WELCOME TO SEDONA
Start with scenery that makes your heart leap. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot.
Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town.
Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities. Most recently, with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms, Sedona has emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts.
Just take a look at our videos to get a glimpse inside this alluring small town. North American Travel Journalists Association recognized the Sedona Anthem video as a Gold Prize Winner of the 2015 NATJA Awards Competition. Be inspired by our stunning scenery, then come experience it for yourself.
Put the Grand Canyon and Sedona on your "Bucket List"
The two geological marvels are both “bucket list” destinations for people all over the world. Millions of visitors come for scenery that’s dazzlingly unique. See a photo of either the Grand Canyon or Sedona and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else. Yet photos don’t begin to do these Arizona icons justice. They must be experienced in person.
It’s hard to imagine traveling to the Southwest and not visiting Grand Canyon or Sedona. So why not do both? We believe when you have one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in your backyard, take advantage of it. By making Sedona your base camp for a Grand Canyon expedition, you’ll enjoy a much wider array of creature comforts. In Sedona you’ll find more places to stay and eat, not to mention spas, shops, galleries and more.
Sedona sits approximately 100 miles south of the Grand Canyon and it’s a spectacular journey. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving so you can relax and take in the sights, several companies launch guided Grand Canyon tours from Sedona.
At Grand Canyon National Park designated overlooks provide visitors with awe-inspiring views. Walk along the rim in Grand Canyon Village. Snap a photo of mule riders moseying towards the river and peer into the abyss to hear what secrets are echoed there.
Then it’s time to come back home to Sedona, where all the incredible sights are just outside your door. Blessed with a beauty that’s epic yet intimate, grandiose yet personal, people seem to make a very special connection to Sedona. No overlooks or mule rides are required. View a sample itinerary to see how you can combine these two destinations into one magnificent experience.
It’s the perfect time to visit Sedona
Now. Right now!
It’s the perfect time to visit Sedona. This is the summer sweet spot. Temperatures are just right and days are still long and languid. Kids have gone back to school. Now the grownups get a chance to play.
Especially now, during the summer of the 2016 National Park Centennial, Sedona should be high on everyone’s travel plans. With a nationwide focus on getting outdoors and exploring parks, Sedona is the perfect hub for adventure.
Step outside and you’ll find no end to possibilities. The red rock landscape sprawls across nearly two million acres of national forest and four wilderness areas. Within a 45-minute drive of Sedona, you’ll discover five national monuments and six state parks. And the Big Kahuna of all national parks, the Grand Canyon, is not much farther.
Make your plans to visit and don’t be shy about booking an extra day or two. You’ll need plenty of time to reach only a fraction of Sedona’s points of pride. Hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails will entice you for up close looks at iconic rock formations like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Thunder Mountain, Snoopy Rock and dozens more. Rugged jeep roads can be attempted on your own, or sign up for a tour and let someone else do the driving. Take a horseback ride or kayak a river. Lift off in a hot air balloon or zoom overhead in a helicopter.
There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you want. But you also don’t have to stop when you run out of day. The beautiful blue sky that kept you company for all those hours turns into a glittering blanket of heavenly bodies at night.
Lack of light pollution combined with haze-free, low-humidity desert skies makes Sedona a paradise for stargazers. In 2014, Sedona was designated as the world’s eighth International Dark Sky Community. Several resorts offer stargazing activities as well as tours conducted by professional astronomers. A little time spent on state-of-the-art telescopes gives you a personal peek at the cosmos.
So the only hard part is figuring out exactly when you’ll sleep during your Sedona visit. Hey, who wants to sleep on vacation anyway?