Sedona is known for its gorgeous red rock and amazing natural wonders. Nature lovers, photographers, hikers, and spiritual seekers flock to this beautiful area to take in the landscape and enjoy outdoor activities. Of course, it’s easy to find the favorite Sedona tourist attractions, but we know you want to see off-the-beaten-path Sedona.
Red Rock State Park
Set outside of Sedona, Red Rock State Park is a hidden oasis of nature and wildlife. Since it’s a little bit of a drive, fewer tourists visit. The trail system consists of 5 miles of paths, all of them fairly easy hiking. Expect stunning views on every trail, but definitely check out Eagle’s Nest for one of our favorite views. Red Rock State Park also offers free ranger-led nature walks, so be sure to check the schedule.
Other Less-Known Hikes
- Boynton Canyon Trail
- Yavapai Vista Trail
- Doe Mountain Trail
Sedona has become known for its sacred healing sites or vortexes. A vortex is a concentration of natural energy that is often categorized as masculine, feminine, or neutral. While masculine vortexes energize, feminine vortexes offer focused energy for meditation. Many believe that this energy originates from the earth’s core and that it has healing properties. You can choose to take a vortex tour or explore one on your own. While no one truly knows if the magical healing energies exist, these vortexes are often located in some of the most beautiful areas of Sedona.
- Cathedral Rock (feminine)
- Bell Rock (masculine)
- Boynton Canyon (neutral)
- Airport Mesa (masculine)
- Chapel of the Holy Cross (feminine)
Sedona Rock Climbing
Experience the red rocks of Sedona up close and personal by rock climbing one of the sandstone towers or walls. You may not be a professional climber, but you can climb with a professional. Since sandstone is very fragile, you should only climb on these rocks when they are completely dry to cut down on breakage. If you’re athletic and adventurous, this trip is for you!
Rock Climbing Routes
- Regular Route
- Original North Face Route
- Duck for Cover
Prickly Pear Ice Cream
Black Cow Café in Sedona offers a homemade Prickly Pear flavored ice cream. Prickly pear is a pink kiwi-shaped fruit that grows from a cactus. This unique southwestern flavor is a must-try. Locals and tourists alike stand in lines out the door to get their hands on the creamy indulgence of Black Cow Café’s ice cream. The café also makes its other baked goods from scratch, including its crispy waffle cones.
Sedona Memories Sandwiches
Sedona Memories Bakery & Café make the best sandwiches in the area. Only open from 10 AM until 2 PM, this sandwich shop sometimes sell out of their sandwiches before 1 PM! The sandwiches pile fresh, locally produced ingredients on homemade slices of bread for a giant bite of delicious. For the record, these are big sandwiches, too.
World-renown for its red rocks and sandstone formations, off-the-beaten-path Sedona offers some true gems. And while you’re planning your trip, be sure to schedule an ATV adventure by calling (800) 242-6335.