Sedona though a small town would still require some planning if you would like to go there. Here are some of the things to consider if you are traveling to Sedona.
You will need a car – I don’t remember seeing a city bus driving around Sedona. If there is a city bus running, they seem to run infrequently in this town. So if you want to get around, rent yourself a car.
Make a stop at the Visitor’s Information Center – the visitor’s center for Sedona shares a building with the Chamber of Commerce. It seems for a town like Sedona, tourism is the biggest industry which is why the visitor’s center and the chamber of commerce walks together. Be sure to go to the visitor’s center located at the corner of SR89 and Forest Road. Other visitor centers in Sedona are for companies selling timeshares.
There are dozens of hiking trails in Sedona – some of the hiking trails in this town leads to the base of some of the red rock formation. Some hikes can take more than an hour so be sure to give yourself plenty of time and water to do this.
Wildlife are everywhere and roams freely in the mountains – I’m talking about animals such as coyotes, snakes and lizards. You will always find caution signs regarding these creatures all over the protected land in and around Sedona. Take serious precaution when going on your hike.
Sedona is dog-friendly town – speaking of animals, the locals here often take their dogs with them wherever they go including on long walks and hiking trails.
Sedona can get chilly – It was sunny and warm during the day in Sedona. But, unlike the Grand Canyon which is about 6000 feet above sea level or Flagstaff which is about 7000 feet, Sedona may be lower (about 4500 feet) but it can still get chilly at night.
There are several large resorts in Sedona – if full-serve hotels are your thing, you have your pick of resorts and posh hotels in Sedona. But be advise, they are often away from the main drag of the town which is SR 89A.
I enjoyed my first official visit in Sedona. The first time I was here was about seven years ago, we were just passing through grabbing some lunch on the way to Navajo country. I am very glad I was able to visit this town again and this time extensively. This town would certainly be a good candidate for a perfect weekend getaway from Phoenix, a place which I would return again in the future.