Sedona, AZ

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Sedona showing landscape views and mountains
The Red Rock Country of Arizona is famed for its Native American history, incredible landscape and outdoor activities.

Known as “Red Rock Country,” Sedona, Arizona offers visitors a huge range of outdoor sports and activities amid a backdrop of spectacular scenery, a robust spiritual and artistic community, many ancient dwellings and more than 80 galleries.

Sedona’s red sandstone formations make a stunning backdrop for many outdoor pursuits. Rent a motorbike or buggy and take a self-guided tour through to the Grand Canyon or one of the other nearby landmarks, such as the Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monument.

Make the most of over 200 miles (320 kilometers) of hiking and biking trails that wind their way through buttes and monoliths, deep canyons and thick forests. The trails offer different levels of difficulty and different experiences. Some lead to high elevations and sweeping views, others to winding creeks and unusual geological features.

Bikes and hiking equipment are readily available for rent. For biking enthusiasts there is an annual mountain biking festival.

Visit one of the area’s many spiritual guides and healers who have inhabited Sedona for many years, and who claim the area possesses extraordinary powers for meditation and healing. Take a tour to Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock or Boynton Canyon, which some claim were created by electromagnetic vortexes of energy.

For a taste of the rich Native American history of the area, visit the Palatki andHonanki heritage sites, where you can see ancient cliff dwellings and rock art. Montezuma’s Castle, a five-story, 20-room dwelling built by the Sinagua farmers in the 12th century, is considered by many one of the best preserved historic structures in the Southwest.

Sedona’s low levels of pollution make it one of the finest places in Arizona to view the night sky. Sign up for the Evening Sky Tours, and learn about the constellations and stars.

Sedona offers unique geology, rich history and outdoor activities, making it a popular and interesting holiday destination.

Where to stay in Sedona

Los Abrigados Resort and Spa
Los Abrigados Resort and Spa
3.5 out of 5
160 Portal Ln, Sedona, AZ, 86336
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The price is $78 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
$78
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Sedona. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,385 reviews)
"Loved the room and everything in general. Only down part was limited parking. Went out for dinner and had to park a distance away from our room and walk to get back"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Los Abrigados Resort and Spa
Arabella Hotel Sedona
Arabella Hotel Sedona
3.5 out of 5
725 Highway 179 Sedona, Sedona, AZ, 86336
The price is $203 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$203
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Sedona. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,116 reviews)
"Loved the look out point and chairs. Customer Service was excellent. Staff was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Arabella Hotel Sedona
Amara Resort and Spa
Amara Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ, 86336
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sedona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Well located in downtown in case you have a preference to walk around. I booked a room with a rock view, which I would not call that as you can see the patio and the other rooms. staff was good but I was expecting more services and amenities considering the price and more options for diet restrictions ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Amara Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hilton Vacation Club Sedona Summit
Hilton Vacation Club Sedona Summit
3.5 out of 5
4055 Navoti Dr, Sedona, AZ, 86336
Stay at this 3.5-star eco-friendly condo in Sedona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,691 reviews)
"One of the best locations we have been to. We will come back again."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Sedona Summit
Sedona Pines Resort
Sedona Pines Resort
3.5 out of 5
6701 W Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ, 86336
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Sedona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (493 reviews)
"Loved the individual cottages!! Super cute and clean."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Sedona Pines Resort
Junipine Resort
Junipine Resort
3.5 out of 5
8351 N Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ, 86336
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sedona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and in-room massages. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,505 reviews)
"location, view , lovely the cabin"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Junipine Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Sedona

Downtown Sedona is a lovely place to walk around, and you can take a local Verde Lynx bus for further distances. To explore the natural attractions which are the town’s main draw, though, you’ll need a car. There are numerous car rental agencies in town, or you can opt to take a guided tour with a company. Often these will be in a four-wheel drive, allowing you to explore the area’s more rugged landscapes. Visit the Arizona Department of Transportation website.Browse Sedona rental cars.

Best time to visit

Although Sedona is a desert town, it doesn’t reach quite the searing summer temperatures of other Arizona cities like Phoenix. However, temperatures in July and August often reach the mid 90s F (mid 30s C), and you may prefer to come in spring or fall when it is slightly cooler. Winter is a great time to visit too, with average high temperatures in the mid 50s F (mid teens C) in January.

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