Recommendations for Things to Do in Sedona
There are countless adventures and unique things to do in Sedona. If you’d like to explore Sedona further, be sure to talk to our knowledgeable and helpful guest experience team. Our team here at L’Auberge is happy to supply picnic lunches and maps of hiking trails, and we can arrange any number of adventures: vortex hikes, Pink Jeep tours, trips to the Grand Canyon, hot air balloon rides, and more.
Our local partnerships are strong and we take pride in the relationships we have built with tour providers, guides and local experts. For a detailed list of local happenings including annual festivals and events we recommend the local calendar listed here.
If you’re having trouble deciding, let us create a customized itinerary, just for you. A personal tour through Sedona’s most picturesque locations. A couples massage, then a romantic creekside dinner for two. Or perhaps you just want a suggestion on the best place to watch the sun set—where you can experience the magical, awe-inspiring sight of the Sedona rocks blazing gold in the evening. We can even arrange for a blanket and a bottle of wine. Cheers to you and experiencing the best of Sedona!
Our Top 12 Things to Do in Sedona
1. Walk Down Gallery Row
Located along Highway 179—starting at the Creekside Plaza and extending to Hillside galleries—Gallery Row features some of Sedona’s finest galleries and shops. It’s an easy walk from L’Auberge de Sedona, or allow our valet to drive you to the start. Finish your self-guided tour with a stroll through the L’Auberge grounds to view the natural gallery of statues throughout the gardens and pieces inside the Lodge, Lobby and Cress Restaurant all curated by Goldenstein Gallery.
2. Take the Drive Up Schnebly Hill Road
The original road from Sedona to Flagstaff, it’s a very rough gravel road, but the scenery is spectacular. 4WD is recommended and not suitable for low-riding vehicles. About 20 minutes up, there is a steel gate; park to the left just before it and walk uphill to the overlook. After that, you can continue driving up Schnebly Hill to the top of the Mogollon Rim (about another 20 minutes).
3. Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
Ranked as one of the “Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona”, this 1956 Roman Catholic chapel was built directly into the red rocks of Sedona. It sits high above the landscape, showcasing wonderful views from both inside and out.
4. Experience Sedona’s Spiritual Vortexes:
Renowned for its vortexes—the swirling centers of subtle energy coming from the surface of the earth—Sedona attracts people from all over the world to experience the power of this energy. Although the four best-known are Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Cathedral Rock, there are many more to be found, and our concierge can assist your journey with maps and tours.
5. Go to Crescent Moon Picnic Site:
Located where Oak Creek flows below Cathedral Rock (the most photographed rock formation in Arizona), this site is perfect for a walk or picnic. Please note: There is a $10 parking fee at the entrance.
6. Visit the Palatki Heritage Site:
Offering rare pictographs and open to public viewing, this heritage site is not well known, but well worth the visit. Please call ahead for reservations, 928-282-3854.
7. Drive Through Oak Creek Canyon:
Considered one of the top scenic drives in the U.S., it goes 12 miles to the switchbacks, and then to the top of the rim and an overlook. From the L’Auberge entrance/exit, turn right and stay on State Route 89A. Spend some time in Downtown Flagstaff on Route 66 or wind back to Uptown Sedona.
8. Explore the Town of Jerome:
Once proclaimed to be the wickedest town in the West, the former copper-mining town of Jerome is now a designated National Historic District. It’s also an artist hub, having been resettled by artist and crafts people. It is “different” and feels like it is from another era—almost falling off the side of Cleopatra Hill, half way up the Mingus Mountain. A 45-minute drive from Sedona.
9. Catch a Sedona Sunset:
The sunsets here are spectacular, and the best spot in Sedona to view them is the Airport Mesa. There are two different spots: one is the large overlook, and the other is a short hike half way up Airport Road. There is a $3 parking fee to go to the overlook, but it’s definitely worth it for the views.
10. Try Walking Meditation at Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park:
Situated at the base of Thunder Mountain, this is a nice place for walking meditation (the Stupa goes clockwise) and quiet contemplation. Take 89A South to Andante Road in West Sedona to Pueblo, turn left. and park. Enter through the gate and follow the trail up to the Stupa. Donations are well appreciated.
11. Explore Sedona’s Infamous Tlaquepaque Village:
Renowned for its authentic southwest shopping and stunning galleries surrounded by the sycamore trees on the banks of Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts village gets its name from “the best of everything” and has been an iconic Sedona landmark since the 1970’s.
12. Take a Day Trip to Sip Arizona’s Finest Wines:
Page Springs is a quick 20-minute drive from L’Auberge de Sedona. Head West on 89A then meander along the creek to visit one of the best wineries in Arizona, Page Spring Cellars where you can sip, relax, and find your new favorite red. Continue west along your wine tour to find Caduceus Cellars in Jerome, rated #1 in the state, and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards in Cottonwood, rated #2 in Arizona.