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.
List of Sedona Area Parks
- Redrock State Park: Protects the riparian area along Oak Creek and offers trails with amazing red rock vistas, as well as environmental education programs.
- Slide Rock State Park: Originally a homestead and apple orchard, Slide Rock State Park is known for the beautiful natural slide the Oak Creek flows across making for a great place to cool off during hot summer weather.
- Oak Creek Canyon: Oak Creek Canyon is a beautiful canyon above Sedona with a rare water source (Oak Creek) that makes-up several state parks and forest lands, as well as one of the best spots to recreate in the Sedona area.
- Red Rock Scenic Byway: This 15-mile stretch of State Road 179, goes from Hwy 17 to Sedona. Along the way are amazing Red Rock Vistas and access to National Forest and State Parks with endless recreational activities and scenery.
- Bell Rock: Another trail in Coconino National Forest with views of Bell Rock and the surrounding red rock formations, Bell Rock offers a more mellow trail for hikers and mountain bikers.
- Cathedral Rock: This is part of Coconino National Forest and offers views of Cathedral Rock and the surrounding red rock formations, as well as great trails for hiking and mountain biking.
- For more information on visiting these parks check out Arizona State Parks or Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest.
Grand Canyon Tours from Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is an outdoor mecca and like the Grand Canyon there's are a ton of options in red rock country. Jeep tours are probably the most popular activity and there is everything from family friendly to bone jarring rides. Mountain biking is another of the most popular pursuits and Sedona has a ton of great single track for all levels of riders. Sedona is also a great place for day hikes as well as a couple multi-day backpacks in the national forest. Oak Creek Canyon offer fishing, rock climbing, and some great swimming holes to cool off in the summer months. Visiting one of several vortex sites is also a popular thing to do in Sedona, as is a hot air balloon ride for a birds-eye view of the area. If you want to see some recommended tours In Sedona check out our list below.
Best Hotels in Sedona near Grand Canyon
If there is one thing Sedona, AZ has a lot of it is hotels, resorts and lodges. For those of you want to get pampered, Sedona is a resort town and there are a number of top notch spas, as well as some world class restaurants to grab a bite after a hard day of massage and facials. While Grand Canyon Lodges are known for scenic vistas and basecamps, Sedona is known for its 5-star resorts and spas and many visitors come here specifically for these luxuries. No matter where you stay, Sedona is an expensive place, but there are all sorts of lodging in Sedona with accommodations ranging from roadside motels, to rooms that cost $500 a night. Take at look at some popular Sedona Lodging options below, or if you're staying at the Grand Canyon read our Grand Canyon hotels guide. There are also several RV parks that are also fairly expensive. As for campgrounds, you’ll find most of them in Oak Creek Canyon and not Sedona proper. These are small car camping sites run by the national forest and generally cost $20 per night.
Area Car Rentals
Sedona Car Rentals: Whether you fly into Phoenix, Flagstaff, or take a shuttle to Sedona it is difficult to see Sedona, the Grand Canyon, or the surrounding area without a rental car. There are car rental agencies in Sedona, as well as Flagstaff, Phoenix, and other nearby cities.
Sedona Shuttles: There are several different shuttle companies that go to Sedona from the Phoenix Airport, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and other local cities.
Closest Airports to Sedona
Sedona has a small airport but there are no regularly scheduled commercial flights. The majority of visitors traveling to Sedona fly into Phoenix International airport, which is about 2 hours from Sedona. Flagstaff, AZ is a half hour north of Sedona, and also has a small international airport with daily flights, although the cost is typically quite a bit higher than Phoenix.
Best Restaurants and Dining Options
Sedona has a full-on Restaurant Scene, as well a couple bars and nightclubs. This is a great palace to grab a meal before or after Grand Canyon, where there are a lot fewer restaurant options. With so many eateries to choose from it’s hard to know where to start, but your local hotel or campground host can usually steer you in the right direction. Typically, the high-end restaurants are where you can get a great meal, while the middle of the road or smaller joints have low quality and high prices. Of course, you also have several fast food options if you’re in a hurry or want to save a buck.
Weather and Climate
The Spring and Fall seasons are the best times to visit Sedona, with mid-September through October typically having the most pleasant weather throughout the area. Summer is also a busy season due to schools being out, but it is very hot especially during the July and August monsoons season. Winter is slow, but it is typically not cold and can be a great time to visit if you want more solitude.