Sedona for Outdoor Adventurers

Many people come to Sedona without intending to explore the surrounding nature, but within a few days they find themselves awe-struck and hankering to see more. The vibrant red and yellow rocks that surround the town draw you in, as does the diverse high desert.

Sedona’s unique location on the edge of the Colorado Plateau allows for numerous outdoor activities. The town itself sits at 4,600 feet, but if you follow Oak Creek Canyon for twenty-two miles you will find yourself on the Colorado Plateau at 7,000 feet. When in Sedona you follow the weather: if it’s hot you head for the creek or up onto the Mogollon Rim; when temperatures turn cooler there are many trails that explore the quiet spots and vistas. One nice thing about Sedona’s elevation is it cools down at night regardless of the daytime temperatures.

Most who live in Sedona came here because of the land. It’s old—actually it’s ancient—and you can feel it when you explore the canyons and hidden spots. You also sense that it’s been inhabited for a long time. On many hikes you pass ruins with petroglyphs and pictographs lining the walls, and you can quietly sit inside the dwellings and imagine what life was like there hundreds of years ago. In Sedona, one is surrounded by a healthy, vibrant, high-desert with a mix of desert flora like prickly pear cactus and mesquite, and trees that have migrated down from the plateau like alligator bark junipers and ponderosa pines.

When you find yourself being drawn out-of-doors, then, there are more than a dozen different ways you can get out and commune with nature. Here's a list to get you started:

  • Go hiking
  • Take an ATV ride
  • Book a day of guided flyfishing on Oak Creek
  • Kayak down Oak Creek or the Verde River
  • Take a Jeep tour
  • Go horseback riding
  • Take a hot-air balloon ride
  • Enroll in a Sedona photography workshop
  • Visit the trout farm
  • Splash in the creek at Slide Rock or Grasshopper Point
  • Go skydiving with Red Rock Skydiving
  • Go mountain biking
  • Do some rock climbing or bouldering (Flagstaff Climbing offers guided climbs)
  • Pick blackberries along Oak Creed (August-September)
  • Go cliff jumping at Grasshopper Point or Wet Beaver Creek
  • Take a soak in the Verde Hot Springs
  • Have a picnic on Oak Creek
 

1. Sedona Hiking App

Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 100 trails, three hundred and sixty miles o

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Sedona
AZ
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2. Soldier Pass Trail From Sedona

Travel by Jeep through Sedona's rugged countryside toward Soldiers Pass for expansive landscape view
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AZ
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3. A Day In The West

Sedona's oldest continually owned family tour business (since 1949) offers a wide variety of tours,
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252 West Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
9282824320
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4. Arizona Outdoor Adventures

Drive our ATVs on a guided 40 mile off-road adventure through the West Sedona Valley. Bring your cam
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1185 West Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
9282828540
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5. Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators.

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3505 Highway 260
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
9285679947
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6. Red Rock Treks Sedona Hiking & Tours

Journey with us to the most unforgettably beautiful landscapes in all of Arizona. Red Rock Treks

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Sedona
AZ 86336
(928) 707-9477
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7. Red Rock Balloons

Come fly the Red Rocks! Take an "Aerial Nature Walk" which is a truly magical feeling of soaring gen
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105 Canyon Diablo Road
Sedona, AZ 86351
9282840040
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8. Canyons & Cowboys From Sedona

Go deep into the world of canyons and cowboys on a 2-hour off-road tour from Sedona, and experience
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9. Sedona Wine Adventures

We offer 4 very popular Sedona wine tasting tours along the Verde Valley Wine Trail. We visit the

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AZ
(928) 366-8476
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10. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines

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Fort Tuthill County Park
Fort Tuthill-Palmer Bypass, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
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11. Sedona Day Hikes & Sunset Hikes

Take a fall hike with us! A few things about how we operate: 1) first all of our day hikes are priva
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431 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336
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12. Sedona Photo Workshops

Sedona Photo Workshops

Take your photography to a whole new level with personal instructio

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9282744308
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13. Pink Jeep Tours Sedona's Most Popular Tour

Hang on tight for a fun-filled adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks in a cutting edge
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204 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(800) 873-3662
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14. Sedona Trail Zen

Sedona Trail Zen makes adventure accessible for everyone! Our guided hiking excursions take you to
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6020 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86351
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15. Sedona Vortex Tour

Explore the magic and mysticism of natural vortexes on this 2.5-hour small-group tour departing from
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AZ 86336
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16. Grand Canyon Day Tour

Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy th

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1515 North Main Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
1-800-514-0884
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DOWNLOAD THE SEDONA HIKING APP

This app has over 100 trail maps available with more on the way! Follow your location in real time and always know where you are on the trail.
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GET OUTDOORS

Rent a jeep for the day or have someone guide you on a jeep tour! Experience why this is the favorite modern Wild West Sedona adventure.
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PET-FRIENDLY SEDONA

Traveling with your pet? Sedona has a variety of accommodations for you and the pooch. After settling in your hotel, a nice hike and a swim in the creek are definitely in order. See Pet-Friendly Sedona »

BEST SEDONA DAY HIKES

Experience Sedona up close by hiking through the red walled canyons or up to a vortex point on a hilltop. It's even more beautiful than you imagined.
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