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 and Honanki 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

Poco Diablo Resort
Poco Diablo Resort
4 out of 5
1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
The price is $192 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Broken Arrow Trailhead, Exposures International Fine Art Gallery, and Lanning Gallery. Tlaquepaque ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (962 reviews)
"Of course we loved the view and we got an awesome room."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Poco Diablo Resort
Arabella Hotel Sedona
Arabella Hotel Sedona
3.5 out of 5
725 Highway 179 Sedona, Sedona, AZ
The price is $235 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in the heart of Sedona, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Bell ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,579 reviews)
"Thank you for the dog park and treats. Breakfast was nice. The consierge was amazing. The restaurant accommodated our wedding party. We enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Arabella Hotel Sedona
Amara Resort and Spa
Amara Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ
The price is $379 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in Uptown Sedona, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sedona Art Center, Kuivato Gallery, and Mountain Trails Galleries. Tlaquepaque Arts and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Everything was great, despite some construction near our room. I received an email at the check in asking if I was offered any of the VIP offers, but I was not."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Amara Resort and Spa
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Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
4055 Navoti Dr, Sedona, AZ
The price is $209 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in West Sedona, this eco-friendly condo building is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Verde Valley Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Thunder Mountain Trailhead ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,224 reviews)
"Very well located, free parking, friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
Junipine Resort
Junipine Resort
3.5 out of 5
8351 N Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ
The price is $279 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Situated on a river, this romantic aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Slide Rock State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Oak Creek Canyon and Coffee Pot.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,370 reviews)
"Lovely property, nice cabin type rooms. Pleasant staff."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Junipine Resort
Sedona Pines Resort
Sedona Pines Resort
3.5 out of 5
6701 W Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ
Located in West Sedona, this eco-friendly cottage is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Verde Valley Medical Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Thunder Mountain Trailhead and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (193 reviews)
"We had a great time in Sedona. This hotel was fun to stay at, each unit was individual and met our needs. The pool area was large and had some other activities available. They have a nice dinner restaurant on site and if you’re looking for a cup of coffee in the morning you can brew your own. The ..."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Sedona Pines 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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