There are many activities to choose from in the Sedona area. We have information on many options including: jeep tours, hiking trails, going to the Grand Canyon on your own or with a tour, helicopters in Sedona or at the Grand Canyon, hot air balloons, mountain biking, horseback rides, restaurants, wineries, golf, scenic drives, art galleries, birding, vortex experiences, psychic readings, fly fishing, shopping, ATV’s, entertainment, plane rides, private tours, pet-friendly places, train rides, local trolley rides, stargazing, and anything else that is happening in the Sedona and surrounding areas.
We took some time and narrowed down what we would identify as “must do’s” when visiting Sedona for the first or tenth time. We hope you agree!
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
Tlaquepaque means “The Best of Everything” and was ranked as one of the top tourist attractions in the state of Arizona by the Phoenix Business Journal. The complex was built in Sedona in the 60’s as an artist’s village and contains many of Sedona’s finest galleries, shops and high-end craft stores.
With over 45 distinctive specialty shops there is something here for everyone. Discover fabulous art treasures among its 19 exceptional galleries. Tlaquepaque abounds with spectacular, one-of-a kind art expressions in every medium and stylistic genre, from classic Southwestern fine art to contemporary, abstract, Native American and even spiritually contemplative works. You’ll also find comfortably stylish women’s clothing from skirts, wraps, fun hats, leather goods and accessories to jewelry, the latest home décor, handcrafted rugs, and more as part of the Tlaquepaque shopping experience.
A Nice Walk Along the Creek
Crescent Moon State Park is a great location to stroll or to enjoy a picnic along the banks of Oak Creek where it flows beneath Cathedral Rock. This is the spot where the “postcard pictures” of the most photographed rock formation in Arizona are taken and a favorite location for weddings and artists.
There are 2 great spots to stop for photos and to have picnic; the first about 15 minutes upstream at the Cathedral Rock vista and the second about the same distance. Again upstream in the “vortex” area where there is a summer swimming hole, a sandy beach and an old dry riverbed that comes in from the west; a great place to do some rock hounding.
Directions from L’Auberge:
At the top of L’Auberge Lane turn left on to State Route 89A, go through the 2 roundabouts and up the hill into West Sedona. At the 6th set of traffic lights, turn left onto the Lower Red Rock Loop Rd. Follow along, (pulling off the road for photos if you wish along the way) to the first road that goes off to the left (about a mile and a half) which is signposted to the Crescent Moon Ranch State Park (aka Red Rock Crossing). Walk across the open space to Oak Creek and proceed upstream on the creekside path. There is an $8 park entrance fee.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Designed by an apprentice of Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright, the chapel was constructed in less than 18 months at a cost of $300,000 in 1956 and is a marvel in regards to its architectural sophistication. Impressively designed “in the red rocks”, there is the opportunity for quiet contemplation from the Chapels elevated view of Red Rock Country.
It is the parish church where all liturgies are held (except a Taize Prayer) at the Chapel every Monday evening at 5:00pm.
Located less than 5 miles away from L’Auberge along State Route 179.
- Red Rock Loop Rd:
Provides magnificent views of Cathedral Rock as well as Oak Creek. This is also a nice place to go to enjoy a more private sunset viewing. Drive West on State Route 89A to Upper Red Rock Loop Road, about 10 minutes from L’Auberge. This road meanders for 5 miles, with several scenic pullouts, and becomes Lower Red Rock Loop Road which loops back to State Route 89A.
- Oak Creek Canyon:
This is considered one of the top scenic drives in the U.S. Make a right at the top of L’Auberge Lane and follow State Route 89A for 12 miles to the switchbacks of Oak Creek, at the top of which is a scenic overlook. This trip takes about 25 minutes to the switchbacks and another 5 minutes to the top; howver, the entire trip provides great views and several scenic pullouts.
- Dry Creek Road:
This takes you out to the northwest section of Red Rock Country, which is mostly wilderness once you go past the horse ranches and one residential subdivision (Foothills North). At the top of L’Auberge Lane turn right and continue on State Route 89A for several miles. At the traffic signal before the Upper Red Rock Loop Rd you turn right on to Dry Creek Road. At the end of Dry Creek Road, turn left at the “T” and then left again when you get to Boynton Pass Road. After a few miles the road becomes gravel, just past the Doe Mesa trailhead parking area. A couple of miles further on you get to another “T”, take a right turn to the Palakti Indian Ruins and “rock art” site. A left turn would take you back to 89A but it is graded gravel all the way. About 45 minutes to the Palakti Indian Ruins.
- Schnebly Hill Road:
On the other side of the creek from L’Auberge is the original road from Sedona to Flagstaff. Hacked in to the hillside by the early settlers at the turn of the century before State Route 89A existed, it cut their travelling time to Flagstaff from two days to one; freeing up two more days of the week to tend their orchards, cattle and gardens in Sedona. To access Schnebly Hill Road, turn left at the top of our drive, left again at the first roundabout and down State Route 179, then left again at the roundabout after you cross the bridge. This is a very rough road, cut with washes; we recommend decent clearance under the vehicle but not 4 wheeldrive. About 25 minutes up Schenbly Hill Road there is a steel gate. If you park here, you can walk up to a magnificent overlook on the side of Merry-go-Round Rock. After the steel gate, the road continues and joins Oak Creek Canyon then proceeds to the top of the Rim. This drive will take you about 45 minutes, an hour and a half round trip.
- State Route 179:
This scenic drive heads south from Uptown Sedona to the golfing town called the Village of Oak Creek. Turn left at the top of L’Auberge Lane, then turn left at the first roundabout. You are now on State Route 179 and will pass along some of the premiere shopping areas in Sedona and by several hiking and mountain biking trails before you reach the Village of Oak Creek. There are several great stops along the way including The Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock.