A mystical land of looming red rocks, sandstone buttes and New Age vortexes, Sedona attracts naturalists. It’s also a magnet for creative artists and outdoor enthusiasts, with hundreds of hiking trails, art galleries and spas.
Things to do in Sedona
Most hiking trails near Sedona eventually lead to the famous red rock formations, but treks to the Palatki Ruins also unveil ancient Native American dwellings and intricate cave paintings from the Hopi tribe. Take a trail leading to the Sinagua cliff dwelling and hike the Cathedral Rock Trail in Red Rock State Park to see its famous landmark.
Unwind after hiking with red-clay wraps and blue-corn body scrubs at one of Sedona’s many spas. Mii Amo Spa offers a clay warp infused with cocoa powder, while A Spa For You focuses on balancing your chakra using gemstones and deep-tissue massage. You can top the day off with wine tasting along the Verde Valley Wine Trail, home to Alcantara Vineyards and Javelina Leap Vineyard.
For a deep-dive into the city’s New Age culture, stroll through crystal shops in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Designed to reflect a traditional Mexican village with cobblestone streets, mosaic walls and bubbling fountains, Tlaquepaque is where you’ll find handmade jewellery, music and local artwork.
Sedona’s modern-day claim-to-fame lies in the presence of numerous vortexes, which locals claim are cyclones of energy coming straight from the earth. To visit the vortex locations, pick up a map at most any store in Sedona or sign up for a guided vortex tour.
Getting around Sedona
Rental cars are available in downtown Sedona or at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about a two-hour drive away. Public buses, taxis and ride-share companies offer transportation throughout the city.