The Best of Outdoors Sedona

Every month here at we try to introduce you to cool towns across the country that would fulfill any outdoor lover’s wish list. This month, it’s Sedona, Ariz.:

Founded: 1902

Population: 11,000

Size: 19 square miles  

Activities: Camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and scenic touring

Why you should go: Sedona is a wonderland for nature lovers. It is a beautiful, spiritual place and often overlooked due to its more popular cousin, the Grand Canyon. In Sedona, you have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the beauty and spirituality of the red rocks.

When you should go: Sedona can be visited year-round, but it’s the most comfortable (temperature-wise) from September through May. Keep in mind that Sedona can get chilly during the winter months and hot in the summer, and often a little of both from day to day, so pack layers. Little Fact: At an elevation of 4,500 feet (1,372 m), Sedona has mild winters and hot summers.

Must-see/do: Long known to have spiritual energy powers, Sedona’s vortexes are a must-see. The new age community considers these vortexes to be energy centers with remarkable spiritual powers, and the Native American community considers the entire Sedona area to be sacred ground. You can see Sedona’s vortexes on scenic tours, but the best way to get up close and personal is to take one of the many hiking paths to get to them. You can find an overview of the vortexes and a map here.

Off the beaten path: Explore Montezuma’s Castle in Cape Verde (about 30 minutes from Sedona). It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Learn more about this National Monument.

To find out more about hiking in Sedona, check out our FalconGuides Best Easy Day Hikes book.