The Sedona Bucket List: 16 Best Things To Do In The Red Rocks

What are the best things to do in Sedona? Sedona is one of the prettiest areas in North America and is definitely one of the outdoors adventure meccas in the country.

There is something for all travelers whether those looking to hike or those who just want to drive to some look-out points, enjoy some wineries and great restaurants.

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Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring red rock formations of Arizona, Sedona is a haven for adventure seekers, nature lovers, wine sippers and spiritual enthusiasts alike.

If you want to find the must do things in Sedona than you are in luck with the article below. If you love to hike or be outside then Sedona is your perfect playground. 

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This Sedona bucket list compiles the must-visit attractions and activities, ensuring you make the most of your time in this enchanting destination.

It is the perfect place to unplug and get some much needed R&R. There are so many amazing bucket list things to check off in Sedona including the one in the video below!

You of course will need to eat at the best restaurants as well, see here for the top 8 restaurants in Sedona.

However, it has so much more than just hiking and red rocks. You can fill up a weekend easily and even stay for a whole week enjoying this great little town. If you love wine then be sure to check out the 3 best wineries near Sedona too!

From adventures to wineries to relaxation, Sedona has it all for a perfect peaceful retreat. If you are looking for the best 6 hikes in Sedona than see here!

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This article prides itself on having things you may not know, adventures, once in a lifetime sites and more!

With that said, below are the best bucket list Sedona things you have to do!

Find The Sedona Windows

Arguably the best hike in Sedona, as well as one of the hardest, the Sedona Windows is a must visit for those able bodied to make the hike!

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This hike has some of the best views in all of Sedona even without peering through the windows. There are 6 windows to visit and a bonus one later on in the trail in a separate area.

Sedona Schnebly Windows Hike best hike in Sedona

The hike is 9 miles if you don’t have a 4×4 and it is ranked as difficult so would only attempt this if you are a higher level of hiker.

See the full Windows article by clicking here to get full directions and info.

Go Winery Hopping

Best Wineries in Sedona

If you have read any of my articles then you know I am all about the wineries in Sedona. No, it is not Italy or Napa but it is a great novelty to visit some smaller vineyards and even doing an all day winery hop!

There are numerous vineyards surrounding Sedona but definitely visit the winery corridor, which is Javelina Leap Vineyard, Oak Creek Vineyards and my favorite Page Springs Cellars. See here for the 3 best wineries in Sedona!

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Page Springs is absolutely stunning as it has ground you can walk in, a creek you can walk down to, a nice sun deck and the perfect Sedona ambiance for your trip. You can also visit the lovely DA Ranch, pictured below!

Page Springs is such a great place to go with the views of the wineries, cheap-ish wine tastings and a solid menu. They also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights to cozy up with your date for a nice little night. 

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I recommend trying all wine taste menus and the spinach artichoke dip, I don’t even care that much about spinach or artichokes but it is delightful. You can leave there with a full stomach and 4 wine tastings for under $100!

If you are in Sedona for a date weekend, a girls trip… maybe a guys trip… you absolutely have to stop by here along with the other two aforementioned wineries next door.

Find The Sedona Subway

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This is one of the most amazing pictures in all of Sedona and a must-do when visiting Sedona! It isn’t too hard of a hike at just 5.3 miles with not much elevation change.

However, the Subway in Sedona is very hard to find so you definitely want to follow our guide here to see the best way to find it! Sedona Subway Cave Guide & Directions.

Subway Cave Trail Hike Boynton Canyon Sedona

There is more than just the Subway cave as well at this hike as you can find ruins, other caves and of course stunning views throughout!

Go Cliff Jumping In Sedona

Wet Beaver Creek The Crack Hike

There are a few spots for cliff jumping around Sedona but the most infamous is of course The Crack, located via the Wet Beaver Creek trail hike.

This is even in the top 3 hikes in Sedona as it is a perfect length, there are springs you can stop in along the way and then there is the swimming hole at the end.

It is pretty flat throughout, a 7 mile out-and-back, dogs on a leash are allowed and sometimes people will have picnics and a couple drinks all day out there. It can get a little crowded unfortunately but is still a great time and place to see regardless.

Definitely stray to the right at the beginning of your hike to visit the springs and little swimming holes along the way. Here is a full hike guide to Wet Beaver Creek!

ATV or 4-Wheel To Maybe One Of The Best Lookouts In Sedona

If you have a 4×4 or rent an ATV then you absolutely need to get to the top of Schnebly Hill Road, giving you arguably the best view of Sedona. This is a pretty rugged drive to the top but wow is it worth it.

At the top you will be greeted with one of the nicest lookouts you have ever seen. This road is extremely rough with large rocks so definitely do not attempt it unless you have a high profile 4×4 or of course an ATV.

If you want to keep going up, there is a forest area beyond the top of the road where you can really test your ATV speed and take a wander through the forest where I have seen lots of wildlife.

If you are heading back to Phoenix or North after you do this drive you can also exit out via the top vs. going back down the rough drive as well.

If wanting to rent an ATV, Groupon often has 50% off ATV rentals so definitely check those out before you go!

Visit The Best Caves in Sedona

There are some amazing caves in Sedona with my favorites being the Keyhole Cave, Soldier’s Pass Cave and the Birthing Cave. All are great hikes and good for all ages! I would do Soldier’s Pass if you had to pick one as it is one of the best hikes in Sedona.

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The Keyhole Cave is a little harder to find while the Birthing Cave is actually the easier of the three. See here for a full Birthing Cave Guide, here for a full Soldier’s Pass Cave Guide and then here for the Keyhole Cave.

Swing By A Distillery for Award Winning Bourbon!

Did you know Sedona has a gold medal winner at the America Craft Distillery Wards? 

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Redwall Distillery was voted best straight bourbon in America and not only that… it has a great little location with a beautiful view and live music.

Grab yourself your favorite bourbon drink, sit by the fire and watch the sun go down at this perfect spot!

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Want a great souvenir from your trip? You can also buy a bottle of the award winning bourbon on your visit.

Find Vultee Arch

Vultee Arch is arguably a better natural bridge than Devil’s Bridge solely because it is much less visited and the hike to it via Sterling Pass is much prettier.

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The hike is rated difficult, which just makes you earn it, and also keeps it from being too overcrowded like Devil’s Bridge is.

For the full article and directions to Vultee Arch see our article by clicking here.

Go To a Sedona Energy Vortex

I have not been to anywhere in the world that offers an energy vortex… so take advantage.

What is an energy vortex? They are said to be intersections of electromagnetic earth energy. Energy vortexes are supposed to help with reflection, meditation, energizing, vision and higher clarity.

How do you know you are in an energy vortex?

You may feel you are in a vortex when you feel some subtle energy vibrations such as tingling in your body or hands, feel your body heating up, have a feeling of a rush of energy, or have a shift in consciousness or perception.

Where are the Sedona Energy Vortexes? Sedona has four main vortexes, located at Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon. There are a plethora of sites that you can search and find more info on these incredible vortexes.

Take a Stroll Through Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village

Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Sedona at Tlaquepaque, where cobblestone paths lead to galleries, boutiques, and charming cafes. 

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A unique experience for shopping enthusiasts and art lovers. The grounds themselves are stunning and overall just a great place to walk around. They even have an award winning brewery on-site along with lots of cafe’s and places for snacking.

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You absolutely have to go at night if you have the chance as it is beautiful with all the lights as well.

Hike Bear Mountain For Some Of The Best Views in Town

Bear Mountain Trail is one of the best hikes in Sedona. 

It is difficult but throughout the entire hike you are presented with a new incredible view or site.

It is a beast of a hike with 2,000 ft elevation and 4.5 miles out-and-back. However, my pug did this hike and so did my parents. It is hard but it is worth the challenge. Pack lots of water, food and get out there.

You will be so happy you did, there are truly 4-5 absolutely ridiculous different views on the hike.  See this one and the top 6 hikes in Sedona Click here.

Visit An Award Winning Brewery 

 Not only does Sedona have wineries, award winning bourbon distilleries but also an award winning brewery!

It is a great combination of a brewery but also a casual pub with good food and located right in the heart of town at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.

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While not a huge craft beer connoisseur myself, the Oak Creek Gold Lager is one of the best beers I have ever tasted if you want something on the light side.

Of course they have everything a brewery lover wants with seasonals, ambers, pale ales, IPAs, Hefewiezens and more!

Get Dinner Or Drinks With A View

Best Restaurants Sedona

This is a no brainer. Having drinks and eating during sunset or anytime in Sedona is a must do. Whether you want to snuggle up to a fire or sit on a patio taking in the vast landscape of Sedona, it is one of the best things to do after potentially a long hiking day.

The best places to go for drinks with a view are Enchantment Resort and Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill. Both of them give you great views of the red rock and are beautiful places for dinner or just drinks.

Sedona Restaurants The Spot At Sevon Canyons

Page Sellers is of course stunning with views of the vineyard, Cress On the Creek is nice as well but pricey and Salt Rock is nice ambiance as well. See the Top 8 Restaurants in Sedona here!

Talking bucket list, one thing that just missed the cut is having an infused drink a Creekside Bistro Sedona. This is also one of my favorite restaurants in Sedona as it has amazing food but isn’t extremely pricey or stuffy.

Find the Only Mcdonald’s In The World That Doesn’t Have Golden Arches

This is silly and so American but… it’s pretty cool to think there is only one in the world! I’m not saying take a picture with it (you can, people do) but when you are driving around Sedona definitely keep your eyes open.

It’s also something you can tell those people in your family or friends who enjoy interesting dumb facts. Why does the Sedona Mcdonald’s have turquoise arches?

When Mcdonald’s came to town in 1993, government officials deemed that the golden arches would contrast too much against the beautiful red rock.

Thus, Arizona Mcdonald’s was forced to have turquoise arches and is the only place in the world without those golden arches.

This might be the most Sedona thing ever to change one of the logo of one of biggest corporate brands on earth to match it’s decor… good for you Sedona.

Visit The Prettiest View From A Church You Have Ever Seen

I love places of worship of all kinds and always visit them wherever I go. Chapel of the Holy Cross hands down has the most incredible view through glass stained windows I have ever seen.

The chapel is built into the rock buttes of Sedona and is almost as stunning of a picture from the outside as it is the inside.

It is open to the public so definitely go in and see the view of Sedona through their giant stained glass windows. Please also donate to the church and light a candle as well.

You can even throw a coin into the fountain outside to make a wish! It’s also one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.

Visit Devil’s Bridge

I almost didn’t want to include this as it is a no brainer but obviously this has to be a bucket list item.

Devil’s Bridge is home to one of the most unique pictures in the world and maybe the most iconic picture in Sedona. See the full Devil’s Bridge Guide here!

How long is the hike to Devil’s Bridge? The hike itself isn’t too hard at 2.2 miles round trip from the trailhead. However, if you don’t have  high-profile vehicle or an ATV then you will have to walk the extra 30+minutes and another 2+ miles from the parking lot.

Really try and get right to the trailhead if you can as that extra hour overall from the parking lot is meh…

Please be respectful to everyone and don’t take forever out on the arch as undoubtedly there are 10 people in line waiting for the same picture. Also, be a great person and offer to take people’s picture for them.

Take A Hot Air Balloon Or Helicopter Ride

It is surprisingly cheaper than you’d think to take a short helicopter ride over Sedona. If you want a unique experience then this is a must-do for the best view of Sedona as well as a great guide for the area.

You can get 15 minute Helicopter tours on Groupon or other deal sites for $115 or so per person. 15 minutes seems short but you see a ton and it is just cool if you have never experienced it before.

Find The 7 Sacred Pools & Devil’s Kitchen

Take this one with a grain of salt as the pictures of the pools and actually seeing the pools are pretty far apart. Don’t go there expecting something amazing as they are a little underwhelming. 

With that said, it is definitely something you need to check off your bucket list and overall the hike it is joined to is a great hike as well. For how to see these see the full guide on the hike here!

What are the 7 Sacred Pools? The 7 Sacred Pools were naturally created cut from the sandstone canyon and are filled via a natural stream. Some of their beauty comes from the reflection of the blue skies and surrounding red rock.

Be also sure to spot the tadpoles living within them! Why are they called the 7 Sacred Pools? I honestly cannot find out and if you know please let me know in the comments. I have asked locals, Sedona tourism and Googled it with no luck…

Where are the 7 Sacred Pools? The 7 Sacred Pools can be accessed via the Soldier Pass hike and are very close to Devil’s Kitchen, which is the largest sinkhole in Sedona. Devil’s Kitchen Sinkhole is 150 ft wide and 50 ft deep, which was created in the late 1800s.

How long is the hike to the 7 Sacred Pools? The hike itself is extremely short and the entire Soldier Pass Trail is only 2.5 miles round trip. The hike to the 7 Sacred Pools is less than a mile.

Walk West Fork Trail When The Leaves Are Changing Color

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To be fair, hiking West Fork Trail in itself could be a Sedona bucket list item. However, to really get that cherry on top you should try to see in in the Fall as the leaves are changing as it is perfection. See here for the entire West Fork Trail Hike Guide!

The hike itself is top 2 hikes in Sedona and perfect for people of all ages due to it being mostly flat. It is 7 miles but you definitely don’t have to do all 7 miles as their isn’t a true huge payoff at the end compared to just how pretty the hike itself is.

West Fork Trail Best Hikes In Sedona

The ever changing landscape, canyon walls and stream make it a beautiful hike the entire time so feel free to turn around whenever you’ve had enough.

Do know that you will have to get your feet wet most likely and I honestly suggest walking up the shallow parts of the stream when you can as the view is even prettier. At the start of the walk you will also see some ruins and a little cave.

If you are lucky enough to you might be able to see the stunningly colored crawfish in the water and fish even try to eat them!

Find Old Ruins Or Heritage Sites

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Sedona is home to a few areas with ruins and heritage sites. It is not a must-see but if you have some extra time then definitely check it off your list! Palatki Heritage Site is the main place to see ruins, which is made up of cliff dwellings from the 11oos to the 1300s.

Best Hikes In Sedona West Fork Trail

There are also ruins and caves along the West Fork Trail when you first start out, including a cool little cave. You can find more ruins at the Subway Cave hike, which you can find here!

Visit Sedona After a Snowfall

Snowfall in Sedona

You would think it would be hard to make Sedona any more beautiful but if you have the chance to make it up after or during a snowfall than you will be blessed with even more stunning views!

I honestly think the best time to visit Sedona is in the winter. Less crowds, the snow makes everything even prettier, bundle up by a fire and just a great winter spot.

Leave No Trace

Do remember to leave no trace when you visit and always pack in what you pack out!

Where to Stay in Sedona

There are a plethora of places to stay in Sedona of all price ranges. However, my favorite place, without breaking the bank is The Wilde Resort & Spa. 

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The Wilde has every single thing you could want in a resort but without some of the crazy costs that come with other hotels of its caliber.

I felt absolutely pampered on my stay, was so comfortable and it went above and beyond! See our full article here on the amazing place!

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60 thoughts on “The Sedona Bucket List: 16 Best Things To Do In The Red Rocks”

  1. Absolutely love the article! Sedona is a beautiful oasis in the desert. I have been many times and will use this bucket list to hit a few new spots this weekend!

    1. Summer is right around the corner and best believe i will take this bucket list with me ! Just when I thought I been all over Sedona this bucket list gave me more great ideas !:)

  2. If you are in the Phoenix area you need to go to Sedona! It is truly spectacular. We have hiked Devils bridge, I am afraid of heights, and this got my adrenaline going, I am so glad I didn’t chicken out! We have also hikes a few more on this list and none of them have been a disappointment! I can hardly wait to go back and explore some more!

  3. Thank you for the helpful information. My fiancé and I have been looking at planning a trip to Sedona in the near future. I love cliff diving and so does she. Can’t wait to try and do as many of these activities as possible.

  4. Very insightful and thorough. I cannot wait to try all of these out. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this incredible Sedona bucket list. We would be lost without ITE!!!

  5. Some of the bucket list items I’ve done in my lifetime…. I was so appreciative to now know of all the other awesome things to do in Sedona. Article was very informative and a great read !!!!!

    1. Glad you liked it and happy you have been able to experience some of them! Better get back soon! Thanks for the love!

  6. I’m heading out west next month and I’m pumped to hit up some of the places on this list. Sedona sounds like it lives up to the hype and I’m excited to get there and check it out all she has to offer!

  7. I’ve been to Sedona so many times and I didn’t realize I was missing out on a lot more to see and experience til I read this article.

  8. Hey that’s me! Yes yes yes!! If you visit Sedona make sure to visit the wineries for sure. These wineries are beautiful and you can even walk the vineyard to explore. If you like the outdoors Sedona is the place for you!

  9. Great article. I haven’t ever been to Sedona. However, I just added it to my list. If there is golf somewhere nearby, I know that my husband will be “all in”!

  10. ATV and the sacred pools is what i would want to do, well the winery too(any or all!) honestly it’s hard to pick only a couple to do!

  11. Wow! Thanks for this. I didn’t realize Sedona had so much to offer. Definitely looking forward to checking it out.

  12. I am looking to show a buddy around Sedona but don’t really know what to do or where to go. Now I do thanks to I.T.E, very insightful stuff, this will make our trip a whole lot easier.

  13. Lindsey Calvert

    This article is! Super helpful information as I want to bring a few out of state friends. Also the wineries.. are they open during this Covid time? The girl in the photos makes me miss my long blonde hair! Beautiful!

    1. Fraser Inspires

      Glad you liked it! Yes, both wineries are open. Currently some AZ cities’ restaurants are requiring masks unless you are sitting at a table but currently Sedona is not one of them. Have a great time and let me know what you liked best!

  14. Took some tips and visited Page Springs Cellars and DA Ranch, just outside Sedona. Perfect day trip to break up some of the Covid Craziness. I can’t wait to make another trip down to Sedona to do some more tastings!

  15. Love this article THANK YOU!! We are going to sedona March of 2022….if you had to give us three hikes to which ones would you say? I am really intrigued by the Vortex too.
    We will only be there Thursday late afternoon to Monday AM. So we will hike three days. We have all different levels of hikers too. TY for your feedback

  16. Sedona will always hold a special place in my heart. It was my grandmother’s favorite spot. After her passing we visited to scatter her ashes there. She’ll forever be one with those gorgeous mountains.

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