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Best Things To Do in Sedona

Travelers come here to enjoy the famous red rocks. Hundreds of hiking trails will lead you to some fantastic vistas, while a trip to Red Rock State Park will fully immerse you in crimson. But there's more to Sedona than geology; get a taste for the town's history by visiting the Palatki Heritage Site. And for a glimpse of the area's New Age culture, stop in at one of the many crystal-toting shops or art galleries at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village (many of these stores also offer maps to the infamous vortexes).

How we rank Things to Do

Updated July 27, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Sedona
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    #1 in Sedona
    Hiking
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    Hiking
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    The region boasts more than 100 different trails, each offering its own unique experience. Most lead into the red rocks, offering intrepid explorers plenty of postcard-worthy photo ops. Travelers are enthralled with many of Sedona's trails, but one of the most popular is the Cathedral Rock Trail, which starts about

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  • #2
    Jeep Tours
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    #2 in Sedona
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    If your legs need a break from all the hiking, but you haven't had your fill of Sedona's stunning landscape yet, sign up for a Jeep tour. A popular activity for Sedona visitors, these tours are usually led by a guide and vary by theme or activity level. For instance,

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  • #3
    The Vortexes
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    #3 in Sedona
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sedona's visitors often hear talk of vortexes– cyclones of energy that come directly from the earth that can be felt by those in their presence. These vortexes are represented by the uniquely shaped rock formations believed to emit energy.

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  • #4
    Chapel of the Holy Cross
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    #4 in Sedona
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    If you only have time for one cultural site, the Chapel of the Holy Cross should be it. This stunning church– designed by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude (a student of architect Frank Lloyd Wright) in the 1950s– protrudes from the red cliffs less than 4 miles south of Sedona's "Y" intersection. The

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  • #5
    Red Rock State Park
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    #5 in Sedona
    Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    Although Sedona is surrounded by towering red rock formations, many recent visitors recommend a trip to the official Red Rock State Park specifically to see Cathedral Rock– one of Arizona's most famous landmarks. This 286-acre nature preserve– located about 10 miles southwest of the "Y" (the intersection of routes 89A and

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  • #6
    Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
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    #6 in Sedona
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    When you need a break from thetrails, swap out those hiking boots for something more fetching and head to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Perched at the intersection of routes 89A and 179, this sizable outdoor shopping center was designed in the style of a traditional Mexican village. The

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  • #7
    Verde Valley Wine Trail
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    #7 in Sedona
    Sightseeing, Wineries/Breweries
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    Sightseeing, Wineries/Breweries
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    When it comes to wine country, Arizona doesn't usually come to mind. But the Verde Valley near Sedona offers the dry climate and access to water that grapes need to thrive. If you're a lover of vino, consider taking a day to follow the Verde Valley Wine Trail; this self-guided

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  • #8
    Spas
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    #8 in Sedona
    Spas
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    Spas
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    It should come as no surprise that this city of spiritual healing has no shortage of spas. You'll come across your basic massages and salt scrubs, but many of Sedona's spas also add some local flair to their treatments. For example, the Mii Amo Spa at theEnchantment Resortoffers a special

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  • #9
    Palatki Heritage Site
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    #9 in Sedona
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    For a glimpse of what life was like in the red rocksbetween A.D. 1150 and 1350, take a drive to the Palatki Heritage Site. These ancient cliff dwellings were once the home of the Hopi tribe and are now among the largest cave dwellings in the area. The pictographs that cover

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  • #10
    Slide Rock State Park
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    #10 in Sedona
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    For those of you visiting Sedona during the hot summer months, a few hours at Slide Rock State Park is a must. Housed on land that formerly grew apple trees, the park earned its name from the stretch of its slippery creek bed near the original homestead that now acts

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