Founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell, the Lowell Observatory serves as a research institution for myriads of astronomers who have lead to the discoveries of Pluto, evidence of the universe’s expansion, insight into the properties of stars, and far more. The Steele Visitor Center allows for laypeople and science buffs alike to enjoy telescope viewing, multimedia shows, and exhibits. The completion of the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope in 2012 has paved the way for future discoveries and scientific excitement!
Despite the rocky terrain, Slide Rock State Park was originally an apple farm, thanks to pioneering irrigation methods which are still used today on the grounds. Today, visitors to the park are treated to premier hiking trails and pristine swimming holes (including the slide rock that gives the park its name), and have the chance to visit the historic orchard and wood cabins spread throughout.
Both single and multi-day outdoor opportunities may be found with CenterFocus! Go climbing, canyoneering, Grand Canyon hiking, and backpacking to the cerulean waters of Havasupai, or elect to learn about the Native American ruins surrounding the area. The educational tours also encompass archaeology and astrology.
Take yourself to the relaxation of fishing Sedona’s waters after a day of hiking or exploring! Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures is the sole locally owned and licensed Fly Fishing Guide Service by the National Forest Service and Arizona Fish and Game, ensuring that all customers receive top-shelf guides and adventure. The Oak Creek Canyon, Verde Valley, Lee’s Ferry, in Chevelon Creek, and Silver Creek are the areas from which to choose your fly fishing experience.
Sedona Sacred Earth Tours are pilgrimage-oriented and educational hikes and journeying through Sedona, Grand Canyon, Hopi, and Navajo Reservations. The excursions are private and highly specialized, focusing on a spiritual awakening through connections to indigenous, Native American teachings. Choose from 3 to 7-day retreats as well. Lead by Dr. Clint Frakes, Sedona Sacred Earth Tours has received the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”!
Considered Sedona’s “scenic little gem,” the Canyon Mesa Country Club is a Triple A-rated executive par 3 golf course. Incorporated seamlessly into the red rocks of Sedona, Canyon Mesa caters to both beginners and pros. Its short length averages just 140 yards a hole. Narrowness and difficulty levels of the greens should not be overlooked, however, making for a perfect round of “target golf.”
Founded in 1988 by Dean and Prayeri Harrison, Out of Africa Wildlife Park is the perfect family outing. There are daily shows and an African Bush Safari included in the general admission. In addition, African Photo Safaris are held with the park guides, which allow guests to greet the animals! Tigers, lions, leopards, bears, hyenas, and many more animals are living here. An aquatic presentation is sure to impress as well.
Located in Williams, Arizona, the Bearizona Wildlife Park is a drive-thru experience for the whole family. Discover North American wildlife roaming in its natural habitat. Admire the range of animal species including bison, bears, big horn sheep, wolves, and cute bear cubs.
Nestled in Arizona’s wine country—Verde Valley—is the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. Live poker, Vegas-style blackjack, and slots are all to be had for a day or night of high-octane entertainment. Between the excitement, refuel with burgers and fries at Johnny Rockets or opt for fine dining at the Storytellers Gourmet Steakhouse. There’re live shows on the weekends, a bowling alley, kid’s arcade, and a Kids Quest childcare.
The Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery is located in the picturesque, historical valley Page Springs. The volcanic mountain is home to the Javelina Leap, revealing a wonderful view of the Oak Creek greenbelt and Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Take advantage of the daily tours and the special tasting room!
Opening daily at noon, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards offers its guests wine tasting and even complimentary Wi-Fi. Live music is held every Friday in addition to the fine wines and the local, Arizonan flavor and this makes the whole environment even more tranquil.
Page Springs Vineyard & Cellars are a family-owned and operated winery in beautiful Oak Creek. The tasting room is just 15 minutes south of Sedona, and they cater to both novices and aficionados! Enjoy Rhône-style Arizona wines, gourmet food and breathtaking vistas.
The historic town of Jerome was built on the side of Cleopatra Hill and once served as a deposit copper, gold and silver. On the tours, experience this history with the "Wickedest Town in the West.” For the adventurous of spirit, come to the Evening Haunted Tours of Jerome—featuring stories of murders, suicides, and mysteries in the former "Ghost Town!”
Immediately setting the tone for the ultimate relaxation experience, Crystal’s website states that “in order to maintain a private, peaceful environment, Crystal does not give out her address or directions until a reservation is confirmed.” This is comforting for guests who wish to escape the modern world for a few hours and transcend into the tranquilities of spa treatment. Crystal believes in focusing on spiritualism and organic treatments, with healing traditions that center around holistic care.
Named “One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest” by Condé Nast Traveler, L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek also features one of Sedona’s most extensive wine lists. Serving a fusion of French and Modern American, L’Auberge is positioned along cottonwood, sycamore trees, and a romantic creek. The menu items change with the seasons, from game hen and truffles during the winter, to fresh vegetables and herbs in the warmer weather.
Cucina Rustica is a memorable dining experience of fine Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. The atmosphere hearkens to Old World European styling, with grand dining rooms and al fresco patios. Romantic fountains and antique doors complete the design. For your meal, look to entrees like the Marechiaro and Pollo Scarpariello.
Named for the Apache words for “Boynton Canyon,” Che Ah Chi is the signature restaurant of the Enchantment Resort. Enjoy a fusion of Southwestern and Modern American cuisine—all supplemented by an exceptional wine list. Having garnered a AAA Four Diamond rating and the Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence,” Che Ah Chi offers its guests a place at the Wine Bar terrace with views of Boynton Canyon. Items on the menu include Buffalo Tenderloin, Pan Seared Tasmanian Salmon, and Grilled Colorado Lamb. There is a dress code for dinner.
Amara's restaurant aims to impress with fresh, organic ingredients and culinary creativity. The cuisine is traditional, regional cuisine with delicious dishes like duck confit tacos, roasted salmon, braised osso buco and New York striploin. Located within the Amara Resort, SaltRock Southwest Kitchen reveals a wonderful, natural setting in Uptown Sedona as well as beautiful views. Feel free to partake in wine and cocktails while stargazing beside their firepit.
It is hard to resist entrée options like Mushrooms Neptune, Carpaccia of Antelope, Seared Scallops, Dover Sole, Truffle, and Porcini Ravioli or the Colorado Rack of Lamb a la René. Pair these options with fine wines, cheeses and desserts and find yourself in Rene' at Tlaquepaque. Under the helm of executive chef Walter Paulson, the restaurant has been serving American and Continental cuisine since 1977.
Specializing in Old World Mexican magnetism and authentic Mexican cuisine, Oaxaca is open for lunch, dinner, and even weekend breakfast. Impressively, Oaxaca also combines the local Sonoran flavors into many of the dishes. Seafood, chicken, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu options can be found. Take yourself on the red rock rooftop cantina and enjoy the selection of over 50 tequila selections!
Combining Mexican flair with Navajo and Hopi style, El Rincon features a host of signature dishes as a result. El Rincon Chimichangas, Navajo Pizza, and Fruit Chimichangas are just several specialties. Their margaritas have been deemed the local preference since 1976. Reservations are suggested.
Barking Frog is an elegant dining with Southwestern favorites. Enjoy the Tacos dishes garnished by fresh tortillas as well as the tableside guacamole service. The seafood is recommended to be paired with their wide selection of wines from the Verde Valley vineyard.
Priding itself on the motto that “pizza is art,” Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen serves delicious food which contains healthy and natural ingredients. Enjoy both gluten-free and vegetarian Greek, Mediterranean, and Italian dishes. The pizzas and salads are also gourmet.
T. Carl’s Restaurant can be found within the stunning Poco Diablo Resort. Executive Chef Felipe Felix crafts both classic and contemporary entrees: Filet Mignon, Stuffed Eggplants, and Seared Salmon are Traditional favorites, while vegetarian dishes like the Fresh Herb Alfredo Pasta are more Contemporary. The covered patio is perfect for enjoying a beverage from the drink menu.
The Blue Moon Cafe is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to an extensive menu of both cafe and diner fare. Breakfast is served all day, combined with some of the best coffee and espresso in Sedona. For lunch, enjoy Charbroiled Burgers, Chicken Breast Sandwiches, Hot Wings, Subs, Hand Tossed Gourmet Pizza, and fresh Salads. There is a beer and wine list, with Blue Moon beer on tap. The cafe also offers complimentary DSL.
Fine global cuisine in a casual, fun ambiance is the special of the day at Heartline Cafe. Each meal is crafted with seasonal, local and organic ingredients to create a healthy and delicious experience. Family owned and operated, Heartline boasts of international and local guests who visit Sedona because of its beauty and great food.
The Golden Goose is a 5-star affordable venue. As one of the top-rated restaurants in Sedona, Golden Goose serves Traditional American, Italian, and Vegetarian cuisine. Seafood, steak, sandwiches, and burgers are a few features of the menu. Come for breakfast and brunch!
Within the luxurious Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa you can find the Reds bistro and bar. The acclaimed restaurant and lounge has won awards for its appetizers and Happy Hour. House specialties like the Mussels & Chorizo or Caramelized Sea Scallops draw countless visitors and locals of Sedona to Reds. Also serving a great breakfast menu too with dishes like Eggs Benedict, Omelet, Buttermilk Pancakes, Breakfast Burrito and much more. Pamper your taste buds.
With house creations like the Quesa-“Divas” and a Wonderland-esque atmosphere, The Secret Garden Cafe in Tlaquepaque is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. As you can conclude from its name, the garden patio is kept “secret” by a canopy of floral designs and greenery. Expect wonderful soups, gourmet salads, sandwiches, fine cakes, desserts, a variety of teas, and a full espresso bar.
New York Bagels & Deli is like having the fresh bakeries of New York but without the steam of its streets or honking of bustling taxis! Located in the heart of Red Rock Country, the deli and bakery welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch, and pizza. Drop by and become part of the big New York Bagels & Del family.
Browse through the pictures of the meals listed on the website serve and obtain all the proof one needs to ensure that the Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport is a top-notch restaurant. The interior and exterior dining options are stellar, giving breakfast, lunch, and dinner a backdrop of beauty. To preview their menus, just imagine savoring the Cold Water Maine Lobster Tail.
Harry's Hideaway is located in the Sedona’s wineries. The strategic location gives all the visitors the chance to try Arizonan wines, local brews, and top-shelf spirits. Daily specials accompany the menu which is comprised of meals like crab cakes, hamburgers, pizza, pasta, steaks, ribs, shrimp dishes, salads, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and housemade desserts.
Global inspiration drives the menus of Creekside Restaurant. No matter if you step by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner you will always have the opportunity to relish different international delicacies. From the extensive menu you can choose tasty dishes like Salmon Bagel, Egg Benedict, Poké Bowl (with tuna, rice and vegetables), Burger, Soup, Crab Cake, Salad and much more.
The Juniper Bar & Grille is located at the Sedona Golf Resort. Enjoy wine and signature cocktail drinks on the amazing outdoor patio while admiring the stunning panoramic views of the Red Rocks. If feeling hungry, they also serve pasta, fish and meat fishes and it all can be relished in a relaxing ambiance.
Oak Creek Brewery & Grill prefaces its experience with a quotation from the illustrious Benjamin Franklin: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." This being said, Oak Creek boasts of award-winning Micro Beers and seasonal favorites—all served in their frosty glasses. The full bar opens daily at 11.30am. The food variety includes wood-fired pizza, cedar plank salmon, baby back ribs, rotisserie chicken, and Certified Angus burgers and steaks.
On the second level of the Sinagua Plaza is where you’ll find Open Range. Serving comfort food and Southwestern camaraderie, Open Range is also the place for spectacular Red Rock views. In addition to menu items like the Green Chile Mac and Cheese and Campfire Burger, Open Range also has a full bar. Find specialty drinks like the Triple Citrus Cooler Martini, Open Rangerita, and Sedona Ice Tea. Fine wines, draft and bottled beers are also on the drinks menu.
The Hideaway Restaurant & Lounge features a full bar, patio dining and panoramic Red Rock vistas. Classic Italian dishes and vegetarian meals complemented with drinks can be enjoyed in a friendly atmosphere. They have Happy Hour too from 2-6 daily, so pop by any enjoy the stunning view while sipping a cocktail or a cold beer.
Conveniently situated in the middle of Uptown Sedona, Canyon Breeze is not only a full bar serving variety of beverages but also a place to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here the guests can enjoy an amazing sunset view from the patio while eating and drinking with friends and family.
Lake Havasu's Javelina Cantina is a prime destination for Sonoran-style Mexican cuisine and drinks. Weekly specials and a premier Tequila Bar make Javelina Cantina a great late night choice. There’s even a monthly new Tequila featured which is an addition to the hundreds already at the full bar.
Timo Wood Oven Wine Bar and Spoke & Wheel Tavern are found at the Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. There are 20 flat-panel televisions showing live sports, billiards, and signature cocktails. Dine on seared hand-cut steak, wood-fired pizzas, yummy starters, fresh salads, and half-pound burgers.
Hillside Sedona is home to some of the Southwest’s finest art galleries, fine dining, quality retail, specialty shops, wine tasting, and home furnishings. Positioned in mellifluous Oak Creek, Hillside Sedona is full of gardens, fountains and friendly paths. Take a day to browse around, do some shopping, or simply take the opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and family in one of Sedona’s most romantic locations.
Absorb the breathtaking Red Rocks vista while listening to the allaying streams of Oak Creek: and this is done while shopping at Creekside Plaza. Enjoy dining at Ken’s Creekside Restaurant, relax in the Aveda salon and spa, or seek inspiration in one of the art galleries. The plaza is open-air and invites a sense of tranquility.
Under the helm of the Hyatt Vacation Club Resort are the Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe. There are 3 courtyards overlooking the Red Rocks to complement dining venues like Wildflower Bread Company, Starbuck’s, Cold Stone Creamery, and Sound Bites Grill. Shop retail and specialty at Chico’s, George Kelly Fine Jewelry, West Fork Mens, Zivney Collection, Boutique Angeleique, El Dorado Jeweler, Indian Touch of Sedona, and the Hummingbird House. If you are looking for art, stop by at Lou DeSerio Gallery, Visions Fine Art, and Adonai Christian Fine Art.
Since the 1970s the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has been a staple of Sedona shopping. Over 40 galleries and shops turn your day into a pleasant exploration, and there are 4 restaurants where you can have a great dining experience. Walk around and feel the chic, Southwestern beauty.
Garland’s Navajo Rugs allows guests of Sedona to partake in and share the awesome heritage of Native American art. Garland’s sells genuine Native arts and crafts: hand-carved Hopi Kachina Dolls, Navajo Sandpaintings, Pueblo Pottery, and hand woven baskets are featured items. And as the name hints, Garland’s proudly houses a substantial selection of Navajo rugs.
The main airport with access to the Sedona area is a hub for US Airways. All major U.S. airlines, plus Air Canada, British Airways, WestJet, and Aeromexico also operate out of PSHIA. Nonstop service is available to roughly 80 domestic and 20 international destinations. The airport is 3 miles (4.8 km) from the central business district with the Valley Metro bus route 13 serving all terminals. Taxi access is through terminals 2, 3 and 4. SuperShuttle provides collective transportation. The Rental Car Center is located in its own building at 1805 East Sky Harbor Circle South.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
The best time to visit Sedona is from March to May when the temperatures are warm but not too hot. During this time, the area is in full bloom and this is the season hikers prefers to visit Sedona as the landscape is more colorful. September and November is another ideal period to visit for outdoor activities thanks to the mild temperatures. Winter is a slow season in Sedona but if you are looking for a cheaper room and to bargain, then this is the best time to visit. Overall the weather is pretty great year-round.
Verde Lynx Public Transportation connects central Cottonwood library and uptown Sedona along 89A and northern portions of SR 179. It services 7 days a week. Monday to Saturday between 6 am to 7.15 pm and Sunday 7.30 am to 6 pm. There are several ticket types to choose from Regular Fare, All Day Pass, Day Pass Vouchers, 20 – Trip Pass and Monthly Pass. For location where to buy you bus pass, see the link below.