, 7-day limit. Reservations can be made online. Campers may use the coin-operated showers in Cave Springs Campground (listed above). $18/night.
  •    Pine Flat CampgroundHwy 89A, Oak Creek Canyon (12 miles north of Sedona), toll-free: +1-877-444-6777. Open April - October, this is another very popular campground. 56 units are available, 18 of which can be reserved online. Vault toilets, drinking water (no showers), no hookups, trailers under 30'. Campers may use the coin-operated showers at nearby Cave Springs Campground (listed above). $18/night.

Connect[edit]

  •    Sedona Public Library3250 White Bear Rd +1 928-282-7714. M-T, Th 10AM-6PM; W 10AM-8PM; F-Sa 10AM-5PM. Has public computers with internet access, and free wi-fi is available throughout the building. Visitors and non-card holders must check in at the Reference Desk to request a guest pass.
  •    Sedona Public Library in Oak Creek7000 Hwy 179, Oak Creek +1 928-284-1603. T-F 1PM-5PM, Sa 9AM-1PM. Has public computers with internet access, and free wi-fi is available throughout the building. Visitors and non-card holders must check in at the Reference Desk to request a guest pass.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Sedona
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