I recently visited Sedona, Arizona for the first time and it was absolutely magical. I loved it and would go back again in a heartbeat. I want to share my favorite places I got to explore and what to do in Sedona so you can add them to your itinerary!
We visited in May which was a great time of year to visit Sedona. The weather was in the upper 80s and low 90s for the weekend. We visited for Memorial Day so it was pretty crowded, but not so much that it impacted our experience.
Where to Stay
We stayed at an Airbnb. It was perfect. It was very close to the town. There are a ton of super cute homes in the area for a good price. I recommend finding one with a pool! Click here for $55 off your first Airbnb trip.
What to Do
Each day we woke up at 5am, packed lunch, and were out of the house by 6am. These hikes will get really busy and some have very limited parking, so I’m glad we chose to get up and out early. I’m going to share the hikes we did each day, and we finished most days super early. We went to the pool each afternoon, brought a bunch of games to play, made dinners at our Airbnb each night, and went to bed early.
Devils Bridge – This is a very popular hike so we went first thing in the morning. The hike is about 4 miles round trip and was a pretty easy hike. It was fun to go out onto the bridge and I really enjoyed this hike.
Birthing Cave – This spot is pretty cool to take photos in. It doesn’t actually look like the photos in real life. We got lost (along with a loooot of other people) and it was probably the scariest place we went to get our cool photo. Make sure you screenshot directions of where to go because everyone on the trail was lost. Seriously, everyone. Save directions to get there here before you get to the trail because you won’t have service. There is a trail that veers to the left that seems like it’s not where you should go. This is where you should go. Most people pass it. The cave is pretty cool, but again, doesn’t look as cool in real life as it does in the Insta.
Cathedral Rock – This was actually my favorite hike. Short, steep, and fun to climb up. Views at the top are gorgeous.
Bell Rock – Nothing life changing about Bell Rock like there are for the other hikes. An easy and beautiful hike for sure. If you don’t have time for all of these hikes, I might skip this one.
Soldier’s Pass – This was a longer and super cool hike. There are points along the way to stop at like some small pools, a huge sinkhole, and amazing cave. The main parking lot has very very limited parking, like 14 spots. There were a TON of people lined up before the lot even opened at 8am. I suggest going to the other parking lot at the Jordan Trail. In order to find the cave, make sure to look for a sign nailed to a tree in the right hand side past the sinkhole that says Wilderness. It’s easy to miss. We went past it the first time, but more people know where to go on this trail so make sure to ask around to make sure you’re still on the right track to get to the cave. This post has great directions about the Soldier’s Pass Trail.
West Fork – They say this is one of the best hikes in the United States. It’s long and easy. There are many stream crossings which were fun to walk across. There’s not a specific landmark on this trail, but it’s just overall gorgeous. I’d suggest getting to the parking lot at 7:30am, and it opens at 8am. Parking is limited. Also, bring a jacket because the trail is shaded.
Where to Eat and Drink
Sedona Beer Co. – This is the only place we went to that I really loved and would recommend. Really good drinks. Amazing views. Food looked amazing, but we didn’t get any.
Other Things To Do
Walk Around The Town – There are a few super cute areas in Sedona with lots of shops. You’ll see them as you drive to the hikes, so be sure to go back in the afternoon for a drink and some shopping!
Visit a Crystal Shop – Sedona has vortexes and there are many shops selling crystals. I bought a few and learned some fun things. Read about what a vortex is here!
Heading to Phoenix after Sedona? Check out what do do here.