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Sedona Highlights

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    Yaqui says…

     Voted most beautiful place....they are right!! 

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     The town Sedona is touristy and can get overrun with vacationers. 

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     Spectacular scenary and good people 

Sedona Things to Do

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross

    The Church of the Rock is the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona. Built on two pinnacled spur rocks approximately 250 feet high. It juts our of a thousand foot red rock wall representing the solid Rock of Peter in the Bible. The concept of building the chapel was Marguerite Bruswig's. The New York native with three names – Margueritte Bruswig...

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  • Jeep Tours

    VERY easy to locate here in Sedona. The jeep does provide you refills to your own bottle of water. Trust me on a hot day you will need it. Our tour guide, Jeff, was VERY informative and entertaining. I was in the very back of the jeep and at some points I was standing straight up and down! For anyone that loves thrill rides this is a must do. I...

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  • Slide Rock State Park

    In the Arizona heat, a rambling, rapid-moving stream is a magical place indeed. Give in to your inner child and wallow in the natural rock slides at this place. There is a small fee to enter the park then you walk towards the stream. It takes about 10-15 minutes of walking to get to the stream which is at the bottom of a flight of stairs. They're...

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Sedona Restaurants

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  • Cowboy Club

    Walking into the Cowboy Club is like walking back 100 years. The decor is definitely western themed. The food is pretty good although a bit on the expensive sided. Chicken Pot Pie was almost "home made" tasting."

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  • Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden Cafe is the perfect cap on a day of shopping in Tlaquepaque. The patio seating is serene and beautiful, the most gorgeous landscaping with lush foliage and tall shady trees. Our server was great--attentive and friendly (it was his first day, but he already knew the menu really well). Many people had their little lap dogs with them...

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  • Javelina Cantina

    We actually saw a javalina driving through AZ. On way way back to Phoenix we stopped in Sedona and asked a local for a good Mexican restaurant. The food was good, prices fair, portions good. When leaving I struck up a conversation with the kitchen staff on the patio. They said many days the javalina come up to eat leftovers. Even though we saw...

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Sedona Nightlife

  • Canyon Moon Theatre Company

    Canyon Moon Theatre presents a wide variety of terrific plays with local actors. Their season usually runs October through early June. Having attended several of their productions, I can highly recommend that an evening spent at a Canyon Moon Theatre play will leave you thoroughly impressed with the level of talent that a small town can acquire.If...

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  • Shakespeare Sedona - 11th Season

    2008 is the 11th Season to enjoy Shakespeare under the stars in Sedona. It runs May through through mid-July and is always a popular and unique event in Sedona. Tickets are $25, but students with ID get a $10 discount 30 minutes before each show. There are 4 great restaurants within Tlaquepaque, where this festival takes place, that are offering...

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  • Music, Dance and a Pool Table

    Most nights Relics has entertainment for those looking to stay up late. It's a casual bar and grill that turns into a nightclub after the sun sets. They also have a pool table and friendly staff. They serve lunch and dinner as well. Casual decent food...a little on the pricey side. Casual

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Sedona Transportation

  • Phoenix-Sedona Shuttle

    I loved my ride with the Sedona Phoenix Shuttle. Rich was so friendly and a great driver. He introduced everyone to me. Some local and a few like me from out of town. I own a timeshare in South Africa and traded to Los Abrigados resort. The shuttle brought me up in two hrs and the rate was only $50.00 one way or $90.00 round trip. I learned from...

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  • Driving

    Driving through the town can take a long time for the one+ mile form north to intersection of Hwy 89A and 179 going south. It is a bottleneck, but does have a turnabout to help a bit. Then if you go further west on Hwy 89A, there many lights, people pulling off the road, and pulling on to it. Speed limit is 40MPH, so be careful. It takes about 15...

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  • Jeep Tours

    Do you want to travel in style in Sedona? Well, here's a great thing. Sedona have this pink jeep rentals. They are absolutely good-looking jeeps. They are great to drive on the rugged terrain of Sedona! I have to tell you though that I am not sure how much it would cost per hour to rent it. We rented an SUV Toyota Highlander 2009 for my family...

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Sedona Shopping

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  • Art & Art Galleries

    These are a series of shops in the more popular area to go and buy. Most shops are upscale, and even more expensive than other stores in town; like in high end big time. However, there are some shops that seemed a bit more reasonable, but you have to look hard. There are 50 stores and restaurants total, with 6 being eateries, 16 art galleries, and...

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  • If you're looking for Tea

    I was surprised to find this tea store in Sedona. They have a selection of tea ware and a large selection of teas and herbal teas. The options are great but it is on the expensive side. If you are tea lover it is worth a visit.Hours: Monday ClosedTuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 6:00...

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  • Friendly staff

    The staff at The Hike House are by far the friendliest and most helpful of any outdoor store in Sedona. The have a nice selection of hiking shoes and day packs. A bit limited on clothing. I manage to find a few things on close out and got a good deal. They even gave me a 10% discount because I was purchasing the last item in that style.Not much in...

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Sedona Local Customs

  • Vortexes & Spirituality

    Sedona is believed by many to possess almost supernatural powers in the form of the vortexes in the area. A vortex is an energy field which is supposed to enhance psychic ability and promote self-awareness. There are four vortex areas in Sedona- Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Airport Mesa. Boynton Canyon is believed to be the...

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  • Culture

    Sedona, AZ is surrounded by beautiful views and mountains. The people living there respect the environment, and have strong opinions about what should and shouldn't be allowed in the area. Sedona time is very slow and easy. The place is cordial, spiritual and healthy. Many of the residents have come from other parts of the USA or world to live near...

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  • Photography

    This is one of many favorite places for photographers to come. I think it is all the very natural beauty and the fact that most residence here take so much pride where they live. So many beautiful contrast in colors and formation photographers are able to catch all types of natural beauty. Also because this area is very accessible most times of the...

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Sedona Warnings and Dangers

  • Hiking

    I found this so interesting and amazing at the same time. Yet, something we all should heed when hiking in this area. Stay on the paths. Why stay on the paths? The large, black patches of dark, knobby, brittle crust are actually a cryptobiotic crust. The crust is made of lichen, moss, cyanobacteria, liverwort, and fungi. The crust prevents erosion...

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  • Driving

    Wow! I should have listened to some of the other posters. My first drive into Sedona, AZ from Ohio, being overwhelmed by the beauty, I missed an unusual drop (speed trap?) in the speed limit. I was immediately pulled over and given a ticket. My town would give an out-of-towner a warning...not here. This was my first ticket ever, in over 30 years of...

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  • Camping

    Are you planning to camp in Sedona? Make sure to get all the information and park passes before you even start to put up your tent! There are fire restriction and closures of campsites to reduce the likelihood of wildfire. When you do camp to designated areas, make sure that your campfire is completely out before you leave. Also, don't throw...

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Sedona Tourist Traps

  • Jeep Tours

    Why not rent a 4WD vehicle? Its not like the drive in a 4WD is any less appealling than with a 2WD. However, a 4WD gives you the option of truly exploring the area, while a 2WD forces you to shell out $60/per person to a jeep tour company to take you off of the beaten path. While in Sedona, the drive up Shnebly Hill Rd is a beautiful drive, in...

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  • Pay for a All Terrain Rental- Save on...

    Why not rent a 4WD vehicle? Its not like the drive in a 4WD is any less appealling than with a 2WD. However, a 4WD gives you the option of truly exploring the area, while a 2WD forces you to shell out $60/per person to a jeep tour company to take you off of the beaten path. While in Sedona, the drive up Shnebly Hill Rd is a beautiful drive, in...

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  • Casa Sedona

    This Bed and Breakfast Inn is highly overrated.I do not know how they got the AAA 4 diamond star rating- carpets and walls have stains- towels are not very clean- plumbing is very old with toilets overflowing without undue use- choice of food at breakkfast limited, mostly sweet stuff, available only from 8 to 9 am - get a reduction in price - go...

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Sedona What to Pack

  • Attire

    You needed a luggage if you spend the night in Sedona. Otherwise, just bring some backpack to carry your bottled water.Your comfy walking attire. Bring comfy attire, comfortable shoes and depending on the weather you are going, bring a jacket even during the spring time because it gets cold at night and during early mornings. Bring sunscreen. The...

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  • Hiking/Biking

    Wear hiking boots or good walking shoes. In your pack, you should carry a first aid kit, a map, flashlight, toilet paper and plastic bag, rescue whistle, compass, pocket knife, extra food. Keep you dogs on leash and clean up after your pet.

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  • Wear a hat and sunscreen

    Wear hiking boots or good walking shoes. In your pack, you should carry a first aid kit, a map, flashlight, toilet paper and plastic bag, rescue whistle, compass, pocket knife, extra food. Keep you dogs on leash and clean up after your pet.

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Sedona Off The Beaten Path

  • Jerome

    Located just a mile out of Jerome, AZ is a unique "ghost town" that was once home to over 300 people working the mine. The location today is owned by Don Robertson who has been collecting motor vehicles and "stuff" for years. Open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas you can easily spend an entire day...

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  • Hiking/Biking

    As you walk along the Cockscomb trail you will see the Cockscomb with it's distinguished top of a large mesa and 4 round spires in a line going south. The trail passes the Cockscomb on the north. As you pass by you will see several herd trails leading in the direction of the Cockscomb. You can follow these to the top. But beware! The trails are not...

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  • Vortexes & Spirituality

    I actually got a giggle out of this, but at the same time, I can understand why so many feel that this area is filled with some of the most positive energy. Beautiful landscapes with serene settings have a very calming positive affect on people. Vortexes supposedly are the whirling fluid of energy the earth produces and can be felt in certain...

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Sedona Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking/Biking

    This is my favorite trail in all of Sedona. The trail head is at the end of Boynton Canyon rd near the entrance of Enchanted Spa and Resort. The trail goes along the property of Enchanted Spa for a little about 1 mile. This is the rockiest part of the trail. Soon after leaving the view of the spa, the trail becomes flat and sandy. A pleasure for...

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  • Rock Climbing

    The abundance of high red rock walls, cliffs and spires provide an almost unlimited number of climbing routes for technical rock and free climbers. Since many of these walls are made of sandstone, which can break easily, these routes are not for beginners. But don't worry about being left without an opportunity for some vigirous exercise. Sedona's...

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  • Boynton Canyon Trail

    This is my favorite trail in all of Sedona. The trail head is at the end of Boynton Canyon rd near the entrance of Enchanted Spa and Resort. The trail goes along the property of Enchanted Spa for a little about 1 mile. This is the rockiest part of the trail.Soon after leaving the view of the spa, the trail becomes flat and sandy. A pleasure for...

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  • Town of Sedona

    The picturesque town of SEDONA lies at the mouth of beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm. Sedona is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral, Bell and even Snoopy, because their massive shapes resemble these distinctive objects. Rising high above Sedona and its hallmark canyon is the Mogollon Rim, a 2,000-foot...

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  • Visitor Center

    You will soon realize that every view deck you will see in Sedona, it says that if you don't have passes you are not allowed to park there. Accessing the Red Rock country, you needed to get Pass. It is required on national forest land in Sedona! Since Sedona is a high-impack recreation area, the national forest services required passes. This...

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  • Photography

    What was neat about this trip was my oldest wanted to take some of his own photographs and he did a wonderful job of it. I have many different cameras, so I gave him one to use. About the only thing I didn't like is he would get to close to the edge at times. So I had to keep the eye on him. Still, he has a wonderful time and was very proud of the...

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