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  • $7 for adults; $4 for kids 7-13
  • Hours vary seasonally

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  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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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 179) along Oak Creek  boasts great views of Sedona's more famous formations. Stop in at the visitor center to learn about the area's history, guided nature walks and moonlight hikes. The park's Oak Creek offers an opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch cool down, so be sure to pack your swimsuit if you plan on visiting in the summer months.

People rave about the natural beauty of the park and many go as far as saying it is their favorite place in all of Sedona. The park is popular with people of all ages as hiking trails vary in difficulty and length; it even offers a Junior Ranger program for children ages 6 to 12.  

Red Rock State Park has daily activities year-round and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last entry at 4:30 p.m. (the visitors center opens at 9 a.m.). From mid-May to August, the park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk. Entrance fees are as follows: $7 for adults (ages 14 and older), $4 for youths (ages 7 to 13) and free for children 6 and younger. Additional fees are associated with overnight camping. For more information, visit the park's website.

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#1 Hiking Trails 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 ... Read more » Amit Basu Photography / Getty Images

#2 Jeep Tours 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 ... Read more » twildlife / Getty Images

#3 The Vortexes 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 ... Read more » DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

#4 Chapel of the Holy Cross 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 ... Read more » TriggerPhoto / Getty Images

#5 Red Rock State Park 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 ... Read more » DeepDesertPhoto / Getty Images

#6 Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village When you need a break from the trails, swap out those hiking boots for something more fetching and head to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Perched at the intersection ... Read more » Rauluminate / Getty Images

#7 Verde Valley Wine Trail 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 ... Read more » Miriam Weiner for USN & WR

#8 Spas 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 ... Read more » Courtesy Enchantment Resort

#9 Palatki Heritage Site For a glimpse of what life was like in the red rocks between A.D. 1150 and 1350, take a drive to the Palatki Heritage Site. These ancient cliff dwellings ... Read more » James Hager / robertharding / Getty Images

#10 Slide Rock State Park 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 ... Read more » bill85704 / Flickr

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Trekking to the Palatki Ruins is a popular hike for Sedona visitors. Amit Basu Photography / Getty Images

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For a glimpse of what life was like in the red rocks between A.D. 1150 and 1350, take a drive to the Palatki Heritage Site. James Hager / robertharding / Getty Images

Slide Rock State Park offers some much-needed respite from hot Sedona summers. bill85704 / Flickr

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