Things to do in Sedona

Desert hiking, biking, and climbing are no strangers to this city, usually known for its spiritual vibe.

Our most recommended things to do in Sedona

From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

1. From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

Travel along a wild and scenic river, only accessible by rail that was first built in 1912. Enjoy comfort and style, exceptional amenities and outstanding service. Wind your way through a red rock paradise, with tracks that hug the curves of the Verde River.Relax in spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Individually packaged, freshly made snacks of meats, cheeses, fruits and brownie bites are served at your seats. Full bar service is available in every car. Stroll around the train to open-air viewing platforms. Take in astonishing views of a wild and vibrant frontier, historic trestles, bridges, and a 7,000-foot tunnel. See nature tucked into unusual rock formations, red rock pinnacles, and towering crimson cliffs. Look up to see bald eagles and hawks float effortlessly on the breeze above Javelina. Keep an eye open for wild burros, jackrabbits and many other canyon creatures who have been peacefully coexisting with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years.

Sedona: Open-Air Bus Sightseeing Tour

2. Sedona: Open-Air Bus Sightseeing Tour

Discover the highlights of Sedona and its surrounding area on an open-air sightseeing bus tour. Learn more about the area with your local guide, on topics such as natural history, indigenous peoples, energy vortexes, geology, and even a world-famous spiritual stop. Set off on your journey to the first stop of the tour at the Sedona Airport Scenic Overlook. Located about the center of western Sedona, stop to admire spectacular views of rock formations like Thunder Mountain, Coffee Pot Rock, Cockscomb, Chimney Rock, Sugarloaf, and Mingus Mountain. Continue towards Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. Wander through the stunning landscape of red rocks surrounded by pinion and juniper pines. Take in the tranquil atmosphere of this spiritual refuge that attracts spiritual seekers of all faiths. Take a short walk through winding trails leading up to the stupa, believed to represent the Mind of Enlightenment bestowing blessings upon all believers. Stroll around the stupa and spin the prayer wheels or offer your own prayers to the heavens. Head next to the Boynton Canyon Vortex, the site of a balance between masculine and feminine energy. The vortex is located between a rock formation named Kachina Woman and another knoll which is thought to contain masculine energy. After some time to recharge travel back to the starting point.

Sedona: Nighttime UFO & Stargazing Tour

3. Sedona: Nighttime UFO & Stargazing Tour

Change how you see the skies forever with this nighttime stargazing and UFO tour. Discover the unexplained phenomenon hovering just above Sedona and make contact with the unidentified objects overhead. Your UFO guide will assist you in tracking the nocturnal activity, which includes flashing lights, UFOs changing size rapidly, and winding in and out of the mountains around you. Challenge how you perceive the world beyond with this one-of-a-kind tour. Enjoy the unpolluted expanse of the night sky with your naked eye before seeing its hidden secrets with night vision goggles.

Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

4. Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

If you are staying in Sedona, your day begins with a scenic and narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona to Flagstaff. You will travel through Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top 10 scenic drives in the US, then through the towering Ponderosa Pines.  After picking up customers staying in Flagstaff, the vehicle will travel past the dormant volcanoes that make up the San Francisco Peaks and through Navajo Nation.  While on your journey, receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas you pass through from your experienced and knowledgeable local tour guide.  Travel through the Navajo Reservation as your guide shares stories of this ancient culture, and information about the unique geology and vistas along the way. Once you make it across the Navajo Reservation, you will have time to walk out on the unpaved path to see Horseshoe Bend, an iconic viewing vista.  Then, continue to be dazzled by the views at Glen Canyon Dam and the southernmost point of Lake Powell. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, meet your Navajo guide for a spectacular tour of Antelope Canyon at the Canyon X site. Take advantage of many photo opportunities as you watch the angle of the sun changing inside the canyon.  Walk with the Navajo through the curves of this red rock slot canyon. You might even hear the sounds of flute music echo off the canyon walls.  After your tour, you'll begin your return trip from Antelope Canyon. You'll pass by the western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a brief stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Sedona: Sights, History, and Shopping Open-Bus Tour

5. Sedona: Sights, History, and Shopping Open-Bus Tour

Tour in an open-air, 360-degree-view vehicle and make six stops along this sights, history, and shopping tour in Sedona. See the red rocks, explore the powerful vortexes that Sedona is famous for, and stop for some of the best food and shopping around. Begin your day with red-rock views of Sedona’s peaks and mountains. Hear everything from how these rocks came to be to the best places to go to for dinner from your tour guide. Enjoy views of Cathedral Rock, Thunder Mountain, filming locations, and much more. In between stops, listen as your guide explains the mysteries of Sedona and its fascinating locations. Stop mid-tour at trendy Uptown Sedona for an optional lunch in between the other stops along the tour. End your tour back at the local partner’s office with some time before dinner to spend freely. The entire tour route includes stops at: • Chapel of the Holy Cross (30 minutes) • Sedona Airport Overlook (20 minutes) • Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village (40 minutes) • Uptown Sedona (60 minutes) • Rachel's Knoll (20 minutes) • Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park (30 minutes)

Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

6. Sedona: Small-Group Vortex Jeep Tour

Learn about the famous Sedona vortexes, which have defied explanation for years on a walking tour. See why people from all over the world have extraordinary and enlightening experiences here. Jump into a jeep and prepare for a fascinating tour for the skeptic, the academic, and the seeker alike. Head to a couple of sites and walk around and learn about the history of these sites thought to emanate mystic energy. Hear stories of people from all over the world, who experienced the energy these sites promise. Open your eyes to the different cultural beliefs that surround the vortexes and see if the vortexes can connect you to another power. Explore the possibilities, the history, and the various cultural beliefs surrounding the vortexes. Learn about the ways in which you're connected to the earth from Chinese medicine to American Indian lore and New Age mysticism. Immerse yourself in this unique experience on a small group tour with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

7. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

Red Rock West 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

8. Red Rock West 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

Climb aboard an open-top, covered Jeep for an off-road adventure through the spectacular red rocks of Arizona’s desert wilderness trails on the outskirts of Sedona. Discover the heart of the Sedona landscape to see desert flora and fauna, and awesome red rock formations up close. Travel along one of the many forest service roads that take you deep into the western canyon area of Sedona's high desert area. Ideal any time of day, the tour is especially stunning during a sunset drive. Watch the rocks turn shades of orange, pink, and red as the sun begins to set. Your guide will tell tales and historical facts about the desert to blow your mind. Stop at the Van Deren Cabin, where famous Westerns, such as "Blood on the Moon" and "Purple Sage" were filmed, and pause at panoramic spots for extraordinary photo opportunities.

Sedona Mini Coach Tour

9. Sedona Mini Coach Tour

Learn all about the history, geology, folklore and legends of Sedona on this 2.5-hour mini-coach tour. You'll have plenty of time to take in the wonders that have made Sedona the most beautiful place in the Americas. Enjoy traveling in comfort on our spacious vehicles that give you a great view of Sedona. Our experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining guides will ensure you have a good time. You can experience the full beauty of the Sedona with plenty of time to yourself. You not only get a comprehensive tour, but also recommendations on places to shop, tours to go on, and places to eat. This is one of the few tours that lets you see Sedona in less then three hours. A "must do" early on in your stay!

Canyons & Cowboys: 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

10. Canyons & Cowboys: 2-Hour Jeep Tour from Sedona

Step back in time to the Wild West on this guided jeep tour from Sedona to the Dry Creek Basin. Capture stunning pictures of the Sedona Red Rocks and visit an old homestead at the “Van Derin” cabin. Meet your guide at the pickup point in Sedona and hop aboard a comfortable jeep. Travel thorugh a scenic wonderland surrounded by 7 majestic canyons into historic Dry Creek Basin. Relive early cowboy days with tales of murder and moonshine at the old “Van Derin” cabin, a focal point of your tour permitted only to selected jeep tour companies. Connect with the pioneer spirit of this marvelous land at this historical homestead. Listen as your guide shares their facinating knowledge of the uniquely shaped and colored Sedona Red Rock formations. Return to your meeting point in Sedona at the end of your tour.

Frequently asked questions about Sedona

What are the best day trips and excursions from Sedona?

The best day trips and excursions from Sedona are:

Antelope Canyon

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What people are saying about Sedona

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,351 reviews

This tour was very worthwhile. The ride to the grand canyon was very scenic and the tour guide gave a lot of hosiery and cool information throughout the entirety of the day. She was very knowledgeable and versatile to work with. Due to some inclement weather, she had to rearrange some things during our tour but she did it in a manner that we didn't even notice and it definitely didn't take away from the quality of the tour. I believe the tour guide s name was Diane or Diana. She was excellent. We enjoyed every moment from start to finish. She constantly made sure everyone was comfortable and well hydrated and just overall, made the tour very enjoyable.

Steve Gerhart was courteous, knowledgeable and on time. He went above and beyond what we expected. So happy we had a guided tour instead of going on our own. Steve made this trip a remarkable experience.

Jeff was a wonderful experienced guide. He took us to the best views of the canyon. I'm so glad I went on a tour. I would definitely book again.

It was a wonderful trip and our guide Cody was great. Very informative and accommodating. Would definitely use this company again.

Was very enjoyable and knowledgeable, wonderful scenery and great job by all!