A Visit to Sedona – Red Rock Country

Cathedral Rock

Sedona is a beautiful town surrounded by red rock and green forests that will make you feel relaxed and reenergized as soon as you enter. Otherwise known as Red Rock Country, the warm colors of the rock and majestic scenery will revitalize any visitor. Sedona is located only an hour and a half from Phoenix and 2 hours from the Grand Canyon.

Sedona is now known for many popular tourist sites and activities. Some travel here for the adventure – hiking, biking, ATV’s, rock climbing, horseback riding – the possibilities are endless. One of our favorite tours to offer is a Pink Jeep tour on Broken Arrow trail at sunset. Just breathtaking! The hiking trails in Sedona are also really well marked so you can spend hours exploring the trails on your own or with a private hiking guide. You will have to explore Cathedral and Bell Rock, two of the most popular sites in the area. You can even take a star-gazing tour as the skies in the Southwest are truly breathtaking! If heights are more your scene you can take helicopter tours or scenic flights in an open-cockpit biplane! I also loved my time in Oak Creek Canyon, where the forest and trees reminded me more of a forest in Canada than an Arizonan desert. You can explore Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon as well – it is well worth a visit!

If relaxation is more your speed, you can relax and enjoy some of Sedona’s well known spa. If you are a guest at Sedona’s Enchantment Resort you will be treated to pure luxury at the Mii Amo Spa. The spa offers day packages and tailors their services using the traditions of

the Native American people and even offers some of their services in an outdoor wickiups with amazing views of Sedona. Or try Retreat and Heal spa services that say they help connect guests with your “spiritual essence and transforms cellular patterns that drain your energy and realign your energy, release your stress, and empower you with tools to maintain inner peace and vitality”. Sounds good to me!

Sedona has a reputation as a spiritual destination because it is home vortexes. Vortexes are places where metaphysical energy is gathered giving those who experience this energy insight


Sedona is also well known for its art and culture. A must-do on any visit to Sedona is a visit to the beautiful Tlaquepaque , joy and physical well-being.  There are many different schools of thoughts on these vortexes, and if you want any further information, click here: http://www.visitsedona.com/article/213

Arts & Craft Village. It is designed to look like a traditional Mexican village and is filled with galleries, shops and artisans hard at work on their next piece of work.

There are even some delicious restaurants if you stay for lunch or dinner.

If you are planning to spend several days in Sedona, you may want to consider a day trip. A popular one is to the nearby Grand Canyon. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is only 2 hours away, or you can drive to Williams, AZ and take the Grand Canyon Railroad to the Park. Williams is also a stereotypical Route 66-type town and well worth a drive

through. Areas nearby to Sedona are also becoming well known for their wineries. Page Springs, Cottonwood and the ‘ghost town’ of Jerome are all within 20-45 minutes from Sedona. Most of the wineries have tasting rooms and it’s a great half day excursion. Wineries we recommend are Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Burning Tree Cellars and Javelina Leap. Well worth a visit!

There are no shortage of excellent resorts and B & B’s in Sedona. You have everything from comfortable motels to 5* resorts. We love the L’Auberge de Sedona – nestled along Oak Creek the rooms are cozy, warm and set in a relaxing environment. They also have an excellent restaurant where you can dine by the river. The hotel is also located in town close to different restaurants and shops. The Enchantment Resort is also stunning as well – but a bit removed from the main part of town and has terrible cell phone coverage (for those who want to bring their phones with them during their R & R…).


Best value? The Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is comfortable and has an amazing view of all of Sedona as well as a delicious breakfast included in the morning.

You won’t go hungry during your stay here as Sedona has a wide variety of dining experiences for all tastes and budgets. We love the Elote Café which has a delicious Mexican menu, The Heartline Café – well recognized as an award winning restaurant and the Oak Creek Brewing Company – who doesn’t love a good microbrew? There are many more restaurants that are great to dine at here. Please feel free to post in the comments your favorites.

All in all, Sedona is a great place to include on your Southwest itinerary or for an entire week’s vacation, the choice is yours!

If you are interested in travelling to Sedona, let us know – we can help plan a custom trip for you! Contact us at info@southwestadventuretours.com

Now, who wants to visit Sedona? What are some of your favorite sites to visit here? 


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