Sedona, Arizona Travel Guide
|Welcome to Sedona ... an International Dark-Sky Community, founded in 1902|
The City of Sedona is located in north Central Arizona on State Route 89A and State Route 179. Interstate Highway I-17 runs in a north-south route to the east of the city.
It covers an area of about 19 square miles, and sits at an elevation of 4,500 feet. Its population in 2017 was about 10,400 residents.
Sedona is about 30 miles south of Flagstaff, and 120 miles north of Phoenix. Las Vegas lies 275 miles to the west. The popular small tourist town of Jerome is only 27 miles to the southwest.
Four mild seasons in Sedona feature sunny, blue skies and clean air! With an average daily high temperature of 75F and over 300 sunny days, Sedona is a year-round leisure destination. Sedona brings out the best in every season, and winter is no exception. Sedona’s winter weather stays close to ideal. Temperatures remain mild during the days with cool, comfortable evenings.
We have visited Sedona on multiple road trips, and and have enjoyed the many sights and attractions in the city, and surrounding natural areas.
Spend a day, ideally many more, and enjoy and explore the beauty of the city!
|Hiking trail to the Bell Rock Climb
|The approach to Sedona is spectacular from any direction! (Staff Photo)|
|View of Sedona from the Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout high above the city|
Lodging Options in Sedona
As one of the most popular destinations in the Southwest, Sedona has developed an expansive infrastructure of lodging options, from upscale resorts to B&Bs and rustic cabins in the woods and mountains.
Sedona has over 70 hotels, resorts, motels, timeshares, private residences, and bed-and-breakfasts. Accommodations in Sedona range from budget to 4-diamond luxury. Many group friendly properties offer net rates/group rates and motor coach parking. More than 3,300 rooms are available.
|The Arroyo Pinion Hotel ... one of fine lodging options in Sedona|
Outdoor Recreation and Adventures
From viewing the spectacular natural beauty of the red rocks to fascinating archeological, geological and historical attractions, Sedona is considered a premiere destination by millions.
Sedona is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can take a hike or a bike ride or perhaps just enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Visit the Arizona high country to life with a rugged, off-road adventure. Broken Arrow trail is where famous westerns were filmed.
Experience Sedona’s native archaeological adventure. Explore the Honanki Heritage site, where the indigenous Sinagua people lived and worked between 600 AD until the 1400s.
They may see Sedona from the back of a jeep, atop horseback or from a hot air balloon or a helicopter. The choice is yours!
|Entrance area to the popular Red Rock State Park ... Center for Environmental Education|
|Visitors enjoying the Slide Rock area near Sedona in north central Arizona (Photo courtesy of Arizona State Parks)|
|Magnificent view of Cathedral Rock near Sedona|
Shopping in Sedona
Sedona is home to more than 500 artists and 80 unique shops and galleries. Specialty items and artwork include famous Sedona landscapes, Kachina dolls, hand-made pottery, sculptures, Native American jewelry, antiques and Sedona memorabilia.
|The entrance to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona|
|One of the many scenic courtyards at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona|
Sedona has a wide variety of unique shopping venues
Map of the Sedona, Arizona Area
Popular Attractions and Events Around Sedona
Visitors to the area enjoy a wide range of attractions, such as the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the Sedona Vortex Tour, and the mining town of Jerome. Nearby attractions like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park and the Red Rock Scenic Byway offer easy-to-difficult trips, hikes and excursions, year-round.
Narrated or chartered trolley tours are popular for groups.
Annual events include the Wine & Scenic Film Festival in January, the Great Sedona Chili Cookoff, the Sedona Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show and many more all through the year.
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. The festival includes three days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world, banding demonstrations, marketplace exhibits, food concession, birding trips and more.
For a full schedule of annual events view the Sedona Annual Events Calendar.
|The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona|
Dining in Sedona
Sedona has an extensive variety of dining and culinary options available. Cuisines include Continental, French, Italian, Mexican, Asian, classic American, or Southwestern. Visitors may enjoy cozy indoor seating, intimate courtyards or a patio with red rock views.
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