Weather

Chances are that one of the key motivating factors in planning your vacation to Sedona is its marvelous weather, right? You're probably wondering about the forecast for your specific trip dates, and you're likely interested in getting some advice on what kind of clothes to pack and when is the best time visit.

The spring and fall are the most popular times of the year, due mainly to Sedona's ideal weather conditions of blue skies and daily high temperatures in the mid-60s to low 80s (degrees Fahrenheit). However, as one can see from the average temperatures each month of the year, there is no bad time to visit Sedona, and in fact, coming to Sedona in lower seasons such as late summer and winter, or Sunday through Thursday year-round, is a great time to find bargains and fewer crowds.

Month
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Avg. High
58
61
66
74
84
93
96
94
88
78
66
57
Avg. Low
33
35
38
44
52
60
6
65
60
50
39
32
Avg. Rain
2.07
2.10
2.23
1.09
0.58
0.27
1.53
2.13
2.01
1.52
1.33
1.71
Avg. Snowfall
15.00
13.20
11.70
4.90
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.50
4.30
9.30

Sedona enjoys 278 sunny days per year. Be sure to pack a brimmed hat, comfortable sturdy shoes, a high SPF sunscreen and a camera.

At an elevation of 4,500 feet (1,372 meters), Sedona receives a fair amount of snow up on the Mogollon Rim, but only experiences a few inches per month on the ground in the winter. This kind of moderate winter weather makes visiting Sedona in the low season a pleasure; fewer crowds, easy layering pieces to pack and wear, and usually dry road conditions for the entire drive up from Phoenix are just a few reasons to visit in December, January and February. And the red rocks look positively spectacular when dusted in white. Do use caution when driving up Highway 89A toward Flagstaff in the winter; as you climb, you're more likely to experience snowy conditions on the already winding, steep portion of the scenic route.

Conversely, in the summertime, Sedona experiences rainfall mostly during the August monsoon season. When the dew point rises in the late summer months, Arizona experiences quick, intense thunderstorms. These monsoons contribute to rapidly shifting swings in weather, but locals will tell you that the monsoon season is one of their favorite times of year because it brings relief to seasonally high temperatures and makes the landscape incredibly verdant and fragrant. The red rock formations really 'pop' against a dark grey and stormy backdrop. Use caution when hiking or playing in Oak Creek, such as at popular swimming holes like Slide Rock, Grasshopper Point. A surprise thunderstorm can cause dangerous flash flooding or ruin a return hike back to your car.

With such mild, pleasant weather in which to get out and play (and play you will!) the best thing to pack for your Sedona trip year-round is casual light layers. You'll be welcome almost anywhere you go, shop or dine in casual clothes, and unique personal style is celebrated here.

1. Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge

Garland's Oak Creek Lodge is a unique, historic and acclaimed American-plan Lodge cradled in Oak Creek Canyon. Open March 29 thru Novemb...  More
  • (928) 282-3343
  • 8067 N State Rte 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $255.00 - $305.00

2. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopte...

World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company! Daily multilingual tours of Grand Canyon departing from Sedona, Scottsd...  More
  • (702) 736-7243
  • Sedona Airport
  • Sedona, AZ
  • $169.00 - $344.00

3. Briar Patch Inn

The Briar Patch Inn features 19 cabins situated on 9 lush acres in Oak Creek Canyon, just 3 miles north of Sedona. Each individual cabin is...  More
  • (928) 282-2342
  • 3190 N State Rte 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $219.00 - $395.00

4. Junipine Resort

Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retr...  More
  • (928) 282-3375
  • 8352 N State Rte 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $122.00 - $419.00

5. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Villa...

Your unforgettable Sedona experience must include spending time at internationally renowned Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), Sedona...  More
  • (928) 282-4838
  • 336 Highway 179
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336

6. Las Posadas Of Sedona

You will delight in the impeccably decorated, spacious two-room suites and private, romantic villas of Las Posadas of Sedona, a brand new lu...  More
  • (928) 284-5288
  • 26 Avenida De Piedras
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86351
  • $189.00 - $249.00

7. Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble ...

The Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas is located in Uptown Sedona, providing near-Grand Canyon accommodations within...  More
  • (928) 282-4001
  • 400 N. State Rte. 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $199.00 - $429.00

8. Hilton Sedona Resort

The Hilton Sedona Resort offers 219 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites. Sedona, AZ hotel guestroom choices includes a Deluxe Guest ...  More
  • (928) 284-4040
  • 90 Ridge Trail Dr
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86351
  • $169.00 - $479.00

9. El Portal Sedona

"Top 10 Hotels in the Southwest" Condé Nast Travelers Magazine - El Portal Sedona Hotel is a premier Sedona hotel located in the heart of t...  More
  • (800) 313-0017
  • 95 Portal Ln
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $179.00 - $399.00

10. Butterfly Garden Inn

The Butterfly Garden Inn, formerly Don Hoel’s cabins, is the perfect destination for individuals, families, and retreat groups who want to...  More
  • (928) 203-7633
  • 9440 N State Rte 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $165.00 - $215.00

11. Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa

This chic Sedona, AZ hotel and spa is located in the urban setting of West Sedona and features 77-appointed guest rooms including four Andal...  More
  • (928) 203-4111
  • 2250 W Hwy 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $189.00 - $299.00

12. Best Western PLUS Inn Of Sedon...

Save on your accommodations by booking the one of our money-saving vacation packages. Packages include one night’s lodging with Free Delux...  More
  • (928) 282-3072
  • 1200 W Hwy 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $149.00 - $185.00

13. Sedona Reãl Inn & Suites

Charm and comfort await you at the Sedona Reãl Inn & Suites. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 trad...  More
  • (928) 282-1414
  • 95 Arroyo Pinon Dr
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $129.00 - $189.00

14. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00...  More
  • (928) 567-2840
  • 3505 Camp Verde-Bridgeport Highway
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322
  • $20.00 - $36.00

15. 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

16. Orchards Inn Of Sedona

Featuring brand new rooms, Orchards Inn has one-of-a-kind Red Rock views from every room. Orchards’ central location in the heart of Uptow...  More
  • (928) 282-2405
  • 254 N State Rte 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $169.00 - $239.00

17. Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast I...

Enjoy bedside views of the Red Rocks of Sedona by Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. Sedona bed and breakfast fare includes full gourmet breakf...  More
  • (800) 453-1166
  • 40 Canyon Cir Dr
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86351
  • $189.00 - $349.00

18. 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

19. Oak Creek Terrace Resort

Escape to Oak Creek Canyon among the red rocks and tranquility of Oak Creek. We are the perfect couple's getaway with in-room fireplaces...  More
  • (928) 282-3562
  • 4548 N State Route 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $99.00 - $255.00

20. Adobe Grand Villas

Luxurious AAA 4 Diamond Sedona, Arizona bed and breakfast with 850 + sq ft villas, red rock views, two fireplaces, jetted tub, walk in showe...  More
  • (928) 203-7616
  • 35 Hozoni Dr
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $399.00 - $699.00

21. L’Auberge De Sedona

Breathtaking Red Rock vistas and creekside tranquility, magical dining experiences, a cozy lodge and intimate cottages, a private spa and me...  More
  • (928) 282-1661
  • 301 L’Auberge Ln
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $349.00 - $749.00

GET OUTDOORS

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SEDONA GOLF MAP

There are 4 golf courses, public and private, in Sedona and seven more within 20—40 minutes.
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SEDONA FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LOVERS

Sedona has some of the most scenic mountain biking trails, rock climbing routes and refreshing swimming holes in the great Southwest.
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PARKING AND TRAFFIC IN SEDONA

When you visit Sedona, you may experience "Red Rock Gridlock." Read insider tips on avoiding traffic, parking, and the Red Rock Pass.
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