Family Vacation to Sedona, AZ

If you never thought of Sedona Arizona as a family vacation destination, think again. There are several great family fun activities in the Sedona area, both in Sedona itself and some just a 20 to 60-minute car ride away.

All of these suggestions can be found here on Sedona.net under the Things to Do section, with links to the attractions’ websites and an overview of what they have to offer.

In town, a Sedona Jeep tour is THE classic “must-do” for Sedona visitors of all ages, and it's something you should do earlier in your vacation than later because your Jeep tour guide will help you understand the lay of the land, the names of the different red rock formations, and educate your family about the history of Sedona's ancient people as well as the various plants and animals you're sure to encounter along the way. Sedona Jeep tours routinely cater to families with young children, tailoring both the level of adventure and their educational narrative to suit all ages and pique kids' natural curiosity. Even children aged 5 and under can take a Jeep tour, provided they follow Arizona state law and ride in a car seat. Many companies provide car seats if you don't have your own; just let them know in advance when booking your reservation. There are several companies to choose from on Sedona.net that offer jeep tours in Sedona so visit each company's website to see which best suits your family.

As an alternative to a Jeep tour, a trolley ride will take your family all over Sedona from the Village of Oak Creek out to West Sedona. The trolley is a great way to become acquainted with Sedona's geography and landscape. The trolley also allows your family tour on its own schedule; you simply hop on and hop off where you want to explore, or to check out local shopping and dining.

When it's time to get active and work out the wiggles, make a drive up Oak Creek Canyon, stopping along the way at Grasshopper Point and/or Slide Rock State Park; both are fun for some natural water-play in the warmer months and fairly easy hiking along the creekside. Kids aged 6 - 12 can complete the Junior Ranger program at Arizona State Parks like Slide Rock and Red Rock. If you need further specifics on where to go, look here or ask a local; most of Sedona's residents are open-air enthusiasts and will happily point you toward the best locations where your kids can explore nature. Also in the canyon, check out the trout farm for fishing with 100% guaranteed success for even the littlest anglers, and do some easy hiking at West Fork.

If your kids are older and like most parents of tweens and teens, you're having a hard time separating your kid from his or her smartphone, don't fight it — USE IT to your advantage! Put your teen in charge of taking all the family photos. You can even check out our Sedona Photography Challenge — a scavenger hunt of sorts — and share the pics with us on Instagram!

If the kids can stay up a little late, you might check out some Sedona astronomy tours and take advantage of seeing Sedona’s beautifully dark skies filled with stars. This is what you call family-friendly, natural Sedona entertainment and nightlife!

Just a short 45-minute car ride, in Camp Verde, look for some of the most family-friendly attractions in the area. First, check out Out of Africa wildlife park – a great zoo experience for the whole family, featuring a Tiger Splash show and a brand new Predator Zip-Line. Also in Camp Verde, take the kids to Cliff Castle Casino for some (perhaps surprisingly) family friendly fun including bowling and an arcade. If the grownups want to do some gaming and entertainment, the kids will love Kids Quest, a child care center beyond their wildest dreams with a huge indoor playground, karaoke state and Barbieland. Finally, don't leave Camp Verde without a visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument for a fascinating, up-close look at one of the best preserved ancient cliff dwellings in North America.

Just a bit south of Sedona and west of Camp Verde, look for the Verde Canyon Railroad (about 20 min from Sedona in the town of Clarkdale, just outside Cottonwood) for an old-fashioned train ride through a riparian canyon, a spectacular sightseeing experience where you'll observe the remnants of an old mining town, steep canyon walls and lots of wildlife, all from the comfort of your indoor passenger car and adjacent open-air observation car. And don't miss Blazin’ M Ranch for a cowboy cookout dinner (also 20 min from Sedona and can be combined with a Verde Canyon rail ride for a full day of fun.)

There are some really fantastic special events in Sedona happening year-round. See our Sedona event calendar. Depending on the dates of your visit, you may catch the Sedona Arts Festival, one of many music festivals, live theater like Shakespeare Sedona or the Sedona Film Festival. Several popular fall & winter holiday events like Fiesta de Tlaquepaque and the famous Sedona Luminarias are reason alone to take a family vacation to Sedona, AZ. And anytime of year during your sightseeing in Sedona, be sure to look for all the “Javalinas on Parade,” a public art installation all around town. Kids love to use their “treasure” maps and go “hunting” for the Javalinas.

Load up the minivan and head to Sedona for your next family vacation. We know what it's like traveling with kids, especially by car, but unlike many road trips, locals will tell you not to worry about making a long drive to get to Sedona, or trying to sightsee along the way. Just power through the time spent driving and get to Sedona as soon as you can; this is where you'll relax, especially if you arrive at least an hour before the evening's sure-to-be-glorious sunset. There is a host of family-friendly hotels and accommodations awaiting your family's arrival in Sedona, each meeting most parents' and kids' top criteria: budget, location, elbow room and amenities.

Budgets are subjective, of course, but we're willing to bet that a family on vacation will always appreciate getting a good value no matter how much or little they spend. Consider whether the hotel or motel includes breakfast, or offers free wireless internet access; value-added amenities like that can save a family around $25 per day.

There are budget and family-friendly hotels throughout Sedona, but two good places to start are the Village of Oak Creek (not to be confused with Oak Creek Canyon) and West Sedona. In general, you'll find that familiar pocket-friendly hotel and motel chains as well as lower-priced singular hotels are located in both West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Our Sedona hotel guide offers a quick look at each hotel's price range and displays them on a map, or you can use our Sedona hotel finder to sort by location and real-time rates for your particular vacation dates.

If you're traveling with tweens, teens or with another family, you may want to find accommodations with some extra elbow room. There are several hotels with suites available, but Sedona is fortunate to be able to offer visitors vacation rental homes as well as several timeshare or vacation ownership resort options as a spacious alternative. Particularly attractive for a 3+ night stay or longer, a vacation home rental or timeshare resort rental is a great solution for families on vacation, even if you're not a timeshare owner. Search the web for vacation rentals by owner to find vacation rentals, and familiarize yourself with Diamond Resorts, Sedona Pines, Poco Diablo, Los Abrigados, Arroyo Roble, Wyndham, Hyatt and Hilton resorts for accommodations ranging from one to three-bedroom condos or suites.

Let's face it: the kids will be tickled "red" if you choose a hotel with a swimming pool—either a heated outdoor pool you can use pretty much February through November, or an indoor pool like the one at Villas of Sedona. Particularly refreshing upon your first afternoon's arrival, especially after a long(ish) drive, the hotel's pool is the perfect place to head immediately after you drop your bags in the guestroom. Let the kids swim and tucker themselves out while you enjoy poolside refreshments and towering red rock views; the crimson color gets cranked up to the max in the setting sunlight. Enjoy a good night's sleep in your budget-friendly, perfectly located, spacious accommodations because there's a whole lotta family-friendly activities to explore on your Sedona vacation!

Today, on average, young people are spending 4 minutes a day in the outdoors, and, it is said, 6 hours a day in front of a television or a computer. Sedona is a phenomenal place to reverse that trend and get young people – in fact, all people – into the Great Outdoors, as part of a healthy vacation itinerary. While it's not the most obviously family friendly destination - in fact, part of Sedona's appeal may just be that there are no theme parks, arcades or sprawling malls - Sedona is a great place for families traveling with kids, IF you know where to look.

First, there are plenty of tour operators that will expertly help you get into the surrounding canyons by jeep, horseback, all-terrain vehicles or even a train or a hot air balloon, and the guides will gladly tailor their narrative to fascinate kids and pique their natural curiosity.

Second, venture out on your own; independent activities such as hiking, golf, fishing along Oak Creek, or swimming in the creek at Slide Rock or Grasshopper Point are the stuff that childhood memories are made of. In fact, kids aged 6 - 12 can complete the Junior Ranger program at Arizona State Parks like Red Rock and Slide Rock State Parks. If you need further specifics on where to go, look here or ask a local; most of Sedona's residents are open-air enthusiasts and will happily point you toward quiet locations where your kids can explore nature.

Third, if you can't separate your tween or teen from her smartphone, make it work for you! Put your kiddo in charge of taking photos with the cell phone camera during your vacation. He can even try to complete our Sedona Photography Challenge and share your pics with us on Instagram!

One thing parents often hear when traveling with kids is the whine of "I'm huuuuunnnnggrryyyyy!" Faced with the challenge of finding kid-friendly places to eat at least three, and sometimes more, times a day on your vacation, you are wise to look in advance for restaurants and eateries that cater to families.

While it's certainly true that most places in Sedona will welcome you and your progeny, why not check out these especially kid-friendly joints that offer a decent array of choices on their children's menus, won't break your budget (probably), and will keep the kidlets entertained long enough for you to actually take a rest, maybe have a cocktail, and enjoy a meal yourself.

Insider tip: If you're staying a couple of days and your lodging has a fridge and/or microwave in the guestroom, make an early stop at one of the local grocers like Safeway or New Frontiers Natural Marketplace to stock up on some kid-friendly snacks and maybe even a simple ready-to-eat meal or two. You'll be happy to have fresh goodies and drinks on hand to not only keep up your sightseeing energy, but also avoid having to eat every single meal in a restaurant.

  • Kitschy - Red Planet Diner {B, L, D; novelty decor; classic diner menu; West Sedona}
  • Classic - Coffee Pot Restaurant {B, L; lots of kids' menu choices; West Sedona}
  • Casual Anytime - Wildflower Bread Company {B, L, D; easy location with good parking; Uptown}
  • Breakfast - Red Rock Cafe {B, L, D; locals' favorite; Village of Oak Creek}
  • Lunch - Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen {L, D; Organic, local and gluten-free ingredients on pizzas and pasta; West Sedona)
  • Snacks - Black Cow Cafe {L, D; Homemade ice cream and waffle cones, gourmet hot dogs; Uptown}
  • Dinner - Red Rock BBQ {L, D; Great BBQ menu, the atmosphere and staff welcome children; Uptown}
  • Healthful - The Secret Garden Cafe {B, L, D; Several nutritious and delicious options for kids and adults; Uptown/Tlaquepaque}
  • Patio - Ken's Creekside {B, L, D; Good variety in the kids' menu; Uptown}

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Forest Houses Resort

Forest Houses Resort is situated on 20 wooded acres in upper Oak Creek Canyon. The resort is separated from the highway by trees and Oak Creek - a clear, cool continuously running mountain stream stocked with Rainbow and Brown trout and supporting an abundance of birds and wildlife. Fifte
Forest Houses Resort is situated on 20 wooded acres in upper Oak Creek Canyon. The resort is separated from the highway by trees and Oak Creek - a clear, cool continuously running mountain stream stocked with Rainbow and Brown trout and supporting an abundance of birds and wildlife. Fifteen houses in all, nestled in the dappled sunlight between canyon walls amid a forest of red maple, aspen, chaparral and seven varieties of oaks. Cool summer temperatures and picturesque winters make this the perfect retreat for people who enjoy peace and quiet in this crowded world.

Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock

A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcon
A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcony, and mini kitchenette. Enjoy the full-service spa, athletic club with fitness classes, two swimming pools and 18-hole championship golf course.
8.2
360 reviews

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Arroyo Pinion Hotel

Arroyo Pinion Hotel

This Freshly Renovated Boutique Sedona hotel is located near the Thunder Mountain, Lizard Head, Chimney, Sugarloaf and Coffeepot Red Rock formations. This Eco-Friendly hotel in Sedona offers easy access to uptown Sedona shopping, as well as Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock Crossing, Dry Creek

This Freshly Renovated Boutique Sedona hotel is located near the Thunder Mountain, Lizard Head, Chimney, Sugarloaf and Coffeepot Red Rock formations. This Eco-Friendly hotel in Sedona offers easy access to uptown Sedona shopping, as well as Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock Crossing, Dry Creek hiking trails, Bell Rock Vortex & Hiking Trails.

8.1
1204 reviews

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Sedona Real Inn & Suites

Sedona Real Inn & Suites

Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy
Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy spending part of their Sedona vacation relaxing with us. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 traditional rooms and 47 spacious suites offer comfortable accommodations. All our rooms include complimentary WiFi and a hot breakfast bar to get your day started! Your four-legged family members will love our grassy outside play area with a barbeque and fire-pit. The concierge is on-site daily to share the best things to do in Sedona.
8.9
248 reviews

Junipine Resort

Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of our everyday world. Enjoy coffee on your private Sedona, Arizona hotel room patio watching the sunrise over the Red Rocks.
Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of our everyday world. Enjoy coffee on your private Sedona, Arizona hotel room patio watching the sunrise over the Red Rocks. Slide Rock State Park is adjacent to our resort, and Sedona is just 8 miles away.
9
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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 and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hamm
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 and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hammocks, swings, barbecues, and picnic areas. Cabins, bungalows, and family units available. Come stay with us!
8.7
249 reviews

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 are dressed in distinctly different southwestern decor. The lush grounds - home to wildlife, birds and two resident sheep - showcase rambling walk

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 are dressed in distinctly different southwestern decor. The lush grounds - home to wildlife, birds and two resident sheep - showcase rambling walking paths, canyon oaks, giant pines and ancient sycamores. Healthy, bountiful, homemade breakfasts are offered by the creek in spring and summer and by the lodge fireplaces in fall and winter. An attentive, longtime staff strive to provide a quality of fine service that is the hallmark of this "magical" sanctuary. A Fodor's Choice and a Frommer's favorite.


Best Sedona Vacation Rentals

If you're looking for some great homes-away-from home in Sedona, we've got a great selection of beautiful Sedona vacation rentals, that are sure to make your vacation perfect. Offering amazing furnishings, luxury amenities, and so much more, these Sedona Rentals are sure to make your vacat
If you're looking for some great homes-away-from home in Sedona, we've got a great selection of beautiful Sedona vacation rentals, that are sure to make your vacation perfect. Offering amazing furnishings, luxury amenities, and so much more, these Sedona Rentals are sure to make your vacation a memorable one! Choose from a selection of top quality condos, luxury Sedona Vacation Homes, and top of the line villas that overlook the famous red rocks! Whether you're looking to spend the weekend hiking through Sedona's gorgeous trails, or just relaxing in town while sampling the many restaurants, curio shops, and more, we have the best rentals nearby so you can experience all that and more! Sedona.org boasts a team of customer-centered professional team players who strive to bring exceptional service to all of our owners and guests. Whether it is maintaining a property, answering a guest's question, or booking your visit, we want to ensure the highest level of customer service to all. Use Sedona.org for your travel booking experts.

Quiet Boho House with Red Rocks Views, Walk to Trails

Located in the West district of Sedona, just 5.6 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross, Quiet Boho House with Red Rocks Views, Walk to Trails provides its guests with air conditioning, a garden and free WiFi. Guests have a private patio.

The holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a TV, an

Located in the West district of Sedona, just 5.6 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross, Quiet Boho House with Red Rocks Views, Walk to Trails provides its guests with air conditioning, a garden and free WiFi. Guests have a private patio.

The holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower.


2-Acre Sedona Casita with Deck and Red Rock Views!

2-Acre Sedona Casita with Deck and Red Rock Views! is located in Sedona. The air-conditioned accommodations is 8.1 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi.
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1 reviews

Sunny Sedona Getaway - Hike, Golf, and Relax!

Featuring a garden, Sunny Sedona Getaway - Hike, Golf, and Relax! is located in the West district of Sedona, only 3.1 miles from Chapel of the Holy Cross. This property has free WiFi.
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Unique Sedona Home with Mountain Views and Guest House

Set in Sedona, within 2.1 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Unique Sedona Home with Mountain Views and Guest House offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden. Guests benefit from a balcony and a children's playground.

The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedr

Set in Sedona, within 2.1 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Unique Sedona Home with Mountain Views and Guest House offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden. Guests benefit from a balcony and a children's playground.

The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a hairdryer and free toiletries. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is offered.


Sedona Log Cabin with Stunning Views, Close to Creek

Located in Sedona, within 9.9 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona Log Cabin with Stunning Views, Close to Creek offers accommodations with air conditioning. Featuring a patio, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as skiing and cycling.

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Located in Sedona, within 9.9 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona Log Cabin with Stunning Views, Close to Creek offers accommodations with air conditioning. Featuring a patio, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as skiing and cycling.

Boasting a DVD player, the holiday home has a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms with a shower and a bath. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is offered. The holiday home offers a barbecue.


Coffee Pot Cabin

Boasting garden views, Coffee Pot Cabin provides accommodations with a garden and a patio, around 6.2 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Featuring free private parking, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking, skiing and cycling.

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Boasting garden views, Coffee Pot Cabin provides accommodations with a garden and a patio, around 6.2 mi from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Featuring free private parking, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking, skiing and cycling.

The holiday home features 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower.

9.5
2 reviews

Cozy Sedona Cottage with Private Creek Access

Located in Sedona, within 1.7 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cozy Sedona Cottage with Private Creek Access offers accommodations with air conditioning. This property offers access to a patio and free private parking. This holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a
Located in Sedona, within 1.7 mi of Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cozy Sedona Cottage with Private Creek Access offers accommodations with air conditioning. This property offers access to a patio and free private parking. This holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom fitted with a hot tub. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. At the holiday home guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. A barbecue is available on site and fishing can be enjoyed within close proximity of Cozy Sedona Cottage with Private Creek Access.
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West Sedona House with Deck - Mins to Uptown!

Located within the West district in Sedona, West Sedona House with Deck - Mins to Uptown! has air conditioning, a patio, and city views. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to free WiFi and a balcony.

The holiday home is equipped with 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV wit

Located within the West district in Sedona, West Sedona House with Deck - Mins to Uptown! has air conditioning, a patio, and city views. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to free WiFi and a balcony.

The holiday home is equipped with 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a dishwasher, a microwave, a washing machine, a fridge and an oven.


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