Top 10 Things to do in Sedona, United States

July 19, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

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.
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1. Broken Arrow Trail

Morgan Road, Sedona, AZ +1 928-527-3600
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5 based on 1 reviews

Broken Arrow Trail

Reviewed By Peter P - Groton, CT

If you are going to do one tour, this is the one. Unspoiled trail, beautiful vistas and genuinely nice guides.

2. Cathedral Rock

Yavapai County, Sedona, AZ 86351 +1 928-282-6907
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5 based on 4 reviews

Cathedral Rock

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

Reviewed By jaimelovebug - North Carolina

It can be very dangerous if you aren’t wearing proper shoes or have some experience. There isn’t a path. You literally climb on rocks that can be slippery. While we were there a woman who slipped and injured her wrist. The EMT has to rescue her. You can go as high or stay as low as you want and still enjoy. So I recommend going with the appropriate gear.

3. Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

Sedona, AZ 86351
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

Reviewed By Ericraheem - Mount Kisco, New York

Outstanding Views and trails all around on this short road between Oak Creek and Sedona. This is where your top sites are like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and the chapel. Words can’t completely describe the beauty that you will see along this road.

4. Doe Mountain Trail

Boynton Pass Road, Sedona, AZ
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5 based on 611 reviews

Doe Mountain Trail

Reviewed By ketadog - Juneau, Alaska

This is about a 45 minute hike to the top of a mesa with a beautiful view of the Sedona area. Great short hike and place to have lunch!!

5. Bell Rock

4999 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351-8995
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Bell Rock

Reviewed By Lizzysue76 - Wooster, Ohio

We are 60 and in good shape. The trail to Bell Rock is easy, however the climb up the rock is definitely more difficult. Have good hiking shoes. We went partway but the trail was getting to steep and turned back. Enjoyed the challenge and satisfied with our distance.

6. Devil's Bridge Trail

1420 Vultee Arch, Sedona, AZ +1 928-203-2900
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Devil's Bridge Trail

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

Reviewed By LA07726 - Central New Jersey

I'm no hiker so for me this was quite a long trail but well worth it once you reach the stone bridge. Some steep areas but doable. Just take breaks along the way. Wear sunscreen, bring a hat and lots of water.

7. Bear Mountain Trail

Fr 152c, Sedona, AZ +1 928-203-2900
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5 based on 214 reviews

Bear Mountain Trail

Reviewed By Anthony C - Snoqualmie, WA

The catch with this one is that you can't see the actual mountain when you start. It's only after gaining the second step of the climb that you see the peak in the distance. Overall it's a nice hike. The trail is very rocky, almost a scramble in places. Perfect if you dislike manicured paths. Great views. In Feb, a 1/2 liter of water was sufficient, but with virtually no shade I would be sure to take plenty in warmer temps.

8. Oak Creek Canyon

Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 83149 +1 928-282-4119
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

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 drsaloni - NYC

Worth the drive and wasn’t crowded at all with no traffic. The views are just breathtaking, I cannot describe it.
If in doubt or short on time, spend less
Time in Sedona and do this.
The red rocks are gorgeous but this is ever changing scenery just 5 mins away.
Reminded me of South Island in New Zealand.

9. Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

2650 Pueblo Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 +1 877-788-7229
Excellent
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5 based on 521 reviews

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 travelwriter52 - Conyers, GA

I am not a buddist and I doubt everyone there was. It was something different to see. Honestly, I was impressed that all the people visiting were respectfully quiet. It is supposed to be a place of meditation. It was not signed very well. I wasn't sure if I could drive up the driveway, and once I did, was not sure which parking lot or trail was the correct one. But I found my way. They have a covered area with plastic chairs for those who want to sit, three of those ringing barrels that I am not quite sure the pupose and a budda. There was something at the top in the stupe, but honestly couldn't make it out. I visited it a bit out of curiosity. Even if you are not a buddist, it is still nice to sit in the middle of Sedona's red rock country.

561 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336-6107 +1 928-282-1125
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5 based on 216 reviews

Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art

Reviewed By Mo M - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Great fun to stop here at this gallery. While I am sure they would like you to shop they are very tolerant of you treaating it like a museum. Excellent bronzes outside but more inside. Also great glass and paintings.

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