A Weekend Guide to Sedona

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when visiting Red Rock Country. Sedona had always been on my list to visit but was never a high priority. When we came to town our plan was to wake up early, hike some hikes, grab some lunch and carry on with our road trip. Let’s just say we loved it so much, we ended up staying all of Memorial Weekend and then some.  The area has some high vibes and I immediately knew the place was special. Here’s what to do and see when the time comes for you to visit Sedona. Book that trip, you won’t regret it. It’s one peaceful getaway you will never forget.

HIKES:

Devil’s Bridge: This hike is one of the most photographed spots in Sedona. It is the perfect spot to catch sunset and it shouldn’t be missed. We had a high clearance vehicle so the hike was shorter for us. I think it cut out half a mile or so maybe even more. What makes this hike so special is that Devil’s Bridge is Sedona’s largest sandstone arch. You can actually walk across it if you’re brave enough! I highly recommend coming midweek or super early in the morning to beat the crowds. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting in line to get a snapshot with Devil’s Bridge solo. Seriously, the place can get crowded but we went midweek in early summer at sunset and had the entire place to ourselves.

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Airport Mesa: This hike is one of four Sedona locations considered to be a vortex site. For those who don’t know, a vortex is a place in nature where the earth is exceptionally alive with energy. The earth’s energy swirls and draws to its center everything that surrounds it like a tornado. At these magical sites, trees often exhibit swirling or twisting of their trunks. Vortex sites are said to be highly spiritual and healing for those who visit them. Airport Mesa is thought to be a masculine vortex (vortexes are either masculine or feminine), which means that you may feel energized or motivated when you complete this hike. If you dig desert landscape this is one of the best hikes that I’ve done to grab 360-degree views of Red Rock Country.

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Cathedral Rock: Another not-to-be-missed hike in Sedona, Cathedral Rock is another vortex site. I can speak to its peacefulness as I started this hike at first light and watched the sunrise from the summit. I was even serenaded by a man playing a flute. The hike is steep and requires a bit of climbing in some spots. While not super technical, the 1.5-mile round trip hike is pretty strenuous, leading you up a moderately steep incline, but well worth the reward once you make it up. (Seriously, it’s a bit steep in spots. I wouldn’t recommend for young children.)

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BITES:

Berry Divine Acai Bowls: I have a thing for fresh cold Acai Bowls on a hot summer day. And this little spot is the perfect cherry on top after a solid hike. The fruit is fresh and dang tasty.

Pizza Lisa: We were craving wood-fired pizza and gelato after a solid day of hiking. This spot has a cute little patio out front, which is really nice at night. The atmosphere was good, the service was stellar and they had gluten free options (yay!).

Elote: This spot is packed nightly so I highly recommend getting there early. Do me a favor and start with a cucumber lime margarita and some fresh elote. Smoked brisket enchiladas and pork belly tacos are noms and veggie relleno is really unique. It really just depends what you’re craving because everything on the menu is super delicious.

89 Agave: Super fun patio and cute bar with cute decor. This spot was the perfect place to grab a quick bite. We ordered mostly apps and shared the salsa flight + classic guacamole. We also tried the grilled sweet corn, which was really good.

Wild Flower Bread Company: We came here for both lunch and breakfast. This is an Arizona chain that reminds me of Panera Bread back when it was called St. Louis Bread Company. Everything is really quick + tasty. And they have fast WiFi. Of course, I loved that they had healthy options.

Cowboy Club: This is the quintessential Sedona steakhouse. It packs a ton of character and is great for a spendy date night. Try the prickly pear margarita.

SHOPS:

Hummingbird House: A really cute gift shop with a ton of character.  Each room of the old house/store has a different theme with many one-of-a-kind items. Here you’ll find a ton of super interesting and unique gifts and trinkets.

Spiritstone: I got a few crystals at this little shop. The man behind the counter is super helpful and I found that they had a lot of variety. I have to admit, it was a little pricey but it was the only crystal shop I visited during my stay so I’m not sure how they all compare. All I know is that the crystals I bought in Moab and Joshua Tree were much more affordable.

Sedona Gifts: I’m collecting pins on our road trip to put on a cute jean jacket and this spot had a good selection! I was able to snag a few cute ones that were Sedona themed. The shop also had other touristy gifts like magnets, local goods and tea towels.

SWIMMING HOLES

Slide Rock: This is one of the most popular swimming holes in town but it’s super easy to access and is great for kiddos. It is a classic but frequently visited by tourists so expect the place to be packed. Oak Creek is beautiful with surrounding orange rocks and narrow pools. There are both shallow and deeper areas for swimming.

Red Rock Crossing: This swimming hole has one of the best views of Cathedral Rock. There are a few beach areas for laying out and several shallow areas to soak. You can park at Red Rock Crossing Picnic Area for $10.

The Crack at Bell Crossing: This was our favorite swimming spot. It requires a bit of a hike but once you get there it is totally worth it. The longer hike detours large crowds from coming, although you’ll still likely share this spot with other people since it’s no secret. I’ve been told you can keep hiking upstream past “The Crack” to find more secluded pools but we did not explore that way. Instead, we found shade under a tree and enjoyed jumping off the cliffs. I also brought my pretzel float and sunbathed in style.  Be careful hiking here when the weather is warm. We crossed paths with a rattlesnake on our hike back to the car around 6pm.

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Final Thoughts:

I didn’t do any Reiki, Energy Work or Readings while I was in Sedona and I kinda wish I had done so. Seems like such a perfect thing to experience in such a special place. I’ll have to do it next time I pass through.

Have you been to Sedona? What did you think? Comment below if you’ve got tips for my next visit. I already can’t wait to go back. 

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