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Top 5 Attractions in the Southwest

We love to hear where are guests are coming from and where they are headed after leaving Sedona. We find that many times guests have planned a trip of the Southwest United States and Sedona is just a stop along the way. If you are looking for a scenic and majestic trip through the Southwest, here are some “hot spot” stops that our guests have recommended.

Zion National Park

Zion is located in Southwest Utah (approximately a 5-hour drive from Sedona), open year-round and part of the National Park Service. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft at Horse Ranch Mountain.

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Grand Canyon

One of the 7 natural wonders of the world (approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Sedona), the Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River; it is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

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Antelope Canyon

A slot canyon on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona (approximately a 3-hour drive from Sedona). Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as “Upper Antelope Canyon” or “The Crack”; and “Antelope Canyon” or “The Corkscrew”. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means ‘the place where water runs through rocks’. Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (called “Hasdestwazi” by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or ‘spiral rock arches’. To visit Antelope Canyon, you must enter with a tour company and there are several options depending on how you would like to experience the canyon.

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Monument Valley

A region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border near the Four Corners area (approximately a 3.5-hour drive from Sedona).

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Canyon de Chelly

Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves ruins of the indigenous tribes that lived in the area, from the Ancestral Puebloans (formerly known as Anasazi) to the Navajo. The monument covers 83,840 acres and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument. Canyon de Chelly is one of the most visited national monuments in the United States and is located in Northeastern Arizona (approximately a 4-hour drive from Sedona).

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Wherever you start or finish, we hope that you make Sedona a stop along the way, whether you are touring the Southwest, visiting the United States, or making a weekend getaway.

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