The Best of the West: 5 Things to Do When Visiting Sedona


Are you planning a trip to Arizona?

When most people visit Arizona, they think of Phoenix, Tucson, and the Grand Canyon. But have you thought of visiting Sedona?

Sedona is a beautiful little town nestled near Flagstaff. Surrounded by steep red cliff faces, it contains lovely trails and a thriving art and New Age spiritual community.

This variety makes it perfect for a wide range of tourists. If you’re on your way to the Grand Canyon, don’t forget to swing by!

But how do you know what to do? Below, we’ve listed the top 5 things to do in Sedona.

Read on to get the most out of your vacation!

1. Hiking Trails While Visiting Sedona

The nature surrounding Sedona is one of its most striking features. Scarlet rock formations skirt the town. The hiking trails around Sedona allow visitors to soak in and appreciate the beauty.

Bell Rock stands out as one of the most identifiable features of the town. Its shape resembles a giant bell, and it can be viewed from the highway.

However, for those who want to get closer, there are short trails that allow visitors to enjoy the view. Try either the Bell Rock Pathway or the Courthouse Butte Loop.

For those who love harder hiking trails, Bell Rock Trail takes you up the cliff face.

2. Pink Jeep Trips

Want to enjoy the rocks while visiting Arizona but don’t like hiking?

Consider booking a trip up the side of the cliff face with a pink jeep tour. The jeeps leave at scheduled times and take nature enthusiasts off-road, up into the cliffs.

This is perhaps the most up close you can get to some of the rocks. Usually, the jeep tour guides will let tourists get off and take pictures.

The views on these trips are stunning, especially when the sun is playing off of the rocks.

Just be aware that the off-roading aspect makes the trip extremely bumpy, so it may not be for you if you have motion sickness or severe injuries.

3. Chapel of the Holy Cross

This church is unique: it’s a Catholic chapel nestled into the sides of the rock.

The chapel features stunning architecture. The base of the cross shoots out of the rocks, the views from the church are stunning.

4. Tlaquepaque

This shopping center spotlights a wide variety of restaurants, stores, and art galleries.

Originally, it was an artists’ community. Now, it pays homage to its origins by featuring various artists.

If you like shopping, this is the perfect place for you.

5. Airport Mesa

Named for the airport at its very top, this mesa holds some of the best views in Sedona.

After just a short drive uphill, visitors will be able to see a sweeping, 360-degree view. contains more information about Sedona and the many things you can do while you’re there!

Are You a Travel Junkie?

When you’re visiting Sedona, you have a lot of options for what to do.

From the hiking trails to the art galleries, Sedona contains something for everyone. No matter what you choose to do, you’re guaranteed to have a fun and memorable time.

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