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Sedona Tourism: Best of Sedona

About Sedona
Picture this: glowing red rocks, clear blue skies, and the most eye-popping sunsets you’ve ever seen. That’s Sedona. An outdoor lover’s paradise with more than 200 trails, Sedona was made for biking, hiking, and rock-climbing—just be sure to check the difficulty level before lacing up your boots. Another major draw? The area’s vortexes, said to be the world’s greatest hot spots for psychic energy. Put it to the test by visiting the show-stopping Cathedral Rock. (Spiritual practitioners believe the best energy is found three-quarters of a mile up in a spot called “The Saddle.”) Or renew and reset at one of the many spas and resorts. Treatments go beyond the usual hot-stone massages with sound baths and crystals. Come nightfall, stay up to experience near-perfect conditions for stargazing.

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Essential Sedona

Traveler Spotlight

10 Instagram-worthy Spots to Hunt Down in Sedona

From majestic red rocks to flowing rivers and creeks, nature takes center stage in Sedona. This is my list of eye-popping spots for the perfect photo—whether you’re a pro or just looking for great ‘gram pics.
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  • Cathedral Rock
    You 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 Rock
    Another 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 Trail
    Devil’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 Canyon
    Oak 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 Sedona
    This 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 Park
    To 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 Park
    Did 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 Mesa
    The 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 Cross
    What’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)
    Hike 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.

Sedona Is Great For

Wellness and yoga retreats

Sublime stargazing

Native American history

Sedona Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Sedona

Buy an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. It works for the Grand Canyon and all of the National Monuments you may be visiting near Sedona and Grand Canyon (but not for State Parks or independently run areas like Red Rock). It also works as a Sedona Parking pass.
Don’t drive in darkness. Dark sky ordinances, absence of street lighting and vast open spaces make it darker than most people are used to. Roads are mostly two lanes, but some have little or no shoulder, so no room to swerve or pull off if you need to. And yes, lots of wildlife, as small as squirrels and skunks, and others larger than most passenger vehicles.
Make sure you have something to put your boots in after hiking as the red dirt is crazy difficult to get out of fabrics. I also wouldn't wear my favorite pair of socks or pants in case you do slip and fall.
Don't forget to bring a hat to shade your face, sunglasses, and sunscreen. While here, drink lots of water to keep hydrated in our dry heat. Turn on the oven and open the door when hot — that's what dry heat feels like! It's not wet and sticky like heat with humidity elsewhere.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

The red rocks of Sedona are truly magical.
Fred A
Red Rock State Park in Sedona is like the Grand Canyon turned inside out! Stunning views and great areas to hike.
Driving to Sedona you cannot avoid the beauty and awe of God. The sun changes the scenery so often you can't take pictures fast enough.
Sedona is the most beautiful spot in the whole USA and there is so much to do and see there.

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.


Uber and Lyft are available in Sedona on your smartphone, but it can be difficult to find rides and shouldn’t be relied on.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Mountain Standard Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in the United States is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.
What is the currency?
The U.S. dollar
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Yes, in town. Draw cash out before heading out to nearby attractions or on tours.
Are credit cards widely accepted?
How much do I tip?
$1-$2 a drink
$1-$3 per bag
$2-$3 per night
Shuttle driver
$1-$2 per person
Tour guide

Are there local customs I should know?

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 21 years old.
Arizona state laws mean that you can be issued a DUI if you are deemed to be under the influence, even if your alcohol levels are below the legal limit. The best advice: if you’re driving, don’t drink at all.
Spitting is considered rude in any public setting.
Find more information about [local customs](https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-c3541/United-States:Customs.Habits.And.Etiquette.html) and etiquette in the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sedona

We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Sedona, which include:

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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.