The most essential and frequently asked visitor questions relate to maps, directions and transportation. After all, getting here is the first step before checking into your accommodations and hopping on a Jeep tour or a mountain biking trail. While there's no telling what your individual travel needs may be, it's helpful to know that most people come to Sedona from Phoenix (usually Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport) by car. Sedona is about 119 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, which takes about 2 hours to drive. If you're not coming from Phoenix, get directions and driving distances from your particular departure city.
Driving yourself is the best way to get to Sedona because you'll find yourself using your car each day of your vacation to explore Sedona's 18 square miles, plus the fascinating scenic drives, day trips, attractions and cultural sites throughout the Verde Valley. Plus, the expense of renting a car or putting gas in your own vehicle is comparable to the total cost of airport-to-Sedona shuttles, which run about $49 per person each way. To get to Sedona from Phoenix, take I-17 north 98.4 miles toward Flagstaff, then take exit 298 and turn left onto Highway 179. Continue 14.2 miles on Highway 179 to Highway 89A. The intersection of Highway 179 and Highway 89A is known as the "Y". Many Sedona attractions, shopping, lodging and other business refer to the "Y" as reference point.
When planning your visit to Sedona, it helps if you familiarize yourself with where Sedona is located within Arizona as well Sedona's four distinct areas: Uptown Sedona, West Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon. You'll have a better understanding of all that is available within a half-day's drive from Sedona — Phoenix, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, the entire Verde Valley and Flagstaff. Finally, you may want one of our specialty maps: a map of the reported vortexes, red rock formations, or even golf courses throughout Sedona.
It's highly probable that one of the reasons you're even planning a visit to Sedona is because of the glorious weather, are we right? Beyond 7-day forecasts, you're probably wondering what to pack and when to visit. The spring and fall are the most popular times of the year, largely due to perfect weather conditions of clear skies and daily high temperatures in the mid-60s to low 80s (degrees Fahrenheit). However, as one can see from the average temperatures each month of the year, there is no bad time to visit Sedona, and in fact, coming to Sedona in lower seasons such as late summer and winter, or Sunday through Thursday year-round, is a great time to find bargains and fewer crowds. With such mild, pleasant weather in which to get out and play (and play you will!) the best thing to pack for your Sedona trip year-round is casual light layers, a brimmed hat, comfortable sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a camera. You'll be welcome almost anywhere you go, shop or dine in casual clothes, and unique personal style is celebrated here.
Sedona is nestled in northern Arizona's Verde Valley. The Verde Valley is surrounded by the Mingus Mountains and Woodchute Mountains and is traversed by the Verde River. The diverse cluster of Central Arizona communities that draw in countless visitors to the Verde Valley each year include Sedona, Cottonwood, Cornville, Clarkdale, Camp Verde and Jerome. This rich valley is gilded with bed & breakfasts, hotels, and inn suites accommodations as well as things to do including Arizona wine country winery tours, railroad, mining and historical tours, casino fun, family friendly attractions and heritage and cultural sites. Read on to find a hand-picked selection of find Cottonwood hotels and bed & breakfasts, Verde Valley area tours and other things to do.
Once you've vacationed in Sedona — whether you visit once, twice, or a dozen or more times — you may consider buying a vacation home or relocating here permanently. Sedona Arizona real estate dreams are realized with help from the experts here in Sedona. The demand for Sedona homes for sale makes it obvious that this is a most-popular real estate destination for vacation rental homes, second homes, active resort lifestyle communities. Enjoy year-round outdoor weather, magical crimson landscapes and sunsets of unmatched beauty. Find homes for sale on a golf course or in a family-friendly neighborhood, or even one of the luxury resort living communities in Sedona. We're your resource for Sedona homes for sale, vacation homes, land or and real estate to buy, sell or rent. We can refer you to Sedona real estate agents and Realtors who are ready to help. No matter what your dream, the Sedona Arizona real estate market has what you're looking for.
If you know your Sedona travel dates, be sure to check out our Sedona Events Calendar! No matter when you plan to visit, you’ll find that the area is busy with Sedona events year-round. Art and music enthusiasts will love the frequent arts festivals, art shows and cultural festivals like the nationally-renowned Sedona Film Festival and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks festival, plus concerts and special performances. Outdoor lovers should check out scheduled hikes, retreats and adventures. Come to Sedona for the fall and winter to see the Sedona Arts Festival and Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in October, and "Festival of Lights — The Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias" — in November. There's always something going on in Sedona. And if you'd like to post your event on our Sedona Calendar of Events, we encourage you to submit and promote your event with us.
El Portal Sedona Hotel is dedicated to providing an extraordinary lodging experience for guests and their pets in unpretentious luxury. The boutique hotel was designed and built with pets in mind with tile and wood flooring throughout; while at the same time offering guests the best in … More
El Portal Sedona Hotel is dedicated to providing an extraordinary lodging experience for guests and their pets in unpretentious luxury. The boutique hotel was designed and built with pets in mind with tile and wood flooring throughout; while at the same time offering guests the best in modern amenities and unparalleled concierge services for the Sedona area.
Located in the heart of Sedona, the boutique hotel has received numerous awards, the most recent being #2 on Dogster Magazine's "Top Pet-Friendly Hotels in the Country", AAA Four-Diamond Hotel Award, voted the Best Pet-Friendly Hotel in the USA by 10best.com and USA Today, 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, among others.
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 … More
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.
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 … More
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!