State and National Parks
One of the world's most fantastic natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is only a 2 hour drive from the resort. If you haven't seen it, it's the perfect day trip. Just be sure and bring your camera and plenty of film! If something a little closer would more suit your needs, our neighborhood Red Rock State Park is just a short drive up the road from Sedona Pines Resort. Or, Slide Rock Park is just a short drive up beautiful Oak Creek canyon and offers swimming in the natural rock slide pools. Our links page offers web site links to some of the more popular National and State Park attractions in the area. So, let us know where you'd like to go, and we'll help you get there!
What's a Vortex you ask? To ancient Indian tribes, the red rock valley of Sedona was sacred land only to be used for special rites and ceremonies. Long ago, they established the locations of focused power, the vortices. A vortex is considered a place of energy and may be either positively or negatively charged and is considered masculine or feminine. These ancient sites are visited daily and a number of the "vortexes" in the Sedona area are within an easy drive and a short walk. These concentrations of the earth's power have inspired many a visitor's spiritual Sedona experience. Nearby vortexes include Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Airport Mesa. Call us for more information!
Paleo-Indians came to the Sedona area more than 15,000 years ago. Nearby you will find ancient cliff dwellings and ruins occupied by the Sinagua people between A.D. 1100 and A.D. 1300. The largest cliff dwellings in the area have been cited as world class by archeologists! If that doesn't get you archaeological interests peaked... how about pictographs? Carvings on rocks in place are called petroglyphs and drawings on these same surfaces are called pictoglyphs!
This ancient "rock art" is common to eastern Utah, the Grand Canyon, the Canyon de Chelly and the Sedona area but is rare elsewhere. Young and old alike will find these unique ancient sites both educational and interesting!
Hiking & Sightseeing
Whether you want to take a drive or park and hike or ride horseback on the trails, we're sure you'll find the views breathtaking. Within a short drive are some of the most spectacular red rock views you'll ever see. If you're a bit more adventurous, there are trails to suit those who would prefer a short walk along beautiful Oak Creek to all day climbs that take you 2300 feet up and 5.6 miles one way! No matter what your preference, you're sure to find unmatched views of Sedona and Northern Arizona's most majestic scenery memorable!
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
One of the more popular activities in Sedona is touring the red rocks with experienced guides/drivers who'll take you to areas that are virtually unreachable by any but the most physically fit, or by 4-wheel drive vehicle! Maybe you'd rather experience Sedona's unique beauty from the air? If so, take an Air Scenic tour or a helicopter ride... or slow down a bit and enjoy a glide over the red rocks by hot air balloon followed by a champagne picnic brunch! No matter what your whim, you'll find it only a hop skip or a short drive from the resort. From the nearby Verde Valley Train Tour, to white-water rafting on the Colorado River... we know you'll have a vacation experience that you'll never forget!
From the spectacular shopping and views from the mountainside historical mining town of Jerome, to the quaint shops and parks of old town Cottonwood, you'll find the area has a bit of something for everyone. Winter snow skiing on snow covered peaks or a picnic in the scenic pines are only minutes away in Flagstaff! Historic ghost mining towns and Calvary outposts to modern galleries and gift shops are found in the communities surrounding Sedona... all have something unique and interesting to offer.