Grand Canyon Travel Guide from Sedona

Traveling from Sedona to the Grand Canyon

World renowned for its red rock formations, Sedona is a jewel of the Colorado Plateau and a great place to visit on the way to Grand Canyon National Park, especially for visitors who are coming from Phoenix, AZ. From sandstone spires and picturesque Oak Creek Canyon, to 5-star resorts and vortices Sedona has it all. Named after Sedona Schnebley whose family settled this area, it has changed drastically since the days of Apple Orchards and Sedona's native Sinagua Indian inhabitants. Today's Sedona is filled with established artists, outdoors enthusiasts, and those who enjoy natural beauty.

A tourism driven city, Sedona is filled with shops, restaurants, resorts, spas and people traveling to the Grand Canyon. Sedona has all the necessities one needs, and a surprising amount of cultural activities and amenities.  Along with numerous smaller events Sedona puts on a Film Festival, St. Patrick's Day parade, the Christmas Lights Festival and several musical events each year. A well know mountain biking Mecca, Sedona offers riders a year-round playground.  Sedona is also well known for its 4X4 jeep trails and amazing hikes through Sedona area parks like Red Rock State Park. Oak Creek is a great place to cool off when it's hot, and is stocked with trout for fisherman year-round. Rock Climbing is yet another activity available in the Sedona area where trad climbs up Sedona's many spires and buttes offer awesome summit views.  Sedona is also known for its many Vortex sites, located at several of the beautiful red rock formations. Read the guide below to learn more about travel from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, or check out our Sedona map to see all the nearby destinations and attractions.

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Travel Information, Tours and Lodging

Driving Distance from Sedona, AZ to Grand Canyon

  • Sedona to Grand Canyon South Rim is 113 miles, a 2 hour 10-minute drive.
  • Sedona to Grand Canyon East Rim is 153 miles, a 2 hour 45-minute drive.
  • Sedona to Grand Canyon North Rim is 236 miles, a 4 hour 20-minute drive.
  • Sedona to Grand Canyon West Rim is 242 miles, a 4-hour 10-minute drive.

Popular Sedona and Grand Canyon Tours

Sedona's best attraction, is its multitude of outdoor activities, including many tours from Sedona to the Grand Canyon..  Along with guided hikes and mountain biking, Sedona jeep trails have everything from rock crawling to dirt roads leading to ancient ruins. With the Grand Canyon just up the road, several local tour companies offer Sedona to Grand Canyon guided tours, see some of the most popular tours below.  

Best Hotels in Sedona near Grand Canyon

Sedona is known for its upscale resorts and spas that are popular with many tourists who want to spend some time in Sedona, before heading to their lodging at Grand Canyon National Park. Sedona also offer hotels and lodges that are more affordable for families and budget travelers. Although Sedona is a bit far for a Grand Canyon base camp, its attractions make it a great place to stay before you head to Grand Canyon National Park Here's some popular Sedona hotels to stay at during your trip.

Best Restaurants and Dining Options

Sedona is a great place to grab a meal on your way to Grand Canyon National Park. The restaurants in Sedona range from 5-star, to wood fired pizza and local breweries. For travelers coming from Phoenix, this is a great place to visit and eat on your way to the Grand Canyon. There are also some great restaurants in Flagstaff and Tusayan on the way to Grand Canyon and restaurants in the park.

Recommended Sedona & Grand Canyon Tours

Sedona Outback Jeep Tour

Sedona Arizona Outback Jeep Tour

Duration: 2 hours
Rating: 5 out of 5
from $90 on Viator

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Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Duration: 3 hours
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff

Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff

Duration: 11 hours
Rating: 5 out of 5
from $185 on Viator

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Grand Canyon Discovery Air Tour

Grand Canyon Discovery Air Tour

Duration: 40 minutes
Rating: 4.6 out of 5
from $159 on Get your guide

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