Make an escape to Sedona, Arizona and have the beautiful Red Rocks as the setting of your winter getaway. An idyllic town located 120 miles north of Phoenix, Sedona is famous for its new-age counterculture community, arts scene, and stunning natural landscapes. There’s always something to do in Sedona since the town hosts numerous film, music, and arts festivals throughout the year. Take advantage of the sunny weather and participate in outdoor excursions or enjoy stunning views on relaxing drives. Experience a different type of winter in a vibrant desert town.
There’s no end to the number of hiking trails available in the Sedona area. The trails come at all sorts of difficulty levels, so locals and visitors can be sure to find a route that suits their needs. Take the Broken Arrow Trail for an easy 2-mile hike to Chicken Point or challenge yourself with a steep climb on the Cathedral Rock Trail. Hike to the Vortices and discover their special magnetic properties. Regardless of what hike you decide to do, expect gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.
Pack a picnic lunch, pick up some maps, and get ready to see the best views of the region on a scenic drive along the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Witness the incredible landscape that surrounds Sedona. Drive by Chapel Road, stop at either Boynton or Oak Creek Canyon for a tranquil hike and cool off in a swimming hole at Grasshopper Point. Conclude your drive with an enchanting view of the sunset at Airport Vista. Alternate driving routes also include the Desert Canyon Scenic Loop or the Red Rocks and Sycamore Canyon Scenic Loop.
One of the advantages of being in the middle of the desert is the lack of urban light pollution at night. This plus the town’s mostly clear year-round weather makes Sedona a prime location to go stargazing. Have a romantic evening with loved ones or hire a qualified expert for a more scientific experience. Take advantage of the region’s spiritual atmosphere and feel the therapeutic nature of being inspired by the stars.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Witness the integration of modern architecture into the natural landscape of the red rocks at the Chapel of Holy Cross. Located in the Coconino National Forest, the chapel provides a stunning image as it juts out from its rocky environment. Although a Roman Catholic Church, the chapel is claimed to be one of the strongest spiritual vortexes in Sedona. Visit it for yourself to see if you can feel the intersection of the earth’s electromagnetic energy.
Coconino National Forest
Spend the day in Coconino National Forest and witness the diversity of natural landscapes ranging from red rocks, deserts, ponderosa pine forests, mesas, ancient volcanic peaks, and more. Also located in the forest is the Montezuma Castle National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palatki. Visit the sites to be impressed by the preservation of the cliff dwellings. Once belonging to the Sinagua, the structures are shrouded in the mystery of their disappearance. Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks are also located in the national forest and provide opportunities for scenic hikes or strolls.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
After spending so much time in nature, sometimes a break is needed. Head to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village for some retail therapy. Explore over 50 specialty shops and art galleries to see the craftsmanship of local artisans. From traditional ceramics, fine art paintings of the Southwestern landscape, to contemporary jewelry, there’s bound to be a unique present you’ll want to take home. Treat yourself to a meal in one of the village’s exceptional restaurants and take in the inspiring and lively atmosphere.