If you’re a rock lover, come prepared to hike around and see some of the amazing formations such as Devil’s Kitchen (sinkhole), Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, and if you want an easy hike, Coffee Pot Rock. It’s a local favourite and only 2 miles long. Fey Canyon is another popular spot, only 3 miles long with an interesting rock archway.
Of course, if you’re not the hiking type there are other options that are a little less intense. Sedona has several luxury resorts with spas, pools, and other activities like golfing on offer. You could try a relaxing yoga class or simply enjoy the town with great food and locally produced wines.
Places to Visit in Sedona
- Red Rock State Park
- Chapel of the Holy Cross
- Cathedral Rock
- Bell Rock
- Sycamore Canyon
Unique Things to See and Do in Sedona
- Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
- Admire the size and redness of Cathedral Rock
- Golf the Seven Canyons
- Relax with a spa treatment at the Hilton Sedona Resort
- Pick up a souvenir at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Energy Vortex’s in Sedona
One of the natural phenomena that exists in Sedona and claimed by many is the notion of power or energy that occurs at a couple of different spots in the region. Known as the vortex spots, there have been many documented peculiarities sighted, such as the twisted Juniper trees where instead of growing straight the lines of growth form into a helical spiral. But most notably is the feeling of energy.
The four vortex sites are: Bell Rock Vortex, Boynton Canyon Vortex, Cathedral Rock Vortex, and the Airport Vortex, and if you’re curious about them you can book local tour guides who take you out to these spots and tell you some of the history behind these phenomena.
The documentation of these vortex’s occurs as early as 1450 AD with the Native Americans who carved their findings into the surrounding stones. A fantastic pueblos and cliff house to see is is Montezuma’s Castle, not far from Sedona. Here you can see the petroglyphs and pictographs and see the evidence of their spiritual findings.
With the increase of New Age thinking behind these energy sites, there is now a plethora of crystal shops, aura reading gurus, and energy healers offering services. Whether you believe in this or not, the tours are a great way to see some of the sights.
Getting Around Sedona
Sedona is known for its amazing parks, great hiking trails, and general outdoor activities, which means the town is great for walking. but if you’re planning on venturing out then you need a car. Sedona is 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Arizona. There are a couple of tourist shuttles that will take you around the town too, otherwise guided tours are your best option.
Best Time of Year to Travel to Sedona
The best time of year to visit Sedona is between March and May. It is the perfect hiking season since the temperatures are a little bit cooler and the desert flowers are in full bloom. The most popular time of year to visit is during the spring and fall months, which means the rates for accommodations increase accordingly. The summer months are ridiculously hot with temperatures ranging from a low 17C to a high of 36C.
The nice part of Sedona is that it is green all year round due to the vegetation and underground waterways. No matter what time of year you visit you will see the contrasting colours of brilliant crimson reds against the dark evergreens.
Did you know…?
Montezuma’s Castle is not actually a castle but a cliff dwelling, and Montezuma, the 16th century Aztec ruler was never in Arizona.
Did you ALSO know…?
The red colour in the sandstone of the Red Rocks is caused by the trace iron they contain that actually rusts and produces the vibrant shades.
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