Sedona, Arizona is more than a mecca for the New Age movement, and you will discover that this beautiful town has more to offer than that. It also offers the chance to enjoy the culture, outdoor sports, shopping and dining.
There is something for everyone, regardless if you’re looking for outdoor sports or an experience in the metaphysics or spirituality. I’m sure you’ll be able to find it here.
This city happens to be located in central Arizona’s high desert, so not only do you get to experience their vortex energy fields – you also get to experience the amazing and breathtaking scenery, the hiking, fishing and biking.
Below is a list of the top 7 spots I’ve put together for you. These are places you should visit if you are ever in or near Sedona. If you don’t go anywhere else, you should at least allow yourself to experience these attractions. Please enjoy.
Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
4020 N Cherry Creek Rd
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Wednesday – Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm (Admission closes at 4pm)
Admission: Admission and annual membership includes taxes
Adults – $32
Children 3 to 12 years – $20
Children Under 3 – Free
Going to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park is a treat the whole family can enjoy. This park is situated on 104 acres so the animals will have plenty of space to roam. You can take in the predator feed, the snake show, the tiger splash, the Serengeti safari, wonders of wildlife, the wildlife preserve and also enjoy the behind the scene VIP tour. This is definitely a spot you don’t want your family to miss. The behind the scene VIP tour includes a 3-hour VIP tour of the park.
This tour gives you access to the shows, the tours, special VIP seating for The Tiger Splash Show and lunch. If you’re interested in treating yourself or your family to this, the price is $125 for children and $149 for adults. Sorry, but they don’t allow children under the age of two, and you must check in at the gift shop by 9:45am. You must make reservations for this tour.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Campe Verde, Arizona
Summer 8:00am to 7:00pm
Winter 8:00am to 5:00pm
Adults – $5.00
Children 16 and younger – Free
Another place to visit in Sedona is Montezuma Castle. This really is a sight to behold. The amazing 5 story, 20 room structure can be seen high up on a limestone cliff, overlooking Beaver Creek, which is located in Verde Valley.
If you had been around about 600 years ago, you would have seen the prehistoric tribe of the Sinagua Indians living in these dwellings. But what I want to know is, if it was inhabited by the Sinagua Indians, how did it get it’s name of Montezuma Castle. Well, apparently the settlers that came to this valley assumed the structures had been made by the Aztec, so they preceded to call it Montezuma Castle. What they didn’t know was that the structure had been deserted long before Montezuma was even born, about a century in fact.
As you walk the self-guiding trail, you will run across exhibits that explain the history and culture of the area. The trail will not be a problem for wheelchairs because the paths are paved. There is also an audio program that tells you about the inside of the castle. They do have rangers along the trail, but programs are only presented if there is enough staff.
Also, if you’re interested, there is a small museum at the visitor center that has a book Store, restrooms, picnic area and displays of artifacts. When you visit the monument be prepared. There are no hotels, motels, food or gas located at the site. You will have to travel 4 miles south to Camp Verde.
The Sedona Trolley
276 North SR 89A, Suite B
Sedona AZ 86336
Office Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm, 7 days a week
Winter Schedule: There are no 5pm or 6pm tours from late October through late January
Adults – $15 per tour or $25 for both tours
Children 12 and under – $10 per tour or $20 for both tours
All Tours leave from the Uptown Trolley Depot. If you want to find out where the vortex sites, the inspirational landmarks, the historic spots, the best views for taking pictures, or the best places for shopping, hiking, picnicking, dining and watching a beautiful sunset – then you need to take The Sedona Trolley tour.
The trolley gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire city, from one end to the other. This 55 minute, narrated tour is a don’t miss if you’re going to be in town for a few days. Also, for those that might be interested, The Trolley offers a charter service for group tours and weddings. However, they are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Sedona Trolley Uptown Depot
10am – 12pm – 2pm – 4pm
This tour takes you to the south side. Your visits will include a stop 20 minute stop at the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. You will also visit the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
Sedona Trolley Uptown Depot
9am – 11am – 1pm – 3pm – 5pm – 6pm
This tour goes out to west Sedona. Out to Boynton and Long Canyon. You will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the scenery.
Chapel Of The Holy Cross
780 Chapel Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336
Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
This is an amazingly beautiful chapel! Can you imagine having mass here every Monday at 5pm? If for nothing else, the view is worth it!
The beautiful structure was built in 1956 and was the brain-child of Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. You can find this chapel tucked into a red rock roost that is located off of Route 179 which is at the end of Chapel Road.
If the chapel doesn’t impress you, the views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rock will. Don’t schedule a visit on Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. They are closed on those particular days.
The chapel also has a gift shop filled with products. Some where even made by artist from Sedona, which means you will be able to find gifts that are one-of-a-kind. You can also purchase every religious accessory you can think of.
They have jewelry, candles, plaques, medals, nativities, rosaries, crosses, garden and outdoor accessories, containers for holy water, angels and much, much more.
Red Rock Crossing
Hours: 8am to 8pm Memorial Day through Labor Day
Hours: Off-season 8am to dusk
Red Rock Crossing is a marvelous spot for hiking and a family picnic. Prepare to have a wonderful time here. The scenery alone makes it worth the time and effort to visit.
You can take pictures of Cathedral Rock – which can be seen from Oak Creek – and the wildlife, or you can hike on well defined trails, swim in pools of water or just sit and enjoy nature.
Whatever you enjoy doing, just come to Red Rock Crossing, which is also known as the Crescent Moon recreation area. For your convenience they do provide drinking fountains, cooking grills, picnic tables and toilets. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
This is a picture taken at Red Rock Crossing and Oak Creek while looking at the famous Cathedral Rock. For more information contact: Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 20429, Sedona AZ 86341, (928) 282-4119. For more information on their group rates and the rate for their group ramada, call 877-444-6777
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 N Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
Leaves at 1:00pm and returns at 5:00pm ( when additional trains are added to the schedule one train leaves at 9:00am and afternoon train leave at 2:30pm.
All First Class – $79.95
Adult Coach – $54.95
65 Plus – $49.95)
12 and Under – $34.95
2 and Under – Free when riding in the lap of an adult
The rates include all the taxes. The only thing about this is that you have to get there at least 1 or 1 ½ hours before departure. They generally board 15 minutes before departure. However, this depends on how the weather is.
If you want to take in the sights in comfort, this is the way to go. The Verde Canyon Railroad line is a 38-mile line that was completed in 1912. And of course, being built in 1912, you didn’t have the modern conveniences that we have today. So you had 250 men with 200 mules, using shovels, picks and dynamite to lay the rails.
Today, the railroad is considered to be the finest ride in all of Arizona. And with the beautiful sights of Verde Canyon, I won’t be the one to say differently. The ride takes you through a man-made tunnel that’s 680 feet long, past Indian ruins and red rock pinnacles. The four hour ride goes from Clarkdale to a supposedly ghost ranch in Perkinsville. It’s fun for the entire family, plus you don’t have to worry about food and restrooms.
The train has a snack bar and restrooms for your convenience. If you prefer to travel first class however, you can enjoy the view from high-back chairs and love seats, while sipping champagne or sparkling cider. You are also offered a full-service bar with the best liquors, a variety or appetizers and complete service of your beverages to your seat.
If you really want to travel in style with some of your best friends or family members. You can reserve your own private car. The caboose can hold up to 6 or less adults. You also get to sip your champagne, but out of crystal glasses. There will be lots of appetizers, the best beverages, 2 private viewing platforms, comfortable, over- stuffed chairs and your own personal attendant. It couldn’t get any better than this!
All the cars have climate control, taped commentary, educational narration and music during your trip. You don’t have to worry, because all the cars have wheelchair access. So, the next time you want to have any kind of affair or event, think about using The Verde Canyon Railroad. You can’t go wrong here.
Reservations must be made ahead of time. You can pay with any major credit card. If you have prepaid tickets, you have to pick them up at the ticket window. You also must pre-pay if you want to reserve a space. Don’t expect any special seating, unless you’re traveling first class. And if you have certain needs (wheelchair), please let them know during reservation. You can cancel 48 hours before you are due to depart, and this is also the only way you will receive a refund. Anything less than 48 hours will eliminate your refund. Be aware that the schedule can change without notice, so check with them by calling toll-free number 1-800-320-0718.
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
336 Highway 179
10am to 5pm Daily
Check Restaurant For Their Hours
Shops Are Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving
Now, if you don’t love shopping, I would have to ask what planet are you from? You have to go to the city’s Arts & Crafts Village, Tlaquepaque (Tla-keh-pah-keh).
This is one shopping experience you don’t want to miss. They say the name means ‘best of everything,’ and you will probably find it here. It has been around since the 1970’s and it has over 40 shops, galleries and restaurants surrounded by a beautiful setting of trees, arched entry ways and cobble-stoned streets.
If you love the Southwestern flavor of arts, ceramics and sculpture, then you will love this. They also have jewelry, leathers, unique gifts and designer casual wear. When you finish shopping, you can dine at one the fine restaurants serving French or Mexican cuisine. If nothing else, make sure you get to walk around Tlaquepaque, you may discover something you can’t live without.
This concludes my little tour of the beautiful city of Sedona. I do hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you’re interested in other vacation adventures, please stop by here and read Spring Vacations: Storm Chasing in Tornado Alley