Sedona Tourism: Best of Sedona
10 Instagram-worthy Spots to Hunt Down in Sedona
- Cathedral Rock6,055You can’t leave Sedona without a visit to the magnificent Cathedral Rock. This natural red sandstone beaute is one of Sedona’s most iconic sights, and the best part is you don’t have to travel a long way to see it. Access the trailhead from Back O’ Beyond Road, or, if you prefer to gaze from afar, the Oak Creek Canyon makes a superb viewing spot.
- Bell Rock4,996Another one of Sedona’s popular attractions, Bell Rock is easily accessible from the Bell Rock Trail or Courthouse Butte Loop. The best time to go is during golden hour when and the sun casts an orange-purple hue across the landscape.
- Devil's Bridge Trail3,685Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona and you’ll find it in Coconino National Forest. You can get there from Dry Creek Road, but make sure to visit early as parking spots can be limited.
- Oak Creek Canyon3,426Oak Creek Canyon is a river gorge just off Arizona State Route 89A. Here’s where red rock and lush greenery combine to create an idyllic setting for the perfect afternoon. On some days, you can even see the reflection of Cathedral Rock in the waters.
- Pink Jeep Tours Sedona10,732This is every Instagrammer's dream come true—whizzing around Sedona’s gorgeous sights in a bright, bubblegum pink jeep. Simply pick your adventure tour and get ready for some 4WD fun.
- Red Rock State Park1,603To get to Red Rock State Park’s most iconic photo spots be prepared for some rugged adventure. Along the Bunkhouse and Eagle Nest trails, you’ll find scenic views of jagged cliffs and towering rock formations at every turn.
- Slide Rock State Park2,410Did you know that Slide Rock State Park is considered one of America’s top ten swimming holes? Here’s where you can take cool pics and cool off with a dip in the creek. Besides swimming and wading, you can also ride a nature-made slide into the crystal clear pools below. Now all you need is a cute bathing suit…
- Airport Mesa2,876The Airport Mesa Loop trail is just one of hundreds of amazing hiking trails in Sedona, which you can easily access from Airport Road. You’ll trek pass breathtaking red rock vistas like Elephant Rock, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock. There’s also a gem waiting at the end—a knockout view of the Sedona Pyramid.
- Chapel of the Holy Cross10,708What’s cool about this 1955 Catholic chapel is the fact that it was built into the bright red rock landscape. For the best shot, make sure to capture the Two Nuns rock formations beside the chapel, too.
- Soldier Pass (Brin's Mesa)387Hike the Soldier Pass trail and take in the rugged cliffs and dazzling rock formations like the Seven Secret Pools and Devil’s Kitchen, a massive sinkhole. Or opt for the 5-mile loop on the Brins Mesa Trail for stunning sights like Coffee Pot Rock, Wilson Mountain and Chimney Rock.
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Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Sedona
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
The closest international airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, located about 2-hour drive away. Shuttles run to Sedona, but most visitors opt to hire a car and drive themselves. Leave yourself plenty of time, as you’ll want to stop and admire the views along the way.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting the United States from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Spring (March to May) or fall (Sept to Nov): The spring and fall seasons offer the best weather for hiking and outdoor activities, with highs reaching the low 80°Fs (high 20s°C). Springtime is particularly photogenic when desert flowers brighten up the red rock landscapes.
In summer, average highs sit in the 90°Fs (30s°C) and the dry heat can be uncomfortable for those unaccustomed to it. If you do visit at this time, make sure you’re prepared with suitable clothing and sun protection, as well as an umbrella—this is also monsoon season.
Most visitors to Sedona come to explore the natural landscapes around town and a car is essential. There are numerous rental companies in town, but most travelers find it more cost-effective to pick up their rental at the airport and save on transfer fees.
Jeep tours and guided tours set out from Sedona to destinations such as the Grand Canyon, the Verde Canyon, and Antelope Canyon. If you don’t have your own transport, your only option is to join a tour.
Taxis are available for short hops, such as riding between your hotel and a restaurant, but are not a viable option for sightseeing or longer distances.
Are there local customs I should know?
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Sedona:
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Sedona between June and August, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between March and May.