What do you look for when picking the perfect vacation spot? Outdoor adventures? Shopping? Wineries? Great restaurants? Beautiful sunsets? A fun place to take the kids? What if I told you that you could get all of these in one place…Sedona, Arizona. In this article, learn about the best things to do in Sedona with tips to have the best experience.
So far, we have visited Sedona four times. Every time we are here, we fall in love with Sedona even more.
On our first two visits, we were just passing through. Both times, we stopped here for lunch on the drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. It was just enough time to get a brief glimpse of this beautiful place…and to know that we needed to plan a return visit.
Three years ago, we spent a very busy 24 hours here. Once again, we were on a road trip through Arizona, but we had just enough time to hike Devils Bridge and Bear Mountain and dine at a few great restaurants. We vowed to return soon.
Which brings us to our most recent visit. In April 2021, we spent six awesome days in Sedona. This place totally rocks…pun intended. The combination of outdoor adventures, restaurants, and shopping makes Sedona a perfect holiday getaway, whether you have just a day or two, or much longer. We learned A LOT about Sedona and we can’t wait to share this with you in this article.
Let’s get started.
Overview of Sedona
Before we dive into the best things to do in Sedona, it helps to get a quick geography lesson.
Below is a map of Sedona. I highlighted the main sections of Sedona, as well as a few nearby towns and destinations. Some of the best things to do in Sedona aren’t actually in Sedona…they are located just a short drive away and are well worth your time.
Sedona is split into two sections: West Sedona and Uptown Sedona.
Highway 89A travels east-west through West Sedona. This is where you will find numerous hotels and restaurants and have access to some of Sedona’s best hikes.
Uptown Sedona is located north of the intersection of Highway 89A and Highway 179 (the “Y”). Uptown Sedona feels more urban and crowded than West Sedona, and during the busy season, the roads and sidewalks get very congested. This is where you will find some of Sedona’s best restaurants and shopping.
This is the intersection of Highway 89A and Highway 179.
Oak Creek Canyon
Located north Highway 89A, Oak Creek Canyon is a forested, shady canyon and it looks and feels a lot different than Sedona. Hike the West Fork Trail and/or visit Slide Rock State Park.
Village of Oak Creek
The Village of Oak Creek is located a short drive south of Sedona on Highway 179. Visit Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock and have brunch or dinner at some of Sedona’s highest rated restaurants. If you are traveling on a budget, this is a good place to stay…hotels are cheaper here than in Sedona.
Like the Village of Oak Creek, Cottonwood is just a short drive from Sedona. It is an off-the-beaten-path destination, with lower crowds and lower priced accommodations. It’s also a hub for the Verde Valley Wine Trail…so don’t miss Cottonwood if you like the idea of adding a winery or two to your trip to Sedona.
Best Things to Do in Sedona
Below we list the best things to do in Sedona. At the end of this section, you can see them on a map, or skip ahead now.
1. Visit the Landmarks of Sedona
There are several natural landmarks that are a must-see when you visit Sedona. Some of these can be seen right from the road, but there is one uber popular spot that you can only get to by hiking.
Bell Rock looms over Highway 179. If you are driving through Sedona, this bell-shaped rock is impossible to miss. You can simply see it from the highway but if you have more time, you can hike around or even up onto Bell Rock. This icon is located just north of the Village of Oak Creek.
Bell Rock | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Cathedral Rock is a much larger and grander version of Bell Rock. You can also see Cathedral Rock from Highway 179, but for the best experience, I recommend hitting one of the hiking trails that lead to Cathedral Rock.
Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek. This photo was taken at the Crescent Moon Picnic Site.
There are three ways to see Cathedral Rock:
Hike up Cathedral Rock. Starting at the Cathedral Rock Trailhead on Back O Beyond Road, hike and rock scramble your way up onto Cathedral Rock for some truly amazing views. This hike is 1.2 miles round-trip and takes an hour or two.
Hike Red Rock Crossing to Cathedral Rock. Starting on the west side of Cathedral Rock, hike Red Rock Crossing to get up close to Cathedral Rock. Extend the journey by following the Templeton Trail around the north side and then hike up onto the rock for those amazing views.
Crescent Moon Picnic Site. For iconic views of Cathedral Rock, and to capture it in a photo with Oak Creek, visit the shady and quiet Crescent Moon Picnic Site. It is $11 to enter and this picnic area is open from 8 am to dusk.
Devils Bridge is a natural arch in Sedona. The only way to get here is by hiking and it is one of the most popular trails in Sedona.
Devils Bridge | Best Things to Do in Sedona
The View from Airport Mesa
Airport Mesa is a tree and shrub-covered mesa that is located just south of West Sedona. From the Airport Mesa viewpoint, you get panoramic views over Sedona and notable rock formations such as Chimney Rock and Capitol Butte (aka Thunder Mountain). You can also hike the Airport Mesa Loop.
Airport Mesa view | Best Things to Do in Sedona
2. Chapel of the Holy Cross
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is another well-known landmark in Sedona.
This Roman Catholic Chapel was built in 1956. In 2007, the chapel became one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.
To visit the Chapel, drive to the end of Chapel Road and keep your fingers crossed that you will be able to get a parking spot at the upper parking lot (if not, there are additional spaces on the lower road, underneath the chapel). From the terrace, you can look out over Sedona.
The chapel is open from 9 am to 5 pm seven days a week and free to visit. It is closed on Christmas and Easter. For the schedule of daily mass, click here.
3. Go on a Scenic Drive
If you want to see the red rocks of Sedona without hitting a hiking trail, you have three beautiful scenic drives to choose from.
Red Rock Scenic Byway
Driving the Red Rock Scenic Byway is one of the best things to do in Sedona. It’s quick and easy to do and it is the perfect way to see some of Sedona’s most stunning scenery. If you are just passing through Sedona on a road trip, put the Red Rock Scenic Byway on the top of your list.
Overlooking the Red Rock Scenic Byway from Bell Rock | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Just 8 miles long, this scenic byway passes through some of the most recognizable landmarks in Sedona. The Red Rock Scenic Byway is located along a portion of Highway 179, between the mile markers 302.5 and 310.0. It starts south of the Village of Oak Creek, travels north through this town, past Bell Rock, and ends at Back O Beyond Road.
PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you are visiting Sedona on a very quick visit, but you have an hour or two to get out and explore, consider adding on the short, fun hikes up Bell Rock or Cathedral Rock.
Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road
This scenic drive starts north of Sedona. From Uptown Sedona, take Highway 89A north, as it twists and turns through Oak Creek Canyon. You leave the red rocks behind and travel through a shady canyon. You will pass Slide Rock State Park and the West Fork hiking trail before reaching the Oak Creek Vista.
Slide Rock State Park | Best Things to Do in Sedona
This drive is 16 miles long and it takes about 90 minutes if you drive out-and-back from Sedona (without time for stops).
Red Rock Loop Road
This scenic drive is an underrated experience in Sedona. We LOVED this drive. The view of Cathedral Rock is absolutely beautiful from this loop.
Red Rock Loop Road is located in West Sedona and the entire loop is 8 miles long. It is best in the afternoon, when the sun illuminates the west side of Cathedral Rock. The view from the road is fantastic but there are several overlooks to visit on the drive. Lover’s Knoll offers a beautiful view. I had fun photographing Cathedral Rock with this juniper tree.
There is also an unmarked pull-off (GPS Coordinates: 34°50’43.2″N 111°49’35.5″W) but this parking lot is very rough and rocky so if you are in a standard vehicle, you might want to skip this overlook.
4. Go Hiking
Without a doubt, hiking is one of the best things to do in Sedona. For some people (like us), hiking is the #1 reason why you are planning this visit to Sedona.
In Sedona, you can hike through canyons, to hidden caves, natural arches and vortexes, and you can hike to the top of some of the highest mountain peaks.
The list of hikes is long, so long that you could literally spend weeks here and never run out of new areas to explore. Here is a list of the best hikes in Sedona.
Devils Bridge. This is the most popular hike in Sedona. It ranges from 2 to 4 miles, depending on where you park. The highlight is standing on Devils Bridge, a natural arch and one of the best photo-ops in Sedona.
Bell Rock and the Courthouse Butte Loop. Hike around Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, a 4 mile trail that is easy and suitable for all ages and ability levels. For even better views, hike up onto Bell Rock.
The view of Courthouse Butte from Bell Rock | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Cathedral Rock. This is an essential hike in Sedona. This hike is short and sweet, and with some rock scrambling and jaw-dropping views, it’s tons of fun from start to finish. It’s just 1.2 miles round-trip.
Cathedral Rock | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Boynton Canyon. This hike takes you through a beautiful canyon in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. Add on the short detour to the Subway Cave, one of the most beautiful hidden caves in Sedona. This hike is 6.3 miles long (7 miles total if you add on the Subway Cave).
Subway Cave on the Boynton Canyon trail
Soldier Pass. This fun hike takes you past Devils Kitchen and the Seven Sacred Pools. As a bonus, hike to the Soldier Pass cave. This hike is 4.5 miles out-and-back.
Seven Sacred Pools on the Soldiers Pass Trail
Brins Mesa. Brins Mesa can be hiked out-and-back (about 3 miles round trip) or it can be combined with Soldier Pass, forming one big loop (6 miles total).
Bear Mountain. This hike is only 5 miles round-trip but with a massive elevation gain, it is the hardest on this list. Your reward…panoramic views from one of the highest points in Sedona.
West Fork Trail. This easy trail meanders along Oak Creek. It’s shady and quiet and a great option on a hot day in Sedona. The West Fork Trail is 6 miles out-and-back.
West Fork Trail | Best Things to Do in Sedona
For a longer list of hikes to do in Sedona, with many more photos and hiking stats, read our Sedona Hiking Guide.
While in Sedona, please practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead, stay on the trail, pack out what you bring to the hiking trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, minimize campfire impacts, be considerate of other hikers, and do not approach or feed wildlife.
5. Explore the 4WD Roads
One of the coolest things to do in Sedona is to explore the network of 4×4 roads. You can do this on your own, in a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, or by joining a tour.
If you want to explore Sedona’s rugged and remote landscapes, and aren’t necessarily a big fan of hiking, put this on the top of your list.
There are six main roads to explore. These are listed in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest roads to drive.
Schnebly Hill Road. This rugged, rocky road is easy to drive but it’s also the least favorite on our list. This road is so rough that you will be rattled and jostled for the entire 12 mile out-and-back journey. Highlights include the cow pies (rock formations that resemble cow pies…not actual cow pies), the Merry Go Round, and the view from Schnebly Hill Vista.
Dry Creek Basin. This road is 11 miles long, out-and-back, and takes you to the Devils Bridge trailhead, the Van Deren Cabin, and Vultee Arch. It is a boring road to drive and you will be sharing the road with hikers on their way to Devils Bridge, so keep your speed low. This road is only worth the drive if you want to hike Devils Bridge or Vultee Arch, or see a historic cabin.
The Outlaw Trail. This is a 6 mile point-to-point drive that is located west of Sedona. We started at the Honanki Ruins and drove the road south. From the drive, you have great views of Bear Mountain and the red rocks of Sedona.
Diamondback Gulch. This road is similar to the Outlaw Trail, but with several steep descents and climbs, it is more challenging to drive. It’s 7 miles, point-to-point, and this drive is more about the big descents and climbs than views of the landscape.
Diamondback Gulch | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Soldier Pass. We loved this drive. It is very short, just 2 miles round trip, but it’s just challenging enough to be lots of fun. This road heads parallel with the Soldier Pass hiking trail and along the way you can stop and visit Devils Kitchen and the Seven Sacred Pools. To drive this road, you must have a permit. Only 12 are awarded per day and you can reserve yours in advance on the recreation.gov website.
Soldier Pass | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Broken Arrow. If you only have time for one 4×4 road in Sedona, this is the one we recommend. It is extremely fun to drive and the views along the trail are amazing. It is a technical drive so prior experience is a must.
Broken Arrow | Best Things to Do in Sedona
To drive these roads, we rented a Jeep Rubicon from Barlow Adventures in Sedona. Driving these 4WD trails was one of the highlights of our visit.
LEARN MORE: Six 4WD Roads in Sedona…Which Ones are Worth It
You can also have a similar experience by joining a Pink Jeep Tour.
6. Visit the Sedona Vortex Sites
Thousands of people visit Sedona every year to experience the vortex sites. These energy centers are thought to facilitate meditation, mind and body healing, prayer, and creative thinking.
There are four main vortexes (or vortices) in Sedona and they are located at Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock at Red Rock Crossing, and Boynton Canyon. There are also vortices at the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Schnebly Hill.
Some people report a tingling in the hands or a heightened sense of awareness. Others inexplicably break into tears. At these sites, it is not unusual to find people meditating or doing yoga, to channel this source of energy.
While in Sedona, you can hike to these sites and experience this energy for yourself, or take a Jeep tour to the vortex sites.
7. Get a Psychic Reading
After tapping into the mystical energy from Sedona’s vortexes, why not get a glimpse of what the future holds for you?
Psychic readings are offered at many different spots in Sedona, but one of the best places to go is the Center for the New Age, which is located at the “Y,” across the street from the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. It’s hard to miss this bright purple building as you drive through Sedona.
Take your pick from psychic clairvoyant readings, tarot readings, aura photos, couples readings, dream interpretations, and chakra alignments. They also provide Vortex tours and UFO sighting tours. Whether you believe in psychic readings or not, this is still a fun place to visit and it’s easy to add on to your visit to Tlaquepaque Village.
Along the same lines, here is a nighttime UFO and stargazing tour that is very popular in Sedona.
8. Go Shopping at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-la-keh-pah-keh) is one of the best shopping experiences in Sedona. This beautiful collection of Mexican-styled buildings is home to over 50 boutique arts and crafts shops, as well as a few great restaurants.
Stroll along the cobblestoned streets, go window shopping, and keep a look out for artists and sculptors who may be at work in one of the art galleries. This is also a popular wedding destination in Sedona.
There are several restaurants to choose from. El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano had the longest line (and the food smelled amazing), but the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill and René at Tlaquepaque also were quite busy.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Some restaurants are open longer on Fridays and Saturdays. There is onsite parking which filled by mid-morning during our visit. For more information, and for special events, visit the official website.
9. Visit the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
Located at the base of Thunder Mountain is a 14 acre park that is dedicated to spiritual renewal. The Buddhist Amitabha Stupa is a place for prayer and meditation for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.
A stupa is a monument that holds sacred relics and is associated with the Buddha. Stupas are built to promote prosperity, end famine, and practitioners of Buddhism walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction during meditation. This represents samsara, the endless cycle of rebirth.
This quiet, serene park is a wonderful place to visit. A visit here feels like you are transported to the east, where stupas abound in countries such as Bhutan, Myanmar, and Nepal. Prayer flags flap in the breeze and a statue of the Buddha overlooks the Amitabha Stupa.
Amitabha Stupa | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Walk the trails, circumambulate around the Amitabha Stupa, and find a quiet, shady spot to meditate.
If you are looking for peace and serenity while in Sedona, this is well worth the visit. It’s free to visit (donations are accepted) and open daily from dawn until dusk.
10. Go Mountain Biking
One of the best ways to explore Sedona is on a mountain bike. Bring your own bike, rent one in Sedona, or join a mountain bike tour. Popular places to mountain bike are around Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, the Chuckwagon and Mescal Trails in West Sedona, and around Cathedral Rock.
11. Relax at Slide Rock State Park
If you are traveling with kids, put Slide Rock State Park high on your to-do list.
This swimming spot is a great place to cool off in hot weather. Kids, and kids at heart, will love sliding down the waterfalls into the shallow pools of water. One slide is 80 feet long! There also a few places to go cliff jumping and several short trails to hike.
Slide Rock State Park | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Note: The algae on the rocks are what makes them so slippery…and so much fun. But it’s also very easy to slip and fall down. Bring a pair of water shoes to increase traction so you don’t have any unfortunate surprises.
PRO TRAVEL TIP: During the warmer months and on weekends, the parking lot will fill by mid to late-morning. I have read reports where people had to wait over 45 minutes in order to get a parking space, so get here early.
Park hours vary according to the time of year. In the summer, Slide Rock State Park is open from 8 am to 7 pm, last entry one hour prior to closing. The entrance fee ranges from $20 to $30, depending on season and day of the week. Get the full details on price and hours of operation here.
12. Visit the Palatki and Honanki Heritage Sites
There are several cliff dwelling sites in Sedona. Palatki and Honanki are the largest. These cliff dwellings were inhabited by the Sinagua people from 1,100 to 1,400 AD. Both sites contain the remains of ancient buildings and pictographs.
From what we were told and what I read online, Palatki Heritage Site is the more impressive of these two sites. It is also easier to get to.
Honanki Heritage Site | Best Things to Do in Sedona
To get to Palatki Heritage Site, you will take Boynton Pass Road. This road becomes a well-graded gravel road a short distance past Aerie Road. Turn right onto Forest 525 Road, stay right at the fork, and take Forest Road to the end, where it dead-ends at this site.
To get to Honanki Heritage Site, it is a longer drive on gravel roads. The last few miles are on a rough, rutted road so it’s best to have a high-clearance vehicle. To get here, take Boynton Pass Road, turn right onto Forest 525 Road, and then stay left at the fork. Take N Loy Butte Road/Forest 525 Road 4.3 miles until you get to the Heritage Site. If you have a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, you can also drive the Outlaw Trail to get here.
To visit both the Palatki and Honanki Heritage Sites, you will need a Red Rock Pass ($5 per day or $15 per week) or an America the Beautiful Pass.
13. Watch the Sunset
Sunsets are gorgeous in Sedona, when the setting sun bathes the red rocks in warm, golden light. Here are several of the best places to watch the sunset in Sedona:
- Airport Mesa
- Crescent Moon Picnic Site/Red Rock Crossing
- From the saddle of Cathedral Rock
- Devils Bridge
14. Visit the Wineries on the Verde Valley Wine Trail
Wine lovers, rejoice! Located in and around Sedona are numerous wineries, many of which are open for tours and tastings. Called the Verde Valley Wine Trail, you can visit several or all of these wineries, getting your passport stamped along the way.
If you have visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, this wine trail offers a similar experience. You can print out a copy of the passport before your trip. At each winery you visit, get your passport stamped. At the end of your visit, submit your passport and you will be entered to win a prize out of the quarterly drawing.
There are several wineries to visit in Sedona but most of the wineries are located in Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and along Page Spring Road. We visited five of the wineries (Javelina Leap, Oak Creek Vineyards, Page Spring Cellars, Arizona Stronghold, and the Merkin Vineyards Osteria).
Our favorite spot was Page Spring Cellars. Not only is their wine delicious, but they have walking trails and covered patios and decks. Purchase a bottle of wine and enjoy the view. We were tempted to spend our entire afternoon here but we wanted to get out and explore more of the wine trail.
Nearby Javelina Leap and Oak Creek Vineyards were nice, but they lacked the vibe and the great outdoor spaces that we saw at Page Spring Cellars.
In the town of Cottonwood, we had a full tasting at Arizona Stronghold (the Lozen and Bayshan were our favorites). Then we had dinner at Merkin Vineyards Osteria. Yum!! This was one of our best meals during our visit to Sedona and highly recommend making the short drive out this way. Sedona can be a busy place and Cottonwood is a great place to escape the crowds.
For more information about the Verde Valley Wine Trail, visit the official website.
15. Enjoy Sedona’s Best Restaurants
For me, the perfect day starts with a hike and ends with a nice dinner and a glass of wine. Maybe that’s why I like Sedona so much.
Below is a list of top restaurants in Sedona, either from our experience or from recommendations we got before our visit.
Mariposa. This beautiful restaurant offers big views of the red rocks of Sedona. The food is fantastic too…this Latin-inspired grill serves steak, fish, and chicken dishes and one of the best burgers we have ever eaten. The yucca fries are delicious!
Elote Café. This restaurant came highly recommended by our Facebook fans. It must be good because we could not get a reservation during our visit…so it’s still on our to-do list. Elote Café serves Mexican and southwestern dishes and the desserts look amazing.
The Hudson. This is a favorite of the locals and tourists. The food is amazing and the view from their outdoor patio is stunning. We had lunch here, walking here from Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
Cucina Rustica. Located in the Village of Oak Creek, this restaurant is also run by Lisa Dahl, owner of Mariposa. Dine on Italian food in a beautifully decorated restaurant. When the weather is warm, make a reservation for the outdoor patio.
Vino Di Sedona. Tim and I LOVED this place. Live music, wine, small plates of food, all in an outdoor setting. This is a fun place to spend the afternoon or evening.
Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen. This is one of my favorite Sedona restaurants,especially for lunch. My go-to is the Spicy Thai Peanut Quinoa Bowl but I have also read great reviews about their pizzas.
Saltrock Southwest Kitchen. Located in Uptown Sedona, dine at an outdoor terrace that overlooks Oak Creek. The food is great but the real reason to go here, in my opinion, is for the margaritas. I highly recommend the spicy, smoky West Fork Margarita.
Mole. This underrated restaurant serves great street food tacos and sangria. I think it makes a great lunch spot.
We tried more than what I list here…but I’m curious, if you have been to Sedona, what are your favorite restaurants? Let us know in the comment section below.
Best Things to Do in Sedona: On a Map
How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (landmarks, hiking trails, restauarants, etc). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.
If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.
Top 10 Things to Do in Sedona
Going to Sedona for your first time? Here are 10 things to do in Sedona on your first visit:
- Hike Cathedral Rock
- Watch the sunset from Airport Mesa
- Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway and see Bell Rock
- Hike Devils Bridge
- Visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
- Drive or take a tour of the Broken Arrow 4WD Trail
- Try some of Sedona’s best restaurants
- Visit Slide Rock State Park
- Hike to a hidden cave
- Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
This concludes our list of the best things to do in Sedona. For more information, keep scrolling for recommendations on where to stay and links to our Sedona articles. And if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.
Airport Mesa Loop | Best Things to Do in Sedona
Planning Your Time
How many days do you need in Sedona? The answer to that question depends on how much you like hiking.
Sedona is one of the best places to visit in the USA for hikers. You can spend one week here, hiking one to two trails a day, and never run out of new places to explore.
If you love hiking, I recommend spending a minimum of three days in Sedona. This gives you enough time to pick five or six hikes from Sedona’s long list of hiking trails, sample a few restaurants, and catch a few sunsets.
If you are not a hiker, then you can see the best of Sedona in just a day or two. In my opinion, Sedona is really geared to hikers. But with its great restaurants and shopping, scenic drives, and sunset viewpoints, two days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Sedona if you don’t want to go hiking.
For those with limited time, say for instance you are on a road trip through Arizona, it is possible to see the best of Sedona in one day. Go hiking, have lunch in Sedona, visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross or do a little shopping, and end the day with sunset views from Airport Mesa.
If you are planning a longer visit to Sedona, you can spend three or more days hiking your favorite trails, driving or taking a tour of the 4WD roads, and going out to dinner at night.
As of spring 2022, there is a brand new shuttle in Sedona. This shuttle is free to ride and runs to several of the most popular trailheads. It has been implemented to easy traffic congestion in Sedona and help eliminate the parking issues at the popular trailheads.
Here is a quick overview of the trailheads and hikes you can get to with the shuttle.
Trailheads/Hikes You Can Get to with the Sedona Shuttle:
- Dry Creek Trailhead: Devils Bridge, Chuckwagon Trail, Dry Creek Trail, Birthing Cave
- Soldier Pass Trailhead: Soldier Pass Trail, Devil’s Kitchen, Seven Sacred Pools
- Cathedral Rock Trailhead: Cathedral Trail
- Little Horse Trailhead: Cathedral Trail, Bell Rock, Chicken Point
The shuttle runs every day from 6:30 am to 6 pm.
Before your visit, I recommend getting updates on the hours of operation and routes of the Sedona Shuttle on the official website. I do my best to keep this post updated, but since this shuttle is new and the schedule is evolving, hours and routes may change. On the official website, you can also get real time updates on when the next shuttle will arrive. Here is a link to the Sedona Shuttle guide.
Where to Stay in Sedona
If you are looking for a place to stay, we have two great recommendations. On our most recent visit we stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Sedona. This is located in West Sedona. It is a beautiful property and from our room we had sunset views of Cathedral Rock.
A Sunset Chateau is a smaller boutique style property. We stayed here two years ago and had a wonderful experience.
For more information about where to stay in Sedona, read our article Where to Stay in Sedona: Best Hotels for Your Budget
Where Are You Going Next?
If your visit is part of a bigger road trip through Arizona or the American Southwest, here is more information to help you plan your trip.
PLACES TO GO IN ARIZONA: Visit Saguaro National Park and Petrified Forest National Park, explore Monument Valley, photograph Antelope Canyon, and visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Learn how to put all of this together in our Arizona Road Trip Itinerary.
ARIZONA ITINERARIES: If you are looking for road trip ideas through Arizona, we have a couple of good ones. See the highlights of Arizona in our 10 Day Arizona Itinerary, visit the Grand Canyon and Utah’s Mighty 5 in our Two Week American Southwest Itinerary, and visit parts of Arizona, Las Vegas, and southern Utah in our 10 Day American Southwest Itinerary.
BEST NATIONAL PARKS IN THE USA: Looking for your next big adventure? Read our article about the 15 Best National Parks, where we narrow down the long list into 15 must-see parks.
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