Plan your tour of the various parks in Sedona.
Sedona’s proximity to number of National Parks and Monuments makes Sedona a perfect base camp with a wide array of amenities. Following are some suggestions on how to Experience Sedona!
SUGGESTED 4-NIGHT 5-DAY ITINERARY - Celebrate National Parks
A Visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument & Montezuma Well
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt celebrated the passage of the Antiquities Act by declaring 4 sites of historic and cultural significance as America’s first National Monuments. Among these was Montezuma Castle, which was identified as a place “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.” This high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.
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.
A Visit to Tuzigoot National Monument
Another site that was occupied between 400 A.D. and 1450 A.D. by the Sinagua Indians. Paved walkways and exhibits in the Visitor Center will enhance your experience as you explore and learn about these ancient peoples of the Southwest.
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
Visit the Verde Valley wineries and enjoy winery tours and wine-tasting. Bring back your favorite bottle to your room and enjoy the starry night on your resort balcony while enjoying your wine.
Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon National Park
The two geological marvels are both “bucket list” destinations. See a photo of either the Grand Canyon or Sedona and you cannot mistake if for anywhere else. Yet photos don’t begin to do these Arizona icons justice. They must be experienced in person. They say Mother Nature made the Grand Canyon, but she lives in Sedona.
Stop at Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments for amazing views that extend to the Painted Desert.
Sunset Crater erupted about 900 years ago and changed this landscape forever. Amid the towering and twisted Ponderosa Pine trees you will walk among lava flows and cinders. Enjoy the local flora and fauna as you explore these rugged and dramatic geological features. The road circles around on and off I-17 and includes Wupatki another prehistoric Native American ruin that has been restored and is the largest in this park. Visitor Centers have great exhibits and motor coach parking is 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.
Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
Start your day with a spectacular view of the red rocks from this chapel built into the rock formations on SR 179. Accessible only by car, van, small mini-buses or local trolley. You can charter a trolley for your group.
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.