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SEDONA

Arizona

With a temperate semi-arid climate Sedona is a year-round outdoor lovers paradise. There are hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails in the surrounding red sandstone hills. The red rocks also attract those in pursuit of quietude, spiritual quests and a closer commune with nature. A swim in the creek at Slide Rock State Park is a great way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon and fall brings a glorious change of color along Oak Creek Canyon as the weather begins to turn a bit cooler.

We have enjoyed this area various times, twice staying at the magnificent Enchantment Resort in the fall.  Below are the highlights of the area that we experienced during our visits along with travel tips.

SEDONA

Destination Highlights

Arts and Crafts

Sedona is known internationally as an art mecca and is home to dozens of galleries featuring classic Western and Native American art, bronze sculpture, rugs, jewelry of all kinds as well as contemporary art. Within its numerous galleries and outdoor art fairs, artists from around the world live, work and display their art. Sedona’s artists and galleries make art accessible to everyone, from the serious collector to the casual appreciator. In a town with slightly more than 10,000 year-round residents, Sedona has a surprisingly outsized and thriving art scene.

Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek in Sedona, Tlaquepaque is one of the most distinctive shopping experiences to be found in the Southwest. Authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970’s. With over 50 shops plus several great restaurants, Tlaquepaque is sure to please your senses and your palate.

Playground Earth | Sedona | Arts Village
Playground Earth | Sedona | Arts Village

Food

Historically speaking Sedona has never been high on most people’s list as a culinary destination. It’s no surprise that 20 years ago Sedona would never have received the attention for great, or diverse cuisine that it does today.

With over 200 restaurants serving everything from tacos (lots of tacos!) to white tablecloth establishments along with creekside dining Sedona chefs and restaurateurs have earned their place in what is now a thriving culinary scene. Working up an appetite by spending your day outdoors can now be rewarded with a great meal at the end of the day.

For farmers market lovers the creekside farmers market held at the famous Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village ranks among the top 10 in Arizona.

Enchantment Resort Review | Pool view
Enchantment Resort Review | Pool view

Hiking

The beauty of the Sedona’s Red Rocks is rivaled only by the number of hiking trails created to experience them. Voted America’s Day Hike Capital Sedona has over 120 hiking trails. Trails vary from easy to moderate and advanced and can range from a pleasant early morning outing or an all day grind. What they all have in common is their unrivaled beauty and up close contact with the Red Rocks.
Playground Earth | Sedona | Hiking
Playground Earth | Sedona | Hiking

Biking

There are hundreds of miles of paved roads in the area surrounding Sedona. There are easygoing rides suitable for the whole family as well as more technical and challenging rides for the more advanced road warrior. Sedona is also home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the country with names such as Hangover, Hiline, Hogs, Slim Shady, Chuck Wagon and Mescal to name a few!
Playground Earth | Sedona | Biking
Playground Earth | Sedona | Biking

Hot Air Ballooning

An early morning hot air balloon ride is an experience you will never forget. Due to weather conditions pilots only fly in the early morning which offers passengers spectacular views of the surrounding Red Rocks of Sedona as the sun is rising! Average flight time is 1 to 1 ½ hours with the entire excursion taking 3-4 hours, including a continental picnic after the flight. Outfitters also include hotel pickup and drop off.
Playground Earth | Sedona | Hot Air Ballooning
Playground Earth | Sedona | Hot Air Ballooning

TRAVEL TIPS

The drive north through Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff and onto the Grand Canyon is one of the more spectacular drives in North America. This scenic drive is simply stunning, with several points of interest and multiple lookouts along the way. The distance is close enough to manage your outing as a day trip from Sedona however, an overnight in Flagstaff will put you even closer.

A perennial favorite among locals and visitors alike Slide Rock State Park is a natural water park less than 7 miles from downtown Sedona. Voted one of the top 10 swimming holes in the United States Slide Rock delights everyone who visits with its slippery top to bottom, 80 foot long, 7 percent decline. Slide Rock also includes a 1/2 mile of Oak Creek that is open for swimming, wading and sliding.

QUICK TRAVEL FACTS

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In Sedona, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are cold and partly cloudy.Temperature typically varies from 35°F to 94°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 101°F

The best way to get around Sedona is by car. Although the Verde Lynx bus service is useful for getting around downtown, many of the hiking trails are located away from the main roads.

Almost the entire world knows that Sedona, strategically situated at the mouth of spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, is a unique place. Visit Sedona Turism Page for additional information

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