Sedona has so many great restaurants for you to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites: Coffee Pot Restaurant (home of 101 omlettes), Indian Gardens Café and Marketplace just a short drive up Oak Creek Canyon, Heartline Cafe, Judy's (a hidden local's restaurant--say hi to Alice for us!), and Elote (unique Southwest cuisine).
It's almost a requirement to have a Jeep if you live in Sedona (we are partial to orange). But, for visitors you have two very good options. Choose a Jeep or Hummer tour from one of a number of local tour operators to see the Red Rocks of Sedona up close. Or, if you feel more adventurous, rent a Jeep or ATV and ride the trails yourself. Either is a great way to create great memories of your time in Sedona.
Some of other favorite trails include Soldier's Pass Trail (you'll see Devil's Kitchen, Seven Pools, and Three Arches along the way), Wilson Canyon Trail, Marge's Draw Trail, Mitten Ridge Trail, and Jim Thompson Trail. In Oak Creek Canyon, our favorite Trail is WestFork. You'll have to pay to park, but it is well worth it. The trail meanders up a narrow canyon with towering granite rocks on both sides. Bring comfortable shoes with good traction that you don't mind getting wet. You'll cross the creek at least a dozen times. Also, if you'd like to see Native American ruins up close, take a drive out to the Palatki Indian Ruins.
Sedona has hiking for all ages and skill levels. For a great view of the entire area, try hiking to the top of Sugar Loaf. It is a short hike (20-25 minutes) and is relatively steep, but the trail is well marked. Park at the parking lot at the end of Little Elf Drive and follow the Teacup Trail to the Sugar Loaf Trail. If you go around the base of Sugar Loaf, you will see this collection of heart-shaped rocks on the east side.
Besides shopping, of course, Sedona and the surrounding areas offer a wide range of activities and experiences throughout the year, with something for everyone. Below are a few of our favorite things to do here in this special place we call home.