last Thanksgiving the wife and I went to Sedona, Arizona and enjoyed our holiday weekend among the red rocks, ancient petroglyphs and dark night sky, Here are the top things to do in Sedona anytime of the year:
Best way to see (and experience) the red rocks and desert landscape is on a 4×4 Jeep Tour. While there are many operators we went with Pink Jeep (walking distance from our hotel) on the 2 1/2 hour tour that included a short hike.
Spectacular scenery, excellent guide and a true 4×4 experience.
Sedona is a dark sky city and perfect for star gazing. You can enjoy the night sky and millions of stars on any clear night. either take a tour or drive out to the regional airport for a look at the nigh sky. We did both!
Slide Rock State Park
A hidden gem among a lot of gems in this area. The park features hiking and a natural water slide which I would imagine is anemone I the summer, bit way too cold in November.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Perched high in the Red Rocks overlooking Sedona and the valley, the church is an architectural wonder and blends in perfectly with the environment. Hike up from the lower level parking area nd you’ll be rewarded with spectacular and awe inspiring views.
Sedona is famous for it’s red rocks and there are ample parks (including Red Rocks State park and Slide Rock State park) to hike and enjoy the desert landscape.
Also, pro tip, take the Red Rock Scenic Byway also known as SR 179, a north–south state highway in Arizona, running from Interstate 17 to SR 89A in Sedona.
Ancient Native-American Cultural Sites
The area around Sedona has ancient Native- American cultural sites, cliff dwellings and petroglyphs dating back thousands of years. Montezuma’s Castle (neither a castle or any connection with Montezuma) is an amazing complex of ancient cliff dwellings akin to a modern condo or sub-division.
To see amazing petroglyphs go to the V-barV heritage site in Coconino National Forest to see largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, as well as being one of the best-preserved.