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Awe-Inspiring Adventures & Things to Do in Sedona Outdoors

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03 May
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Awe-Inspiring Adventures & Things to Do in Sedona Outdoors

Discover Awe-Inspiring Adventures & Fun Things to Do in Sedona Outdoors

With a stunning geologic backdrop and plenty of sunny days, Sedona is an incredible destination for outdoor adventures. The brilliant red rock countryside beckons the intrepid explorer with beautiful trails, cool rivers, and dramatic scenery at every turn. Find ancient Native American cliff dwellings and cool swimming holes along a river gorge. Float over the red rocks in a hot air balloon and zip through the skies on a helicopter tour. Whether you're looking for an adrenaline-pumping challenge or a laid-back excursion into the countryside, you'll discover a huge variety of things to do in Sedona outdoors. Reenergize your spirit and immerse yourself in the wild natural beauty of a true adventure playground.
 

Tranquil Hot Air Balloon Rides & Thrilling Helicopter Tours

Seeing Sedona's red rock landscape from the sky is an unforgettable experience. You'll notice things that you never saw before, from hidden streams to unique cliffs and rock formations. See ancient Native American suites and taken amazing landscape photos. Soar over energy vortexes and feel the exhilaration of your birds-eye view. Hot air balloon rides are surprisingly peaceful and often leave at sunrise. Helicopter and airplane tours allow you to cover more ground and provide an adrenaline rush like no other. Try them all to discover which is your favorite!
 

Cool Off in Oak Creek Canyon: Swimming, Sightseeing & Scenery

Winding its way through Sedona and Flagstaff is a breathtaking river gorge known as Oak Creek Canyon. Located fully within the Coconino National Forest, the canyon is a beautiful slice of Arizona wilderness with bountiful recreational activities. You'll find a natural water slide, excellent fishing, and refreshing swimming holes on hot summer days. You can hike along the rim or take a scenic drive through the forest. Be sure to stop at Indian Gardens Café and Market, a 1947 general store that has been converted into a restaurant, antique store, gas station, and ice cream parlor.
 

Hike Beautiful Trails to Panoramic Vistas and Energy Vortexes

Without a doubt, hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Sedona outdoors. The colorful landscape and dramatic geology create an ever-changing landscape to explore - and Sedona's unique energy vortexes are something that you won't find anywhere else. From strenuous, multi-day treks to leisurely hour-long strolls, there's a hiking trail in Sedona for everyone. The most famous trails and viewpoints include Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and the Airport Mesa overlook. You'll also find direct access to the Margs Draw Trailhead right from our hotel!
 

Explore Fascinating Ancient Native American Ruins & Mystical Rock Art

All around Sedona and in the Verde Valley, you'll find relics from the Sinaguan and Hopi Native American tribes. Visit cliff dwellings that are many centuries old and imagine how people must have lived back then. Tour cave homes and ancient pit houses. Be wowed by petroglyphs and rock art. Learn about the engineering ingenuity of native peoples through their works on irrigation ditches and giant pueblos. Most sites can be visited on your own, or guided tours are also available. Some of the best Native American sites near Sedona include Montezuma Castle National Monument and Well, Honanki Heritage Site, and Fort Verde State Historical Park.
 

Ride Rolling Hills & Steep Descents in a Mountain Biking Hotspot

Discover some of the top mountain bike trails in the country right here in Sedona. From beginning bikers to hardcore pros, Sedona is pure magic on two wheels with stunning red rock scenery all around. Find hundreds of miles of bike trails with plenty of personality and names to match: Hangover, Hogs, Slim Shady, Chuck Wagon, and Mescal. Trails offer an infinite variety of terrain, including gnarly extreme rides for the wild at heart and easy ones for beginners. Most of the bike trails in Sedona are ranked as intermediate, and it's easy to rent gear or book guided tours with local outfitters.
 

Go Off the Beaten Path with Off-Road Jeep Tours & ATV Adventures

You don't have to be an athlete to explore the wild reaches of the Sedona backcountry. Hop in a Jeep or ATV and head out into the red rock countryside. Whether you want to join a guided tour with a driver or rent your own four-wheel drive vehicle, off-road excursions offer an exhilarating immersion into nature. Go where others can't on cliff-hanging rides to mountain tops. Chill out on a peaceful sunset cruise. Don't just see the rugged red rock countryside - feel it as you crawl over giant boulders and follow mountain paths. For a truly special ride, combine your jeep or ATV tour with a wine tasting or romantic al fresco picnic.
 

Enjoy Beautiful Views & Indoor/Outdoor Living at Our Relaxing Sedona Hotel

Nestled in the red rock countryside and surrounded by majestic mountains, our one-of-a-kind hotel is the perfect home base to explore all the best things to do in Sedona outdoors. Relax in an al fresco oasis with two sparkling pools, fire pits, hot tubs, and an eight-acre dog park. Walk to boutiques at the Hillside Shops and artisan restaurants - including Eloté Café, located right here at Arabella Sedona. Embrace the vibrant spirit and outdoor beauty of Sedona with a soul-stirring getaway in nature. Plan your Arizona adventure today!
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