Day Trip from Phoenix: Explore Sedona

Sedona Day Tip from Phoenix

How far from Phoenix? 2 hours

About Sedona – Sedona is a super popular tourist destination.  Why? Well it has these mesmerizing red rock mountains, tons of art, boutiques galleries and of course a deep spiritual pull dragging you out to find an energy vortex that won’t cure your arthritis but you’ll definitely be able to cross into the 5th element and visit your dearly departed aunt Martha, so don’t forget your multipass!  (Does anyone actually read these blogs?)

Where to go: 

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross – Very sacred and inspiring place. The history of this unusual place of worship is outlined on the plaque on the exterior. The chapel  should not be missed. 780 Chapel Rd, Sedona AZ. 928-282-4069. Visit chapeloftheholycross.com for hours. FREE.
  • Tlaquepaque – We’re 99.99 percent sure it’s pronounced Ta-lahk-ee-pahk-ee. This is a shopping center named after a suburb of Guadalajara Mexico. This center is based off of a Mexican village and includes tiny chapel near the central plaza. Come and indulge in shopping boutiques, pottery, clothing, gifts and art. Dining available too. 928-282-4838. Visit tlaq.com for more info.
  • Sedona Arts Center – The center offers theater productions, visual arts exhibitions, and is home to concerts and festivals. 928-282-3809. Visit SedonaArtsCenter.com for hours. FREE Entry to the exhibition hall. Other fees may apply.

 

Scenic Opportunities

  • The Red Rock State Park – This is a 286 acre park that was planned as an environmental center. A naturalist program offers tours. Start at the visitors center to find trails and tours. 928-282-6907. Visit azstateparks.com/red-rock for more info.
  • Take a Jeep tour – Jeep tours are available for different ways to see the red rocks. Our favorite ones are the Honantki Ruins Tour by Pink Jeep Tours. (PinkJeep.com) We also like the super informative guides from Sedona Red Rock Jeep Tours. (RedRockJeep.com)
  • Slide Rock State Park – Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Todays visitors can still enjoy the fruits of Pendley’s labor. Not only in the orchard but historic cabins are available for viewing, and the creek offers the park’s namesake slide for adventures seekers and those looking for a place to cool off. 928-282-3034. Visit https://azstateparks.com/slide-rock/ for entry fees and hours.
  • Schnebley Hill – One of the most well known hiking and mountain biking routes in Sedona. 23 miles round trip! So get walking! You’ll see ruins, an old carriage house, & epic scenery.  Visit TripAdvisor for more info & the best Schnebly Hill tips.
  • Vortices – Although all of Sedona is considered to be a vortex, there are special spots that have been identified where the energy is more intense and where you are more likely to actually feel the energy. These vortexes have been further categorized into “feminine” (energy entering the earth) and “masculine” (energy coming out of the earth). Cathedral Rock and the Chapel of the Holy Cross have been identified as feminine; Airport Mesa and Bell Rock as masculine. Boynton Canyon combines both. Don’t forget your Multipass to visit Aunt Martha.