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Visit Sedona and Red Rock Country

World-famous Sedona, strategically situated at the mouth of spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, is a unique place characterized by massive red-rock formations, as well as the contrasting areas of Oak Creek Canyon. Its 19 square miles is considered one of the most beautiful locations in Arizona, often referred to as Red Rock Country, rivaling some of our beloved national parks.

The city of Sedona was incorporated in 1988 and is one of Arizona’s premier tourism, recreation, resort, retirement and art centers, split between Coconino and Yavapai counties. Forty-nine percent of the city territory is part of the Coconino National Forest.  

GETTING TO SEDONA

From Phoenix: Total distance is 119 miles, estimate driving time is 2 hours. Choose from two routes:

1) Take I-17 north towards Flagstaff (98 miles) , Exit at Hwy 179 (exit 298), Turn left (west) onto Hwy 179, Proceed on Hwy 179 to Sedona (14 miles)

2) Take I-17 north towards Flagstaff (98 miles), Exit at AZ 260 (exit 289), turn left onto AZ 260, Proceed west toward Hwy 89A (16 miles), Turn right on Hwy 89A and continue to Sedona (19 miles).

Hwy-179 is designated as an All America Road/National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration, based on its natural and scenic qualities.

WHERE TO STAY

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» Days Inn of Sedona from $73

» Amara Resort and Spa from $129

» Hilton Sedona Golf Resort and Spa from $144

WHERE TO PLAY

Pink Jeep Tours - AAA members receive a 10% discount

Since 1960, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road adventures in the Southwest.  

Verde Canyon Railroad - AAA Members receive a 10% discount

The remote wilderness of the Verde Canyon, located west of Sedona and below Jerome, is renowned for its towering red rock pinnacles and clean, green waters.


FAMILY FUN

Sedona is a virtual playground, a 19-square-mile oasis where families can have an adventure or reconnect with nature.

  • Tours are a great way to become acquainted with Sedona. The Sedona Trolley offers two separate narrated tours that provide an overview of the area. For more adventurous outings there are jeep rides, ATV tours, Hummer tours, Segway tours, and more - even aerial tours in hot-air balloons.
  • Come during a festival. Throughout the year, Sedona draws visitors during one-of-a-kind celebrations and events, like the International Film Festival in February, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks and Sedona Arts Festival - with a children's-only pavilion - both in October. Of course, the holidays are a family favorite, with a million twinkling lights in holiday exhibits at Red Rock Fantasy.
  • Get physical. Outdoor activities are perfect for families and Sedona has them all - biking, hiking, camping, golf, tennis, basketball, swimming in creeks, water holes, and during the summer, at the municipal pool; water sliding at Slide Rock State park; skateboarding at the Jack Malmgren Skate Park; and fishing. Posse Ground and sunset city parks are equipped with playground equipment, tennis and basketball courts, and game fields perfect for tossing balls and Frisbees.
  • Check out seasonal attractions.  There is an old-fashioned St. Patrick's Day hometown parade on Jordan Road - from bagpipers in kilts to vintage cars, greyhounds, and clowns. Posse Ground is the site of a municipal Easter Egg Hunt and Memorial Day Celebration.
  • Get a history lesson. The Sedona Heritage Museum gives living history presentations and has exhibits highlighting Sedona's early days. The Sedona Historical Society also holds festivals on the museum grounds.
  • Native American culture enriches spirits. Visit Native American Indian ruins and petroglyphs at Palatki, Honaki, and V Bar V Ranch, which has the largest display of petroglyphs in the Verde Valley. You can even see the remains of ancient pueblos at nearby Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle.
  • Learn about Natural Wonders.  Take an interpretive tour at Red Rock State Park. Tour the fish hatchery in Page Springs. Go bird watching in area parks.
  • Discover the Arts. Brush up on your appreciation of the arts with a class offered by resorts, the Sedona Arts Center, and the Sedona Public Library. Plays, poetry slams, Indie films, art shows, lectures, and concerts are Sedona staples.
  • Explore on a special outing. Explore the old mining town of Jerome. Get a taste of the Old West at Blazin' M Ranch in Cottonwood, with its chuckwagon suppers and live Western stage shows. Mini-golf is a family favorite at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa.
  • Look around and be amazed. Don't forget to stop, relax, and gaze at the clear, star-studded night sky or picnic in a park or on the banks of the babbling Oak Creek. Sedona is a place to let your imagination go.

SHOPPING IN SEDONA

Sedona teams with artists and artisans; boutiques, galleries and one-of-a-kind shops; annual festivals and open-studio events.  It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique and representative gift representing your trip in the southwest.  Shopping in Sedona is more of a sightseeing adventure than a stop in a mall.  Sedona’s shopping districts are nestled among the town’s world-famous red rocks, and Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is a replica of Guadalajara, a charming town in Mexico.

There is so much to discover, from Native American crafts and healing gemstones to outdoor wind sculptures and many whimsical and handmade items.  Sedona’s world-class art galleries feature original paintings and multi-media works, jewelry, photography, sculpture, pottery, rugs, art glass, woven textiles, hand-crafted furniture and collectible kachinas.

For made-in-Sedona gifts visit the Sedona Arts Center gift store, which represents dozens of local artists, and the Sedona Heritage Museum shop that offers many quaint items with a historic flair. 


THE ARTS IN SEDONA

Sedona is home to hundreds of artists of every medium and aesthetic bent and its cultural activity is one of the primary reasons to visit, rivaling Santa Fe and Scottsdale as artistic centers.  Over 40 galleries showcase the wide range of art and creates a full calendar of openings, artist receptions, demonstrations and workshops year ‘round.

Every first Friday of the month, several of Sedona’s most prominent art galleries host an evening of openings, demonstrations and receptions, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation as it makes a continuous loop between participating galleries.  For more information, contact the Sedona Gallery Association at (928) 282-7390.


STATE PARKS

   ● Slide Rock State Park is in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, featuring a natural water slide eroded into a slick creek bed, which is surrounded by massive red-rock walls.  The slide makes this par a family favorite.  The 43-acre park also includes a beautiful orchard and historic barn.  Call (928) 282-3034 for additional information.

   ● Red Rock State Park is a 286-acre nature preserve with stunning scenery, 10 developed trails, meadows, picnic tables and a visitor’s center.  The park offers informational programs and seasonal events.  Call (928) 282-6907


2012 CALENDAR OF MAJOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

  • Febrary 4:  Sedona Marathon.  For the 7th year in a row, more than 2,500 runners will participate in the 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon races.  (928) 204-1123
  • February 20 - 27:  Sedona International Film Festival.  Now in its 18th season, the festival will showcase films highlighting filmmakers and actors from around the world.  (928) 282-1177
  • March 5 :  St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival.   The parade will make its way from the Sedona Heritage Museum, down Jordan Road to Sacajawea Plaza, Uptown. The festival will follow the parade in the plaza parking lot. (928) 204-2390
  • April 22-May 1: Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival: The annual festival is held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood and features educational workshops, recreational activities, and area vendors (928) 282-2202
  • June: Dine in Sedona Restaurant Fest. A 16 day culinary tour of Sedona with participating restaurants offering prix-fix pricing and menu selection. Visit www.dineinsedona.com for more information or call (928) 204-1123.
  • June: Sedona Taste. A creek side celebration of fine food and drink benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Arizona. (928) 282-0122.
  • August-September: Red Rocks Music Festival. Featuring world-class chamber and flamenco music, orchestral performances, master classes and workshops throughout the week. (877) 733-7257.
  • August: Sedona Hummingbird Festival: he most beautiful spot in America will show off its heretofore unknown natural resource - Hummingbirds. (800) 529-3699
  • September 8: Moonlight Madness Street Festival. This street festival includes free music and entertainment, children’s activities, and sidewalk sales in numerous locations along Hwy. 89A & Hwy. 179 in the Main Street District. (928) 204-2390. www.sedonamainstree.com
  • September: Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque.  Fun, food, music and merriment set in the beautiful courtyards of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. (928) 282-4838
  • September 22: Sedona Winefest. Taste wines from 12 Arizona wineries, enjoy gourmet food, live music, plus art with the Sedona Arts Center. (928) 301-0398
  • September 28-October 2: Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona. The Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona emphasizes rich Celtic heritage.  (928) 300-8360
  • October: Sedona Book Festival. A celebration of local authors sponsored by Well Red Coyote and Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition. Events will include author presentations, readings, book signings, receptions, and entertainment. For more information call (928) 282-2284 or (928) 300-5839.
  • October: Sedona Jazz on the Rocks.  This favorite local festival features great jazz complemented by Sedona's famed red rocks.  (928) 282-1985. www.sedonajazz.com
  • October: Sedona Arts Festival. Rated “one of the nation’s top art festivals,” this cultural celebration features fine arts and crafts, cuisine from Sedona restaurants, and continuous entertainment at Sedona Red Rock H.S. (928) 204-9456 www.sedonaartsfestival.org
  • October: Sedona Plein Air Festival. The Sedona Arts Center hosts this annual event celebrating painting in open air and featuring many of the country’s finest plein air artists. (928) 282-3809
  • Nov. 17, 2012 - Jan. 7, 2013: Red Rock Fantasy. 25 displays and nearly 1 million lights are featured at this 21th annual holiday spectacular at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa.  (877) 444-8044.
  • Dec. 7: Holiday Tree Lighting. Watch the annual tree-lighting ceremony, listen to holiday music, and visit with Santa in uptown Sedona. Sponsored by the City of Sedona, Sedona Main Street Program and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. (928) 282-7722 or (928) 204-2390 
  • Dec. 8: Festival of Lights. Thousands of glowing luminaries light up Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village during this 36th annual celebration. Entertainment includes musicians and dancers. (928) 282-4838

Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center

Located at 331 Forest Road in Uptown Sedona.  The center offers maps, directions, suggestions for sightseeing or to purchase your Red Rock Pass. 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday and Holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Call 800-288-7336 for additional information. 

Oak Creek Visitor’s Center

Located at Indian Gardens, this popular center has public restrooms. The visitor center is managed under contract with Coconino Forest by Recreation Resource Management.  They offer hunting and fishing licenses, Red Rock Passes and Forest Service Information.  They sell maps, hiking books and interpretive souvenirs. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours as traffic picks up.  Contact them at 928-282-6373.

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