Sedona, Arizona… Where do I begin? Truly one of the most magical places I have ever visited. I’m not the only one to think so. Sedona is considered a sacred and powerful place, home to the vortexes. These swirling centres of energy have brought the healers, yogis and beyond to settle in the area. The surrounding red rocks are so beautiful, we could have easily been sold on settling in Sedona too. We arrived after driving up from our night in Prescott. I decided to splurge on a beautiful airbnb complete with hot tub looking out to the majestic red rocks. Again the two bed property was cheaper than 2 hotel rooms and it was relatively new, furnished with all mod-cons.
What did we do in Sedona?
- Built by the Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago, Montezuma Castle is a beautifully preserved cliff dwelling. Nestled in a limestone recess high above Beaver Creek, the national park does a great job of showing you how the Sinagua lived. Journey time is around 40 minutes to Montezuma Castle from Sedona.
Pick up a Junior Ranger Guide from the main entrance as this will give your kids a fun focus. If they answer all the questions, they earn a shiny badge and certificate (the highlight of Jetlag & Mayhem’s day).
- Our favourite tour of the entire Arizona roadtrip was the two-hour Pink Jeep tour of Broken Arrow. You are bundled into a pink jeep (maybe you already got that part) to then speed through the streets of Sedona and finally off-road to Broken Arrow.
Our Guide was hilarious, sharing his tales of the road and also showing us the best spots for the photo opps. There were ‘scary’ moments which had Jetlag & Mayhem squealing in delight. It’s pricey but I promise you this is the best way to see the giant red-rock spires and the area’s most iconic rock formation.
- I had previously visited Sedona’s Slide Rock about 30 years prior. Slide Rock is a natural waterslide, with glacial temperature water, gushing through the slippery rocks. We weren’t very well prepared, having brought neither towels nor water shoes. Miss Mayhem bravely set off first but didn’t realise just how powerful the slide was. She exited in tears but Miss Jetlag went ahead and proved you could have a good time! I didn’t make it in, it was just too cold. Plus I’ve already chalked that one up! For more tips, check out Perfect Little Planet.
- There are so many amazing hiking trails around Sedona. We set off from Yavapai Point on the Slim Shade Trail. Our intention was to head to Cathedral Rock but along the way we got lost. Luckily there were other marked trails so we just followed our noses and enjoyed the beautiful red rock views. When you are hiking in the region, always remember to bring water, sunglasses, hats. Plus your shoes will get covered in red dust so don’t bring your fancy white trainers.
- Although not normally high on our agenda, we loved shopping in Sedona. Our kids loved browsing the crystal stores, learning about the healing properties of the stones from the generous shopkeepers. Creekside Plaza has a number of interesting shops.
Where did we eat?
- Delicious salads and sandwiches at the Creekside American Bistro.
- If you are headed to Montezuma Castle, stop off for lunch at the Verde Brewery
- Creekwood Coffee is indeed ‘brew with a view’!
- Kicks on Route 66
- Overpriced but delicious healthy juices from Local Juicery
For more on our Arizona Roadtrip