5 Best Things to Do in Sedona This Weekend
Are you getting tired of doing the same old thing every weekend? Let’s spice things up with some different things going around in Sedona. This weekend let’s venture outside and try something new, or explore some lesser known areas of Sedona as well. Whatever you decide to do, let’s make the most of this weekend by trying something new.
1) Get Outside and Be One with Nature
Sedona is any outdoor adventurer’s dream. With red rocks to climb, very mild to moderate weather, and many well-maintained trails scattered throughout the Sedona area, getting outside is no problem.
Check out our favorite Sedona hiking trails!
Grab your hiking partner and venture out into the great wild unknown. Who knows? Maybe along the way you’ll find some wildlife like our local Javelinas. Make sure you bring your camera because those Javelinas are quicker than you think. Whether you are a hiking aficionado or you’re trying out new things about nature you’re bound to find some excitement hidden in the great outdoors of Sedona. Be sure and pack right when you’re out and about in Sedona. Bring a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses and even some sunscreen to make sure that you’re protected from the Sedona sun.
2) Try Mountain Biking
Once a year in Sedona, there is a mountain biking festival. Many bikers from around the nation come to Sedona to experience the thrills that the red rock buttes bring to any biker. You don’t have to be a professional to experience the exhilaration of mountain biking in Sedona, there are trails for all skill levels when it comes to mountain biking. If you’re nervous about trying out a more rigorous trail on a mountain bike, don’t be afraid to hire a guide. Here in Sedona there are many daredevils abundant and more than willing to get out and experience the thrills that Sedona has to offer.
Just don’t forget to wear a helmet when riding around in Sedona. They keep you safe, and they keep your head cool from those warmer days.
3) Visit the Sedona Heritage Museum
The Sedona area is full of rich cultural backgrounds. Our community is full of many different people from many different walks of life. At the Sedona Heritage Museum, you can learn all about the people that came and settled this land and cultivated it into the wonder that it is today.
Located in Jordan Park in Uptown Sedona, the Sedona Heritage Museum offers lots of different amenities. Whether you’re deciding to research the area, or just learn about something new, the Sedona Heritage Museum has many exhibits and research materials to help you reach your goals. The grounds may be smaller than what you’re used to when it comes to museums, but they pack a big punch. Learn all about the Cowboys, the orchard business, and Sedona Schnebly the namesake of the town.
4) Visit the Merry-go-Round Vista Trail
Shake things up by driving up the trail up to Merry-Go-Round Vista, also known as Carousel Rock. This trail is a little bit more difficult than some of the other famous trails in Sedona, but the views are well worth the drive. Some people decide to take their cars or jeeps up to Carousel Rock, but that is strongly ill advised unless you know your vehicle is compatible with 4 x 4 off wheeling. Many vehicles don’t make it the whole trek due to the winding twist, turns, and abrupt bumps along the pathway.
The name, “Merry-Go-Round” comes from the rock’s distinctive circular shape. Stories have even been told about western settlers with their horses and buggies in this area lining along the circular rock formations making it look like a carousel. If you decide to walk the Merry-Go-Round trail, you may have an easier time than trying to reach via vehicle. The entire hike is about 1 1/2 miles and there are no steep or tricky parts of the trail. Just be sure to pack some water and snacks, for there are no facilities out there.
However you decide to get to Merry-Go-Round Rock, you’re in for a treat. There’re blue wide-open skies, fluffy clouds, and the red rocks across the Arizona landscape that go on for miles.
5) Take a Stroll Down Gallery Row
Sedona is full of many artistic souls. With lots of public art installations scattered throughout downtown Sedona and surrounding areas, the city decided to create a “trail” specifically for the many art installations and galleries around the area.
Technically, the entire Gallery Row spans throughout the entire city of Sedona. From one point to another you’re able to view art in gallery store fronts or in public spaces. You can decide to do the whole Gallery Row tour yourself, or you can take the Sedona Roadrunner Shuttle, which makes stops at all Major Gallery Row points of interest. When walking along Gallery Row you’ll understand the inspiration behind a majority of these art installations.
The spirit of Sedona is strong within the art community and inspires locals and tourists alike to dabble in their own take on Sedona art. Shake up your weekend plans by trying something new and take by taking a walk on the wild side on Gallery Row.