Nicknamed ‘Red Rock Country, Sedona is one unique attraction in Arizona. Since the town is nestled in the Coconino National Forest, tourists will find the place a spectacle, with the majestic rock formations standing supreme in the background. Red is an attractive color, so, naturally, this destination draws nearly three million tourists per year.
From being a humble ranching community, Sedona boomed into a famous tourism spot, art haven, and recreational destination in Arizona. The area is also home to the scenic Oak Creek Canyon, a brown and green paradise that complements the beauty of the red-rock formations. The grandeur of Sedona is unmatched, making it a perfect playground for outdoors enthusiasts.
The Grand Canyon State is a place of wonder that is within reach for curious minds. Donna Loren said Sedona is “where the lovin' people live,” and tourists are always welcome to feel that love.
Plan The Visit
A Sedona getaway is always worthwhile but before that, here are some reminders for a hassle-free trip.
- The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day).
- For hikers, some trailheads require a RedRock Pass.
- Tourists should practice the “Leave No Trace” principle.
Since Sedona is cradled by a national forest and hugged by wilderness areas and state parks, it makes for a perfect outdoor destination. From hiking to biking, the city meets all adrenaline needs.
Amateurs and pros will have a fun time exploring the trails of Sedona. Trekkers are in for a treat because there are trails along rivers, in canyons, through fields, and even on mesas. Here are top-rated trails to try that offer nothing but scenic sites.
- The 1.75-mile (one-way) Vultee Arch Trail will lead guests to the bottom of Sterling Canyon, making it an easy and shady hike.
- Doe Mountain Trail will let guests enjoy the views of mountains, canyons, the Cockscomb, and the Chimney Rock, among others.
- A hike along the Brins Mesa Trail from Uptown Sedona will take 2.5 hours to finish and is perfect for those who want to see unobstructed views of rock formations.
- The 5-mile Bear Mountain Trail is difficult but worth it, thanks to scenic views of Fay Canyon, San Francisco Peaks, and Red Canyon.
- The A.B. Young Trail, believed to be constructed in the 1880s, is among the most challenging. Trekkers will wade streams, cross creeks, and "boulder hop" all the while enjoying red-rock views.
- The 1.6-mile (roundtrip) Harding Springs Trail was once a cattle trail, making it one of the widest in the area. There are lots of rest stops where trekkers can enjoy canyon views.
- The trail from Wilson (North) to First Bench will lead guests to the canyon of Wilson Mountain up to the zig-zagging path of First Bench. It offers majestic views of Mogollon Rim and Munds Canyon, too.
- Thomas Point Trail will take guests to Oak Creek Canyon. It's one long trail (2.4 miles roundtrip) and the hottest going to the canyon but offers varied views of tributaries and crimson bluffs.
Bikers are in for a treat as they take on the trail challenges in Red Rock Country. From mellow rides to adrenaline-packed journeys, any trip to this desert destination is always an adventure.
- The 7.2-mile Bell Rock Pathway is ideal for beginners, thanks to its flat with steep sections.
- The Templeton to Baldwin Loop has challenging descent and climbs that will test the skills of mountain bikers.
- The trail from Ridge to Secret Slickrock offers scenic views, a reward for a taxing 5.7-mile bike.
Tourists who want a serene stroll along the Coconino National Forest will see themselves nurtured by Mother Nature’s offerings.
- At White Bridge Picnic Site, visitors can explore the Verde River and check out bobcats, beavers, otters, rabbits, turtles, and birds. For plants, willows, sycamores, and cottonwoods await guests.
- The Schnebly Hill Formation is one of the most iconic landmarks in Sedona, and it’s an ideal spot for nature viewing.
- The Encinoso Picnic Site is near the North Wilson Mountain Trail where tourists can hike and watch some wildlife.
Climbing And More
Thanks to Sedona’s soft rock mountains, it’s an ideal hangout spot for climbers. Mountaineers will have a fun time exploring routes that are not just safe but offer stunning views. Other adventures to try in the area include horseback riding, ATV and motorcycle rides, rafting, and fishing. Whatever floats a tourist’s boats, Sedona got them covered.
Arts And Culture
It’s not always a leg day in Sedona because there are also activities in the area for the creative souls.
- Tourists can visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center or the Sedona Heritage Museum for a trip down memory lane.
- Aside from public artworks, galleries abound in the area, too, like the Bearcloud, Object of Desire Art Gallery, Renee Taylor Gallery, Hillside Sedona, and The Melting Point.
The Red Rock Country is famous for being a “spiritual mecca”. Here, tourists can be one with nature and go with its flow, ultimately having peace and calm. Here, tourists can try yoga, massage, hypnotherapy, healing sessions, and vortex tours. Sedona is believed to have energy spots for meditation, healing, and self-exploration which some say they feel inspired and recharged from.
The canyon is a playground for wanderers who want an exhilarating experience and a refuge for those who want peace. It’s a destination for active tourists and laid-back travelers. Whatever the activity visitors try, zen is always within reach in Sedona.