September 1, 2023
Ah, those highly anticipated crisp days of autumn, when we can finally open our windows for some fresh cool air and look forward to all the pumpkin flavored brews and baked goods your heart desires!
Fall days in Sedona are the best time to enjoy The Arabella’s outdoor surroundings. You can hike throughout the day and cozy up around our family-sized fire pits in the evening, sipping hot cocoa and warm toddies to warm your insides. Trees put on a spectacular show of their own, with crimson, orange, and yellow leaves complementing our area’s iconic red rocks.
Here are five don’t-miss fall activities in Sedona during one of the most beautiful times of the year.
Go Leaf-Peeping in Oak Creek Canyon
Drive the switchbacks of Arizona Highway 89A north of Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon to get an eyeful of magnificent fall foliage. Plan plenty of time to stop at the picnic areas, hiking trails, and overlooks along the way, especially Oak Creek Vista and Midgely Bridge. And don’t forget your fishing pole if you are an angler or enjoy catch and release!
Better yet, soak up the changing colors without having to get in your car at all. The historic Verde Canyon Railroad takes you through canyons seldom seen from the roadway, as it follows the Verde River northwest of Sedona.
Hike in the Red Rocks
Head to Red Rock State Park to venture out on as many of the park’s relatively short hikes as you want. They range from 0.2 to 0.5 miles, perfect for stacking. You’ll wind through the red rocks, valleys, and canyons so emblematic of the Sedona area. Looking for something longer? Visit the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center in the Coconino National Forest for trail maps and to chat with rangers. Feel free to Bring Fido too! Many trails are dog-friendly with your best friend on their leash.
Sip Local Wines
The Verde Valley Wine Region is making a name for itself amongst oenophiles. Fall is the ideal time to taste the season’s bounty and any new vintages making their way through the fermentation process. Follow the Verde Valley Wine Trail, featuring more than 20 wineries and tasting rooms around Cottonwood, east of Sedona.
Attend an Arts Festival
Support local art programs by attending the annual outdoor Sedona Arts Festival, Oct. 7 and 8. It is the community’s oldest and largest arts event of its kind. See the work of more than 125 artists, with everything from ceramics and sculpture, photography to fiber arts. Don’t miss the Gourmet Gallery for yummy local tastings, too.
With comfortable temperatures on your side, autumn is a nice time to get in some extra sightseeing in Sedona. Explore ancient ruins like those found at Palatki Heritage Site, Honanki Heritage Site, and Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. Later, find time for meditation and spiritual respite at Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.
Book your room at The Arabella today – check out our specials here – and discover the best of fall and all that our high desert town has to offer.