West Sedona Arizona

By wpadmin — March 18, 2012

 Want to know what to do in Sedona once you’re here?

You’ll never be at a loss for things to do in and around the Sedona area. Sedona activities are as varied and plentiful as the landscape, with something for everyone.

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Ideas for Great Sedona AZ Things to Do…

Airplane rides. Soar above it all with the eagles and watch the canyons and mesas unfold beneath you.

The arts. Sedona is host to a panoply of world-class artists and their work, including fine art and other visual arts, and performing arts such as theatre, dance and musical productions. You can also visit Uptown, Tlaquepaque, Hozho Center and Hillside for world-class galleries.

ATV tours and off-road adventuring. There are ATV tour companies and trails throughout Sedona.

Bike riding. Sedona offers an extensive selection of bike trails often paralleling designated hiking trails.

Bird watching. Learn about the Sedona Arizona activities of local birds and tourist birds who fly in for the winter. At 4,400 feet in the upper margin of the Sonoran Desert, Sedona is home or guest to hundreds of bird species, making for good birding any time of the year. Guided bird tours are offered weekly at Red Rock State Park.

Camping. Information on campgrounds in the area and what they have to offer. Bootlegger, Cave Springs, Manzanita and Pine Flat Campgrounds are all campgrounds in Oak Creek Canyon. For more information, call 877-444-6777.

Dancing. From the two-step to the tango, Sedona comes alive at night in many restaurants and bars.

Dining. Visit this link to find out what we recommend for Sedona Arizona activities that include savoring and swallowing.

Family fun. Sedona Arizona activities that are great for families with kids or families that consist of kids who have never grown up:

  • Cowboy cookout. For a chuckwagon-style dinner and show at the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood. 800-293-7245. www.blazinm.com
  • Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Wildlife preserve and Serengeti safari in Camp Verde. 928-567-2840. www.outofafricapark.com
  • Swimming. See Swimming below.
  • Trout farm fishing. Get a fishing license and try your luck at the trout farm in Oak Creek Canyon. Fish cleaning and equipment are provided. Great for kids.

Fishing. Get a fishing license and try your luck at the trout farm in Oak Creek Canyon. Fish cleaning and equipment are provided. Great for kids. There are many ideal fishing spots throughout the area. Check with the Forest Service for locations.

Golfing. Sedona is home to many golf courses including championship courses and conveniently located executive courses.

Helicopter rides. An exciting way to see all of Red Rock Country.

Hiking. Of all the great Sedona Arizona activities, hiking may be its most renowned. Sedona has many hiking trails that wind through stunning geography which includes red rock buttes, spires, canyons and mesas, overlooks, creek beds, streams, and more. Each hike is a unique experience whether you are seeking spiritual vibrations, an historic trek, transcendent beauty, or an encounter with nature, Sedona has it all. Hikes vary from taking a stroll to physically rigorous.

History. Explore Sedona’s history at the Sedona Heritage Museum in Uptown. Hours are 11 am to 3 pm, excepting holidays. Sedona movies, cowboy life, area pioneers, an antique orchard, vintage vehicles, gift shop and more.

Horseback riding. A fabulous way to take in Sedona is on horseback. There are several outfitters in the area that go into National Forest land and offer everything from guided tours to creek crossings to entertainment and outdoor dining. You can go for an hour or all day.

Hot air ballooning. Over National Forest lands in a hot air balloon is an unforgettable experience.

Indian ruins. Visit ruins throughout the area including Honanki and Palatki in Sedona and Tuzigoot, Montezuma’s Well and Montezuma’s Castle in outlying Verde Valley area.

Jeep tours. One of the most popular Sedona Arizona activities is to go on a Jeep tour with one of the many different tour companies in Sedona. Choose from tour themes such as vortex tours, Western tours, best vistas, and many others. To skip the retail prices and save up to 25% on tours and attractions in Sedona, use Trusted Tours.

Massage and bodywork. Sedona is home to many resorts, spas and bodywork professionals.

Metaphysical tours. Many tour companies conduct metaphysical and spiritually-oriented tours. Or conduct your own by visiting Sedona vortex sites.

Motorcycle rental. If you’re looking to rent a motorcycle, visit this link.

Museums. Explore Sedona’s history at the Sedona Heritage Museum at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown. Hours are 11 am to 3 pm, excepting holidays. $3 admission. Sedona movies, cowboy life, area pioneers, an antique orchard, vintage vehicles, gift shop and more.

Photography. Sedona attracts casual and world-class photographers alike with its stunning beauty.

Picknicking. There are many day-use Forest Service sites throughout Sedona. Popular spots include Call of the Canyon near the trailhead at West Fork Trail; Grasshopper Point; Crescent Moon Ranch which looks up at the famous view of Cathedral Rock; and Midgley Bridge. There are also picnic areas at various spots along Oak Creek Canyon including Encinoso, Banjo Bill and Halfway.

Plant life tours. Trails with vegetation markers include: Lollipop Trail at Sunset Park, Jail Trail in Cottonwood. There are also guided tours at Avalon Gardens.

Shopping. Visit our Sedona Shopping page to find the best places to shop in Sedona.

Sightseeing. Some of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Sedona include Chapel of the Holy Cross, a chapel built into a 1,000 foot high rock wall surrounded by panoramic views of Sedona; Oak Creek Canyon for unforgettable hiking, water recreation and camping; and Red Rock Crossing, famous both for its vortex energies and its view of Cathedral Rock.

State parks. Cool off at a natural red rock slide surrounded by massive slick rock cliffs at Slide Rock State Park. A favorite for kids and water lovers. Red Rock State Park in West Sedona offers five hiking trails, weekly bird-watching tours and many other educational and recreational offerings. Entry fees.

Swimming. Natural swimming sites in Sedona include Slide Rock State Park, Grasshopper Point and Beaver Creek. Just outside of Sedona, you’ll find swimming at Sycamore Canyon and Beaver Creek.

Tennis. Many resorts in Sedona offer professional tennis instruction and top-quality courts.

Tours. As befitting a world-acclaimed tourist site, Sedona has every kind of tour imaginable for you to choose from, guiding you through Indian ruins, to vortex sites, magnificent vistas or historical landmarks and more, on foot or horseback or ATV, in a Jeep or Hummer, in a biplane or helicopter, hot-air balloon or by railroad. Mystical, educational, recreational—Sedona has it all.

Train ride.Take a ride throughout the Verde Valley in the daytime or for a starlight tour on the Verde Canyon Railroad, starts in Clarkdale, 800-293-7245. www.verdecanyonrr.com

Trolley ride.Go on a sightseeing trolley ride starting in Uptown at Sedona Trolley.

Vortexes. Your Sedona Arizona activities wouldn’t be complete without experiencing Sedona’s vortexes. 

What to Do in Sedona Resources to check out…

Out of Africa Wildlife Park Not a zoo,  drive through or circus. It’s an experience!
The Sedona Excentric Newspaper — The slightly sane satire of Sedona, Arizona, the World and beyond since 1989
Sedona Weather — Get the latest weather 5 day forecast for Sedona
Sedona’s Webcam — See Sedona and control the view from the webcam
Sedona Indian Artists Market – Over 45 Native American artists displaying fine arts, crafts, jewelry and more
Oak Creek Brewery — Sedona’s own Gold Medal Winning premier brewery
Chamber Music Sedona — Chamber Music Sedona Concerts
Keep Sedona Beautiful — To assist in the preservation of Sedona and its surroundings by all appropriate means
Sedona Historical Society — The caretakers of the history of the greater Sedona area.
City of Sedona — Departments, City Council, Plans & Codes, News & Press Releases and other links.
Sedona-Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce — The Official Photo Gallery of the Sedona-Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce!
Sedona Jazz On The Rocks — Jazz for the next generation.
Sedona Visual Artists Coalition — See what the artists in Sedona are creating today
Northern Arizona Weather — Forecasts for Arizona and the surrounding area.
Arizona’s No Fee Coalition — “Bound and Determined” to stop the Forest Service’s Recreation Fee Demonstration Program
Road Closures and Travel Restrictions — Detailed regional event information.
Natural History of Northern Arizona — A Virtual Online Nature Center.
Arizona State Parks — State Park Fire Restrictions and Closures.
Museum of Northern Arizona — Bringing the Colorado Plateau To the World
Lowell Observatory — Gateway to the Universe.
Flagstaff Activists Network
Northern Arizona Interfaith Council