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Sedona is a town in Arizona, United States of America, 120 miles north of Phoenix. Known for its beauty and serene setting amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, the town is famous for its vibrant arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events including the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Arts Festival and the Sedona Jazz Festival. It offers excellent outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. Sedona is surprisingly sprawling, with Oak Creek to the south, West Sedona and Uptown Sedona each providing great views, hikes, dining and arts.



 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 58 61 66 74 84 93 96 94 88 78 66 57
Nightly lows (°F) 33 35 38 44 52 60 66 66 60 50 39 32
Precipitation (in) 2.1 2.0 2.2 1.1 0.6 0.3 1.5 2.1 2.0 1.5 1.3 1.7

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By plane

The small Sedona Airport (FAA: SEZ, IATA: SDZ) is too small for scheduled jet traffic, but is popular for general aviation destination. The nearest major airport is in Phoenix.

By car

Sedona is located approximately 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Arizona. From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon exit, where you turn west onto SR 179. The Village of Oak Creek is seven miles down this road, and Sedona is another seven.

From Flagstaff, Sedona is also reachable from I-17, but by far the most spectacular route is down Oak Creek Canyon via Hwy 89A. Drive carefully, as the switchbacks and falling red rocks can give quite a white-knuckle ride, but the view is well worth it.

Hwy-179 is designated as an All America Road by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Get around

Sedona is a great walking town, but a bike or car is necessary to access trail heads and most destinations.

By guided tour

A number of companies provide guided tours (by bus, trolley or Jeep) of Sedona that include transportation from the surrounding areas. Some companies will provide bus travel from nearby towns while others begin in Sedona. Some will provide just a brief tour with small stops, while others may take you on a hike, and arrange all your meals.


Honanki Heritage Site

Sedona is home to a bustling downtown and vibrant arts community, but the real attraction is the surreal, red rock landscape, visible from anywhere in town. There are however several notable historic sights.


Cathedral Rock seen from Red Rock Crossing
Bell Rock
Devil's Bridge Trail
Slide Rock State Park

Hiking and mountain biking

Canyons, creeks, mountains, forests, spiritual vortices, hikes and mountain biking trails surround the area. A Red Rock Pass ($5/day, $15/wk, $20/yr, sold at multiple locations and online) is required to park at trail heads. A full-sized printable directory with comprehensive trail and camping information is available online, as well as a full-sized trail map.

Mountain bikes can be rented from Over the Edge Sedona Bike Shop (1695 Hwy 89A, tel. 928-282-1106), and from Absolute Bikes (6101 Hwy 179, tel. 928-284-1242).

Other notable trails include Soldier Pass Trail and Courthouse Butte Loop Trail. For a more laid back stroll, park near the end of Verde Valley School Road and walk the rest of the way to Oak Creek Crossing. Or take an hour's walk from near the school by the junction of the Upper Red Rock Loop Road and the Highway 89 (there is a parking lot there). The trail leads up to one of the finest panoramic views you will ever see.

Other outdoor activities

Scenic drives

This is a gorgeous area and driving around gives you great views of the rocks. Jeep rentals for serious off-road driving are popular. If you have four wheel drive, Schnebley Hill Road at sunset provides excellent views.

Spas and wellness

Sedona is famous as the home of five New Age vortices, areas where the earth's magnetism is said to have special properties. Vortices are located at Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Schnebly Hill. You can take a vortex tour from one of many local guides, or hike to the sites yourself. Look for cairns marking the vortex sites.


Sedona's main street, with the Red Rock Hills in the background

Sedona has many shops specializing in local Native American arts and crafts, international galleries and New Age shops (aura readings, healing crystals, vortex information) in addition to the usual tourist fare. A few stores sell shirts dyed in genuine Sedona red rock.


When it comes to dining, Sedona has an exceptional choice of style, atmosphere, decor and flavor developed for tourists from around the world. Many of the restaurants in Sedona are rated among the best restaurants in Arizona, and several have earned national acclaim.




Grocery stores





Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon


Oak Creek in Oak Creek Canyon


Go next

Routes through Sedona

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