As spring turns toward summer and the heat gets turned up, you might be looking for a getaway. Fresh mountain air and year-round comfortable temperatures make Sedona and its beautiful red rock scenery a must for your next vacation. Enjoy the scents and feel of a location in a pine forest like no other. There are plenty of things to do and see that will keep everyone happy and busy throughout your stay.
Sedona’s unique climate – desert heat during the day and the low temperatures of northern Arizona at night – make it a great environment for winemaking. Due to these conditions, more than 20 wineries call the Sedona area home. You can take a tour of the many wineries along the Valley Verde Wine Trail through a special tour or choose to create your own path. Whichever you choose, make sure you have safe transportation between venues.
Red Rock Scenic Byway
Gather your group and pack up the rental car and head out for some sightseeing with these activities in Sedona. The Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR-179) takes you on a short trip that can last hours. Only ten miles long, the byway itself is a short drive, but you can spend hours at the many scenic pull-off points along the way. Gaze out over the towering red rocks of Red Rock Country. Go during the day for a spectacular view from every angle you can see or take a sunset cruise. While you’re out, stop by the Coconino National Forest visitor’s center for maps of hiking and biking trails you’ll want to check out.
Verde Canyon Railroad
Take a scenic tour without the rental car so everyone can enjoy the sights. The Verde Canyon Railroad is available any time of year, and a fun way to sightsee. The train helps you stay out of the heat of an Arizona early-summer day and takes you through areas you won’t be able experience in your car. Book a seat on your desired day. Stick to your seat or head to an open-air viewing platform car for a better view of the red rock and pine forest scenery surrounding you. After you’ve enjoyed yourself on a ride, come back another time for one of their themed rides, including the “Chocolate Lovers’ Special” for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and more.
Bring your camera and take to the skies for a different kind of sightseeing. View the colorful landscape of Sedona and the surrounding area from a bird’s eye view on a helicopter tour of the area. Your pilot will point out popular landmarks like the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Three Nuns Rock, Snoopy Rock, Steamboat Rock, and many more. Packages vary by tour company, with rides as short as 15 minutes all the way up to 55 minutes of air time. Ask about transportation to and from your accommodations.
Activities in Sedona at Bearizona
A different kind of driving tour is available at Bearizona. Drive your own vehicle through the park’s three-mile track at your own pace. See more than just bears; javelina, prairie dogs, North American river otters, wolves, and more also call the park home. Keep in mind that all vehicles must be completely enclosed (no ATVs, convertibles, or open-top jeeps) and have operational windows.
Many companies offer horseback riding tours in the fashion of the “Old West” heritage of Arizona. Guided tours will fill you in about the area’s flora and fauna, the mountains, and the history of the land during your jaunt. Bring your camera and capture the wonder of panoramic views and thrilling terrain like the Verde Valley, Sedona Red Rocks, and more. You can even go as far as the San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff.
There are so many ways to get up close and experience the great outdoors of Sedona. An off-road tour mixes a scenic drive through the mountains with the adventure of hiking or biking through the terrain and offers an unforgettable experience. Jeep tours take you through parts of Sedona you wouldn’t want to access any other way. See the red rock formations, breathtaking views, and learn about the region’s ecology, geology, and history along the way.
Romantic Getaway to Sedona
Start your unique summer in unique Sedona. To create a stay as unique as yourself and your group, make sure the first thing on your planning list is to book a vacation rental with Sedona.Org. After you’ve tried some of the delicious and unique dishes the area restaurants have to offer, you can prepare your own home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a private bedroom or comfy couch and watch a movie or TV show or play a game. For an intimate early-summer experience, choose a one-bedroom unit with kitchenette, or plan a family or group reunion and book a unit as large as six bedrooms. Choose a premium unit for luxury upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more!
Contact us today to book your early summer Sedona getaway!