One of the important things to know in Sedona often times GPS does not get you to the address your looking for. The Vortex energy here can be confusing for people and electronics. See my blog on the Sedona Vortexes to prepare first before getting on vortex.
The first unusual thing you will encounter is our roundabouts. Many people have never seen this anomaly in most cities. When you come to a roundabout once you enter keep moving the cars in the roundabout have the right of way. Now you have that bit of info let’s move on.
Sedona is a small town with a lot packed into a small space. To make sure you see everything let’s start with Uptown. The main road in Uptown and West Sedona is HWY 89A. Uptown has a variety of stores and restaurants as well many information booths with info on some variety of tours here in Sedona. Uptown shopping is good for Crystals, jewelry, souvenir and gift items. High end clothing fashion stores as well as t-shirts and hats or sunglasses. You will find many dining options from hotdogs and ice-cream to 5 star restaurants offering Steaks, chops or burgers as well as italian, mexican or pizza and tacos. Just about any taste can be found in uptown. Be sure and stop by the Chamber of Commerce on the corner of Hwy 89A and Forest Rd to get maps of the trails and your red rock pass you will need to park on any trailhead. Be sure and pick up the Sedona Best it is a free book on many of the galleries, shopping, restaurants and tours offered here in Sedona.
Travel out of uptown into West Sedona where you can find many different creative studios, a large selection of fine dining restaurants as well as vegan and raw food and Whole Foods which has the largest hot and cold salad bar all day long. You will also find more shopping as well as Psychics, Healers, spa and body work, hair salons and Vortex and UFO Tours. You can continue south on 89A to old town Cottonwood which has many fine dining and more unique shopping after a tour of old town you can head up the hill to a Jerome which has a rich history of the good ole west. Jerome was named by the New York Sun in 1954 the most Wicked city in America. Take a Ghost tour or history tour and learn all about this wild wicked little town half way up Mingus Mountain.
Another gem you must see while here in Sedona as you head back toward uptown at the roundabout known as the Y go left on 179 which you will find more interesting shopping and Gallery Row. Take 179 toward The Village of Oak Creek while on 179 you will come to a roundabout for a turn off to Chapel dr. Head up to The Chapel of the Holy Cross find a parking spot and go visit the Chapel. See my Blog on the Chapel story.
Back on 179 headed to the Village you will see some of our most famous rock formation. The first on the Right will be “Cathedral Rock” be sure to take the roundabout called Back O Beyond to the Cathedral Trailhead….be sure to have your red rock pass or you can buy one at the trailhead as well. Once leaving Cathedral back on 179 the next trailhead will be Little horse trail on the left or Yavapai on the right for more hiking trails or just great pictures.
Going back on 179 the next trailhead will be just past Bell Rock bridge get in left turning lane for Court House vista trailhead. There will be a series of trails either taking you to the top of Bell Rock and or around Courthouse. Here you can mountain bike as well around the rock formations.
Back on your tour head now into the Village of Oak Creek where you will often find on the weekends large art fairs more healers, massage, Psychic readings and great crystal shopping. Many fine dining is in the Village, be sure and stop in “The Collective” stop in the Visitors Center to get all the scoop of what “The Collective” has to offer….When coming in or out of town this is a perfect stop for food, shopping, maps, galleries and all your questions answered at the Visitor Center.
Sedona weather is mostly wonderful thru the year. What you can expect January-March will be many sunny days with occasional rain or snow and nights will be often be low temps you will need layers and a coat if visiting during this time.
April-June is the most comfortable with sunny warm days and night a bit warmer but many times a light jacket will be your best friend. You will benefit from sunscreen and or a hat and please always have a bottle of water with you at all times. Do not go on trails with out water and keep in mind the desert animals start to come out and enjoy the sun with you so keep and eye out around you and share the trails with our wildlife safely.
July-September is monsoon season. During the days will be sunny and can reach as high as 115 degrees. The sun is intense and you will benefit by finding the trails that offer more shade such as Fay Canyon or ask the chamber for some shady trails. The rock will be very hot so taking dogs on the rock can be unpleasant be sure to pack the dog boots if here in the summer. There is a pet store in uptown that you can find treats and boots for your 4 legged. Sunscreen and water is a must. You may instead want to hang out in the water holes around town one of which is Slide Rock State park which can become quite crowded quickly so plan on getting there when it opens to get a parking spot it will fill up quickly. There are also many areas on Oak Creek you can find your own little space. You can expect most days the monsoon will come in around 2:00 accompanied with lots of lightning and wind so being on the rocks can be very dangerous so plan to be off by around 1:00. The rain will cool down the temps making for a really pleasant evening.
October-December. October is my favorite month for hiking and climbing the rocks here in Sedona as well as mountain biking. Very pleasant sunny usually warm days and at night will begin to cool down a light jacket will most likely be needed. November and December can have rainy days or even snow days. Most days that we have snow the sun usually melts it in a day but the pictures of the snow on the red rocks is stunning so do your own photo tour if your here on a snow day. Nights will be cold so layers in the day time and a coat at night will be needed.
Sedona is one of the very few cities certified “Dark Sky City” which means when the sun goes down with not much moon in the sky it will be pitch black so be sure to be off the trail by sunset. The only lights are around the commercial areas on 89A. Be sure to take a drive out into one of our canyons to see our sky at night you will be amazed without the light pollution the million more stars you can see.
Sedona elevation is 4500 feet above sea level. If your coming from sea level it may take a day to acclimate to the elevation. Be sure and stay hydrated it can be easy to get elevation sickness especially if on the vortex. I wrote this so you can prepare wisely for your journey to and thru the most beautiful place on Earth. Even if only here for the day you can now make the most of your day even if just taking photos. Sedona is a glorious magical place that can be a life transformative experience. Be prepared to be forever changed, the energy here is a force that will stay with you and bring you back time after time.
Please feel free to call me with any questions. To book a Vortex tour or UFO tour or I can assist on creating your own unique package here for whatever you need during your stay here. I know many healers, regression therapy, massage and sound and energy healing as well as psychic, medical intuitive and advanced eye readings for complete health evaluation. If I can’t answer your question I will find someone who can. I want your time here to the best most relaxing healing experience it can be.
While in your hotel room check out Red Rock Tv on channel 16 for more great information about the surrounding area