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The 13 Best Sedona Tours

Get lost in the magic of Sedona's red rocks on these top adventures.

U.S. News & World Report

The 13 Best Sedona Tours

Best Sedona Tours

Explore Sedona's landscape via foot, kayak, ATV and more during a guided tour of the area.Getty Images

Note: Some tour providers on this list may have ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.

Whether by hot air balloon, helicopter or aboard an open-air Jeep, Sedona is a place best discovered with the help of a knowledgeable local. Along one of these tours, which U.S. News determined as the best available by consulting expert and traveler sentiment, you'll see Sedona's top attractions, learn about its history and explore its mystic heritage.

Redstone Tours – Discover Sedona Tour

See the best of Sedona on this narrated minivan tour that takes you to top sights in the area like the Chapel of the Holy Cross, multiple canyons, Cathedral Rock and others. There's also ample opportunity to stop for photos. Travelers praise guides for their pleasant demeanors and informative tours. Tickets start at $46 for adults, $36 for children ages 3 to 12 and are free for kids 2 and younger. Transportation from Sedona hotels is included in the cost. Tours depart daily at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and last about 2 1/2 hours. The company also operates tours of the Grand Canyon, as well as of Native American lands.

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Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours – Scenic Vortex Jeep Tours

Discover two or more of Sedona's famous vortexes, or natural areas that are believed to emit different types of energy, on this 2 1/2-hour Jeep tour. Guides will explain what a vortex is and share the lore around these mystical places. Tourgoers say the views are outstanding and compliment the guides for their knowledge about the otherworldly sites. Tickets start at $95 for participants ages 13 and older and $75 for children 8 to 12 (the company doesn't recommend the tour for children younger than 8). State and national park entrance fees, as well as transportation from Sedona hotels, are included. Tours depart about every half-hour between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. The company also offers Jeep tours through various canyons, as well as hiking tours.

Sedona Adventure Tours – Classic Water to Wine

Combine kayaking with wine tasting on this outdoorsy adventure limited to just 10 people. The 2 1/2-hour trip starts with a paddle down scenic sections of the Verde River followed by a wine tasting and lunch outdoors at Alcantara Vineyards. Tour-takers extol the insightful guides and say that they enjoy the trip down the river. Tickets cost approximately $110 for weekday tours and $120 for weekend tours, both of which include a $20 wine-tasting credit. Tours operate mid-February through late November and are offered several times daily at varying times. You can also book other kayaking and tubing adventures with this company.

Arizona Winery Tours – Sedona Winery Tour

Oenophiles say this tour not only stops at great vineyards, but also has excellent tour guides and great lunch options. During the five-hour trip, you'll visit three local wineries to sample wine and have the opportunity to purchase bottles. You'll also receive a prepackaged lunch at one of the wineries as well as complimentary water and cheese throughout the outing. Guides drive tourgoers to each winery in a luxury limo bus. Tickets cost approximately $130 per person with transportation from Sedona and Oak Creek hotels and wine tasting fees included. Tours operate Friday through Monday, as well as on Wednesdays with hotel departures starting at 9 a.m. The company also offers winery tours in Sonoita and Willcox.

Pink Adventure Tours – Ancient Ruins

Known for their custom-made pink Jeeps, Pink Adventure Tours takes travelers to 700-year-old cliff dwellings via its open-air vehicles on this three-hour trek. The adventure also includes a 45-minute walk around the dwellings of the Sinagua people at the Honanki Heritage Site, as well as glimpses of petroglyphs and a former archeological dig. Tour guides are knowledgeable, according to participants. Travelers describe the trip as fascinating and amazing. Tickets cost approximately $105 for participants ages 13 and older and $95 for children ages 18 months to 12 years. Tours depart multiple times daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pink Adventure Tours offers many different off-road adventures through Sedona's famous red rocks and canyons, as well as tours in the Grand Canyon.

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Red Rock Balloon Adventures

Watch hot air balloons inflate then take flight above Sedona's famous red rocks on this morning tour. You'll spend up to 90 minutes in the air and not only see local wildlife and incredible scenery, but also watch the sunrise. Your tour concludes with a picnic following the flight. Reviewers say the staff is adept at making participants feel comfortable and that the views are breathtaking. Tickets cost approximately $225 for tourgoers ages 13 and older and $195 for children ages 12 and younger, though passengers must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. The price includes round-trip transportation from your hotel. Reservations are required. The trip lasts three to four hours (including flight time) and departs daily at sunrise, weather permitting.

Embark on a rollicking adventure with a tour from Arizona ATV Adventures.(Courtesy of Arizona ATV Adventures)

Arizona ATV Adventures – West Sedona Canyon ATV Tour

Explore the west side of Sedona on this three-hour ride over Skeleton Bone Mountain. As you cruise through the valley on your all-terrain vehicle, you'll see beautiful scenery and may even spot some antelope along the way. Tourgoers describe the adventure as safe and fun and say the scenery and terrain is unbelievable; travelers highly recommend it. Tickets start at $145 for one rider/driver and $175 for a driver and passenger on a single ATV. Riders must be at least 5 years old and weigh at least 50 pounds, and drivers must be at least 16. Tours run most days at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Arizona ATV Adventures also offers ATV tours in Phoenix and Tucson.

Sedona Air Tours – Bear Wallow Run – Helicopter Tour of Sedona

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of famous Sedona sights like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Bear Wallow Canyon and the Chapel of the Holy Cross on this 15-minute helicopter ride. Each flight can accommodate four to six passengers, depending on the aircraft. Travelers describe the tour as a five-star experience and compliment both pilots and employees on their friendliness and expertise. Tickets start at $99 per person. Children 2 and younger – who must sit on an adult's lap to fly – can participate for free. Flights depart every 15 minutes from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sedona Air Tours operates other tours of the city, including sunset flights.

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Sedona Segway Tour – Sedona Vista Tour

See the northern side of Sedona by Segway on this small group tour that's limited to 12 participants. The excursion ventures to the hills around Lazy Bear Estates to see the area's geologic formations and travels along different backroads. Travelers say their guides are awesome and describe the scenery as breathtaking. Tickets cost $78 for participants ages 16 and older and $60 for children ages 12 to 15. Children younger than 12 may not ride. Tours depart at 9 and 11 a.m., as well as at 1 and 3 p.m. daily. The company also offers several other Segway tours, including a wine and beer-themed excursion.

Sedona Trolley – Full Scenic Combo Tour

The Full Scenic Combo includes both the A and B trolley tours run by the Sedona Trolley for a discounted rate, allowing you to visit top attractions like the red rock formations, the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Chimney Rock and canyons of the Coconino National Forest. The entire journey is fully narrated. Tour-takers recommend the trolley tour and advise that it's great for visitors with limited mobility. Tickets cost $28 for ages 13 and older and $20 for children 12 and younger. Tours depart daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The combo tour lasts for approximately two hours total. You can also purchase only one of the routes or take the company's Sedona Sunset Tour.

Sedona Offroad Adventures – Colorado Plateau Tour

Make your way through the red rocks of Sedona while riding in a Hummer. This adventure takes travelers 1,500 feet above the city to the Colorado Plateau with the choice of a 90-minute or two-hour ride. Tourgoers describe guides as entertaining and the ride as thrilling and "bumpy," but fun. Tickets start at $65 for ages 13 and older and $55 for ages 3 to 12. Tourgoers must be at least 3 years old to participate. Tours run daily about every 30 minutes from around 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The company operates several other Hummer tours, both off-road and on pavement.

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Great Venture Tours – Grand Canyon Deluxe

If you're hoping to take a daytrip to the Grand Canyon, but would rather let someone else do the driving, consider this outing from Great Venture Tours. This excursion takes you to the canyon's south rim for magnificent views, and includes time to explore the Grand Canyon Village. Travelers extol tour guides and particularly love the views at the canyon. Tickets start at $140 for participants ages 16 and older and $125 for youths ages 3 to 15. The cost includes transportation from Sedona and select Flagstaff hotels. Children younger than 3 are not able to join the tour. The company operates the tour daily with hotel departures between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and returns between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Great Venture also offers tours of Sedona, and whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, among other excursions.

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Great West Tours – Scenic Sedona Tour

Learn all about Sedona, from its history to its geography to its most beautiful places, on this 2 1/2-hour guided tour aboard a comfortable coach bus. Guides are happy to customize the tour to suit your interests. Tour-takers compliment their guides' informative commentary and say the views are incredible. Other travelers wish they could have seen more of Sedona's natural beauty instead of the town. Tickets start at $65 for travelers ages 13 and older and $45 for ages 3 to 12; tours depart at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Transportation from Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon hotels is included in the price. Great West Tours offers a variety of tours, including excursions to the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon.

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