Sedona's main street, with the Red Rock Hills in the background
Beautiful Red Rocks surrounding Sedona
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. Sedona is an outstanding place to experience "new-age" left wing counterculture Americana. The locals lean far to the left of center, but are warm and welcoming to outsiders and the community lacks the haughty elitism found in many American left-wing communities (e.g. Berkeley, San Francisco, the Los Angeles "Westside" and parts of New England).
The small Sedona Airport (FAA: SEZ, IATA: SDZ) is too small for scheduled jet traffic, but is a popular for general aviation destination. The nearest major airport is in Phoenix.
Sedona is located approximately 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Arizona. From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon exit (exit 298), 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, minimal shoulder, and precipitous drops 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).
Sedona is a great walking town, but a bike or car is necessary to access trail heads and most destinations. You can also use tourist shuttles that will take you around the city. One of their departure points is Chapel of the Holy Cross.
By guided tour
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.
- 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.
- CenterFocus Experiences, ☎ +1 928 567-8580. An outdoor adventure guide company based in the Sedona area. They offer hiking and backpacking trips to the Grand Canyon and Havasupai, as well as rock climbing, canyoneering, archaeology and astronomy tours in the Sedona, Arizona area.
Views from the Holy Chapel
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.
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.
- Chapel of the Holy Cross, 780 Chapel Rd, ☎ (928) 282-4069. This unique chapel built into the rock offers great views.
- Oakcreek Country Club, 690 Bell Rock Blvd Sedona, AZ, ☎ 888-703-9489.
- Desert Canyon Scenic Loop. 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.
- Red Rocks and Sycamore Canyon Scenic Loop. 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.
- Canyons, creeks, mountains, forests, spiritual vortexes, hikes and mountain biking trails surround the area. To hike one needs a Red Rock Pass from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (Red Rock Pass - $5dy/$10wk/$20 yr - needed to park at the trail head, hiking is free to all). For a challenge, try Cathedral Rock. It's steep, but the view is unparalleled. 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. Other notable hikes and walks include Broken Arrow, Bell Rock, Soldier's Pass, Devil's Bridge.
- Sedona Driving This is a gorgeous area and driving around gives you great views of the rocks.
- Beautiful views start on Arizona's First All-American Road, the Red Rock Scenic Byway  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.
- Chapel Road, visit chapel carved into rocks with great views.
- Boynton Canyon (Enchantment Resort) - pretty drive up Half-High road and left at Enchantment resort. Nice hike up Boynton Canyon, or 1 mile past resort, at Doe Mountain.
- Oak Creek Canyon - 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.
- Broken Arrow Trail, Seaton Ave, Sedona (Hwy 179, 2 miles before bridge, right at ''Broken-Arrow'' sign, park at trail head.). Follow 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.
Cathedral Rocks from the saddle
- Cathedral Rock Trail, Cathedral Rock Rd, Sedona (Hwy 179, 3 miles before '''Y''', left at Cathedral Rock Rd, 2 mile to park.). 0.8mi steep climb to vortex and beautiful views. Great at sunset. Beats Airport Mesa. Can walk around the base of the rock for a less strenuous hike.
- Sedona is famous as the home of five New Age vortices, areas where the Earth's magnetism is said to have special properties. Vortexes 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.
- Jeep rentals for serious off-road driving is popular. If you have four wheel drive, Schnebley Hill Road at sunset provides excellent views.
- A Spa for You Sedona Day Spa & Massage, 30 Kayenta Court Suite #1 (off 89A @Southwest Drive), ☎ (928) 282-3895 ([email protected]), . 8AM – 8PM daily. Offers individually created signature massage, body treatments, Japanese facial massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions and retreats to re-kindle, nurture and balance your natural healing rhythms. By reservation only. $95 and up.
- Just north of Sedona on 89A is Slide Rock State Park, which offers swimming and a slide rock.
Pink Javelinas outside Pink Jeep Tours
- Pink Jeep Tours, 204 N Highway 89A, ☎ 928-282-5000, . A fun way to see the red rocks if you're not in to hiking. Offers several tours of the Sedona area as well as trips to the Grand Canyon. Five star rated on Trip Advisor and other sites.
- Sedona Trolley Tours, ☎ 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.
- M Diamond Ranch, ☎ 928-202-1730, . 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.
- Golfing- Sedona has also very impressive Golf Resorts . The courses look impressive and well maintained.
Sedona specializes 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 shopping. A few stores sell shirts dyed in genuine Sedona red rock.
- Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, 336 Highway 179, . Full of restaurants and artsy shops. If you must take a break from enjoying the outdoors, this is the place to do it.
- Hozho Plaza, 311 N. Hwy 89A. contains international and local art galleries.
- Main Street Sedona, Uptown Sedona, AZ 86339, ☎ (928) 204-2390.
- Hillside Sedona, 179, just south of the 89A Y. A lot of high end shops and restaurants - well positioned for strolling around
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.
- Picazzo Pizza, 1855 W Hwy 89A, ☎ 928-282-4140, . Very good food, Pizza choices are too numerous to mention.
- Wildflower Bread Company, Shops at Pinon Pointe, Hwy 179/89A, ☎ (928) 204-2223 (fax: (928) 204-9449). Opened 18 months, and definitely raised the bar for affordable dining in Sedona. Great food at affordable prices. Great views of the red rocks. Nice comfortable fireplace on a winters' day. Very central location (at the Y)
- Simon's Hot Dogs, 2050 Yavapai Dr, Inside of the Oak Creek Brewery, ☎ (928)496-0266, . The Best Gourmet Beef and Vegetarian Hot Dogs in all Southwest of Arizona.
- Casa Bonita, 164 Coffee Pot Dr # H, ☎ (928) 282-2728, . They offer a 10% discount if you are staying at a few selected hotels in the area. Just show your room key.
- Coffee Pot Restaurant, 2050 South west Drive, ☎ (928) 282-6626, . 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 Club Grille, 241 N Hwy 89A, ☎ (928) 282-4200. 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 excepted).
- Javelina Cantina, ☎ 928.203.9514 (fax: 928.282.2636), . Large portions of average American-Mexican food with an excellent view from the balcony. Food is good, not great.
- Ken’s Creekside Restaurant, 251 Hwy 179 (Creekside Plaza), ☎ (928) 282-1705. Friendly service. The peach cobbler is heavenly!
- Szechuan Restaurant & Martini Bar, 1350 W Hwy 89A #21, ☎ (928) 282-9288.
- Fournos Restaurant, 3000 W Hwy 89A (West Sedona), ☎ (928)-282-3331. Dinner. 5-star Chef Ivan Flowers creates delicious Mediterranean-Italian cuisine in a fun casual atmosphere. Cash & checks only. -CLOSED- $25.
- Shugrues, 671 Hwy 179, ☎ (928)-282-5300, . Lunch and dinner. On the floor above Javelinas - one of the most consistently good restaurants in Sedona. Reservations are recommended, particularly early and on the patio, where the view is spectacular.
- PJ's Village Pub 40 W Cortez Dr # 7, (928) 284-2250, . Very local feel.
- Sedona Private Accommodations, . Over 100 Options in Sedona, Arizona.
- Days Inn, 2991 W Hwy 89A, ☎ (928) 282-9166, . checkin: 4:00PM; checkout: 11:00AM. Swimming pool and jacuzzi. Free continental breakfast.
- Penrose Inn Bed and Breakfast, 250 Red Butte Dr., ☎ 928-284-3030, . 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.
- Sedona Real Inn & Suites, 95 Arroyo Pinon Dr, ☎ +1-928-282-1414, . checkin: 4PM; checkout: 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 $155.
- Sky Ranch Lodge, 1105 Airport Rd (Left at the Y from 179 to 89A South, then left at Airport Rd and up a mile), ☎ 928.282.6400, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Scenic views from Airport Mesa, pet friendly. Nice grounds. Quiet. Older property but well maintained. Reasonable prices. 75-189.
- Super 8 Motel, 2545 W Hwy 89A (Left at Y from 179 to 89A, 2mi on left, between Coffee Pot and Dry Creek Road), ☎ 928.282.1533, . Basic motel, good location, set back from road. Clean. Affordable. One of the better budget Super8 motels
- El Portal Sedona Luxury Hacienda and Restaurant, 95 Portal Ln (off of Hwy 179), ☎ 928-203-9405, . checkin: 3PM-6PM; checkout: 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. It's truly an architectural masterpiece. Twelve spacious rooms have been created in accordance with the simplicity and function of turn-of-the-century architecture. $200-399. (34* 51.757',111* 45.883')
- Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Rd, ☎ 928-282-2900, . Pricey, but very nice.
- The Sedona Dream Maker Bed and Breakfast, 322 Dreammaker Way, ☎ 928-284-0172, . An extraordinary B&B made of logs and love in a luxury log home.
- Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa (REDS restaurant), 2250 W Hwy 89A (North on Hwy 17 to Hwy 260 to Hwy 89A), ☎ 928 203 4111, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. 77 Room boutique hotel & spa located in West Sedona. 175 to 225.
- Rancho Sedona RV Park, 135 Bear Wallow Lane, (toll free: +1-800-970-7280), . Full hookups with 50 amp service.
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