Introducing the city

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About Sedona

Sandstone formations that leap from red-rock canyons, sacred Native American land and acres of forest - it can only be Sedona, Arizona.

Located at the lower end of Oak Creek Canyon, this desert town is defined by its rich, green forest that is interspersed with red-rock buttes and dusky-orange formations that sprout from the dusty desert floor. Surrounded entirely by the Coconino National Forest, Sedona is an adventurer's playground with canyons to climb, woodland trails to explore and so many outdoor activities to throw yourself into you'll re-define the meaning of a good night's sleep afterwards.

Sedona is also a place of art and culture. The Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village is the central hub for galleries and craft shops that showcases the talents of local craftsman and artists; visit the Sedona Arts Centre if you'd like a more interactive art experience.

There's plenty of opportunity to relax, with a variety of spa retreats offering the ultimate relaxation. Food lovers can travel the world in this small corner of Arizona with traditional American restaurants offering BBQ and grill favourites as well as Mexican, Italian and Spanish eateries offering their own take on iconic dishes.

Sedona is only a two and a half hour drive from the iconic Grand Canyon. This natural wonder of the world is a phenomenon that has to be experienced to be appreciated. Whether you hike down or take a helicopter ride through it, a trip to the Grand Canyon is a must-see.

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When should you visit?

With year-round great weather, Sedona is appealing in any season.

Temperatures between March and May are comfortably warm and the spring bloom can be seen on many desert trails. It's the perfect weather for walking, hiking and taking a drive round the sandstone hills.

Summer is also a good time to visit as temperatures don't tend to reach the highs of the scorching-hot neighbouring areas such as Phoenix.

The weather stays mild until November so the quieter times of the year tend to be in winter. Snowfall is limited so the area is accessible.

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Travioor top tips

Sunset drive
Spirituality
Red Rock Pass

Insider Info

  • Take a sunset jeep ride for the best photographs of the rugged, natural landscape.
  • Embrace the spirituality of Sedona. It is said to be a sacred place by Native Americans, so explore and enjoy the healing powers of the Earth that are thought to manifest themselves in this area.
  • If you plan on driving through Red-Rock country and stopping for more than just a quick photo opportunity then you'll need a Red Rock Pass. It's mainly used for recreational activities such as hiking and use of picnic areas when you plan on leaving your vehicle for long periods of time. The pass should be displayed clearly in the windshield.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.43 | $12.00

3-Course Meal £37.32 | $47.50

Cappuccino £3.14 | $4.00

Beer £3.14 | $4.00

The Scene

Sedona is well-known for its wine, with the high altitude, dry summers and cool winters making it the perfect place to harvest full bodied reds and crisp, fresh whites. There are a number of wine tours throughout the Sedona area with the Verde Valley Wine Trail being the most popular route to follow. Highlights include 'The Old Town Wine Trail' which takes you on a journey through historic vineyards such as Clarkdale, Cottowood and Cornville.

If you prefer to sip wine on a balcony overlooking beautiful sights such as Boynton Canyon, then visit View 180 at Enchantment Resort. With a tapas-style menu you can enjoy an evening grazing on Spanish favourites complimented by a local wine from the award-winning wine list.

You'll never be stuck for choice when you stay in Sedona. It offers every cuisine imaginable and is even accommodating for the health-conscious with the Energy cafe at the Hike House offering nutritional pre-hike breakfast.

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History

Sedona’s Story

Before Sedona was ever a land-mass it was covered by the sea. Millions of years later, water gradually withdrew from the area which, combined with the wind and natural forces of the earth, slowly began to erode to form the miles of amazing sandstone landscape we see today.

It is widely believed that the first settlers in the area were Paleo-Indians, followed hundreds of years later by the Sinaqua tribe who came to trade with other native groups.

Sedona's modern-day history can be dated back to the mid-1800's, when John Thompson built his cabin in Oak Creek Canyon to become the first white settler in the area. In 1901 Theodore and Sedona Schnebly, a Pennsylvanian - Dutch couple, moved into the region in the hopes of settling and setting up a post office; the area was named Sedona after Theodore's wife. In the decades that followed it became a popular film location, beginning with Zane Grey's silent movie 'Call of the Canyon', based on his book of the same name.

Owing to its Hollywood fame, Sedona grew in popularity dramatically over the course of the twentieth century, soon becoming a tourist destination for movie-lovers and local Arizonians who wished to escape the heat of neighbouring cities.

Language

English

English is the first language of most people in Sedona. Spanish and German are also common.

As a popular tourist destination, Sedona welcomes people from across the globe so a mixture of languages and dialects can be heard in this region of Arizona.

Need to know

+1 928 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Transport throughout Sedona is limited. Hire a car for the duration so you are free to explore the full stretch of the city but opt for a jeep tour when you want to explore the Sedona hills and canyons. 
  • A five-day trip to Sedona is probably enough. Incorporate it into a bigger road-trip that also includes nearby sites like the Grand Canyon. 
  • If you are going on a hike be prepared. Take plenty of water, a hat, sun-cream etc. You do not want to get caught out in the midday sun without liquids and sun protection. Make sure you know exactly where you're going and how to get back. 

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the USA here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Star Gazing

Gazing at the stars in the breath-taking natural landscapes of Sedona is a must-do. Budding astronomers can even go on a guided tour with Sedona Star Gazing.

2. Hot Air Balloon

For an alternative look at Sedona scenery, take a Hot Air Balloon ride. Try Northern Light expeditions who also offer a champagne breakfast at the end of each ride.

3. Vortex sites

If you enjoy mediation and prayer, visit one of Sedona's vortexes. These sacred sites are said to elevate your spirituality and improve your meditation and healing abilities.

4. Grand Canyon

Frame your trip to Sedona with a visit to the Grand Canyon before or after your stay. Day trips are available from Sedona via car, jeep or helicopter.

5. Red-rock

Visit the Red-Rock State Park for awesome hikes, nature walks and party with local astronomers at the Star Party.


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