Sedona on a Budget
Budget can often dictate your choices of things to do while in Sedona. Day trips to Sedona can work well if you have limited time or budget for the full Sedona experience. The most highly recommended free (or nearly free) activity is to hike one of the many trails ranging from beginner – appropriate for families with small children – to trails challenging to even the most experienced hiker. The only cost is a Red Rock Pass, available at dozens of businesses, hotels and trailheads for $5/day or $15/week. Hikers must remember to take plenty of water, a map, and be sure to let someone know your intended route.
Families can get their wiggles out at Slide Rock State Park, a natural slide formation in Oak Creek located a few miles up Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona. Or, check out Grasshopper Point, a popular swimming hole along Oak Creek. At either spot, pleasant walks along Oak Creek provide scenic views and much appreciated shade. The cost to visit either recreation area is $8 per vehicle for up to 5 persons.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a non-denominational spiritual facility known as “the chapel in the rocks” by most visitors and definitely worth the time to experience. One of the Sacred Buddhist Stupas of Kunzang Palyul Choling is also in Sedona, Arizona, and is a quiet meditative place “Where Peace is a Living Presence.” There is no admission charge at either location but donations are accepted.
Window shopping is yet another way to enjoy time in Sedona with art galleries topping the list, and yes there are even bargains there. Check out Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Hillside Sedona, the shops of Uptown Sedona and the outlet stores in the Village of Oak Creek.
There are tours and wine tastings at the Sedona area wineries with selections that rival the best of the vine. There are coupons for saving on the price of wine tours as well as the ever-popular Jeep tours, dining coupons and more discount offerings on our Special Offers page or through the local Chamber of Commerce.
Longer stays will most likely require overnight lodging and there are many choices from multi-family vacation rentals to less expensive motels. Rustic cabins are another alternative for affordable lodging. Meals in Sedona run the gamut: fast food, pizza parlors, sandwich shops and family dining restaurants. Cut costs even further by stopping by the local supermarkets to buy and pack a picnic lunch, spread a blanket and enjoying the views of Sedona’s red rocks. A popular picnic spot is Crescent Moon Park near Red Rock State Park and Red Rock Crossing, the most photographed place in Sedona, with spectacular views of Cathedral Rock. Again, this recreation area costs $8 per vehicle.
Sedona offers so much to see and do at every price point; the choices are yours. Make it memorable; make it your Sedona.
1. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
2. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
3. Arroyo Pinion Hotel
4. Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock
5. Great West Adventure Tours
6. Orchards Inn Of Sedona
7. Sedona Real Inn & Suites
8. A Spa For You Sedona Day Spa
9. Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn Of Sedona
10. Mystical Bazaar
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