Camping in Sedona

Sedona, Arizona camping and RV parks let you spend a few nights under the Sedona night sky, or make Sedona a favorite stop on a cross-country trip in your RV. It's also a great way to save money in your travel budget, with campsites ranging from just $16 to under $50 per night in most places. Let the kids enjoy gooey s'mores, share a campfire, and tell ghost stories, (even look for UFOs)! Enjoy a little stargazing, fishing, and hiking or just relax and take in the scenery. You'll find Sedona Arizona camping and RV parks offer a wide range of amenities in a variety of settings from dispersed camping to RV parks with hookups, showers, restrooms, laundry, swimming, and more.

Offical campgrounds are typically open during the months of April-October, which means a camp host is there to collect campsite payment as well as maintain the restroom facilities and drinking water supply. Once the campground is "closed", dispersed camping and RV resorts are the most reliable option for camping off-season.

The Fall season is actually one of the most beautiful times of the year to go camping in Sedona, especially in the Oak Creek Canyon area along Highway 89A. This is the spot to watch leave change colors. The brilliant reds and golden yellows of the leaves along Oak Creek will not disappoint! The weather is cool in the mornings and evenings, but just perfectly comfortable for fishing and enjoying being outside.

What to Expect When Camping in Sedona

Camping in Sedona is a dreamy weekend vacation idea. But you'll find that it's not very easy to camp here, especially during the warmer months.

Most of the official campsites are situated along Highway 89A, north of Sedona on the way towards Flagstaff. Oak Creek runs down this corridor and inarguably offers the coolest temperatures to camp in during the hot, summer months. The creek is great to go swimming and fishing in, and the oak trees and surrounding flora is lush offering shade and refuge from the heat. These campgrounds are well-managed with toilets, water, picnic tables, and fire rings. However, they are shaded by trees and canyon walls and prohibit the expansive, iconic, red rock views of Sedona. If you choose to stay at an official campsite, try to reserve it as soon as possible as they are popular and well-worth experiencing.

Dispersed Camping is free camping in Sedona, which is available mostly in West Sedona. It can be quite a drive the further you have to drive back in order to find a quiet spot, but these campsites do offer expansive views of Sedona's famous red rocks. There are no amenities out here; no toilets, no water, and no overnight fees - and you MUST follow Leave No Trace rules. But even dispersed camping has been quite popular over the last few years and you might have to drive miles on the red dirt to find an available spot to camp for the night. The cooler the weather gets, the more campsites become available in Sedona. But don't be surprised if you can't find a campsite right away.

There are eight designated dispersed camping areas. These areas are comprised of nearly 36 acres that accommodate about 10-35 campsites in each area, totaling 150-200 campsites—depending on the size of the vehicle, trailer, or RV.

The designated areas are accessed via state Route 89A, with five of those areas located along the popular access Forest Road 525, while two others are located along FR 89B, and the final area on FR 9570A. Each site operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bivying and van camping is not so easy in these parts. Much of Sedona is either privately owned and it's not legal to overnight camp at most trailheads, parking lots, nor on the side of dirt roads. If you're driving up from Phoenix, consider staying east of 1-17 at the Sedona exit or further south of Sedona to van camp (Verde Valley area). If you're coming from the north, Flagstaff is much kinder to van life and has plenty of places in the forest to post up. We suggest you just camp in Flagstaff and take day trips to Sedona as it's only about 30 miles away. If you want to stay in lower elevation, then east of 1-17 is the way to go. Definitely DO NOT poach in the city of Sedona unless you really know the rules of where you are staying. There are a few local spots that are still legal, but these are held onto tightly since there are very few of them left. If you really want to know about these spots, contact your fellow dirtbag/vanlifer. ;)

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There are a limited number of tent campsites available just outside of Sedona city limits. Look for tent sites manage by U.S. Forest Service or privately-owned RV campgrounds like Lo Lo Mai in Page Springs and Rio Verde in Cottonwood. For campsite information, we recommend you view locations, prices, availability, and make campsites reservations at Recreation.gov

Sedona Campgrounds

  • Chavez Crossing Group Campground Rustic tree-shaded sites for tents, small RVs and trailers on a creek with toilets & picnic tables.
  • Manzanita Campground These 18 creekside campsites near a swimming hole & hiking trails offer fire pits with grates.
  • Cave Springs Campground Creekside campground in a wooded canyon with RV/trailer/tent sites, BBQ grills, restrooms & showers.
  • Pine Flat Campground Campground in a pine forest offering outdoor activities like swimming, hiking & trout fishing.
  • Cescent Moon Ranch Cabin Ranch house & cabins in a serene natural setting surrounded by red-rock cliffs & streams.

THINGS TO DO OUTDOORS AROUND SEDONA

Zane Grey RV Park (55+ park) - Verde Valley

A Beautiful Northern Arizona RV Park and Cabin Rental resort near Sedona and the Red Rock attractions. Comfortable RV camping sites on West Clear Creek in Camp Verde, Arizona. The location is unique, with a creek-side path and lots of shade. Our friendly staff will make your stay comfortab
A Beautiful Northern Arizona RV Park and Cabin Rental resort near Sedona and the Red Rock attractions. Comfortable RV camping sites on West Clear Creek in Camp Verde, Arizona. The location is unique, with a creek-side path and lots of shade. Our friendly staff will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Zane Grey RV Village is open year round to meet your Arizona vacation needs in any season.Zane Grey RV Village is really quite beautiful!A premiere RV park in the Red Rock region of Arizona.

Granite Mountain Guides - Prescott

Granite Mountain Guides was established on the foundations of providing exceptional instruction to climbers that are just learning the craft. From there it expanded into how we can best serve the local community even more by promoting wonderful areas for all to experience on our guided tri
Granite Mountain Guides was established on the foundations of providing exceptional instruction to climbers that are just learning the craft. From there it expanded into how we can best serve the local community even more by promoting wonderful areas for all to experience on our guided trips. All of our Instructors are well-qualified American Mountain Guides Association certified in their specific terrain. Granite Mountain Guides can fulfill your needs and help you achieve your goals.

Sedona UFO Tour Guided By Contacted Scientist

At sundown, all participants caravan 3 miles to a parking area with a dark sky. 3rd gen night vision goggles are distributed to see what can't be seen with the naked eye. Satellites, airplanes and UFOs are seen every night.

Personal UFO Tour: With 3 or more in a

At sundown, all participants caravan 3 miles to a parking area with a dark sky. 3rd gen night vision goggles are distributed to see what can't be seen with the naked eye. Satellites, airplanes and UFOs are seen every night.

Personal UFO Tour: With 3 or more in a party, the Sedona UFO Tour Guide comes to you with the gear and the information that has made Michael THE guide to hire for a UFO Tour.

Conversations with a Contactee: Michael will buy lunch and spend an hour sharing his ET contact story, and answering the attendees' questions.


Wildland Trekking

Go on an epic journey in Sedona or to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cuisine, and quality gear served up by America's most experienced and knowledgeable Grand Canyon guides. 25+ years experience in adventure travel.

Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of Northern Arizona's wine country, just minutes from tasting rooms and vineyards. From the top of the towers, you can see majestic red rocks, the San Francisco peaks, and the whole breathtaking Verde Valley including Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome. Come join us for a Zip Line adventure that you'll never forget! Ride the most exciting zip line ever devised, over Out of Africa and soar over Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Hyenas, Bears, Jaguars and other natural predators!


Sedona Hiking App

Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 110 trails, over four hundred miles of trail documented and available in the App. You can follow your location in real time and always know where you are on the trail. Visit and explore www.SedonaHikingApp.com for trail listings and

Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 110 trails, over four hundred miles of trail documented and available in the App. You can follow your location in real time and always know where you are on the trail. Visit and explore www.SedonaHikingApp.com for trail listings and hike highlights with pictures from the trails.

Here's how it works: After you decide on the trails you'd like to experience, download the trails onto your device (with a network connection) and 'select' them as you do the hike. Click 'Take a Hike' to see the map. Everything you need is in each hike package, including driving directions This really is hiking for everyone. Easy, moderate, and hard day hikes to enjoy the grandeur of Sedona!

Check out our new Discovering Sedona Landmarks app!


Wine Tour from Sedona to the Verde Valley Vineyards in Luxury Transportation

Our tour to four wineries will be either in a luxury tour coach or in a luxury SUV depending on the size of the group going out that day. You may choose to enjoy tastings or bottles of award-winning wines. You will receive discounts for tastings and bottles of wine, at some of the winer

Our tour to four wineries will be either in a luxury tour coach or in a luxury SUV depending on the size of the group going out that day. You may choose to enjoy tastings or bottles of award-winning wines. You will receive discounts for tastings and bottles of wine, at some of the wineries. Also, we are the only tour company that allows you to bring your own alcoholic (or nonalcoholic) beverages with you on the bus. At one of the wineries, we will have a picnic, outside next to the grapevines or inside depending on the weather. The picnic is served on linens, includes a personal charcuterie board. This includes French bread, gourmet cheeses, hard salami, olive oil with balsamic vinegar, grapes, nuts, and chocolates, for each individual person on the tour. At one of the award-winning wineries, we will be touring the production facility and barrel room. There we will discuss the wine-making process and what it takes to make a cluster of grapes into an award-winning bottle of wine.


The Outlaw Trail Jeep Tour of Sedona

Explore the western canyons of Sedona, Arizona on this guided, 3-hour, 4x4 tour. See this desert town's red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls, and pine forests — a scenic drive full of fun for the entire family. Along the way, learn about the history of the area, the rock formations, and

Explore the western canyons of Sedona, Arizona on this guided, 3-hour, 4x4 tour. See this desert town's red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls, and pine forests — a scenic drive full of fun for the entire family. Along the way, learn about the history of the area, the rock formations, and the local traditions. Choose from one of several departure times throughout the day. Get off the beaten track in a 4x4 Jeep vehicle Choose from several departure times throughout the day Get inside tips and information from a local guide Ideal choice for the entire family.


Private Diamondback Gulch by Off-Road Jeep from Sedona

A 4x4 off-road tour lets you get to the parts of Diamondback Gulch that are inaccessible to most vehicles. Take in panoramic views of the red rocks of Mingus Mountain, exposed layers of limestone, and more, all while riding on a thrilling Jeep Extreme-rated desert trail. Plus, a guided tou
A 4x4 off-road tour lets you get to the parts of Diamondback Gulch that are inaccessible to most vehicles. Take in panoramic views of the red rocks of Mingus Mountain, exposed layers of limestone, and more, all while riding on a thrilling Jeep Extreme-rated desert trail. Plus, a guided tour includes commentary about the area’s wildlife, archaeology, and moments of Hollywood fame.
  • 4x4 Jeep tour of Diamondback Gulch from Sedona
  • Access the wilderness of Diamondback Gulch on an Extreme Jeep Trail, beyond what's available by car
  • Comfortable custom Jeeps seat no more than 7 passengers
  • Learn about the area’s history and wildlife from your guide as you go
  • Admire unobstructed views of the desert wilderness far from other people
  • Morning and afternoon departure times are available

  • Bell Rock Vortex

    Stunning scenery, epic red rock landscapes and wide-open skies are just part of what makes a trip to Sedona’s Bell Rock a memorable travel experience. Visitors can navigate the destination’s five trails, which range from an easy hike between the Courthouse Vista Parking Lot and the Base of
    Stunning scenery, epic red rock landscapes and wide-open skies are just part of what makes a trip to Sedona’s Bell Rock a memorable travel experience. Visitors can navigate the destination’s five trails, which range from an easy hike between the Courthouse Vista Parking Lot and the Base of Bell Rock, to more challenging routes, like the moderate climb to Upper Bell Rock Trail or the most strenuous option, known as The Ascent. Travelers will catch incredible views of Chicken Point, Submarine Rock and Chapel of the Holy Cross—true icons of Arizona’s famed Red Rock State Park—from various lookouts along Bell Rock’s multiple trails.

    Bliss Wine Tours - The Most Luxurious Vineyard Tour in Sedona

    We are the most luxurious, customer-focused, wine tour company in Sedona! With extravagant limousines for larger groups and plush SUV’s for smaller groups. This tour helps you maximize on time while up in Northern Arizona, with a duration of 5+ hours. We spend an average of a little ove

    We are the most luxurious, customer-focused, wine tour company in Sedona! With extravagant limousines for larger groups and plush SUV’s for smaller groups. This tour helps you maximize on time while up in Northern Arizona, with a duration of 5+ hours. We spend an average of a little over an hour at each vineyard. Here’s one of many tips we will give you, after booking: You are able to imbibe on alcoholic beverages while traveling to and from the wineries and Sedona, with Bliss! This is a true day of pampering! This includes Excellent wine, Amazing food, Luxurious vehicles, Guides that want nothing more, than to make your heart Blissfully happy - Cheers!


    Experience E-Bike with Wine Tasting Activity

    An exceptionally unique tour in Arizona just outside of Sedona that combines the fun and informative e-bike tour through the marvelous Alcantra Vineyards overlooking the Verde River ending with wine tasting and food pairing to your pleasure! There IS water in the desert, and wine with this
    An exceptionally unique tour in Arizona just outside of Sedona that combines the fun and informative e-bike tour through the marvelous Alcantra Vineyards overlooking the Verde River ending with wine tasting and food pairing to your pleasure! There IS water in the desert, and wine with this exclusive e-bike tour.

    Private Soldier Pass Trail Jeep Tour from Sedona

    Travel by Jeep through Sedona's rugged countryside toward Soldiers Pass for expansive landscape views. This tour also brings you to two interesting natural sites: Devils Kitchen sinkhole and Apache's Seven Pools. Let someone else navigate the rough terrain while you sit back and enjoy t

    Travel by Jeep through Sedona's rugged countryside toward Soldiers Pass for expansive landscape views. This tour also brings you to two interesting natural sites: Devils Kitchen sinkhole and Apache's Seven Pools. Let someone else navigate the rough terrain while you sit back and enjoy the scenery.

  • Soldier Pass Trail from Sedona
  • Travel through the rugged countryside and challenging trails of Sedona towards Soldiers Pass
  • Ride over, around and up the red rocks
  • A challenging 4x4 experience that only a Jeep can provide

  • Boyton Canyon

    Boynton Canyon Trail’s breathtaking red rocks views and easy passes make it one Sedona’s most accessible hikes. Travelers find impressive panoramic landscapes early in the three-mile trek, where open desert, lush foliage and sky-high canyon views reign supreme. And while some say this acce
    Boynton Canyon Trail’s breathtaking red rocks views and easy passes make it one Sedona’s most accessible hikes. Travelers find impressive panoramic landscapes early in the three-mile trek, where open desert, lush foliage and sky-high canyon views reign supreme. And while some say this accessible hike ends in a rather anti-climactic way because box canyon walls stretch up on either side, ancient Sinaguan Indian ruins and tons of biodiversity make it a memorable outdoor experience for visitors to Sedona.

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