Sedona for Outdoor Adventurers

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

 

1. Diamondback Gulch Jeep Tour From Viator

Book this tour with Viator. Hold on tight as this 4 x 4 adventure leads you into the wide-open terrain of the picturesque high desert outbac...  More
  • (888) 651-9785
  • Sedona
  • AZ, US
  • $87.00 - $87.00

2. Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature‚Äôs wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a ...  More

  • (928) 567-9947
  • 3505 Highway 260
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322

3. Pink Jeep Tours

Since 1958, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road adventures in the Southwest. Our award-winning excursions are ...  More
  • (928) 282-5000
  • 204 West Highway 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $45.00 - $125.00

4. Sedona Photo Workshops

Sedona Photo Workshops

Take your photography to a whole new level with personal instruction from one of Arizona's best Fine Art Ph...  More

  • (928) 274-4308
  • Sedona
  • AZ, US
  • $50.00 - $150.00

5. Red Rock Balloons

Come fly the Red Rocks! Take an "Aerial Nature Walk" which is a truly magical feeling of soaring gently with the wind. Sedona's natural wond...  More
  • (928) 284-0040
  • 105 Canyon Diablo Road
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86351
  • $200.00 - $200.00

6. Sedona Hiking App

Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 100 trails, three hundred and sixty miles of trail documented and available in the ...  More

  • Sedona
  • AZ, US
  • 86336

7. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines. It is securely suspended between the t...  More

  • (888) 259-0125
  • Fort Tuthill County Park
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

8. Arizona Outdoor Adventures

Drive our ATVs on a guided 40 mile off-road adventure through the West Sedona Valley. Bring your camera - you'll be awestruck by the 800...  More
  • (928) 282-8540
  • 1185 West Highway 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $130.00 - $142.00

9. A Day In The West

Sedona's oldest continually owned family tour business (since 1949) offers a wide variety of tours, including: Jeep tours, horseback rides w...  More
  • (928) 282-4320
  • 252 West Highway 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $49.00 - $190.00

DOWNLOAD THE SEDONA HIKING APP

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DOWNLOAD THE SEDONA HIKING APP

This app has over 100 trail maps available with more on the way! Follow your location in real time and always know where you are on the trail.
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