Sedona Road Trip Journey – Me About Everything
Sedona has been on our wish list for a long time. Known for its characteristic red rocks, rich hiking trails, and breathtaking desert scenery, this Arizona town is a place every visitor will appreciate. It’s proximity to other destinations like Phoenix and the Grand Canyon makes it an easy addition to Sedona day trip itinerary.
So grab your hat and hiking boots to join me on my journey as I take you on an exhilarating adventure through this desert wonderland
Sedona road trip itinerary
We flew into Phoenix from San Jose and it was a two hour drive to our hotel in Sedona. During the trip, we enjoyed a view that transitioned from the cityscape to the saguaro-lined hills, to the miles and miles of the desert. And then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, a cascade of red rocks appeared – each block was larger than the next and emerged from the scene like giants lying on their sides. We made it to Sedona! As soon as I discovered the land of Red Rock, I fell in love with its beauty
After a quick breakfast at the Coffee pot Restaurant, we decided to head to nearby Sedona Airport for stunning views of Sedona and the surrounding area. Airport Mesa is considered to be one of the whirlpools of Sedona – vortexes of energy beneficial for healing, meditation, and self-discovery. Be careful not to disturb everyone who is recharging and meditating here!
Next, we headed to Devil’s Bridge, which is one of the most sought-after places to walk and photograph in the area, and no trip to Sedona would be complete without at least a visit. this beautiful geological formation. The trail is not too difficult and the views from the top are absolutely amazing. Worth every step!
Our next stop is the Chapel of the Cross. Building 250 feet high and perched atop a stone wall over a thousand feet high, it is a picturesque but impassable structure set atop red rocks that are already very Sedona’s photogenic. The main stained glass window of the chapel is held together by a giant cross. Parking is a bit hard to find, but I’m glad we didn’t pass up this Sedona gem.
Cathedral Rock is where we do next. It takes about an hour to hike to the top and the trail takes you through a steep but manageable uphill. At the top, we were greeted with a beautiful view of the towering redstone columns all around.
Bell Rock is another popular hiking spot with equally stunning views, but we were pleased with the view from the fairly spacious trail when our feet begged for a little rest.
Sedona is also a great destination for stargazing. No ambient light pollution allows you to get some truly breathtaking views of the starry night sky. This coupled with the surreal setting of Sedona’s red rocks takes you out of this world…you’d be forgiven if you mistake it for a Martian landscape 😉
The next day we drove to Slide Rock State Park and hiked Soldier’s Pass – It was a relatively easy hike but totally enjoyable as there was something interesting to see around every corner! Along the trail you’ll find a giant sinkhole, seven sacred pools, and the Soldier’s Pass cave. The original sinkhole collapsed in 1989 and again in 1995 and continued to grow as rain dissolved limestone below the surface and created a network of caves beneath it. Oh my God!
Slide Rock State Park is a beautiful, naturally formed water park. With wide pools and natural rock slides, it’s the perfect place to cool off and beat the heat – a perfect endpoint for a trip across the desert.
Have you been to Sedona yet? How do you like Sedona and what is your favorite hike?