I’m not here to tell you about spiritual vortexes and healing crystals, but I will rave about the beautiful weather, views and community of Sedona, Arizona! I went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving last year and took a road trip up to Sedona for a couple days. Here are a few highlights of the visit…
West Fork Trail
West Fork trail is 7.2 miles out and back and rated easy on AllTrails. The trail is mostly flat and takes you along the west fork of Oak Creek with 13 creek crossings. Bring your waterproof hikers for this one! There’s lovely views of canyon walls and forest sprinkled with autumn colors (in late November at least!). You know when the trail ends when you approach the narrow canyon enclosing on the creek (pictured below). We explored a bit further and found a spot to perch for lunch before turning around. There was ample parking when we arrived around 8 a.m., and while the trail was populated, it was not crowded.
Devil’s Bridge (via Chuck Wagon Trail and Devil’s Bridge Trail)
Devil’s Bridge via Chuck Wagon trail is 5.6 miles out and back and rated moderate on AllTrails. This hike takes you along a desert trail (with some inclines) and gorgeous views of the red rocks to your final destination, Devil’s Bridge. Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona and even more stunning in person. You can walk over the bridge for a breathtaking photo opp.
PRO TIP: Start at the Chuck Wagon Trail and follow signs to Devil’s Bridge. Starting at Chuck Wagon offers beautiful scenery and a more enjoyable experience. If you take the Devil’s Bridge trail directly, you’ll either hike up a dusty, dirt road (less enjoyable) or need to take an all-wheel drive vehicle to the trail head. Going via Chuck Wagon, you’ll share the trail with bikers, but that’s preferred to motor vehicles in my opinion. Check out this resource for details on the trail, different trail options and maps.
Going to Creekside Coffee after a long hike made me SO happy! They made really great coffee and offered magical views of red rocks on their patio or from the comfort of inside. They roast their own beans too, Rattle & Hum. As far as the view, I was amazed with “Snoopy Rock,” which looked just like Snoopy laying on his dog house, look for it while you’re there!
They have a bistro as well if you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot. I’ll definitely dine-in next time!
Oak Creek Brewery
We enjoyed a beer flight and dinner at Oak Creek Brewery, Sedona’s only craft brewery and brewpub. Great food and even better craft beers! I recommend checking this out and having a flight of beers, if not dinner as well. There are also art galleries and shops nearby you can check out before/after dinner.
OK, I’m not one to shop much while traveling. But in our down time, we did explore the local shops of Sedona and had a great time. There’s a unique array of shops that sell everything from local arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, crystals, animal skins, used books and more! Visit Sedona has a great shopping guide available here!
Where to Stay: You know I LOVE Airbnb for all kinds of travel. There are wonderful options in Sedona that are fit for a solo trip, romantic couples trip or a family get away. Many have gorgeous views of Sedona’s famous red rocks.
Getting There: It was a two hour drive from Phoenix – perfect for a quick two night stay like ours. Check out other nearby airports here. The Southwestern U.S. is beautiful with a variety of scenes. If you ever get a chance, make a full road trip out of your visit.