August 8, 2023
When the mercury rises during the daytime in Sedona, look forward to refreshingly cool evenings under the stars during The Arabella’s Sip & Gaze events. If you’re a night-sky enthusiast, this is for you!
Sedona has long been known for its stunning red-rock scenery, appearing in Hollywood films and attracting nature lovers and those seeking outdoor recreation in a pristine setting. Committed to preserving its small-town charm and sustainability efforts, Sedona was designated as the world’s eighth International Dark Sky Community. When millions of people in our world live in light-polluted cities, we’re proud to invite them to Sedona, where our vast, dark skies are there for all to enjoy.
“We are pleased to honor the dedication and hard work of the many Sedona citizens committed to protecting the nighttime environment,” said Acting IDA Executive Director Scott Kardel.
Where to Stargaze in Sedona
Just close enough to Phoenix to enjoy big-city benefits, Sedona is far enough away from the urban sprawl to escape light pollution. Stargazing is great almost any time of year, allowing you to soak up the beauty of the cosmos. These are our favorite places to go – other than the backyard at The Arabella, of course!
Beaverhead Flat Scenic Overlook
Take State Route 179 and exit at Beaverhead Flat Road to get to this little-known stargazing spot in Sedona. It’s one mile west of the exit.
Dry Creek Road
Dry Creek Road in West Sedona offers several parking lots and variety of small trailheads. Park the car in the lot or on the side of the road and sit on the hood, gazing up the stars.
Drive to the end of Boynton Pass Road to find this loop trail that is frequented by mountain bikers during the day. The parking lot is very dark at night, although the spot isn’t a secret, so you’ll likely have company.
The Fay Canyon Trailhead is also on Boynton Pass Road. Take a night hike on the 2.2-mile out-and-back trail (bring flashlights and headlamps for the hike).
Sip & Gaze with Us
When you join us for a Sip & Gaze evening, we’ll treat you to a complimentary bottle of wine and amazing views after the sun sets. Explore the vast Milky Way just steps from your guest room or suite. On Sunday nights, we have astronomer Dennis Young as a featured guest to help guide your stargazing.
We look forward to seeing you!