Sedona, Arizona | Located 120 miles North of Phoenix, Sedona aka “Red Rock Country” boasts fiery crimson rock formations, stunning hiking trails, a lively wine scene, and luxurious resorts and spas.
Sedona is also known for its peaceful, spiritual vibe as many visitors come in search of spiritual renewal, purification, and enlightenment at many of the wellness centers and natural vortexes.
WHERE WE STAYED
We rented a newly-remodeled Airbnb in the heart of Sedona, located close to multiple restaurants, shopping, and grocery stores. The studio was a private space attached to the main house complete with a king bed, HD television, designated parking spot, and stocked kitchenette.
WHERE WE ATE
Black Cow Cafe | Located on Uptown Sedona’s Main Street, the Black Bow Cafe serves up housemade pies, macaroons, coffee, and unique ice cream flavors.
I had a sample of their famous “prickly pear” ice cream but wasn’t a fan of the weird after-taste it left in my mouth.
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits | This popular spot on Uptown Sedona’s Main Street is known for its burgers, steaks, and prickly pear margaritas.
We ordered the appetizer sampler which included rattlesnake sausage, buffalo skewers, and cactus fries with a unique prickly pear dipping sauce. Weird but fun!
Dinner was amazing and consisted of smoked elk chops for Jason and delicious prime rib (with lots of horseradish) for myself!
Indian Gardens Cafe & Market | Located in Oak Canyon, this charming cafe offers a decent breakfast & lunch menu, coffee, tea, and craft beer bar, unique wines, souvenirs, and a cute backyard garden.
Olde Sedona Bar & Grill | A casual sports bar offering karaoke, an upstairs patio with red rock views and happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm) with 1/2 off all appetizers.
Sedona Fudge Company | This tiny sweet shop sells their famous Mackinac Island fudge, handmade chocolates, cookies, and candies.
We tried the orange truffles, chocolate dipped Oreos, and chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick! Yummy!
Sedona Pizza Company | The Sedona Pizza Company offers oven fired pizzas, house-made pasta, a full bar and dog-friendly patio seating.
Taste of Marrakech | This unique spot features small portion, local & organic meals with a Moroccan influence.
We enjoyed the elk sliders, street tacos (falafel, lamb, jerk chicken, and bison), sweet potato hash, pear & mint salad, and a delicious piece of baklava with organic ice cream.
WHAT WE DID
Baldwin Loop Trail | A 3.3-mile moderate hike off Verde Valley School Road that circles a red rock mesa, along Oak Creek, near the base of Cathedral Rock. For more information about our experience click here!
Chapel Of The Holy Cross | A Roman Catholic chapel, designed by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, that was built into the red rock landscape.
The chapel is run by the Diocese of Phoenix, as a part of St. John Vianney Parish in Sedona. Free admission but donations are accepted. Open Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm & Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm
Courthouse Vista Viewpoint | Courthouse Vista is the trailhead for the Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte Loop trails and features a paved parking lot, bathrooms, information kiosk and stunning views of Bell Rock.
Slide Rock State Park | Located 7 miles north of Sedona, Slide Rock State Park is situated alongside a 43-acre apple orchard and features an 80-foot long natural water slide. For more information about our experience click here!
Uptown Sedona Main Street | Stroll along Sedona’s walkable “Main Street” and enjoy a multitude of shops, restaurants, cafes, sculptures, galleries, and spas.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Arizona Outdoor Adventures | Take a 3-hour, off-road tour through West Sedona Valley to the top of the 800-foot Skeleton Bone Mountain. Prices start at $130 for single riders and offer free training for new or inexperienced drivers.
Blazin’ M Ranch | Located 20 minutes from Sedona this Old Western town complete with shops, a museum, saloon, tractor rides, shooting gallery, an Old-Tyme photography studio and a BBQ dinner with cowboy musicians. Adults $39.95, Seniors $34.95, Children 5-12 $19.95, Children 4 & under Free.
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course | Play in the trees 15 to 60 feet above the ground as you soar through Arizona’s only adventure and zip line course.
Guidance Air | Take the “Ultimate Off-Road Adventure” on a helicopter tour with panoramic views of ancient canyons, red rock formations or the famous Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon | Located 2 hours north of Sedona, the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and spans 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of 6,093 feet.
Grasshopper Point | A large cliff side swimming hole and popular cliff jumping spot located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon. Open Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, parking $8 per vehicle, bikes & walk-ins $2 per person.
Hiking | The most popular thing to do in Sedona, enjoy a number of easy, moderate or strenuous trails through some of Sedona’s most breathtaking areas.
Jerome | A 19th-century ghost town featuring mining history, arts & crafts, antiques, wine tasting rooms, and haunted attractions.
M Diamond Ranch | Located 35 minutes from Sedona, the M Diamond Ranch offers family-friendly horseback rides through the wilderness, cowboy cookouts, and ATV off-road tours.
Montezuma Castle | This 20 room high-rise apartment is a national monument and one of the best preserved ancient cliff dwellings in North America built sometime between 1100 and 1425 CE.
Out Of Africa Wildlife Park | Get up close and personal with giraffes, tigers, black leopards, zebras, grizzly bears, gray wolves, lions, rhinoceros, exotic birds, sloths, and reptiles. The 100-acre park also offers a safari tour adventure, giraffe feedings, Tiger Splash show, Predator feedings, a giant snake show, and zip lines. Open daily 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, general admission starts at $33.95 for adults, $19.95 children 3-12, with discounts for seniors and military.
Pink Jeep Tours Sedona | Choose from over 15 adventures and climb aboard an open-air, pink Jeep Wrangler as a guide expertly navigates over steep and rocky terrain through iconic Red Rock trails.
Red Rock Balloons | Take an “Ariel Nature Walk” on a hot air balloon at sunrise while enjoying scenic 360′ views of Sedona’s natural wonders and wildlife. $225 per person, includes free DVD of your flight.
Red Rock Crossing | A swimming hole with a variety of beaches and shallow swimming areas offering amazing views of Cathedral Rock. Parking $10 (cash only) at the Baldwin Trail Head parking lot.
Sedona Segway Tours | Enjoy a professionally guided tour on a zero environmental impact (no emissions, sound, or pollutants) Segway.
Sedona Star Gazing | Spend an evening viewing planets, galaxies, star clusters, and constellations through state-of-the-art telescopes guided by professional astronomers.
Sedona Trolley | Enjoy 2 scenic and fully narrated, 55-minute tours around Sedona’s historic spots and landmarks with multiple photo opportunities. Tours depart daily from 9:00 – 5:00 pm, Adults $15 one tour or $25 for both.
Sedona Wine Adventures | Sedona Wine Adventures offers 4 wine tasting tours along the Verde Valley Wine Trail including transportation, lunch, and all tasting room fees.
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village | Pronounced “Tla-keh-pah-keh” this Spanish colonial style village opened in 1973 and features multiple art galleries, specialty boutiques, arts and crafts, restaurants and a micro-brewery. Open daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, free parking, pet-friendly with a leash.
Vortexes | Sedona energy vortexes are spiraling spiritual energy that comes from the earth’s surface as magnetic forces that release psychic energy. Hike or take a “vortex tour” to the 4 major energy sites: Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Cathedral Rock.
TIPS FOR VISITING SEDONA, ARIZONA
Sedona is separated into 4 distinct areas: Uptown Sedona, West Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon
The elevation of Sedona is about 4,500 feet
Be mindful of high summer temperatures May-September
Make sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes, and lots of water
Sedona is 2nd most popular tourist destination in Arizona after the Grand Canyon
The city was named after Sedona Schnebly when her husband (who organized the first post office) submitted Sedona as the community’s name. The Schneblys were one of the homesteading families in the early 1900’s.
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