As Arizona beings to reopen, residents are excited to slowly get back to daily life. Sedona, nestled amongst soaring red rock formations, is an excellent destination to avoid the crowds and get in touch with nature. The city and surrounding region are filled with beautiful trails, campsites, wellness retreats, and striking natural beauty. After being stuck inside for months, Sedona is the perfect place to visit for socially distanced fun.
Hiking and Biking
The Grand Canyon - South Rim
The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and only 2 hours from Sedona. The South Rim section of the canyon is reopening for visitors to take in the awesome vistas. The South Rim has 5 trails of varying difficulty. The Rim Trail is the first and easiest section of trails that starts at the village and runs down to Hermits Rest. Some of this trail is paved allowing visitors with limited mobility a chance to see the quiet inner canyon. The South Kaibab Trail is 6 miles round trip and offers some of the best views available for a relatively short hike. It is a relatively steep trail and hiking boots are recommended.
Boynton Canyon is closer to Sedona than the Grand Canyon and still a natural feast for the eyes. It is a box canyon that has helped make Arizona red rock so famous. The 6-mile trail is a relatively easy trek and a good option for families. The area is known for a hidden wonder called an energy vortex. Allegedly, the Sedona vortices are areas where energy swirls up out of the earth. The energy is said to resonate and strengthen a person’s Inner Being. There are 4 main Boynton Canyon in the Sedona area and this one is arguably the most popular.
Sleeping Under the Stars
Pine Flat Campground
After months of cabin fever, who wouldn’t want to spend as much time outdoors as possible? The Pine Flat Campground is quietly tucked away in the Coconino National Forest. The campsites are protected from the harsh Arizona sun by a stand of ponderosa pines. The nearby stream is stocked with trout and guests are invited to catch their own dinner. The campground is accepting reservations for 18 of its sites to comply with social distancing restrictions.
Deeper in the Coconino National Forest, truly rustic campers will enjoy the Manzanita Campground. The campground is small, so no RVs or campers are permitted but that only enhances the natural experience. The campground is accepting reservations for 11 of its creekside campsites. Children can enjoy the clear water swimming holes and anglers can cast a line in the quieter fishing holes.
Crescent Moon Ranch Park
If sleeping on the ground isn’t your thing, try glamping! Located near another energy vortex at Cathedral Rock, guests can sleep in a tricked out yurt. The yurt is rented out by the current stewardess of the land and backs up to the Crescent Moon Ranch Park while offering uninhibited views of Cathedral Rock. The yurt has air conditioning in the summer and wifi so guests can post all their pics of the gorgeous red rocks straight to social media.
Since Sedona is surrounded by so many rock formations and deserts, light pollution is very low just outside the city. It’s an incredible area to go stargazing. There are even tourism groups that offer guided tours of the Sedona night sky. Visitors that want to check out the cosmos on their own should head to the Jordan Observing Area. It can be found at the end of the Jordan Trail. There’s a grassy field where visitors can park and enjoy views of the Milky Way. The Two Trees Observing area is off of Route 89A. It is also a grassy plain where stargazers can search the night sky for the Pleiades Star Cluster or the Crab Nebula. The Sirius Lookers is an excellent resource for tips on the best places to view the sky and what planets or stars are most visible.
Health and Wellness
Private Yoga Retreat
Spending so much time at home can make anyone feel out of sorts. Why not take time to refind your center at a private yoga retreat? Enjoy a 3-day Private Holistic Yoga Retreat that is personalized to your needs. This retreat focuses on health and boosting immunity in the sunny expanse of another Sedona energy vortex. The retreat consists of classes, acupuncture, hiking, and journaling.
Virtual Yoga Retreat
For those who are still a bit cautious about leaving home, try a 4-day virtual retreat. The retreat includes 7 private sessions tailored to your abilities, Skype assessments, health coaching, and eBook materials to help guide meditations. All non-live activities are self-guided allowing for mindfulness at your own pace.