Are you planning a trip to Arizona?
How about a stop in Sedona National Park? Sedona is located in the Upper Sonoran Desert of northern Arizona. The town receives close to 2 million visitors a year, so it is a must-seem item to add to you Arizona bucket list.
Sedona is a unique little town for many reasons.
- The town is about 4,500 feet above sea level. That makes for a gorgeous drive into the town. Driving up through the rocks is a breathtaking sight to see.
- The highest peak of the rock surrounding the town is approximately 5,600 feet above sea level. Can you even imagine the amount different levels of hikes here? There are so many different trails.
- The sun shines here over 300 days a year, so chances are if you’re going to Sedona, it’s going to be sunny. Even during monsoon season (typically late July to early august) in Sedona, the sun will still come out a few hours out of the day.
- The scenery is just amazing in general; the town’s overall aesthetic is extremely eye-pleasing. Sedona has the only McDonald’s in the world without red arches. The town is planned out to the extent that they realized that the red arches typically associated with McDonald’s would blend with the red rocks of the landscape, so it went with teal arches to fulfill a better aesthetic.
- Even if you don’t feel like hiking, there is still much to do. The quaint town is full of gear and souvenir shops, food, coffee, ice cream and much more. There’s also historical tours and jeep tours you can do in Sedona.
I have visited Sedona 3 times, and I have done something new each time. That said, here are some of my top recommended spots to visit in and around Sedona, Arizona!
I was recommended the Jordan trail hike the very first time I visited. I walked in a shop and engaged in a conversation with one of the workers, and he recommended to me this moderately difficult, hidden gem of a hike. The trail leads you through the forest for a bit and slowly inclines for about half a mile; then the inclines get steeper until you are on the verge of rock climbing for about two miles. When you reach the top, there is a second trail you can continue or you can turn back. The trail flattens out at this point, and you are on a mountain top that is just slightly shorter than all the other mountains around you. This point of the hike gives you a sense of how big the national park really is. Here are some of the photos I took on this hike.
Sedona temperatures in August can easily reach into the 100s on any given day, so a water hole at the end of your hike is such a relieving way to cool off. After Googling Sedona water holes, I found Red Rock swimming hole. The swimming hole looks out to Cathedral Rock, one of the more famous landmarks of Arizona. The hike to the water whole is less than a mile trek and mostly in the shade; it can be tricky to get to, so make sure you put it into your map app before entering the cell phone service dead zones. To the left are some of the photos I look at Red Rock water hole.
For videos of my adventures in Sedona, check out the link to my youtube. Make sure to add these two spots to your must-see list when headed to Arizona and check back for two more must-see places near Sedona next week! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe for more.
Have Lovely Travels,