Getting Around Sedona - Shuttle, Car Rental, Ride Share, or Taxi?

The honest truth is that Sedona has become so popular that getting around town will test your patience. Car traffic during the day will almost certainly be part of your vacation experience here. There will be days and hours that are less congested - perhaps due to not perfect weather or seasonal lulls, but just expect traffic and be pleasantly surprised if you don't run into it.

Here Are the Best Ways to Get Around in Sedona

1. Have Access to Your Own Vehicle

Whether that means renting a car or driving your own into town, having access to your own vehicle will allow you to drive to trailheads, explore Uptown at your leisure, and procure food more easily. There will be times where you'll "move on" to the next place of interest at a different pace than you originally expected, or the restaurant that you wanted to dine in ended up requiring reservations weeks in advance. Having your own car will allow you to be more flexible experience.

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2. Take City, Hotel, or Tour Provided Shuttles When Possible

Sedona now has two public transit services that give visitors who choose not to rent a car access to a lot of major attractions.

The Verde Shuttle provides service 7 days a week, every hour, from 6 AM to 10 PM. The route connects Cottonwood to Sedona, then serves stops in West Sedona, Uptown, Tlaquepaque, Hillside area and south to Poco Diablo. The cost is just $1 per ride. Info is at www.verdeshuttle.com.

The Sedona Shuttle began service in March 2023 and provides free service to five of the most popular trailheads. Visitors can get to two of the three Sedona Shuttle pickup points by using the Verde Shuttle. More info is at www.sedonashuttle.com.

Later this year, Sedona will be adding an app-based service called Sedona Shuttle Connect which will pick visitors up at their hotel or almost any location within the city of Sedona. Stay tuned for this if you're planning a visit later in 2023.

If you are going on a tour, want to wander around town or are going out to dinner (with a reservation already made) and the tour company or hotel you are staying at provides transportation - take it! Sedona can be difficult to find parking in. Also, it allows you to gape out the window and enjoy the views without having to worry about directions and other drivers who are gaping at the views as well.

3. RideShares

If you are able to book an Uber or Lyft in Sedona, consider that a lucky opportunity. They're not always readily available in this town, especially during busy times. Flagstaff is located just 30 miles north of Sedona and is a vibrant college town with a lively local nightlife scene. RideShare drivers tend to spend more time in Flagstaff as there is less traffic and more opportunity for work. In other words - ride shares are an option if you don't have access to your own vehicle.


FUN WAYS TO GET AROUND SEDONA'S RED ROCKS

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 with BBQ cookouts, winery/jeep combination tours, and much more. In Sedona we are known as the fun and friendly tour company, and we've got a reputatio
Sedona's oldest continually owned family tour business (since 1949) offers a wide variety of tours, including: Jeep tours, horseback rides with BBQ cookouts, winery/jeep combination tours, and much more. In Sedona we are known as the fun and friendly tour company, and we've got a reputation to back that up. Let our Cowboy and Indian guides show you what's special about Sedona's high desert. Check out our website for savings on online bookings.

Pink Jeep Adventures

Hang on tight for a fun-filled adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks in a cutting edge Jeep Wrangler, while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. You'll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down iconic red rock trails. Cho
Hang on tight for a fun-filled adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks in a cutting edge Jeep Wrangler, while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. You'll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down iconic red rock trails. Choose from over 15 adventure tours or go with Sedona's most popular tour for nearly 60 years, The Broken Arrow Tour, exclusively offered by Pink Jeep Tours.

Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterwards, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where y

Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterwards, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where you can peer off the edge at the mighty Colorado River! Tours leaves from Flagstaff.


Sedona Tour from Phoenix & Scottsdale

Tour the magical red rocks of Sedona and visit Native American ruins during this Sedona Tour from Phoenix & Scottsdale. Highlights include spending the day surrounded by the stunning red rock landscapes of Sedona, see ancient Sinagua cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Monument

Tour the magical red rocks of Sedona and visit Native American ruins during this Sedona Tour from Phoenix & Scottsdale. Highlights include spending the day surrounded by the stunning red rock landscapes of Sedona, see ancient Sinagua cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Visit Bell Rock, Airport Mesa and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Options available for shopping, galleries, restaurants in Uptown or T'laquapaque and off-road Jeep tours or guided hike add-ons.


Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

Explore the magic and mysticism of natural vortexes on this small-group tour departing from Sedona. Traveling the region by Jeep, you’ll visit several vortex sites around town and learn about their history, all with the help of an informative guide. Whether you feel the energy on your skin
Explore the magic and mysticism of natural vortexes on this small-group tour departing from Sedona. Traveling the region by Jeep, you’ll visit several vortex sites around town and learn about their history, all with the help of an informative guide. Whether you feel the energy on your skin or experience a feeling of enlightenment, find out for yourself the powers of a vortex. Keep things simple with this small-group tour, limited to 15 people for a more intimate experience.

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 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

  • 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

  • OTHER WAYS TO EXPLORE SEDONA