Things to do in Sedona, AZ

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Sedona Attractions

Sedona is a picturesque community in Northern Arizona surrounded by some of the planet's most spectacular scenery. Known as the "Red Rock City," Sedona features a year-round tourist season with plenty of available activities - no matter what month you choose to visit.

Local artists frequently put on shows, and many people who are interested in metaphysical matters visit live in Sedona, which gives it a unique New Age flavor.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of things to do in Sedona. Because it's located at 4,500 feet, summers aren't quite as warm as in other places in AZ, but the temperatures can still climb into the 90s and above during the middle of summer. To avoid becoming overheated while hiking or biking through the many available trails in the area, choose the early morning or evening hours instead of midday treks. You can get a trail map at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce office as well as information on Sedona activities.

One of the main attractions in Sedona is Cathedral Rock, which is one of the most photographed spots in the entire state of Arizona. A short, steep trail leads to the summit of this landmark. The view from the summit is breathtaking and unique, and it is definitely one of the Sedona excursions you should participate in during your visit. Another must see natural phenomenon near Sedona is Oak Creek Canyon. Although this area is beautiful during any time of the year, Oak Creek Canyon is at its best during the autumn months when the leaves of the deciduous trees are changing color.

For information about lodging options, Sedona tours, and community events, contact our offices here at Expedia for the most recent news on top places to stay and the best activities and events. Sedona is an active community where something fun is always going on. The Sedona Arts Center sponsors many events, and Chamber Music Sedona hosts a musical program during the winter months. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll find a variety of things to do and see in the Red Rock City.

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Sedona must see attractions

1. Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park is a picturesque natural retreat in the middle of scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Within the park sits a 43-acre (17-hectare) apple farm and a historic homestead. Race down the famous Slide Rock water slide or hike through scenic woods.
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Swim down a natural water slide and explore a former pioneer homestead at this popular destination for outdoor fun.

2. Red Rock State Park

Find out about the history of Sedona when you take a trip to Red Rock State Park. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and desert landscapes.
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Find out about the history of Sedona when you take a trip to Red Rock State Park. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and desert landscapes.

3. Bell Rock

Bell Rock is a stunning tapered sandstone formation that towers into the sky from the Red Rock Country near Sedona. Explore this geological wonder and alleged “vortex” site to find out why many visitors claim to feel a special burst of energy when they walk amid this magnificent canyon landscape. It’s easy to see why when you’re faced with the immense presence of Bell Rock and its surrounding formations, Courthouse Butte and Spaceship Rock.
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Embark on a short walk or a longer hike to see the horizontal bands of sandstone in this landmark butte and its breathtaking Verde Valley surroundings.

4. Chapel of the Holy Cross

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of the most magnificent sites in all of Sedona. This Roman Catholic chapel was built on a spur of rock that rises 200 feet (60 meters) off the ground. A breathtaking 90-foot (27-meter) cross cuts down the center of the chapel and looks like it has been wedged into the rock. Admire this incredible structure, which seems to be a natural extension of the distinctive red buttes that surround it.
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Emerging from one of Sedona’s famous walls of red rock, this chapel is a spectacular sight to behold.

5. Cathedral Rock

Hike up rugged sandstone ledges to the lofty saddles of Cathedral Rock or admire the views of this landmark rock formation from all over Red Rock Country. A well-known sight on the Sedona skyline, Cathedral Rock is a breathtaking formation of redbed sandstone. Spend some time watching the rock’s mesmerizing red tones changing as the sun moves across the sky and take photographs of the landmark in different lights. Lace up your hiking boots and take the short but steep trail that winds upward into the gaps between the towering columns of rock.
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Sedona’s skyline is distinctive for this crimson-hued sandstone formation, which stands like a giant sacred monument overlooking the red-rock landscape.

6. Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

You can search for that perfect souvenir at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village during your trip to Sedona. Discover the area's mountain views and desert landscapes.
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You can search for that perfect souvenir at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village during your trip to Sedona. Discover the area's mountain views and desert landscapes.

7. Sedona Art Center

See some of Arizona’s finest artists at work, explore insightful exhibitions or get creative at the Sedona Arts Center. This comprehensive institution is Sedona’s premier destination for the arts in two main branches: the Fine Art Gallery and the School of the Arts. The busy cultural center has a full program of exhibitions and workshops to please creators and collectors alike.
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Experience Sedona’s exciting arts scene through workshops, classes, exhibitions and events at this thriving hub showcasing the work of local and interstate artists.

What to do in Sedona

Free Things to Do in Sedona

There's no need to constantly reach for your wallet in Sedona. The following won't even cost a penny.

Lanning Gallery - See if there are any special displays, exhibits or tours on at this interesting museum.

Sedona Art Center - Satisfy your artistic and cultural cravings here and observe creativity at work.

Midgley Bridge - Drop by this historic site and experience a slice of the cultural heritage of the region.

Stoneman Lake - Sit for a while beside the water to unwind and recharge.

Amitabha Stupa - Gain an understanding of local religious beliefs at this holy sanctuary.

Lost Canyon Trail - Bring along your camera and let Mother Nature awaken a sense of wonder in you.

Sedona Skatepark - No matter if you know your cacti from carnations, you'll no doubt find beauty in this magnificent display.

Things to Do in Sedona with Kids

There are plenty of outstanding experiences in Sedona that the whole gang will get a buzz out of. Here are a few of the most popular family friendly experiences in the area.


 

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