Welcome to Sedona
A combination of hippie enclave, cowboy paradise, and snowbird resort town, Sedona pushes the limits—in a good way. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres (728,000 hectares) of national forest land, the Arizona town attracts those who love the wild to explore its countless options for hiking, biking, and off-roading tours, especially in pursuit of killer desert views and stunning sunsets. Adrenaline junkies might opt for a zipline trip or an off-road tour. Take a Jeep tour of the city’s “rock stars” such as the famous Red Rock State Park, Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Capitol Butte, and Chimney Rock, all accessible within a couple hours of downtown; or go even further afield on popular day tours to Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Horseshoe Bend. Helicopter tours promise clear aerial views of the major sites and a deeper understanding of why Sedona is nicknamed “rock country,” while whitewater-rafting trips down the Colorado River will wash all thoughts of the desert away. Sedona also offers off-road trips to Native American ruins that educate on the region’s long history of human habitation (dating back to 11,500 BC), tours that explore the town’s spiritual side and energy vortexes, and others that hunt for paranormal activity in the nearby town of Jerome.