Many people come to Sedona without intending to explore the surrounding nature, but within a few days they find themselves awe-struck and hankering to see more. The vibrant red and yellow rocks that surround the town draw you in, as does the diverse high desert.
Sedona’s unique location on the edge of the Colorado Plateau allows for numerous outdoor activities. The town itself sits at 4,600 feet, but if you follow Oak Creek Canyon for twenty-two miles you will find yourself on the Colorado Plateau at 7,000 feet. When in Sedona you follow the weather: if it’s hot you head for the creek or up onto the Mogollon Rim; when temperatures turn cooler there are many trails that explore the quiet spots and vistas. One nice thing about Sedona’s elevation is it cools down at night regardless of the daytime temperatures.
Most who live in Sedona came here because of the land. It’s old—actually it’s ancient—and you can feel it when you explore the canyons and hidden spots. You also sense that it’s been inhabited for a long time. On many hikes you pass ruins with petroglyphs and pictographs lining the walls, and you can quietly sit inside the dwellings and imagine what life was like there hundreds of years ago. In Sedona, one is surrounded by a healthy, vibrant, high-desert with a mix of desert flora like prickly pear cactus and mesquite, and trees that have migrated down from the plateau like alligator bark junipers and ponderosa pines.
When you find yourself being drawn out-of-doors, then, there are more than a dozen different ways you can get out and commune with nature. Here's a list to get you started:
- Go hiking
- Take an ATV ride
- Book a day of guided flyfishing on Oak Creek
- Kayak down Oak Creek or the Verde River
- Take a Jeep tour
- Go horseback riding
- Take a hot-air balloon ride
- Enroll in a Sedona photography workshop
- Visit the trout farm
- Splash in the creek at Slide Rock or Grasshopper Point
- Go skydiving with Red Rock Skydiving
- Go mountain biking
- Do some rock climbing or bouldering (Flagstaff Climbing offers guided climbs)
- Pick blackberries along Oak Creed (August-September)
- Go cliff jumping at Grasshopper Point or Wet Beaver Creek
- Take a soak in the Verde Hot Springs
- Have a picnic on Oak Creek