Oak Creek Canyon

This historical site is a must for anyone traveling to Sedona, Arizona. It’s a river gorge and often described as the sister of the Grand Canyon because of the gorgeous scenery. Home of the West Fork Oak Creek Trail which is one of the most famous hiking trails in Arizona. They allow you to fish, picnic, and camp along the drive from Sedona to Flagstaff.

This drive up the switchbacks is a 14 mile scenic drive from Sedona starting at 4,500 feet and ending in Flagstaff at 7,000 feet. The ride offers many areas to stop along the way to shop or enjoy a local favorite dish. There is a small shop at the top of the mountain that sells Native American jewelry and authentic handcrafted works of art.

Chapel of Holy Cross

A Roman Catholic Chapel that travel experts all over the world call “enchanting” is another must see. They have many accessories and items to help any person along their spiritual path such as rosaries, medals, plaques, candles, crosses, indoor/outdoor accessories, and more.

The Chapel consistently holds a Taize Prayer Service every Monday at 5:00pm with no liturgies or weddings. It’s very exciting and memorable to see this church during your stay in Sedona.

Red Rock State Park

This park is located in the village of Oak Creek with 286 acres of nature preserve located 10 miles from the intersection of routes 89A and 179. It can take about 2 hours to half a day hiking these towering rock giants and offers more than 100 different trials. It requires a Red Rock Pass which is $5 per day or $15 per week and all proceeds go towards protecting the park.

Before entering this trail, The Hike House is close by that specializes in hiking gear and healthy to go treats. It’s not the easiest trail to hike, but it is completely worth it because of several Native American ruins and cave paintings.

Slide Rock State Park

Yet another beautiful park located in Sedona, Arizona. It’s been named one of America’s most scenic drives. Many visitors and natives come here for picnicking and enjoying the water around the landscape. The warmest months are June-August with temperatures of high 80’s and mid 90’s, the coolest months are December and January with temperatures of 50’s and low 60’s.

The hours are from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm which means you could spend your whole day there. Pets, wood fires, glass, propane grills are not allowed and pricing is $10.00 per vehicle of 4 people, group or commercial vehicles are $20.00 plus $3.00 per adult after the first initial 4. Swimming in the water is allowed. Fishing is also permitted with a fishing license — perhaps you’ll catch dinner!

Honanki

his site is known for the cliff dwelling and is often known as Honanki Ruins — located about 15 miles west of Sedona. This site is home to 3 different Native American tribes of 3 different time periods in the past 70 years. These tribes were Sinagua, Yavapi, and Apache, don’t be afraid to make the experience unique and leave a tribute of flowers for the ancestors.

These cliffs feature pictographs and rock art that date all the way back to 1400 and 1875. This should be your first site of the day as it’s open from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm daily and closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a wonderful site for meditation and history as it’s one of the largest and most well preserved cliff dwellings located in the Verde Valley.

Seven Canyons

The Seven Canyons is a golf course that features wide open landscapes and beautiful scenery of cliffs and lakes. At an elevation of 4,600 feet it features 6,746 yards of natural beauty with 70 par, 136 slope, and 18 holes. It was designed by Tom Weiskopf and also features a practice area with 20,000 square feet of space surrounded by Sedona’s stunning red rocks.

Make sure you research on their website and register for your preferred tee time. This course is a beauty and must be experienced once before leaving Sedona. It’s inexpensive and relaxing. There is also another award winning golf course, Oak Creek Country Club which is open to the public.

Bell Rock

A hiking trail around .75 miles long and absolutely breathtaking. This trail isn’t exactly for every visitor as it can be dangerous! Some hikers wish to reach the top of the spires. For other skill levels, there are 4 different hiking sections to pick from.

The northern parking lot of bell rock is on more level ground and is an easy hike, the lower bell rock trail represents the base section and is also an easy hike, the upper bell rock trail is moderately steeper and is only for those who have hiked before, the ascent is the top to the apex of its spires. We highly recommend starting up Bell Rock at sunrise at the north side. The magnificent views are very memorable. Be sure to check out the National Forest tourist center for all the hiking options.

Guided Jeep Tours

Getting outdoors in scenic Arizona doesn’t have just to be on the hiking trails: you can enjoy a fun Jeep tour as well. Off-road adventures are tons of fun in a drop-top Jeep exploring nature in Sedona and surrounding Arizona towns. Top options for your tour include:

*Pink Jeep’s Broken Arrow Tour is one of the favorites

Tlaquepaque

When you hear visitors talking about authentic Sedona, they’re probably talking about Tlaquepaque. The unique village is home to an amazing arts and crafts center as well as unique restaurants and dining options. Popular options include The Chai Spot, El Rincon and the Rene Restaurant.

Just a short 5 minute drive from our rental homes, learn more about Tlaquepaque and spend an afternoon exploring. While there, explore the “uptown” area where there are more restaurants, shops and galleries.

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