Things to do in Sedona

Desert hiking, biking, and climbing are no strangers to this city, usually known for its spiritual vibe.

Our most recommended things to do in Sedona

Sedona: Open-Air Bus Sightseeing Tour

1. Sedona: Open-Air Bus Sightseeing Tour

Discover the highlights of Sedona and its surrounding area on an open-air sightseeing bus tour. Learn more about the area with your local guide, on topics such as natural history, indigenous peoples, energy vortexes, geology, and even a world-famous spiritual stop. Set off on your journey to the first stop of the tour at the Sedona Airport Scenic Overlook. Located about the center of western Sedona, stop to admire spectacular views of rock formations like Thunder Mountain, Coffee Pot Rock, Cockscomb, Chimney Rock, Sugarloaf, and Mingus Mountain. Continue towards Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. Wander through the stunning landscape of red rocks surrounded by pinion and juniper pines. Take in the tranquil atmosphere of this spiritual refuge that attracts spiritual seekers of all faiths. Take a short walk through winding trails leading up to the stupa, believed to represent the Mind of Enlightenment bestowing blessings upon all believers. Stroll around the stupa and spin the prayer wheels or offer your own prayers to the heavens. Head next to the Boynton Canyon Vortex, the site of a balance between masculine and feminine energy. The vortex is located between a rock formation named Kachina Woman and another knoll which is thought to contain masculine energy. After some time to recharge travel back to the starting point.

Red Rock West 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

2. Red Rock West 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

Climb aboard an open-top, covered Jeep for an off-road adventure through the spectacular red rocks of Arizona’s desert wilderness trails on the outskirts of Sedona. Discover the heart of the Sedona landscape to see desert flora and fauna, and awesome red rock formations up close. Travel along one of the many forest service roads that take you deep into the western canyon area of Sedona's high desert area. Ideal any time of day, the tour is especially stunning during a sunset drive. Watch the rocks turn shades of orange, pink, and red as the sun begins to set. Your guide will tell tales and historical facts about the desert to blow your mind. Stop at the Van Deren Cabin, where famous Westerns, such as "Blood on the Moon" and "Purple Sage" were filmed, and pause at panoramic spots for extraordinary photo opportunities.

From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

3. From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

Travel along a wild and scenic river, only accessible by rail that was first built in 1912. Enjoy comfort and style, exceptional amenities and outstanding service. Wind your way through a red rock paradise, with tracks that hug the curves of the Verde River.Relax in spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Individually packaged, freshly made snacks of meats, cheeses, fruits and brownie bites are served at your seats. Full bar service is available in every car. Stroll around the train to open-air viewing platforms. Take in astonishing views of a wild and vibrant frontier, historic trestles, bridges, and a 7,000-foot tunnel. See nature tucked into unusual rock formations, red rock pinnacles, and towering crimson cliffs. Look up to see bald eagles and hawks float effortlessly on the breeze above Javelina. Keep an eye open for wild burros, jackrabbits and many other canyon creatures who have been peacefully coexisting with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years.

Sedona: Scenic Rim Pink Jeep Tour

4. Sedona: Scenic Rim Pink Jeep Tour

Experience the true majesty of red rock formations from 2,000 feet up on this Mogollon Rim Jeep tour. See some of earth's most beautiful formations and blaze a trail through stunning rugged terrain from the safety and comfort of a Jeep Wrangler. See both the lowland deserts and the Ponderosa pine forests of the high mountains from a completely new perspective, and enjoy some fantastic photo opportunities. During the tour, you'll have all the places of importance pointed out and narrated by the on-board tour guide, and have plenty of opportunity to snap to your heart's content for shots for your photo album. Apart from the occasional stop to stretch your legs, you'll see most of the countryside from a state-of-the-art Jeep Wrangler, which has more to it than meets the eye. Whether it's traversing intense hills , or smoothly riding down super-steep valleys, you'll be amazed at what this vehicle can do.

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

5. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

6. The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this scenic tour filled with incredible views. Your tour begins with a ride through the scenic red rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon — one of the top scenic drives in America. Continue through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation with a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. Your journey continues, providing you with a breathtaking view of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, take in the beautiful views of the canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing panoramic views. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from which the spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim can be viewed. Enjoy a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim to admire the natural beauty of the park. After, there is optional time to explore Grand Canyon Village, where many historic buildings are located.

Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

7. Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

Learn about the famous Sedona vortexes, which have defied explanation for years on a walking tour. See why people from all over the world have extraordinary and enlightening experiences here. Jump into a jeep and prepare for a fascinating tour for the skeptic, the academic, and the seeker alike. Head to a couple of sites and walk around and learn about the history of these sites thought to emanate mystic energy. Hear stories of people from all over the world, who experienced the energy these sites promise. Open your eyes to the different cultural beliefs that surround the vortexes and see if the vortexes can connect you to another power. Explore the possibilities, the history, and the various cultural beliefs surrounding the vortexes. Learn about the ways in which you're connected to the earth from Chinese medicine to American Indian lore and New Age mysticism. Immerse yourself in this unique experience on a small group tour with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

8. Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

If you are staying in Sedona, your day begins with a scenic and narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona to Flagstaff. You will travel through Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top 10 scenic drives in the US, then through the towering Ponderosa Pines.  After picking up customers staying in Flagstaff, the vehicle will travel past the dormant volcanoes that make up the San Francisco Peaks and through Navajo Nation.  While on your journey, receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas you pass through from your experienced and knowledgeable local tour guide.  Travel through the Navajo Reservation as your guide shares stories of this ancient culture, and information about the unique geology and vistas along the way. Once you make it across the Navajo Reservation, you will have time to walk out on the unpaved path to see Horseshoe Bend, an iconic viewing vista.  Then, continue to be dazzled by the views at Glen Canyon Dam and the southernmost point of Lake Powell. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, meet your Navajo guide for a spectacular tour of Antelope Canyon at the Canyon X site. Take advantage of many photo opportunities as you watch the angle of the sun changing inside the canyon.  Walk with the Navajo through the curves of this red rock slot canyon. You might even hear the sounds of flute music echo off the canyon walls.  After your tour, you'll begin your return trip from Antelope Canyon. You'll pass by the western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a brief stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Grand Canyon Classic Sightseeing Tour Departing Flagstaff

9. Grand Canyon Classic Sightseeing Tour Departing Flagstaff

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see attraction on everyone’s bucket list. This classic tour offers you an up-close and personal experience of this awe-inspiring miracle of nature in a comprehensive full-day adventure. Ride through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation where you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. You will get breathtaking views of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge as you drive. Inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, you will have time to take in the beautiful views of the Canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing vistas that will take your breath away. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim. Become intimately familiar with the exquisite scenery as you take a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim. Afterward, you will have optional time to visit Grand Canyon Village, containing historic buildings and museums. It took nature 2 billion years to create this immense chasm, but you can get to know it in a single day. Returning to Flagstaff, take one last look over your shoulder as the Canyon fades against the desert backdrop. Break once more before being dropped off at your hotel when you stop at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan.

Sedona: Nighttime UFO & Stargazing Tour

10. Sedona: Nighttime UFO & Stargazing Tour

Change how you see the skies forever with this nighttime stargazing and UFO tour. Discover the unexplained phenomenon hovering just above Sedona and make contact with the unidentified objects overhead. Your UFO guide will assist you in tracking the nocturnal activity, which includes flashing lights, UFOs changing size rapidly, and winding in and out of the mountains around you. Challenge how you perceive the world beyond with this one-of-a-kind tour. Enjoy the unpolluted expanse of the night sky with your naked eye before seeing its hidden secrets with night vision goggles.

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What people are saying about Sedona

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,351 reviews

This tour was very worthwhile. The ride to the grand canyon was very scenic and the tour guide gave a lot of hosiery and cool information throughout the entirety of the day. She was very knowledgeable and versatile to work with. Due to some inclement weather, she had to rearrange some things during our tour but she did it in a manner that we didn't even notice and it definitely didn't take away from the quality of the tour. I believe the tour guide s name was Diane or Diana. She was excellent. We enjoyed every moment from start to finish. She constantly made sure everyone was comfortable and well hydrated and just overall, made the tour very enjoyable.

Steve Gerhart was courteous, knowledgeable and on time. He went above and beyond what we expected. So happy we had a guided tour instead of going on our own. Steve made this trip a remarkable experience.

Jeff was a wonderful experienced guide. He took us to the best views of the canyon. I'm so glad I went on a tour. I would definitely book again.

It was a wonderful trip and our guide Cody was great. Very informative and accommodating. Would definitely use this company again.

Was very enjoyable and knowledgeable, wonderful scenery and great job by all!