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A Travel Guide to Sedona, Arizona

A Travel Guide to Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona is a perfect weekend retreat, two hours north of Phoenix, where you can connect with nature as well as finding healing and spiritual renewal. This rugged resort town is known for its’ energy vortexes, scenic vistas, resorts, hiking and world class spas.


WHEN TO TRAVEL TO SEDONA

The best time to visit Sedona is from March to May when the temperatures are warm, but not scorching, and the area is in full bloom. Hikers love this season, as desert flowers add a pop of color to the rust-colored trails. September to November is another ideal time for outdoor activities thanks to mild weather. Spring and Fall mean days filled with blue sunny skies and temps ranging from the mid-60s to low 80s.


ARRIVING IN SEDONA

The drive from the Phoenix Harbor Airport along SR (179) is one of the most beautiful drives in the entire country. It was dedicated as an All-American Road by the Federal Highway Administration and is loaded with stunning scenic, natural, and recreational attractions.


LODGING & FOOD IN AND AROUND SEDONA

 
L’Auberge de Sedona 

The resort is nestled at the banks of the Oak Creek, far below the red rock. This is a peaceful getaway without sacrificing an in-town location.

  • Nestled in the woods by a lovely creek
  • Upscale clientele and service
  • Red rock vistas
  • Great for cocktails, lunch or lodging
Hudson Retreat
  • Trendy, high-end American food
  • Great views from the patio
  • Great for dinner
Creekside American Bistro
  • Great views from the patio
  • Casual
  • Great for breakfast and lunch
Amara Resort & Spa

This award-winning resort offers native scenic beauty with upscale hotel accommodations & relaxing spa.

  • Outstanding Views
  • Pool and hot tub
  • Spa
  • Dining and Bar
Enchantment Resort

Private casitas, cozy fireplaces and an abundance of activities makes this resort a popular destination in Sedona.

  • Breathtaking views of Boynton Canyon
  • Five-star accommodations
  • Dining and Bar with views
  • Golf
  • Spa
  • Pool and hot tub

Reviews on Yelp


ACTIVITIES IN SEDONA

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona, Road Trip, Travel
Chapel of the Holy Cross
 
Chapel of the Holy Cross

 

Enjoy vistas from Airport Mesa

 

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

 

Shopping

 

Trolleys / Jeeps / Helicopters / Planes / Hot Air Balloons / ATV

Retreats and Yoga

Yoga Life  / Sedona Yoga Festival  / Aumbase Sedona  / Vortex Yoga and Hiking 

 


HIKING IN SEDONA

 

Devil’s Bridge

Devil’s Bridge Hike / 2 miles RT / 1 hour / 649 ft. climb / Moderate / TH: Devil’s Bridge 

Devil’s Bridge Hike / 4 miles RT / 2 hours / 649 ft. climb / Moderate / TH: Long Canyon Road

 
This is one of the most popular hikes in Sedona, so do not plan for quiet relaxation on this hike. Dogs are allowed on the hike.

We parked and ended up walking on a 4WD road for most of the trail. Before you get to the bridge there is some scrambling up some steep rock formations. After we snapped some photos on the bridge we started walking back and then it started to rain. The red dirt road turned into a muddy mess and we were covered in red slop. The only thing that made up for this disaster was laughing our asses off at each other slipping and falling the whole time.


Hike to Vortexes

Airport Mesa | Electrical Vortex
Bell Rock | Balanced Vortex
Cathedral Rock | Magnetic Vortex
Boynton Canyon | Balanced Vortex

First of all, what are vortexes? The Sedona vortexes are energy vortexes. These energy vortexes are said to have been created by spiraling spiritual energy coming up from the earth’s surface, that can facilitate prayer, meditation, and even healing. The concept of an energy vortex comes from the energy from the earth combining with the energy of each person’s inner being.

Some say Sedona’s vortex energy is so powerful that you can actually feel it and that it is powerful enough to help people take giant leaps with their spiritual development. At these magical sites, trees often exhibit this swirling or twisting of their trunks due the powerful vortex energy at the core of a Sedona Vortex.

 

Bell Rock

Bell Rock / 2.2 miles RT / 1-2 hours / 609 ft. climb / Moderate / TH: Courthouse Vista (Northern Bell Rock) Parking Lot

Notes: Once you get on the rock face the trail is marked with cairns. Be sure to count the rock cairns and between the 10th and 11th cairn turn right and head towards the large flat rock shelf and you will see where you start to climb to Meditation Perch. It takes some doing to get there but the climb is worth the effort. This is an energy-rich place.


Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock / 1.5 miles RT / 1 hour / 600 ft. climb / Moderate but steep / Cathedral Rock Trailhead on Back O’ Beyond Road


 
Boynton Canyon

Boynton Canyon / 5.8 miles RT / 4-5 hours / 843 ft. climb / Moderate / Boynton Canyon TH


Airport Mesa

Airport Mesa / 3.5 mile Loop / 2 hours / 200 ft. climb / Easy /
Trailhead: From the 89A / 179 “Y” … take 89A west 1.1 mile;
turn left on Airport Road for 0.5 miles;
parking lot is on your left.

Notes: First half of the loop gets broiling hot in summer, and slippery after a rain.
At the parking area there is an unmarked tangle of paths. Stay to the right to find the Loop Trail sign.

Sedona, Arizona
Views from Airport Mesa

 


TRAIL SOURCES:

Read more about Sedona hiking trails on these websites / All Trails / Sedona Hiking Trails


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