Desert Redux: Sedona

There’s much more to Sedona than the New Age aspect and psychic readers. From hiking trails, to historic landmarks, to outdoor adventures, Sedona offers fun activities for the whole family. Take a look at where to go now.

Located about 116 miles north of Phoenix, Sedona has long been revered as a quiet retreat for reflection, meditation, mountain biking and hiking. Lined with red rock formations (some well-known examples include Cathedral Rock and Devil’s Bridge), the town is home to landmarks such as the Chapel of The Holy Cross, a small Roman Catholic church perched atop a steep redrock cliff. The chapel was commissioned by local sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, and completed in 1956. 

For outdoor adventure and hiking, make a pit stop at The Hike House, a bona fide base camp for gear, detailed trail maps based on just about any hiking level, and guided hikes from advanced, 5-6-hour Mitten Ridge option, or the moderate, 2.5-3-hour Red Rock Epic hike. Before hitting the trails, be sure to fuel up at the Energy Café with a smoothie bar, and hearty homemade treats such as Mama’s Red Rock Trail cookies, ranging from oatmeal to chocolate chip. At Red Rock State Park, a 286-acre nature preserve, choose from birdwatching tours to geology discussions.  

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sedona, arizona, mountain, biking, camping, hiking, Phoenix, outdoor, summer

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