Top 7 Things to See and Do in Sedona Arizona

Things to See and Do in Sedona Arizona

Nature is Sedona's main attraction. The stunning array of red sandstone formations entice thousands of visitors each year. Sedona is one of my favorite places in Arizona.

Located in the northern part of the Verde Valley, Sedona's rocks appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The red rocks form a breathtaking backdrop for everything from spiritual pursuits to outdoor adventures.

This setting creates stunning hiking and mountain biking trails. Come see for yourself why USA Weekend voted Sedona as one of the most beautiful places in America.

Cathedral Rock, Sedona

Cathedral Rock, Sedona

Top 7 Things to See and do in Sedona

  1. Visit Oak Creek Canyon
  2. Cool off in a swimming hole
  3. Take a Hike or Scenic Drive
  4. See the Chapel of the Holy Cross
  5. Feel a vortex
  6. Go off-roading or take a Jeep Tour
  7. Shop Sedona

Visit Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek is located just north of Sedona. Follow State Route 89A north alongside Oak Creek and drive between the canyons. If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids stop at the Rainbow Trout Farm.

Oak Creek Canyon in October

Oak Creek Canyon in October

Oak Creek Swimming Holes

A little further north on 89A  you'll stumble upon a great swimming hole and picnic area, Grasshopper Point.

Driving north on 89A you'll come across another very popular spot to cool off,  Slide Rock State Park. Thousands of people flock here in the summer to slide down the natural rock water slide. Get here early if you want a spot to park.

Oak Creek Camping

Oak Creek Canyon is also home to several terrific spots to camp. Our favorite place to camp is Manzanita Campground , which is located alongside Oak Creek.

Bootleggers, Cave Springs, Pine Flats and Chavez Crossing campgrounds are also along Oak Creek.  All have great areas to explore, fish, swim, or relax.

Camping in Oak Creek is hard to come by, reservations are highly recommended

Chavez Campground

Hike in Sedona

Sedona has amazing hikes. Some of the more popular hiking trails include: Cathedral Rock Trail, Bell Rock Trail, and Boynton Canyon Trail.

Cathedral Rock

If you are looking for a short trail along the water, Allen's Bend trail is a beautiful hike. A popular and one of the best fall trails in Arizona, is the West Fork trail.

West Fork Trail Sedona

West Fork Trail Sedona

See Sedona's natural arch on a hike to Devil's Bridge.

Devil's Bridge


Hike Soldier's Pass to see the Devil's Kitchen and the 7 Sacred Pools.

Soldier's Pass Trail

See the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

One of the most photographed spots in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross .  A student of Frank Lloyd Wright's built the Catholic chapel into a mesa. The church has a stunning view.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Visit a Vortex

Vortexes are created from spiritual energy. They are believed to be subtle energy centers where your spiritual and psychic powers are enhanced. Many visit Sedona because they  believe spiritual vortexes are concentrated in this area.

airport mesa sedona

Visit one of the following spots below to see if you can feel the energy.

Even if  you do not believe energy flow exists on multiple dimensions in Sedona, these spots offer stunning views.

Shopping in Sedona

Sedona offers many places to shop near the "Y" intersection which is also home to the recreated Mexican village Tlaquepaque.

sedona shopping

The most congested shopping area is in Uptown.  You will find boutique and souvenir shops as well as restaurants, jeep tours and carriage rides. The area has some cool art sculptures all with a beautiful red rock backdrop.  If you continue 89A west from Uptown you will find many more shops and a grocery store.

Uptown Sedona Shopping

Jeep Tours

Looking for adventure in Sedona?  See the red rocks on a guided Jeep tour.  There are several tours available. Alternatively, you can drive some of the same routes with your high clearance vehicle.

One of our favorites is Schnebly Hill. The views from this area are outstanding.

Schnebly Hill Vista

Schnebly Hill Vista

A bumpy ride down Dry Creek Road has some nice views on either side of the car.

 Broken Arrow Trail and Soldier's Pass Trail are two more  popular off-road excursions.

Jeep Tours

Why are the Rocks Red?

Sedona's famous red rocks were formed by a thick layer of red to orange-colored sandstone. A receding ocean left layers of sandstone and limestone. Iron oxide then covered the sandstone and rust formed. This process was millions of years in the making. The beautiful red rock we view today is what was left behind.

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