Sedona has been on our wish-list for a long time. Known for its signature red rocks, abundant hiking trails, and breathtaking desert scenery, this Arizona town is a place every traveler will appreciate. It’s proximity to other destinations like Phoenix and the Grand Canyon makes it an easy addition to your Sedona Day Trip itinerary.
So grab your hats and hiking shoes to join me on the ride as I take you on an incredible adventure through this desert wonderland
Sedona Road Trip itinerary
We flew into Phoenix from San Jose and it was a two-hour drive to our hotel in Sedona. Throughout the drive, we were delighted with a view that shifted from cityscapes to saguaro-lined hills, to miles and miles of desert brush. And then all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, appeared a cascade of red rocks – each one bigger than the next and emerging from the landscape like recumbent giants. We have reached Sedona! As soon as I spotted Red Rock land, I fell in love with its beauty
After quickly grabbing breakfast at Coffee pot Restaurant, we decided to head to the nearby Sedona Airport Overlook for an absolutely stunning view of Sedona and its surroundings. Airport Mesa is considered as one of Sedona’s vortexes – swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation, and self-exploration. Careful not to disturb people recharging and meditating here!
We headed to Devils Bridge next, which is one of the most sought-after places to hike and photograph in the area, and no trip to Sedona would be complete without at least one visit to this magnificent geological formation. The trail was not too hard and the view from atop was absolutely incredible. Worth every step!
Our next stop was the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The building stands at 250 feet tall, and sitting atop a rock wall that is over a thousand feet tall, this is a picturesque yet insurmountably impressive structure set atop Sedona’s already-photogenic red rocks. The main stained-glass window of the chapel is held together by a giant cross. Parking was hard to find, but I’m glad we did not skip this Sedona gem.
Cathedral Rock was the one we did next. It’s about an hour’s hike to the top and the trail takes you through a steep but manageable ascent. At the top we were greeted with a stunning view of the towering red rock columns all around.
Bell Rock is another popular hiking spot with equally stunning views, but we were content with a view of the landscape from the fairly spacious trailhead as our feet begged for a little rest.
Sedona is also a great destination for stargazing. The absence of ambient light pollution allows you to catch some truly breath-taking views of the star-lit night sky. This together with the surreal backdrop of Sedona’s red rocks transport you outside this world… you’d be forgiven to mistake it for the Martian landscape 😉
The next day, we drove to Slide Rock State Park and hiked Soldier’s Pass – It was a relatively easy hike but thoroughly enjoyable as there was something interesting to look at around every corner! Along the trail, you will find a giant sinkhole, the seven sacred pools, and the Soldier’s Pass cave. The sinkhole initially collapsed in 1989 and again in 1995 and continues to grow due to rain dissolving the limestone under the surface and creating a network of caves underneath it. Holy cow!
Slide Rock State Park is a beautiful, naturally formed water park. With its wide pools and natural rock slides, this was the perfect place to cool off and beat the heat – a perfect finale for a trip through the desert.
Have you guys ever been to Sedona? How did you guys enjoy Sedona and What was your favorite hike?