Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Sedona Arizona

15 Unique Things To Do in Sedona (2024)

Wondering what cool and unique things you can do in Sedona? You’ve come to the right place. 

Sedona is a beautiful desert town that’s a mix of small town charm and surprising natural beauty. Often referred to as the “Red Rock Country”, Sedona has many amazing hiking trails and scenic overlooks. 

But there’s much more to Sedona than hiking.

To help you plan an exciting trip, here’s my list of the top 15 unique things to do in Sedona.  

Unique Things To Do In Sedona

1. Go On An Energy Vortex Tour

Rachel's Knoll, Sedona Arizona
Rachel’s Knoll, Sedona Arizona

One of the most unique things to do in Sedona is visiting Sedona’s energy vortexes.

If you’re unfamiliar, Sedona has sites that are thought to have increased levels of energy.

Many people claim these vortexes have meditative, healing properties, or can lead to self-reflection!

These are Sedona’s four main vortex sites:

  • Bell Rock
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Boynton Canyon
  • Airport Mesa

You can hike to some of Sedona’s energy vortexes like Cathedral Rock or Bell Rock on your own.

Cathedral Rock Trail, Sedona Arizona
Cathedral Rock Trail
Bell Rock, Sedona Arizona
Bell Rock

Or, you can go on a guided tour to learn interesting information behind the vortex sites.

The idea of energy vortexes piqued my curiosity so I decided to book an energy vortex tour by Jeep with Safari Jeep Tours.

Safari Jeep Tours, Sedona Arizona
Safari Jeep Tours, Sedona Arizona

I decided to go on a Jeep vortex tour last winter to learn about the history

On the tour, we were able to visit Sedona’s energy vortexes, and lesser known sites like Rachel’s Knoll.

We also got to locate the energy vortexes on our own, and do a guided meditation in the center of one!

Directions to Sedona’s four main energy vortexes:

  1. Cathedral Rock: Take highway 159, pass Oak Creek village, then take a left on Back O’ Beyond Road, drive west for 1 mile and the trailhead will be on the left. 
  2. Bell Rock: Drive down I-17 to 179, then north to Oak Creek village. Parking available at the Bell Rock Pathway, Courthouse butte loop, and Big Park Loop trails. 
  3. Boynton Canyon: Turn north on Dry Creek Road and park at the Boynton Canyon trailhead. 
  4. Airport Mesa: Take highway 179 West from I-17, pass through Oak Creek Village, turn left at the “Y” intersection to highway 89A, see Airport Road on the left, drive up the road into the parking lot, and find the trail to the left. 

2. Visit The Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Sedona
Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Sedona

Built in the 1950’s, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic Chapel perched atop the red rock mountains.

This chapel was built by the European architect Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who felt that the area was calling for a shrine to bring God closer to everyone.

Now, the chapel is a popular tourist attraction that’s free to enter. You can get close to the chapel for scenic views, or take a golf cart up to the chapel to explore around.

The chapel also has a gift shop on the lower floor.

Keep in mind that parking is limited, and there are only portapotties at the base of the hill. 

780 Chapel Rd., Sedona, AZ. Take Chapel Road to the end and enter the parking area through the gate. Golf carts are available to reach the chapel. Open 9am to 5pm. Closed Christmas and Easter. 

3. Shop at Tlaquepaque Art & Shopping Village

Tlaqueplaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona Arizona
Tlaqueplaque Arts & Shopping Village

The Tlaquepaque Art & Shopping Village is an outdoor shopping mall with over 50 shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

Designed after a traditional Mexican village, it has a beautiful layout and charming ambience.

It has stores selling everything from candles to clothing, and Native American artwork. If you’re looking for a unique place to shop for gifts, this is the place to go. 

336 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ. Open Mon. – Thurs. (10am to 5pm), Sat. – Sun. (10am to 6pm)

4. Ride A Train Through Verde Canyon  

railroad in sedona
Photo by: Clay Banks

Ride over the Verde Canyon Railroad on a 4-hour train ride tour. You’ll get to ride in a vintage train car and see ancient cliff dwellings and old mining sites.

This train also passes by the Verde river, one of the two main rivers that supply Phoenix’s drinking water!

The tour provides champagne, lunch, appetizers, and has a restroom on board. This tour departs from Cottonwood, around a 40 minute drive from Sedona. 

300 North Broadway Clarkdale, Arizona 86324. Tours begin at 11am or 12:30pm. 

5. Visit Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park (Photo by: Shane Smithrand on Unsplash)

Slide Rock State Park is a must see place for anyone visiting Sedona. Slide Rock is a natural 80 foot long water slide surrounded by red rocks in Oak Creek Canyon.

You can swim in the water slide and pools, or stop by for scenic views during the winter. The park also has an amazing gift shop that sells food, icecream, and souvenirs. 

It’s a 15 minute drive from Sedona, and the waterslide closes an hour earlier than the park each day. 

Arizona 86336. 7 miles North of Sedona. Park entrance fee cost $10-$30 per vehicle. View full park and facility hours. Open 8am to 6pm (Feb. 3-Dec.1), 9am to 5pm (Dec. 2-Feb. 2). Download printable park map

6. Hike Devil’s Bridge

Devil's Bridge
Devil’s Bridge (Photo by: Sreenivas on Unsplash)

Devil’s Bridge is Sedona’s largest natural rock arch, and arguably the best place to hike in town.

The hike to Devil’s bridge is a moderately easy hike, and is either 2 or 4.2 miles round trip depending on the trailhead you park at.

You’ll get epic views of the red mountains as you walk over the bridge. Expect to see lines to take photos on the bridge since this is the most popular hike in Sedona.

But, there are plenty of scenic places throughout where you can take great photos. 

If you have a 4×4 vehicle, you can park directly at the Devil’s bridge trailhead for the shortest hike (2 miles).

Alternatively, you can park at the Mescal trailhead, which is a 4 mile hike round trip. For complete information and directions, read how to hike Devil’s Bridge

Three Main Devil’s Bridge Trails:

  1. Drive 4×4 vehicle from Dry Creek Road to Devil’s Bridge Trailhead: 2 miles (1 hour) 
  2. Mescal Trail to Devil’s Bridge Trail: 4 miles (1.5 – 2 hours) View map
  3. Chuck Wagon Trail to Devil’s Bridge Trail: 5.7 miles (2.5 – 3 hours) View map

Devil’s Bridge Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336. Requires a Daily Red Rock Pass ($5). Purchase a Daily Red Rock Pass online or view the list of vendors that sell them here

7. Visit Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, Sedona Arizona
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is a peaceful 14 acre park that’s seen as a place for spiritual exploration and meditation.

The park has benches, a medicine wheel made of rocks, and a buddhist shrine.

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, Sedona Arizona
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Every morning, a volunteer fills bowls of water on the altar to represent offerings to the Buddha.

This is a great place to stop by to relax and meditate. It’s free to enter the park, and there are porta potties on site. 

2650 Pueblo Dr, Sedona, AZ. Open from 8:30am to 5pm or 6pm, depending on the season. Street parking available near the entrance. 

8. Get a Psychic Reading At Mystical Bazaar

The Mystical Bazaar is a unique gift shop that sells everything from tarot cards to jewelry, crystals, and more.

The shop offers psychic readings, aura readings, and healing sessions if you’re looking for a spiritual experience while in Sedona.

3058 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ. Open Mon. – Thurs. (9am to 8:30pm). Fri. – Sun. (9am to 9pm)

9. Shop For Native American Artwork at Kachina House 

The Kachina House is a hidden gem shop in Sedona that sells Native American artwork and authentic Kachina dolls.

They sell pottery, dream catchers, and many unique souvenirs to bring home on vacation.

The owners are incredibly friendly, and won’t hesitate to teach you about the artwork, or meaning of the Kachina dolls.

2920 Hopi Dr, Sedona, AZ. Open Wed. – Mon. (10am to 3pm) Closed Tuesdays.

10. Go Stargazing At Night

Being recognized as the 6th international dark sky community in the US by the IDA (International Dark Sky Association), Sedona is one of the best places to go stargazing in Arizona.

You can spot the stars as soon as the sun goes down, or go on a guided tour to spot constellations, galaxies, and more.

If you love astronomy, I recommend you book a stargazing tour. You’ll get to use night vision binoculars and laser points while learning about the sky from a professional astronomer. 

Sedona Stargazing Tours. 3511 Verde Valley School Rd, Sedona, AZ 86351. Starting times available from 7:30-10:30pm. Costs around $120 per adult, $78 per child. 

11. Dine Out At The Elote Cafe

The Elote Cafe is a must try restaurant for anyone visiting Sedona. This restaurant serves authentic elote (Mexican street corn), and creative dishes and cocktails.

From prickly pear margaritas to corn crusted scallops, you won’t want to miss trying out this place. This is one of Sedona’s most popular restaurants, so you’ll want to book reservations weeks in advance. 

350 Jordan Rd, Sedona, AZ. Open Tues. – Sat. (5 to 9pm). Closed Sunday and Mondays. Dine in by reservation only. 

12. Visit The Son Silver West Art Gallery

The Son Silver West Art Gallery is a souvenir shop on the side of the road that sells many unique items. They sell everything from jewelry to quirky sculptures, and kitschy artwork.

The shop also has an outdoor area with interesting displays and sculptures so it feels like you’re walking around a museum. 

1476 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily 9am to 5:30pm. Drive north on highway 179 past Chapel of the Holy Cross and it’s on the left. 

13. Explore The Desert On An ATV Tour

Besides hiking, you can go on an ATV tour to explore the Western Sedona’s desert.

You’ll get to see sites where past movies were filmed, scenic overlooks, and beautiful desert flora and fauna up close.

3075 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336. Arizona ATV Adventures. Must be 15.5 years to drive. 4 hour tour. Starting times from 8am to 1pm. 

14. Shop For Crystals At Crystal Magic

Crystal Magic is a folksy gift shop that sells crystals, and unique gifts. They sell gemstones, incense, essential oils, jewelry, artwork, and more.

If you’re into spirituality, they offer tarot card readings, aura readings, and have a psychic center next door.

2978 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336. Open 10am to 6pm. 

15. Try A Vortex Donut From SEDONUTS

Head to Sedonuts to try some of the best donuts in town. This donut shop serves fresh donuts with unique flavors, and also offers gluten-free options.

Make sure to try their signature vortex donut, a twisted cinnamon roll donut with cream cheese frosting. 

2370 W State Rte 89A #6, Sedona, AZ 86336. Open Thurs. – Tues. 6am to 12pm. Closed Wednesdays. 

Summary

Whether you’re looking to visit spiritual vortexes or go stargazing at night, Sedona has many unique activities to offer.

If you plan on exploring Sedona, make sure to bring comfortable hiking shoes and layered clothing since it can be chilly at night.

For more ideas on what to do during your stay, see our article on the 15 best things to do in Sedona at night!


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