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How To Spend A Weekend In Sedona, Arizona

Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

If you are planning on visiting Sedona, Arizona for a weekend, this guide is for you! With 2 days in Sedona, you have enough time to see the jaw-dropping sights, explore the vibrant downtown, and eat at some amazing restaurants!

 

In this guide, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to spend 2 days in Sedona, Arizona! So if you want to learn about some of my favorite hikes, top restaurants, places to find the best views, and more – keep reading!

 

>> Please respect nature by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

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How to spend 2 days in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is one of my favorite places in the world! It has perfect weather almost all year round, gorgeous red rock views, lots of hiking trails, vortexes, hidden swimming holes, and a cute town to explore! 

 

I’ve been hiking, mountain biking, and exploring Sedona for years! I live two hours south of Sedona so I visit as often as I can. In recent years, I’ve made dozens of trips to Sedona – day trips, 2 days, long weekends, and I even got married in Sedona! I’ve stayed in lots of different parts of town and have been to almost every grocery store and gas station.

Underrated hikes in Sedona, Arizona | Fay Canyon
Fay Canyon

Is 2 days in Sedona enough?

Yes, it is! 

 

With 2 days in Sedona, Arizona, you’ll be able to check out some amazing hiking trails, eat some delicious food, explore the town, and see some spectacular views! Since there so many things to see and do in Sedona, I recommend planning ahead so you can make the most of your stay

 

I’m excited to share my favorite hikes and haunts with you in this guide to Sedona! Whether you have 2 days or more, I hope this list of things to do in Arizona inspires your next adventure out west! 

When to visit Sedona, Arizona

I’ve visited Sedona all year around and have found that visiting in the spring or fall is the best time – it’s not too hot during the day and not too cold at night! 

 

Sedona in the Spring:  March – May

 

Springtime in Sedona is the busiest because the weather is absolutely amazing! The average high temperatures are in the mid-60s to low 80s (degrees Fahrenheight) and lows are chilly enough to wear a fleece! 

 

Sedona in the Summer: June – September 

 

Sedona in the summer can get pretty hot but not as hot as the infamous triple-digits that are normal for Phoenix and Scottsdale. If you plan on visiting in the summer, be sure to bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and water shoes so you can explore Oak Creek and Slide Rock State Park! 

 

Sedona in the Fall: October – November 

 

Fall in Sedona means fewer crowds and changing leaves against the red-rock backdrop. The average highs are mid-60s to low 70s and evenings are crisp. Pro tip: Just because the weather is cooler, the sun is still strong in Sedona! Don’t forget your sun protection! 

 

Sedona in the Winter: December – February 

 

I personally love visiting Sedona in the winter because it’s less busy and there is a low risk of snow! The average highs are in the mid-50s and 60s with lows in the 30s – perfect for cozing up next to a fireplace or in a hot tub! 

Getting to Sedona

One of the best parts about visiting Sedona is it’s easy to get to! 

 

If you’re coming from out of state, the best way to get to Sedona is to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and drive 2 hours north to Sedona. 

 

The drive from Phoenix to Sedona is easy and beautiful! You might hit traffic if you are driving up on a Saturday morning but if you need to stop for a bathroom or snack break, keep an eye out for Black Canyon City and stop at Rock Springs Cafe to grab a delicious freshly-made pie!

Getting around Sedona

getting around Sedona

With all of the hikes and exploring you will be doing, you will need a car to get around Sedona

 

While you can stay in some walkable neighborhoods, the town of Sedona is not very walkable. While their public transportation is improving, I recommend renting a car for your weekend of adventures. 

Where to stay in Sedona

All of the times I’ve visited Sedona, I’ve either camped or stayed in an Airbnb! 

I love staying at Airbnbs in Sedona because they are bigger, have kitchens to cook in, and are more affordable than the local hotels. If you are able to splurge, I shared some resort options below as well! 

Here are some of my favorite Sedona Airbnbs I’ve stayed in: 

  • Option #1: If you’re visiting with a big group, this 3 bedroom/2 bath home sleeps 8 and is within walking distance to a trailhead, grocery store, brewery, and several restaurants! There’s a gorgeous deck and a nice backyard with a garden. Bonus points: It’s dog-friendly! 
  • Option #2: If you’re looking for something cozier, this 1 bedroom/1 bath studio features a clawfoot tub and is within walking distance to Talapque and several restaurants. 
  • Option #3: My husband and I hosted our family at this Airbnb when we got married in Sedona! There are 6 bedrooms and the entire place sleeps 16. It’s got a gorgeous living area and views for days! 
  • Option #4: This is another great studio option for solo travelers or couples! This room was absolutely gorgeous and the bed was extremely comfortable. Located near Oak Creek Canyon, this Airbnb is in a great location! 
  • Option #5: If you want to be within walking distance of some of the most popular trails in Sedona (like Bell Rock), this Airbnb is for you! There’s 1 bed and a fireplace to keep you cozy. 
  • Option #6: If you’re looking for a cute home that’s walking distance from some of my favorite trails, check out this Plant lover 1 bedroom!
  • Option #7: This dog-friendly Airbnb has amazing views, an outdoor fire pit, and is across the street from a trailhead. This is one of the nicest Airbnbs I’ve stayed at and would highly recommend for a large group that likes to cook! 

Resorts and hotels in Sedona:

  • Option #1: L’Auberge de Sedona is centrally located to hiking trails and within walking distance to Downtown Sedona. There is a spa, pool, hot tub, and views of the creek. 
  • Option #2: Amara Resort and Spa has been on my list of places to stay in Sedona since its multi-million dollar renovation project! The new concept of the resort is set to have a “tree lodge” aesthetic to reflect the area’s natural surroundings. 
  • Option #3: The Wilde Resort and Spa is 3.1 mi from downtown Sedona and features a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant!
  • Option #4: Enchantment Resort is a 5-star resort with incredible views and exclusive access to trailheads. This resort is near one of my favorite hikes in Sedona, Fay Canyon! 
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2-day Sedona Itinerary

There are so many things to do in Sedona but if you only have 2 days, this itinerary can help you decide how to spend your time!

 

With limited time in mind, I chose places that are near each other to reduce the time spent in the car.

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Fay Canyon

Day 1: Sunrise hike, brunch, cave explorations + the best pizza in town

  1. Start the morning by hiking my favorite underrated trail in Sedona: Fay Canyon (2.6 miles, 383 ft elevation gain). The first part of the hike is an easy shady trail that winds through the cool canyon floor. If you are up for some scrambling, the official hike starts at the “end of trail” sign. Once you ascend from the canopy of trees, you are met with sweeping views of Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock! This is a great place to have a snack – I love packing a granola bar and fresh fruit. 
  2. After your hike, head a couple of minutes up the road to grab breakfast and coffee at Coffee Pot Restaurant. This place is popular for a reason – they have everything you could want for breakfast, including 101 omelets, eggs benedict, Belgium waffles, and Huevos Rancheros! 
  3. Hike Sugarloaf Loop (1.9 miles, 354 feet of elevation). This trail is super easy, family and dog-friendly, and offers amazing views of West Sedona! If you are looking for something more challenging, Keyhole Cave (2.2 miles, 472 feet of elevation) can be accessed from Sugarloaf Trail. 
  4. After your afternoon hike, head to Pisa Lisa for an early dinner! I recommend arriving a little early because there is almost always an hour-long wait on the weekends. It’s worth it though – this is the best pizza in Sedona! You can eat at the bar or in the dining room and if you’re not too full after dinner, you can visit their gelato counter! 
Weekend in Sedona, Arizona
Cathedral Rock
Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Day 2: Cathedral Rock, spanish-style shopping village, sunset views + a romantic dinner

  1. Start your final day in Sedona with a sunrise hike at Cathedral Rock (1.2 miles, 741 feet of elevation). This is an extremely popular trail for hiking and parking fills up fast! If you can get to the trailhead early enough, you might be lucky enough to get a spot. If you don’t want to deal with the crazy parking lot, check out the free Sedona Shuttle! 
  2. After your hike, drive a couple of minutes to grab breakfast at The Secret Garden Cafe, located in Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. They have a gorgeous outdoor seating area and a fresh menu. 
  3. After breakfast, take some time to explore the Spanish-inspired arts & shopping village, Tlaquepaque, to shop, relax, and enjoy the lush surroundings. This is one of my favorite spots to grab a coffee, window shop, and purchase our annual Christmas ornament! 
  4. Watch the sunset from Airport Mesa, which offers a 360-degree view of Sedona! It costs $3 to park and there’s an easy loop hike on a vortex. This is one of the most popular places to photograph because of its elevated vantage point of the red rock landscape and central location!
  5. After the sun sets, grab a cozy dinner with an amazing view at Hideaway House! They have three open-air patios nestled among the trees and red rocks. You can sit at their full bar, at a table, or in one of their romantic dining rooms. There is a relaxed vibe and your hiking boots are more than okay! 

Map of Sedona recommendations

Hiking Sugarloaf Trail in Sedona
Sugarloaf Trail

Tips for Hiking in Sedona

While I will always encourage you to plan ahead for your hike, check the weather before you head out, dress appropriately, and always carry the 10 Essentials, here are some Sedona-specific hiking tips:

  • A lot of the hikes will require a Red Rock Pass to park at the trailhead. You can purchase daily or weekly passes at some of the trailheads, or you can pick one up at a gas station. The daily passes are $5.
  • Start early – especially if you are going to a popular trail like Cathedral Rock! Parking lots can fill up fast and depending on the time of year, it can get hot quickly. If you don’t want to deal with the parking lot, check out the free Sedona Shuttle
  • Be prepared to share the trail with other hikers and mountain bikers! Sedona is popular and everyone who respects the land deserves to see its beauty! Please be respectful of others on the trail. 
  • Bring lots of water and snacks, wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, and don’t forget your camera!
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Weekend in Sedona, Arizona
Underrated hikes in Sedona, Arizona

Hiking Gear You Need For Sedona

Places to get hiking gear in Sedona

If you need to pick up a new pair of boots or any other hiking essentials before you hit the trails, here are a few places to get hiking gear around Sedona: 

Underrated hikes in Sedona, Arizona
West Fork Trail

If you have more time in Sedona

While a lot of fun things can happen in just 2 days in Sedona, I highly recommend staying at least 3 to give yourself more time to enjoy its beauty! If you have more time to spend in Sedona, here are my other recommendations: 

 

Food in Sedona

 

 

Activities in Sedona

 

Follow Leave No Trace

While you are visiting Sedona, please be sure to practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). These guidelines are easy-to-understand and help minimize your impact on the outdoors. Here’s a brief overview of LNT: 

 

Plan Ahead & Prepare

 

Planning helps you be prepared for the conditions of your adventure and ensures the safety of yourself and others. Be sure to look at maps, check the weather and know the skills of yourself and the people in your group. 

 

Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces

 

When you spend time outside, your main goal should be to explore with minimal impact or damage to the land, waterways, plants and animals. Staying on the trails, camping in designated or already-used areas, and traveling on surfaces that withstand the impact of your travel (rocks, sand, snow, etc.) are all ways to do this.

 

Dispose of Waste Properly

 

The litter I see on trails (crying emoji). Please be sure to dispose of your waste properly to make everyone’s experience in nature more enjoyable! And waste includes your poop. Digging a cat hole and burying your toilet paper or using a Kula Cloth is a great way to leave no trace!

 

Leave What You Find

 

As much as we love to bring home cool rocks and pick flowers, it’s important to leave nature as you found it. Stacking rocks or carving your name into a living tree causes damage and only encourages others to do the same.

 

Minimize Campfire Impacts

 

With all the wildfires our world has experienced lately, it’s extremely important to think about your campfire impact. Consider the conditions and laws before building your fire – too hot or too windy? Better to skip it than get a fine or burn down the forest.

 

Respect Wildlife

 

For everyone’s safety, it’s important to respect wildlife – after all, you are in their home! Give them their space and don’t feed them.

 

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

 

Everyone in nature is just trying to enjoy their visit. It’s SO important to be courteous to others because when people are out in nature, they want to listen to nature. Excessive noise, wild pets or a trashed campsite take away from the appeal of the outdoors.

How to Spend 2 Days in Sedona
How to Spend 2 Days in Sedona

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Jacey West

My mission is simple: Inspire you to get outside. I like camping, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and exploring National Parks. I’m passionate about sharing all the details of my adventure so you can plan some of your own!

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