5 Things to Do in Sedona

There are all kinds of words used to describe Sedona, Arizona: magical, stunning, scenic, peaceful. And every single one of these descriptors is spot on. Sedona is, all at once, all of these things and more. Plan a visit to this Arizona gem and see what words come to mind to describe your perfect Sedona glamping getaway.

First off, book a stay Thousand Trails Verde Valley RV & Camping Resort choosing glamping accommodations that range from two adorable tiny houses to comfy cabins and cottages. Then, check out the five things we found to do and get started on finding out just what Sedona has in store for you!

  1. Blaze the Trails: There are all kinds of hiking trails in and around Sedona. Options can include Broken Arrow Trail, a 2.8 mile trail with beautiful wildflowers; Oak Creek Canyon’s West Fork Trail, which is considered one of the best hikes in the area, with a moderate 3.1-mile trek crossing 13 creeks; Devil’s Bridge Trail with the reward being the view of Devil’s Bridge, the largest sandstone arch in Sedona; and Boynton Canyon Trail, with views of the canyon floor and plenty of desert landscape.

  2. Shopping: Plenty of interesting items to be found in this area, rich in Native American history and culture. Kachina House is the largest distributor of Native American art and artifacts in Arizona. Visitors here can find carvings, pottery, jewelry as well as Zuni Fetishes and Navajo Kachina dolls. Son Silver West Gallery is considered “eclectic” which means there is something of interest here. Art, jewelry, antiques, garden décor, and handmade soaps are just some of the things to find here. Talquepaque Arts & Shopping Village is a lovely outdoor market with plenty of art galleries and craft shops.

  3. Animal Antics: Bearizona Wildlife Park is a 160-acre, drive-through, wildlife park in nearby Williams where visitors can see bears, bison, and wolves in their natural habitat. There are also education programs offered and the park can be seen via car, on foot or on a shuttle (bearizona.com). Out of Africa is another unique up-close animal experience offered in Camp Verde, Arizona. Visitors can take a “safari,” feed predators, see a snake show, and check out the wide variety of animals, which include a two-toed sloth named Bart, a Southern White Rhinoceros, a Black Leopard, camels, and bears (outofafricapark.com).

Pictograph rock art at the Palatki Heritage Site
    1. Palatki Ruins: Head to the Coconino National Forest to check out the largest cliff dwellings found in the area that date back 3000-6000 years. The Palatki Heritage Site (and sister site, Honanki Heritage Site) offer the amazing cliff dwellings plus rock art (pictographs and petroglyphs). They are accessible via three trails, one of which is wheelchair accessible. Dwelling and grotto tours are available, but reservations must be made in advance. For more details on visiting, check out fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=55368.

    2. Festivals: Maybe it’s the year-round moderate climate, maybe it’s the super cool vibe but it seems like there is always a fun festival to check out when visiting in Sedona. For starters there’s the Sedona International Film Festival, scheduled this year for February 18-26. This event features some of the best independent films from around the world. March has the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival and April is time for the Yoga Festival. Fall brings the Sedona Winefest (September 23-24), the Sedona Arts Festival (October 8-9), a Food Truck Festival (first weekend of November) and winter has all kinds of holiday festivals including the Festival of Lights (December 3). For more information, go to visitsedona.com.

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