Sedona is one of Arizona’s most famous destinations. Thousands of visitors from all over the world come here every year to enjoy Sedona’s attractions and its unique scenery. The area is famous for its great views, outdoor activities, dining, and arts.
Sedona is equal parts rugged and equal parts resort, with nearly 100 art galleries and numerous music and film festivals. We visit Sedona fairly often and every time we go I am reminded of why I keep coming back.
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Why Visit Sedona?
Sedona nestles in an abundance of scenic beauty. The area is a truly amazing geological wonderland of red rock formations with mesmerizing shapes that range from pinnacles and spires to buttes and domes. From hiking and biking, to horseback riding and rock climbing you can spend days and weeks here without getting bored.
Countless Hiking Trails
Surrounded by almost 2 million acres of national forrest, Sedona is a paradise for outdoor activities. Within a couple of miles from the center of the town you have absolutely gorgeous hiking trails, with landscape and views that you won’t find anywhere else in the States. For outdoor lovers these hiking trails the best attraction in Sedona. Some of these famous hikes include the Red Rock Crossing, Brins Mesa Trail, and Cathedral Rock Trail.
Pet Friendly Hotels
As far as I am concerned, one of Sedona’s attractions are its pet friendly hotels. As a dog owner, I’m always looking for places that will accept my dog and not give me the worst room because I travel with a dog.
Sedona has some of the best pet friendly hotels, like El Portal, Hilton Sedona, or Las Posadas. Most of them will charge a $25/night fee for your pet, but at least when they say ‘pet friendly’ they mean it. Neither you nor your pooch will be treated like second-class citizens.
Attractions in (or Near) Sedona
Chapel of the Holy Cross
If you only have time for one site in Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross should be it. Located on a hilltop, this stunning church rising from the red cliffs has some of the most spectacular views of Sedona. The main stained glass window is held together by a giant cross and overlooks the Verde Valley. This is not only a very unique chapel, but also a place of prayer and reflection where you can spend some quiet time admiring the surrounding beauty.
Slide Rock State Park
Sedona is a great place to visit at any time of year. Unlike other parts of Arizona which are mostly hot and dry, Sedona enjoys a varied climate and landscape. If you visit Sedona during the hot summer months, you’ll notice the heat is not so unbearable as in Phoenix, or Tucson.
One of the best places to cool off in summer is the Slide Rock State Park, located about 7 miles north of Sedona. The park earned its name from the stretch of slippery creek bed that acts as a natural waterslide. You can cruise down the creek on a tube or on your own butt and enjoy the crystal clear, cooling water. The entrance fee is $20/vehicle, somewhat steep, but still worth the price on a hot day.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Tlaquepaque is an outdoor shopping center designed in the style of a traditional Mexican village. This place has a charming, old-fashioned atmosphere, with cobblestone streets and mosaic fountains. Here you can find a variety of art galleries, shops filled with very unique items and fine restaurants. Although the village has a bit of a tourist atmosphere, I can’t help felling great here every time we visit it.
Spectacular Indian Dwellings
Some of Sedona’s attractions include the famous Indian dwelling ruins. This area was once the home of the Sinagua Indian tribes. Therefore, traces of their culture can still be seen today. Sedona’s proximity to Oak Creek Canyon, Montezuma Castle National Monument, and Walnut Canyon, make it very easy to visit all of these ruins.
The most spectacular are the cliff dwellings on the Walnut Canyon rim. This is a collection of incredibly well preserved single-story habitats of the Sinaloa Indians. The Walnut Canyon cliff dwellings are only 28 miles away from Sedona and can be visited as a day trip.
Jerome Ghost Town
Just about 28 miles away from Sedona you’ll find another great attraction in this area: the beautiful ghost town of Jerome. The town was the site of a small mine where the local Yavapai tribe mined copper for their jewelry. The town was named after Eugene Jerome, a New York lawyer who financed the United Verde Copper Company.