Top 10 Things to do in Sedona, Arizona
By: Sedona Vacation
There are so many things to do and see while you’re in the Sedona-Verde Valley area that you might just decide to extend your stay to see them all! But just in case you can’t, I have put together a list of my Top Ten favorite things to do in Sedona. While all of my favorites might not match your personality, I hope it will at least give you some ideas to help you get the most out of your time here in Sedona.
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I enjoy hiking with my friends. My favorite casual hike is Bell Rock Pathway. You’ll get to see great panoramic views of the red rock formations in Sedona from many vantage points. There are many trails to choose from, for all levels of experience, just ask for a map at the ranger stations.
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2. Horseback Riding
A Day in the West and M Diamond Ranch both offer cool horseback riding tours that really give you the feeling of being on a western adventure! Seeing Sedona from the back of a horse is definitely one of my favorite things.
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Riding an ATV through West Sedona is high on my list as well. Don’t worry if you haven’t driven an ATV before, the nice folks at Arizona Outdoor Adventures will train you before you ride out on one of their ATVs. Plan on getting dirty though!
4. Exploring History
I enjoy exploring the past. If you love history, especially Native American history, check out these sites: Montezuma Castle, Palatki Heritage Site, Honanki Heritage Site, Wupatki National Monument and the V-Bar-V Heritage Site. Any one of these is worth a side trip, and you might just learn something!
5. Train Ride
Riding the rails on the Verde Canyon Railroad into one of the most scenic areas in the Verde Valley is a must do. It is a blast to ride the train and spend some time out in their open air cars to witness the abundant wildlife in the area, especially the American Bald Eagles that nest in the canyon.
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6. Watching a Sunset
The sunsets in Sedona are absolutely beautiful. The crimson colors of the sun play well against the red rocks of Sedona and the change in lighting breaths life into the rocks. The best place to see the sunset is at the Sedona Airport Mesa.
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7. Sedona Trolley
Coming to Sedona for the first time? Start with the Sedona Trolley. It is the best first thing to do in Sedona. You get a great overview of the town so you can make your plans and get the most out of your time here.
8. Art Expeditions
Are you into art? Take a day to explore the amazing galleries in Sedona. The Talquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is the place to start. Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is a perfect setting to witness gifted artisans absorbed in their work. Gallery Row should be your next stop. Take a stroll from gallery to gallery, you won’t be disappointed.
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Believe it or not you can fish right here in Sedona! I love the peaceful serenity that fishing in Oak Creek offers. Not only is there great scenery while you fish, but I have caught many trout here. Okay, truth be told, I haven’t caught many, but a few pretty good ones!
You might be surprised how amazingly good and abundant the wineries are in the Sedona-Verde Valley area. I would suggest taking a guided wine tour of the area, or if you have a designated driver available, check out the Verde Valley Wine Trail. There are also wine tasting rooms in Old Town Cottonwood, a small town just a short drive from Sedona, that will give you an opportunity to taste from several of the local labels.
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Well, that’s ten. Like I said before, there are so many things to do in Sedona it’s hard to choose. You’ll find your own favorites, your own Top Ten, and you’ll be back to find more, in beautiful Sedona.
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