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Sedona Guide

Your Sedona Vacation Starts Here

Sedona is known as one of the top outdoor destinations in the world, drawing more than 3 million tourists each year. Some come for the breathtaking red rock landscape and ample room for outdoor exploration, and others for the spiritual experience of Sedona. Sedona is a city as rich in culture as it is in history, and its roots can be traced back as far back as 3,000 BC when prehistoric nomads first moved through the area in search of wild game. Later on, a group of native Americans known as the Anasazi settled in Sedona, followed by the Hohokam and Sinagua tribes. The Anasazi tribe would later disappear without a trace.

 

Visiting Sedona Today

Those who visit Sedona today will have a much different experience than the first nomads who came to the area. As a prime vacation destination for travelers from all over the world, Sedona is rich in art, culture, outdoor activities, and cuisine. Looking for things to do in Sedona? Check out some of our favorites below!

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedona

 

What’s the weather like in Sedona?

In general, you can expect warn days and cool nights here in Sedona. During the Spring and Fall months, the highs are in the 70’s and 80’s with lows in 50’s to 60’s. During the summer (or monsoon season), the temperature gets up to the high 90’s but is often cooled off by afternoon thunderstorms. So if you come during the summer, be sure to bring a light rainjacket and umbrella!

What is a vortex?

The famous Sedona Vortexes are considered to be powerful energy centers at specific locations all over Sedona. The four best known vortexes are Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, and Boynton Canyon. Check out some of the Sedona vortex tours for guided explorations around these spiritual sites!

What is a Red Rock pass?

A Red Rock pass allows you to visit the National Forest land around Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. They can be purchased for $5/day, $15/week, or $20 for a full year at trailheads, Sedona visitor centers, and businesses around town.

What is there to do in Sedona?

Sedona is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination! With more than 80 hiking trails around town, jeep tours, and countless other forms of outdoor exploration to be had, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Check out our full things to do in Arizona guide!

What are the best hiking trails in Sedona?

Some of our favorite trails include West Fork Trail #108 in Oak Creek, Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, and the Courthouse Butte Loop trail. Be sure to bring ample water, sunscreen, and rain protection with you as the weather in Sedona can change rapidly depending on the time, month, and elevation. Check out our full guide to the best hiking trails in Sedona!

How do I get to Sedona?

If you’re looking to fly into Sedona, you should first know that there is no major airport located in Sedona. Most visitors fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, which is located about 2 hours (120 miles) from Sedona. Flagstaff Pullium Airport is the closest small commercial airport to Sedona, as it’s located 40 minutes, or 25 miles, from Sedona.

Where is Sedona Located?

Sedona is situated along the county lines of Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region of Arizona. In relation to major cities, Sedona is located about 50 minutes south of Flagstaff, 1 hour north of Phoenix, and 5.5 hours southeast from Las Vegas.

Why are the rocks red in Sedona?

The rocks are red in Arizona because they contain iron! Over time, as iron reacts with the elements it creates iron oxides. These iron oxides are what give the rocks their famous red appearance!

Does Sedona have a busy season?

While Sedona is a year-round destination, there are times of the year that are busier than others. March-May and September-December tend to be the busiest times of year for tourism in Sedona.

What are Sedona jeep tours?

There are a number of companies in Sedona that offer guided jeep tours of the beautiful red rock landscape. We recommend that anyone new to Sedona books a jeep tour, as they tend to take you off the beaten path and show you places that most tourists wouldn’t think to visit on their own. Check out some of our favorite Sedona jeep tours for your next trip to Red Rock Country!

How close is Sedona to the Grand Canyon?

Sedona is located about 2 hours from the Grand Canyon National Park. The closest Grand Canyon rim to Sedona is the South Rim, which is located just under 5 hours north of Sedona.

Is there pet friendly lodging in Sedona?

There are plenty of options for pet friendly lodging in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Please notw that most pet friendly cabins require a $300 non-refundable pet fee.

Where is the Village of Oak Creek?

The Village of Oak Creek is just 6 miles from Sedona down State Route 179. Village of Oak Creek vacation rentals are often less expensive than those in Sedona proper, making them an excellent choice for escaping to Red Rock Country on a budget.