Surrounded by stunning red sandstone rocks along with breathtaking canyons and mountains is Sedona, a small town in central Arizona. Home to four vortexes, special spots considered to be places of healing, reflection and growth, the town invites many spiritual tourists. Sedona is located between Arizona’s capital and the state’s famous Grand Canyon, making it the perfect stop for a quick day trip from either of those two spots. In this post you’ll read all you’d ever need to know about Sedona, including info on weather, transportation, accommodation, attractions and more in this picturesque destination.
Basics of Sedona
Currency – The only currency accepted throughout Sedona are US dollars.
Language – Located in the United States, the language spoken throughout Sedona is English and most locals in the town only speak one language. However, most touristy spots have signs, brochures and info stands in Spanish, Mandarin, French, and a other widely spoken languages.
Safety – Being a very small town, Sedona is overall pretty safe. As always though, make sure to look out for pick pockets and keep your belongings close at all times and of course make sure to stick to good area in the town.
When to Visit
Generally anytime of the year is a good time to visit Sedona. Overall the most popular time of the year to visit is around spring, when the average temperatures range from about 3°C to 28°C. The town’s slow season for tourists is winter, when temperatures average 1° to 18°, so definitely try visiting then if you’re looking for a more laid-back getaway. In autumn, temperatures and pretty similar to spring, though starting a bit warmer at around 14°. Last but not least of course, the weather in Sedona in summer ranges from around 20° to 36°; pretty hot but overall a lot cooler than down in Phoenix!
Within Sedona there aren’t any types of public transportation, due to its small size and population. There are however tons of guided tour options available to book online, which include bus and walking tours around Sedona (link here). As for transportation to the actual site, there are also a few tour options that bring visitors from hubs like Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon over to Sedona for the day (link here).
There are hundreds of places to stay throughout Sedona, from luxury resorts to homey bed & breakfasts. Whether your budget for accommodation is low or high, you’re sure to find a nice place to stay in the town. Here’s a link to a site with tons of hotel options in Sedona: click here.
Airport Mesa, a rock formation named after the road it’s near, is one of the most famous rocks in Sedona. The trail throughout it is definitely one of Sedona’s best hikes; it’s pretty difficult and nerve wracking, but the 360° views from 1400m above at the top are worth it. It is also popular due to the fact that it is one of Sedona’s four main vortexes, specifically and up flow vortex.
One of the first seen rocks when entering Sedona from the south is Bell Rock. It resembles a bell, hence its name, and is another one of Sedona’s main vortexes, another up flow / electric one.
The most photographed sight in Sedona, Cathedral Rock is located within the Coconino National Forest. Bell Rock’s saddles, found between its spires, are reachable by hikes and are also electric vortexes. From the top of this rock you’ll find stunning views of the surrounding rocks as well as the iconic Chapel of the Holy Cross.
for more on Sedona’s rocks, check out my Guide to Sedona’s Red Rocks blog post!
Chapel of the Holy Cross
The Chapel of the Holy Cross, built on a highland overlooking Sedona, is easily the prettiest place in the whole town. Completed in 1956, there are breathtaking views of the red rocks from the top. From below you’ll also find great views, showing the unique design of the chapel strutting out from one of Sedona’s many mountains. The interior of the chapel itself is also very beautiful; pretty small but definitely worth going into for the amazing stained glass.
Oak Creek Canyon
Considered one of the most scenic drives of America, Oak Creek Canyon is an area north of Sedona and south of Flagstaff. The main highway that cuts through it is full of stunning views of canyons, forests, and more. Basically anywhere you stop down the drive is photogenic! This is definitely a spot I’d highly suggest visiting (or just driving down) when visiting Sedona, as the scenery throughout it definitely differs from the views back in Sedona (in a very good way!).
Pink Jeep Tours
Definitely one of the most popular activities for visitors coming to Sedona is Pink Jeep Touring. These off road tours bring visitors on a bumpy yet worthwhile throughout the canyons and rocks of Sedona, showing the riders an up close view of some of Sedona’s best rocks. I’ve never actually gone on one of these tours, but my friend (who coincidentally ended up going to Sedona the same day as me) did and she said that it was a lot of fun!
The main neighbourhood of Sedona is its Uptown area, the most lively part of the small town. Full of small shops, stocked with unique souvenirs, and many restaurants serving all kinds of different cuisines, there’s a ton to explore throughout this area. Its also a very photogenic area, with many interesting scenes that make for great photo-ops.
That’s all for my blog post today, a guide to Sedona! I hope you enjoyed. Check back next week to read a “perfect day” itinerary as to what to do in the town if you’re only there for a day.
Thanks for reading.