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Embrace the moment

Little things make big memories.

We all love excitement and thrills but those moments can be hard to plan, they just happen. But the so-called little things are happening all the time. A delicate desert flower, holding the promise of new life. A ripple of water on Oak Creek, catching the light just so. A friendly smile, a kind word. These are the things that can make your Sedona vacation memorable.     
 

Three ways you can embrace the moment

 

1. Park your car... once

Did you know Sedona has its own shuttle service? The free trailhead shuttle takes you to popular trailheads like Devil's Bridge, Cathedral Rock, and Soldiers Pass. It's free! And a new on-demand shuttle service (like UberTM) planned to launch this summer, can get you almost anywhere in the city for a few bucks. That means you can leave your car at your hotel, forget about driving and parking, and focus on enjoying more of your Sedona moments. Download the free app in the App Store or Google Play.

 

2. Find the trail less traveled

Some trails in Sedona are extremely popular, but here's a truth you can embrace: all the trails are beautiful. Ask your concierge, your host, or a local resident to recommend a few of Sedona's gorgeous but less-popular trails. Then look closely, there is a world of life and beauty to discover right beneath your feet - literally - wherever you go in Sedona. And while you're out there, consider following these stewardship guidelines.

 

3. Love it like a local

Ask any local: living in Sedona comes with feeling responsible for protecting it. It's an attitude of respect for the landscape and for each other. Watch this 1-minute video for a few suggestions on how you can love Sedona like a local when you're here.

 

We invite you to experience Sedona for yourself this summer by being in the moment and embracing what it has to offer.

 

When you want a big vacation, you make big plans. There are plenty of big moments in Sedona, but it's the small actions, the attention to detail, that makes all the difference. Come to Sedona and embrace the moment!

 

CURATED ITINERARY

Please click through the tabs below for great ideas on how to spend your time in Sedona:

Scenic City Tours: Get the lay of the land with a guided city tour. Multiple tour companies include paved-road tours to help you get acquainted with Sedona and offer either open-air or enclosed vehicles.

 

INSIDER TIP: Select tours also include a stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, an architectural landmark inspired and commissioned by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude.

 

The History of Sedona: Learn about the lifestyles and works of the homesteaders who moved here starting in 1876, at the Sedona Heritage Museum. Meander through exhibits highlighting these residents, ranching and cowboys, the orchard industry, movies made in Sedona and Sedona Schnebly, the town’s namesake. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Spiritual and Metaphysical Shops: Open your heart and mind to inner knowledge and awareness. Metaphysical services include but are not limited to:

  • Guided meditation
  • Palmistry
  • Aura photography and clearing
  • Tarot reading
  • Reiki and Chakra therapy

 

Dining in Sedona: The city of Sedona is home to over 100 restaurants, cafés, bakeries, chocolatiers, ice cream shops and more. Many businesses are locally owned and source their ingredients from the Verde Valley region. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Sedona has it covered. Take a look at all our Sedona dining options here.

 

Guided Forest and Off-Road Tours: Sedona tour companies offer countless options to get out and truly appreciate the spectacular beauty of Northern Arizona. Some examples of the tours offered by professional guides include:

  • Mountain bike
  • Horseback
  • Native culture
  • Jeep / Hummer
  • Vortex
  • Yoga

 

INSIDER TIP: Vortex tours are one of Sedona’s truly unique and one-of-a-kind experiences. Learn about Red Rock Country’s subtle Earth energies from an expert guide.

 

Heritage Sites: Sedona is surrounded by the history of those that came before us. The Sinagua and other tribes left their mark on this incredible landscape in the form of ancient cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and more. Some locations require reservations, please click on the links below for hours and information.

 

Self-Guided Hikes: With almost 250 national forest trails to explore, Sedona is a beacon for outdoor enthusiasts. Keep in mind summer temperatures can reach 100°F (37.78°C); fill your reusable water bottle, take a map, wear sunscreen and dress appropriately before heading out on your adventure. Here are some of our favorite Coconino National Forest trails that offer a shady path and for some, even a dip in the creek:

 

Always remember to follow the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace for your safety as well as the safety of fellow adventurers: plan ahead and prepare, check campfire restrictions, stick to trails, dispose of waste properly, share the outdoors, respect wildlife and always leave what you find. Adhering to these principles will ensure the beauty of Sedona endures for generations to come.

 

INSIDER TIP: Skip the hassle of finding a parking spot at trailheads and let us drive you to popular trails on the Sedona Trailhead Shuttle. Available Thursday through Sunday , as well as Memorial Day and Independence Day.

 

Stargazing and UFO Hunting: As the sun sets, the temperature drops, and the stars reveal themselves with brilliant beauty above the red rocks. Sedona was designated the eighth International Dark Sky Community worldwide in 2014. This unique accreditation ensures the perfect nighttime environment to view the wonders of our galaxy with one of Sedona’s incredible stargazing or UFO tours.

 

Day and Medi Spas: After a fulfilling day of adventure in Sedona’s sunshine, relax and rejuvenate your body at one of the well-appointed spas in town. Book your appointment for one of many services available: foot massage, bodywork, facial treatments, cellular regeneration, hydrotherapy, energy medicine and more.

 

INSIDER TIP: You may want to book a treatment at a resort spa which includes day access to their pool and other facilities.

 

Shopping: Whether you’re looking for the perfect souvenirs for loved ones, or a one-of-a-kind work of art for your own home, Sedona offers countless options for indulging in retail therapy. Spend the afternoon walking through shops in Uptown, Gallery Row, or West Sedona, or visit one of these shopping centers around town to find your next treasure:

  • Creekside Plaza: Located in Gallery Row south of the intersection of State Routes 89A and 179, offering dining, salon and spa services and unique shops.
  • Hillside Sedona: South of Uptown on State Route 179, it is home to a collection of local restaurants, fine art galleries and boutiques.
  • Hozho Sedona: A small collection of boutiques, metaphysical shops and galleries south of Sedona on State Route 179.
  • Matterhorn Shoppes: An assortment of boutiques and souvenir shops located off State Route 89A in Uptown Sedona.
  • Sedona Center including Sinagua Plaza: In the heart of Uptown Sedona, offering 34 distinct retail and gift shops as well as dining options and galleries.
  • Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe: A selection of nearly 20 stores, galleries and restaurants located at the intersection of State Routes 89A and 179.
  • Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village: A distinctive shopping village with over 50 specialty shops, dining and galleries located in the heart of Gallery Row on State Route 179.

 

Air Tours: Conclude your bucket list summertime visit to Sedona with a truly unique view of the most beautiful place on Earth. Drift high above the red rock spires for unbelievable landscape photos with an early morning hot air balloon tour. Book a private tour or join a small-group helicopter tour for truly incredible views of Red Rock Country. 

INSIDER TIP: Sedona air tours are very popular; be sure to book your aerial adventure as early as possible. 

 

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