If you’re interested in a trip to the desert southwest, a stop in Sedona is critical to an enjoyable trip. Sedona and the surrounding area offer the best of the desert without the extreme heat that can occur in the lower regions. You’ll want to gear up properly to experience the best Sedona has to offer.
Take a Hike
Consider a tour of some of the easy hiking trails around Sedona. You’ll need closed-toe shoes, good wicking socks (wool or synthetic, no cotton) and water. Many beginning trekkers do better with trekking poles for balance and confidence.
If you’re an experienced hiker and have shoes that are broken in, there are many moderate trails that offer tremendous views of the region. Do be aware that even the moderate trails in the area, such as the Boynton Canyon Trail, include quite an elevation gain. Make sure you also carry snacks and a trash container so you can pack in what you need and pack out all garbage. You will need 1 liter per hour per person of water on these hikes and you’ll want to take the time to stop and air your feet to avoid blisters. No sandals! The cacti in the region can be quite unforgiving.
Experienced hikers may enjoy the views from the Bear Mountain Trail. This is not a trail for beginners and could be tough even for those with moderate hiking experience. In addition to water and food, you may want to carry a Spot personal alarm device on the tougher trails around Sedona.
Check Out the Desert in Bloom
If you are traveling in March or April, you may find the desert in bloom. Depending on the amount of rain and the temperatures experienced, the desert bloom across the desert southwest can be spectacular. To avoid missing it, you may find that your best option is to visit the botanical gardens in Sedona. Each botanical garden in the state of Arizona offers both terrific views and amazing information about how the plants of this region survive and thrive.
If you’re looking for summertime things to do in Sedona AZ and you love birds, the Sedona Hummingbird Festival will be an incredibly fun trip. Generally, the hummingbird migrates down the Rocky Mountains, but there are many hummingbirds that actually breed in the mountains north of Sedona.
For those who love to camp, the mountains north and east of Sedona offer plenty of places to pitch a tent or park an RV. You will want to reserve your spot early and be prepared to be in the forest during the month of July to check out the hummingbirds when they are at their busiest.
Go For a Swim
If you love the water and usually head to the beach for your vacation fun, don’t discount the desert! There are many lakes, rivers and creeks in the Sedona region that allow travelers to create fun combinations of
For those who can spend a week in the Sedona area, choose a weekday and head to Grasshopper Point. Many swimming holes in the Sedona area are along hiking trails; you may need to park for the day, but you will find restrooms and may even find a spot to shower off after your hike or your swim.
Do a Little Glamping
For those who have been dreaming of the RV life, you can rent an RV and “test drive” the life near the city. You can also rent a luxury tent and go glamping on Sedona Creek. If you’ve never tent camped, there are many glamping options that will provide you with temperature controls and a hot shower to avoid the discomfort you may have experienced on previous camping trips.
A Safety Consideration
Do make sure to bring a soft pack that you can easily secure snugly to your mid-back. If you’re not a strong hiker or a confident scrambler, it is possible to overload your pack or balance it incorrectly. You want the heavy stuff in the middle of the pack and you want it snugged tight to your body. If you’re rock climbing and your pack is too loose, it may pull you off balance.