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How to Spend 1 Day in Sedona

How to Spend 1 Day in Sedona

With its easy access to outdoor activities in the surrounding red rocks and canyons, Sedona is a great place for nature enthusiasts to spend a day. Whether you wander the town itself to check out its popular art scene, explore nature, or do a little bit of both, here are some top ways to enjoy 24 hours in Sedona.

 

Morning: Get an Overview

Start the day on a high note by looking down on the red rock landscape of Sedona on a helicopter tour. You’ll get an aerial perspective of mountains, rock formations, and other natural features before, perhaps, checking them out in more detail later in the day. Alternatively, stay on the ground and get acquainted with scenic Sedona on a short tour that introduces you to the area’s geology and history at attractions such as Chapel of the Holy Cross or Oak Creek Canyon. If you’re interested in capturing beautiful photos, book an early morning photography tour.

 

Afternoon: Explore the Red Rocks

There are several 2- to 4-hour tours from Sedona that take you into the rugged countryside for a guided exploration. Depending on your interests, opt for an excursion that includes Native American sites and ancient rock art or one that focuses on the area’s mysterious vortexes. Travel by jeep along the Broken Arrow Trail; visit natural formations like Cathedral Rock and Airport Mesa; or follow in the footsteps of cowboys by exploring Dry Creek Basin and surrounding canyons. Alternatively, stay in town and check out Sedona's galleries and bohemian vibe. 

 

Night: See a Show

Head to nearby Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood for a barbecue dinner and Western-themed entertainment including roping and live music. If you’d rather see a natural show, take an evening safari for the chance to see native wildlife (elk,  foxes, etc.) and enjoy the sunset. Or perhaps discover the eerie side of the area on a ghost tour of Jerome, an old mining town southwest of Sedona.

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Broken Arrow Jeep Tour in Sedona

Broken Arrow Jeep Tour in Sedona

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Conquer the rugged terrain of the popular Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona in a 4WD vehicle during this tour. Bounce along and hang on tight as your guide points out the important landmarks and photo ops among the red rock formations.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.42
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$140.42
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Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

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Explore the magic and mysticism of natural vortexes on this small-group tour departing from Sedona. Traveling the region by Jeep, you’ll visit several vortex sites around town and learn about their history, all with the help of an informative guide. Whether you feel the energy on your skin or experience a feeling of enlightenment, find out for yourself the powers of a vortex. Keep things simple with this small-group tour, limited to 15 people for a more intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.77
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$100.77

Scenic Sedona Tour

Scenic Sedona Tour

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Discover the natural beauty of the Southwestern United States on a highlights tour from Sedona. This tour can be customized to your interests, with highlights such as driving through the incredible scenery of Oak Creek Canyon, a visit to Bell Rock and Airport Mesa, and a stop at Chapel of the Holy Cross, an architectural gem built into a tall rock spire. Browse stalls with Native American jewelry and crafts, and hear about the spiritual significance of some of Sedona's most renowned sites on this fascinating introduction to Sedona.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.24
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$73.24
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Sedona Off-Road Jeep Tour to Ancient Ruins

Sedona Off-Road Jeep Tour to Ancient Ruins

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Take an off-road tour with a professional guide, traveling through the desert backcountry of Sedona by Jeep. Admire towering red rock formations, ancient canyons and native American art in the Honanki Heritage Site, which dates back at least 700 years. Learn about the history and wildlife of this amazing landscape on your choice of a tour to see the ruins only, or a tour that also includes Diamondback Gulch. Several departure times make this easy to fit into your sightseeing schedule in Arizona's Red Rock Country.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.76
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25-Minute Helicopter Tour of Sedona

25-Minute Helicopter Tour of Sedona

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Take in aerial views of Sedona’s mountains and ancient sites on a 25-minute helicopter tour that goes deep into Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness. Soar above Rattlesnake Mesa and see the cliff-side homes of the Sinaguan people as you explore a landscape split by deep canyons and crevices. Capture unforgettable images of Sedona’s unearthly rock formations as you fly past Bear Mountain, Fay’s Arch and Doe Mesa, and enjoy sweeping vistas of Arizona’s dark pines and vibrant cliffs.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.98
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Canyons and Cowboys Jeep Tour from Sedona

Canyons and Cowboys Jeep Tour from Sedona

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Go deep into the world of canyons and cowboys on an off-road tour from Sedona, and experience the rich history and rugged scenery of the magnificent Sonoran Desert. Ride a 4WD into historic Dry Creek Basin, and hear stories of rebels and renegades at a frontier cabin made from hand-hewn logs. Enjoy views of Sedona’s brilliant rock formations, and watch for the lizards, birds, and mammals that make their home in the harsh desert environment.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$495.00
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$495.00
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Highlights of Sedona Jeep Tour Including Cathedral Rock

Highlights of Sedona Jeep Tour Including Cathedral Rock

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See Sedona’s red rocks and mountain peaks on a breathtaking 1.5-hour on-road Jeep tour to Airport Mesa, the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock. Take in sweeping views of the colorful scenery, and learn the history of this remarkable region’s people and landscape; follow your guide on a short hike to a picture-perfect vista, watch for the birds, lizards and mammals that make their home in the Sonoran Desert. Capture unforgettable images of soaring rocks and rugged plains, then finish the excursion at your Sedona hotel.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$495.00
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$495.00
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Skip the Line: Chuck Wagon Supper & Western Stage Show at Blazin' M Ranch Ticket

Skip the Line: Chuck Wagon Supper & Western Stage Show at Blazin' M Ranch Ticket

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For the ultimate wild west adventure, visit the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood, Arizona. This chuckwagon supper and western stage show attraction features a frontier town where museums, shops, vintage tractor rides, a live shooting gallery, ranch critters and ridin’ and ropin’ are all part of the fun. Also, enjoy a western-style chuckwagon dinner, reminiscent of the kind that was served around campfires over a century ago, and a dinner theater featuring western entertainment and special events.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.38
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Small-Group Sedona Photography Workshop with Lunch or Dinner

Small-Group Sedona Photography Workshop with Lunch or Dinner

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When it comes to taking pictures, smartphones have made us lazy. During this half-day photography workshop, get excited about the pictures you take and start to see them as works of art. Few places are as photogenic as Sedona. Red rocks carved by wind and water backdropped by desert blue skies. See through the eyes of a patient professional and leave with shots you'll want to hang up on your wall.
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  • 7 hours
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$266.97
Price varies by group size
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$266.97
Price varies by group size