Top 10 Things to do in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.

1. Cathedral Rock

Yavapai County, Sedona, AZ 86351 Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
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Cathedral Rock

Towering red rock formation, part of the Cathedral Rock Trail.

Reviewed By Viajera172705 - MidwestMidwest

Beautiful vistas but lots of clumbing

We’ve been to Sedona before, but have never attempted this hike. At the beginning of the trail, the incline is minimal and very easy to manage. However, as you get closer, the incline gets very steep and requires some climbing using hands and feet. There

2. Chapel of the Holy Cross

780 Chapel Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336-7064 Sights & Landmarks, Mysterious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites More
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4.5 based on 9422 reviews

Chapel of the Holy Cross

This chapel, located among dramatic rock formations, offers spectacular views, especially at sunset.

Reviewed By Tad1950 - Earlysville, VirginiaEarlysville, Virginia

Another Frank Lloyd Wright beauty

Almost passed the church up, but glad we didn’t. Parking is very tight, but there were park officers to help out. View from top is amazing, as well as the church. Small cathedral, very modern stained glass and Jesus on a cross from floor to ceiling.

3. Bell Rock

4999 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351-8995 Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
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4.5 based on 4465 reviews

Bell Rock

Reviewed By mwpyle - Nashville, TennesseeNashville, Tennessee

Beautiful way to enter Sedona!

Wife and I came up 179 from the South. The way you know you have REALLY arrived in Sedona is when you see Bell Rock. Just a wonderful sight that is just wonderful.

4. Devil's Bridge Trail

1420 Vultee Arch, Sedona, AZ Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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4.5 based on 3111 reviews

Devil's Bridge Trail

An easy hiking trail that leads hikers into Sedona's famed Red Rock country.

Reviewed By Cpjules - Phoenix, ArizonaPhoenix, Arizona

worth the hike and fighting with the crowds !

We had a 4 wheel drive so we could drive to the trailhead but the mobs of people on the way out ! I had not been on such a busy hike as this in years. It does offer some fantastic views along the way and the rock bridge at the end was very cool. We did ge

5. Oak Creek Canyon

Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 83149 Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Scenic Drives, Hiking Trails, Canyons More
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Oak Creek Canyon

Breathtaking in its red rock beauty, the Canyon is a spectacular 16-mile gorge with streams and waterfalls between sheer rock walls.

Reviewed By Karl G

Do not miss West Fork trail

We thoroughly enjoyed hiking the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. We are flat-landers from Florida and this was a very mild hike. There are several places where you cross Oak Creek on rocks positioned in the creek, but as long as you pay attention to

6. Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

8375 Az-179, Red Rock Visitor Center and Ranger Station, Sedona, AZ 86351 Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Scenic Drives
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Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

Reviewed By Surfpinky - Lakewood Pierce County, WashingtonLakewood Pierce County, Washington

Pathway to Panoramic Vistas

This highway is chock full of one amazing sight after another. I’m so glad I wasn’t driving so I could take in as much of the scenery as possible. It’s just beyond belief how magnificent the red rocks are. You just have to go!

7. Red Rock State Park

4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336-9109 Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks
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Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education. Red Rock offers a variety of special programs for school groups and private groups. There are a number of daily and weekly park events. The park offers a visitors center, classroom, theater, park store, ramada and hiking trails.

Reviewed By Tim L - Jefferson, GA, United StatesJefferson, GA, United States

Who woulda thought red rock could be so beautiful?

Recommended by a family member, we put this park on out list. Being a state park our National Park Pass did not help, but being a veteran did! The scenery was stunningly beautiful, especially after having watched the short informational film on the area h

8. Slide Rock State Park

6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 Nature & Parks, State Parks
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Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pioneering innovation, he succeeded where others failed by establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. This allowed Pendley to plant his first apple orchard in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development that has dominated the site since that time. Pendley also grew garden produce and kept some livestock. As one of the few homesteads left intact in the canyon today, Slide Rock State Park is a fine example of early agricultural development in Central Arizona. The site was also instrumental to the development of the tourism industry in Oak Creek Canyon. The completion of the canyon road in 1914 and the paving of the roadway in 1938 were strong influences in encouraging recreational use of the canyon. Hence, Pendley followed suit and in 1933, built rustic cabins to cater to vacationers and sightseers. Todays visitors can still enjoy the fruits of Pendley's labor. Historic cabins are available for viewing, and the creek offers the park's namesake slide for adventures seekers and those looking for a place to cool off.

Reviewed By michellehC3076ZG - New Baltimore, MichiganNew Baltimore, Michigan

A Sedona Must See

A great beautiful spot that is also very fun. Can be very busy. Water is very cold year round. Recommend a wetsuit. Too cold for us. Grounds are very nice. There is a parking fee. Be sure to call to confirm open as it often closed due to e-coli levels.

9. Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

2650 Pueblo Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

Sedona, Arizona, about halfway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, is a must-visit place for spiritual seekers the world over. Since 2004, such visitors have been flocking to Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa. (Some call it Sedona’s newest vortex.) Sitting majestically among the pinion and juniper pines, and surrounded by a landscape of stunning crimson spires, it is a jewel to behold. Visit Sedona’s Amitabha StupaOn any given day, dozens of visitors trek up the short winding trails to the 36 foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace in a sacred place. The Amitabha Stupa is open every day from dawn until dusk and your visit is free of charge. (Of course, donations to support the stupa are gratefully accepted.)

Reviewed By McGilver - Squamish, CanadaSquamish, Canada

Peaceful and serene

This was just around the corner from our air bnd. I walked over every single morning and had a wonderful meditation and listened to the birds singing. I met some wonderful people and found it to be the best part of my trip to Sedona. I think it’s a highli

10. West Fork Oak Creek Trail

Sedona, AZ Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
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4.5 based on 1175 reviews

West Fork Oak Creek Trail

Trail that follows a creek at the bottom of a 1,000-foot canyon.

Reviewed By nitsanw - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Very nice!!

It is a relatively easy but long trail. You basically walk along the creek and cross it every once and then. The creek had a stream of water and it was quite nice.

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