We LOVE Sedona. We went on vacation there a few years ago and have been wanting to go back ever since. The vacation town vibe, amazing scenery and awesome people really make it a great place. See how we spent our time in the area!
One of the most popular hikes in Sedona is definitely a must do in my opinion. We did this hike three times while we were there due to different guests being in town and from our experience it was best to get there around 5 or so and stay a little longer than most people to get some awesome solo shots. People will start to head back down to get back to their cars before daylight fades but we waited to leave until about 6pm and had plenty of time.
If you don’t have a 4WD low clearance vehicle, you will add a few miles to your hike in. Another fun way to do this is to rent an ATV to bring on the trail with you. There are a lot of companies in the area so price shop around to figure out the best deal for your plans.
This can be a busy trail so I would suggest getting there early. It offers really awesome views of the town and there is another trail that leads down to a creek, totally different terrain!
If you are afraid of heights, getting to the top may be a little difficult but there are great views from the base as well!
This trail snuck up on us and was actually really gorgeous. It is a short trail in and out that is pretty mild and leads to awesome views of coffee pot rock. We also encountered no one on the trail for a sunset walk! It was also doggy approved and definitely their favorite hike we have done yet.
The trail also leads to sugar loaf trail which will bring you up in elevation to get some great views over the town.
Sedona is all about the views but their food is pretty dang good too. Since we were technically camping, we try not to eat out much but two of our meals stuck out to us. We have been twice and I have wanted to try the highly rated Mariposa but it either doesn’t fit in the timeline or budget (mostly the later) but I have heard great things!
Oreganos – nummy pizza, pasta & wine. This spot is a cute little Italian place with locations in both Tempe & Flagstaff.
Creekside – we ate lunch here twice & worked from their coffee shop upstairs multiple days. The views from the coffee shop are amazing and their lunch did it every time. The piggy wings are a must try and their sangria is super yummy!
We found a PERFECT spot to camp in Sedona off of Forest Road 525. When you enter the road there are multiple spots within the first 3 miles or so. The views are pretty but it is more of a vast field rather than the red rock you think of in Sedona. We went back about 5 miles and found a spot a little ways off of the road with a FANTASTIC view.
The road is a little rough getting in and out, it took us about 20 minutes to get back out to the main road from our campsite so that was a little bit of a downfall. When it rains, the road becomes almost unusable to most cars that are not 4WD so that is something to keep in mind. We got lucky that it rained our 2nd day there and we have 5 more days for the ground to dry but we were not getting our rig out of there for a couple days after the rain!