Although one day is not enough, here are some suggestions on how to Experience Sedona for those who only have a day in Sedona.
Sedona offers a myriad of activities for all travelers from adventurous to relaxed, as well as for those who wish to stroll the splendid streets of Uptown or Gallery Row. Sedona’s red rocks are a reminder of nature’s splendor and an invitation to a world of exciting outdoor activities.
Sedona Highlights: 1 Day Itinerary
Arrive Sedona via SR179
9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Red Rock Ranger Station and Visitor Center
(8375 SR 179, Sedona, AZ 86351)
Enjoy learning about the area’s many scenic wonders and world class recreation opportunities. There are environmental education services and exhibits that include information on red rock country geology display, human timeline of the Verde Valley area and interactive display highlighting the 7 biotic communities found in the region.
9:50 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Bell Rock Vista & Pathway
(Mile post 307.5 on Hwy 179)
Photo stop for the great views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, etc. (Limited to one motor coach at a time.)
10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Experience various activities in Uptown Sedona or participate in organized tours
ENJOY A TROLLEY RIDE
Your guests can enjoy a scenic overview of Sedona’s Red Rock Country on a quaint openair trolley for a fun and entertaining ride. Various itineraries will take you to the Chapel of the Holy Cross*, out to Boynton Canyon, or Bell Rock for dramatic pictures stops and lively commentary.
See Sedona’s stunning red rock country on an adventurous off-road excursion. Tours go to the back country, to places you never imagined existed. Enjoy the ride on easy to rugged landscapes including Native American history and culture, nature, geology and panoramic vistas.
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.
VISIT ART GALLERIES AND SHOPS
• Sedona Arts Center
Sedona Arts Center is the heartbeat of the arts community in Sedona, nurturing creativity and artistic development for over 50 years. The Art School is the Center’s core, offering classes, workshops, and field expeditions for all ages and all levels of ability. Two galleries at the Center offer the largest selection of works by talented local artists in a variety of styles and media. Purchases are tax-free.
• 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.
* A visit to Chapel of the Holy Cross can be arranged by chartering a trolley (Sedona Trolley or Red Rock Magic Trolley) from Uptown Sedona. No motor coaches are allowed on the Chapel Road. Mini-buses and tour vans can drop-off / pickup guests at the Chapel, but no tour vehicles are allowed to park on the property.
Sedona is the host to some of the best restaurants in Northern Arizona. Surrounded by majestic red rocks you can enjoy Southwest, American, Italian, Mexican, and Continental cuisines. From casual BBQ to fine dining along the creek, vegan, glutenfree, fresh fish from Oak Creek, and steak and potatoes, there is a restaurant to suit everyone’s palate. Many restaurants offer group menus and welcome tour groups.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch at one of Sedona's group-friendly restaurants
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Photo Stop at Airport Mesa Scenic Overlook
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Red Rock State Park
(4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona AZ 86336)
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. Ranger programs can be arranged for your clients.
Other Suggested Activities Throughout the Day
VISIT METAPHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL SHOPS
Experience tarot card readings, intuitive readings, aura readings, astrology guidance and more. Find your special gemstones, crystals, or jewelry. Sedona energies are believed to amplify their healing properties.
MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT
Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20-room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.
Did you know?
About 60% of our visitors say their stay in Sedona was too short. We look forward to welcoming back your guests for a longer stay!
* 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.