Let your soul wander in a place surrounded by stunning red sandstone cliffs, where art galleries are the go-to entertainment, and any little nook could hold a vortex.

You’ll know that Sedona is different as soon as you take in the soaring, richly colored cliffs that surround this big town. The hand-painted shop signs for aura readings and vegan bakeries will be your second clue that you aren’t in Kansas anymore. Sedona embraces its New Age weirdness with pride, and when you start breathing in the clear, high desert air, you might start looking at life a little differently, too!

There are nearly endless things to do in Sedona. Its gorgeous trails, like the Broken Arrow Trail and Cathedral Rock Trail, are second to none. Grab your mountain bike or go hiking to explore the high desert and dusty cliffsides. Feel that odd pulse of energy? You might have stumbled across one of the many “vortexes” that locals believe lie scattered around Sedona. These spots of mystical energy are supposed to be noticeable to those with sensitive souls.

If you prefer to play in the physical world, you don’t have to wonder what to do in Sedona. The town is filled with very real trendy restaurants, bars, and boutique shops. Just be prepared to take in plenty of New Age-y T-shirts, signs, bumper stickers, and the like. The town is also home to over 100 art galleries, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get your culture on.

Despite its desert location, Sedona gets chilly. If you’re dropping in during the colder months of the year, learn the art of layering, especially when the sun goes down. Sedona enjoys its own type of cultured party, and depending on what time of year you visit, you may be able to experience the city’s famous Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Arts Festival, or the Sedona Jazz Festival.

If your bucket list includes meditating at a vortex and/or getting a foot detox, then it’s time to look at our Sedona vacation packages. When you want to get back to reality, Phoenix is only a couple hours away

Frequently Asked Questions about Sedona

Why is Sedona famous?

Sedona, Arizona, is popular with travelers due to its outdoor activities and cultural offerings. The city is famous for the red sandstone canyon inside Red Rock State Park, as well as its numerous music festivals and art centers. Several songs and movies have been written about or taken place in Sedona, which has also helped spread its appeal.

Where is Cathedral Rock in Sedona?

Cathedral Rock is one of the city's most well-known natural landmarks. Cathedral Rock is inside the Coconino National Forest, which lies about four miles southwest of Sedona. The area is often photographed, so don't forget your camera. Visitors with a love for the outdoors will find a variety of hiking trails available, too.

Why are Sedona rocks red?

The red rocks of Sedona are the city's most defining characteristic, and their appearance is rooted in geology. The sandstone's red coloring is due to the presence of iron oxide-or rust-that stains the layers of normally white sandstone. The Schnebly Hill Formation comprises most of the red rocks, and its sandstone sediment is unique to the area.