Here are the best ways to spend 4 nights and 5 days in Sedona with the whole family.
SUGGESTED 4-NIGHT 5-DAY ITINERARY
Sedona Experience for Families
A Visit to Arcosanti on your way to Sedona
Arcosanti is an urban laboratory designed by Paolo Soleri that is focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. Their goal is to actively pursue lean alternatives to urban sprawl based on Soleri’s theory of compact city design, Arcology (architecture + ecology).
Trolley Rides upon arrival to Sedona
Your guests can enjoy a scenic overview of Sedona’s Red Rock Country on a quaint open-air trolley for a fun and entertaining ride. Various itineraries will take you to the Chapel of the Holy Cross or out to Boynton Canyon for dramatic pictures stops and lively commentary. Pick up at some hotels and group charters available.
Hiking in the Red Rock Country – On your own or participate in a guided tour
For individuals or groups with time who want to get up close and personal with the red rocks, a hiking tour can be arranged with a US Forest Service permitted local tour operator or can be explored on own. There’s a hike for everyone in Sedona, whether it’s hiking panoramic vistas, exploring deep canyons, or following along Oak Creek hiker’s will create red rock memories to last a lifetime.
Red Rock State Park or Slide Rock State Park
Our state parks offer exciting entertainment for all ages. Red Rock State Park is a 286-acre nature preserve and riparian habitat with exhibits and a video presentation on the geology, flora and fauna of the region. The family-oriented 5-mile network of trail system is well marked for your safety and pleasure. Great to include in your itinerary for all seasons. Slide Rock State Park (originally Mr. Pendley’s 43-acre apple farm) offers historic farming equipment, local apples during harvest, short trails including nature trails and a slippery water ride down the rocks for the kids. Great place to include in your itinerary from Fall to Spring.
Arrange a Tour
- Horseback Riding Tour
Take a horseback ride into the back country. Cross creeks, see local flora and fauna. Some companies include a winery visit.
- Jeep Tour, ATV Tour, Hummer Tour
Adventure along the trails! All these vehicles travel on back roads and over rocks for the thrill of a lifetime.
- Vortex Tour
Savor the spiritual and Native American presence with an experienced vortex guide.
- Air Tour
Soar over the majestic red rocks of Sedona for a spectacular view from the air. A once in a lifetime treat!
- Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Tour
Enjoy the beautiful Red Rocks and early morning wild life from the balloon as they float over this high desert region.
Take a tour to Native American Ruins
Some local tour companies are “permitted” at certain sites. Pink Jeep Tours offers a tour to the Honanki Ruins.
Sedona Heritage Museum
Have your guests “take a step back in time,” as they stroll the grounds of this unique and historic pioneer home. Each room covers a segment of Sedona’s history from 1876 to present including the ranching, farming, and golden age of western movies. Orchards of apples and peaches played a big part in Sedona’s early economy. Your guests can tour the Apple Barn which can also be used for group events.
Learn about Native American crafts and shop with newly acquired knowledge
Arrange a tour/a talk at one of the retails stores of Native American art.
Enjoy your morning in the Verde Valley – options include:
- Tour Verde Valley wine country and taste exquisite Northern AZ wines
- Visit Jerome, the largest Ghost Town in America
- Visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument & Monezuma Well and Tuzigoot National Monument
Take a Verde Canyon Railroad tour
This train ride travels into Sycamore Canyon for one of the most scenic rides in the Valley. Closed and open air cars give you the chance to be outdoors and up close and personal with nature. See cliff dwellings and a bald eagle’s nest along the way.
Enjoy Western dinner theater and fun ranch adventures
Demonstration or Art Class at Sedona Art Center
Learn the process of art creation by a local artist(s) or participate in a class
Visit Art Galleries and Shops
- Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
Nestled beneath the shade of Sycamores on the banks of Oak Creek is Sedona’s unique arts & craft village. Fashioned after Tlaquepaque in Guadalajara, Mexico, your guests will stroll through a wonderland of shops, restaurants & galleries.
- Hillside Sedona
Art galleries, distinctive shops, and restaurants are set against the backdrop of gorgeous red rocks.
- Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe
Your guests can stroll through 3 open courtyards of shops and restaurants while viewing magnificent red rock formations.
- More shops and galleries in Uptown, West Sedona, Village of Oak Creek
* Commercial activities including guided hiking tours, jeep tours, horseback riding, tours to vortex sites, etc. on the U.S. Forest Service Land require permits. Please use the services of businesses that are permitted.