- Stunning town built amidst red rock formations
- One of the best populated places in the country for stargazing
- Excellent hiking and outdoor activities just outside city limits
Population: 10,100 (#44 in Arizona)
When To Visit: Year-round
Climate: Mostly sunny year-round. Warm and dry in the spring, summer, and fall. Cool with some snow in the winter.
This popular resort town is located in a stunningly unique environment – surrounded by red rock peaks in a beautiful fusion of mountains and desert. There are top-notch spas, art galleries, and eateries within the town and some of the best hiking you can find anywhere just minutes away.
Photo: Airport Loop Trail
Where To Go in Sedona
Uptown: The city’s activity hub, this strip of Highway 89A has some of its best food, art galleries, and shops.
Chapel of the Holy Cross: This stunning church carved into red rocks is free to enter. 780 Chapel Road. (928) 282-4069
Devil’s Bridge Trail
- 2 miles round trip, out & back, moderately strenuous
- Take a daring step onto a large stone arch
- Panoramic views of the surrounding red rocks
- When you reach a fork, take the right trail to go to the top\
Broken Arrow & Little Horse Trails
- 8 miles round trip, out & back, moderately strenuous
- Walk through, atop, and across countless red rocks
- Can begin at either the Broken Arrow or Little Horse trailhead
Cathedral Rock Trail
- 1 mile round trip, out & back, strenuous
- Climbing to the top of this huge rock is a Sedona must!
- Once on top, you can wander around to see different views
Courthouse Butte & Bell Rock Trail
- 4.5 mile loop, easy
- This loop takes you around the huge Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte formations
- Bell Rock can be scrambled upon
What To Eat in Sedona
Sedona restaurants and fast casual eateries popular with locals where you can get a full meal for under $15. I always highlight vegan or vegetarian options – cutting down on the amount of meat you eat is by far the #1 way you can reduce your environmental impact and contribute less to animal cruelty.
Tortas de Fuego: A gloriously cheap fast casual spot with all the classic Mexican eats and a variety of delicious salsas and vegetarian options. 1630 West Highway 89A. (928) 282-0226
Picazzo’s: Healthy. Pizza. It may be an oxymoron, but this organic pizza spot with a full menu of pastas and salads comes as close as possible to achieving it. 1855 West Highway 89A. (928) 282-4140
Tii Gavo: This resort restaurant has gorgeous views of Boynton Canyon’s red rocks and a fusion of Southwestern and American cuisine. 525 Boynton Canyon Road. (888) 250-1699
El Rincon: You’ll find Mexican food with a Navajo influence at this affordably priced eatery in a gorgeously decorated Southwestern setting. 336 State Route 179. (928) 282-4648