Top Things to Do in Sedona

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Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that is surrounded by red-rock buttes.  The town of 10,000 is noted for its natural beauty, relaxing energy, and active arts community.  There are many things to do in Sedona which attracts tourists by the hundreds, especially in the spring with its mild climate.  Below are a few things to enjoy while visiting Sedona.

Watch the Sunset

With the surround red-rock buttes and tall cliff walls contrasting with the pine forest, sunsets in Sedona can be breathtaking.  An extremely popular place to watch the sunset, is at the airport!  I know that sounds weird, but you may park in the large dirt lot for $3 and walk across the street to a viewpoint. The rocks change colors as the sun drops below the horizon. 

You may also hike the viewpoint trail to the airport vortex to feel its calming energy. It’s an added bonus to visit when the full moon is rising! For more details see my Airport Mesa Sunset post.

airport mesa sunset with full moon in sedona

Do Yoga on a Vortex

There are four earth vortexes (no they don’t say vortices) in Sedona that are known for their energy.  The airport vortex and the Bell Rock vortexes are masculine as they exude energy.  The Cathedral rock take in energy, so it is considered feminine, while Baldwin Point has both types.

Many people come to these sites to do yoga or meditate to find their inner calm.  I’m not sure how they do that with all the visitors, as I’d find it distracting. But it’s a thing.  Regardless, they are all nice hiking destinations.

bell rock in sedona

Go for a Hike

As I just mentioned, there are amazing hiking trails in Sedona and in the surrounding area.  Some popular hikes are to the vortexes, Seven Sacred Pools, the Chapel Trail at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and Devil’s Bridge.  During peak season, paid parking fills up by 7am, so go early.  You can see trail reports on AllTrails.

seven sacred pools in sedona

Take a Pink Jeep Tour

If hiking is too much, join a Pink Jeep Tour.  Everyone that takes the tour, loves it.  There are a variety of options from 2-4 hours that take visitors through the back country.  The prices generally range between $100-$200.  The company has been in business for 60 years, so you will get experienced guides with lots of knowledge.

sedona pink jeep tour
My friends Ellen and Mark

Visit Indian Ruins

There are so many Indian ruins in Arizona, that they can’t even protect them all.  You can hike a spur trail off of the Soldier Pass Trail to Seven Sacred Pools for unrestricted exploring or go to a preserved site like Montezuma Well or Montezuma’s Castle.

montezuma well

Enjoy the Night Sky

Sedona has many building restrictions in town, including the minimal use of stop lights.  As a result, it is designated a night sky city.  I visited during a full moon, and at my campsite off Forest Road 689, the sky was black, except for the moon!

full moon in sedona

Take a Side Trip

Sedona is surrounded by artist communities like the Village of Oak Creek and Jerome.  Other towns like Prescott, Cottonwood, and Camp Verde also are not far away.  Enjoy some hiking, horse back riding or wine tasting.

cowboy corner in camp verde

Indoor Things

For those who prefer indoors, you can also relax at one of many spas and enjoy ample fine dining experiences around town. This list is too long to mention! Google, Yelp or Trip Advisor are your best options. ETB

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