From Phoenix we went to Sedona for a 1 night 2 days tour. Some people may opt to spend a weekend in Sedona as a single getaway; others may be looking to combine more Arizona sightseeing into their trip!
On the first day we went to see Cathedral Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross, and Red Rock State Park. Cathedral Rock is a renowned red rock formation in Coconino National Forest & a popular spot for sunset photography. What an amazing rock formation! Beautiful colored and shaped like a Cathedral, it is a must see place in the beautiful city Sedona , Arizona. The best time for hiking is 1 hour before sunset. You will enjoy soft light, and stay until sunset, it’s incredible!
Ps. Don’t forget to pay for parking :)
Chapel of the Holy Cross; modern 1950s chapel with a striking location atop red rock buttes & wide views of the Sedona area. It’s every bit of a work of art as it is a church. A uniquely designed church with a 90-foot iron cross sits beautifully among the Sedona landscape. It was overcast and a bit drizzling which made it even more beautiful! Stunning views! So glad we were able to stop because all the scenic overlooks. This was a perfect stop!
We stayed at an Airbnb in Sedona and loved having a bigger space to come back to after hiking, plus a kitchen to cook some meals. It also was definitely cheaper for us to stay at an Airbnb. However, Sedona is also home to some really nice resorts and hotels if you want to pamper yourself a bit. We’d highly recommend visiting Sedona in the spring or fall if you don’t want to get extra sweaty. The weather will be warmer during the day and not too cold at night. Sedona is the host to some of the best restaurants in Northern Arizona. Surrounded by majestic red rocks you can enjoy Southwest, American, Italian, Mexican, and Continental cuisines. From BBQ to dining along the creek, vegan, gluten-free, fresh fish from Oak Creek, and steak and potatoes, there is a restaurant to suit everyone’s palate. Many restaurants offer group menus and welcome tour groups.
Day 2: On the day 2 Sedona itinerary is totally dedicated to the outdoors: hiking trails, Jeep tours through red rock formations, and cooling off in the river. We have hiked Chicken Point Overlook, Little Horse Trailhead, and others.
Chicken Point Overlook: This hiking loop is new and represents one of the best hikes in the Sedona area. The hike is 4 miles with an overall elevation change of 400 feet.
Little Horse Trailhead: Popular with mountain bikers, this 3.4-mile, moderate out-&-back trail passes by waterfalls & rocks. Little Horse Trail is one of our favorite hikes for two key reasons – the trail is relatively flat and lets you get up close to Sedona’s famed red rocks. The trail kicks off just past the parking lot on the Bell Rock Trail. Parking costs $5 per person for a daily day pass.
Snoopy Rock: Great spot for a hike or taking beautiful photos. The kids happily ran around here for over an hour playing on the stunning red rock. Bring a wide angle lens so you can capture the 360 degree views.
Bell Rock: Well-known bell-shaped butte with a 3.5-mi. round-trip hiking trail through upland desert scenery. Bell Rock is one of the most easily recognizable formations in Sedona with its dome-like silhouette hovering close to Highway 179. A few of the trails surrounding and approaching it are less discernible as the names and lengths of the trails vary across Internet sources. A phone call to the Red Rock Ranger and Visitor’s Center shed some light on the confusion.
- Pack appropriately . You’ll want to be sure to bring your hiking boots, that’s for sure!
- If you’re visiting in summer, you’ll want to pack lightweight, breathable materials like linen and silk, as well as breathable hiking clothes.
- The Best time to visit Sedona is from March to May, during summer it gets crazy hot.