Things To Do
Sedona is an ideal destination for those who love the great outdoors and year-round adventures, with its stunning red rock formations, scenic hiking trails, and outdoor activities throughout the year.
In addition to its natural beauty, Sedona is also a haven for foodies and shoppers, with a wide array of dining options ranging from local Southwestern cuisine to international fare, and unique shopping experiences that showcase the local arts and crafts scene.
Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself on a rugged mountain trail, relax with a scenic hike through a picturesque canyon, or indulge in some retail therapy and gastronomic delights, Sedona has something for everyone. So join us in this charming desert town!
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Sugar Loaf Loop
Chimney Rock Loop
An easy 1.4-mile loop can be made from the Thunder Mountain Trailhead using Lower Chimney Rock Trail and the southern portion of the Thunder Mountain Trail. From the loop, a short but steep route climbs up the Summit Trail to Chimney Rock Vista with great 360- degree views.
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Airport Loop Trail
Located in the center of the city, this loop offers panoramic views of the whole area, and is one of four main energy vortexes in Sedona. While it’s not a steep elevation climb, the rocky terrain and narrow path can make it a bit more challenging. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
Fay Canyon is a beautiful out-and-back hike filled with desert wildlife, interesting rock formations and colorful canyon walls. Some parts of the trail get rocky as it crosses old dry creek beds, but it’s generally not too difficult to traverse. One of the main highlights is the Fay Canyon Arch. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
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There are several deceptive false summits before reaching the top, but keep going – the panoramic views make this difficult hike well worth the effort. Keep an eye out for the white diamond trail markers to find your way; it can be a bit rugged with some very steep rock sections. Dogs on a leash are welcome on this very fulfilling out-and-back hike.
Distance: 11.5 miles
Duration: 7-10 hours
Trailhead access: State Route 89A/Midgley Bridge
Be prepared for an entire day of hiking as you climb Sedona’s highest peak and ascend 2,300 feet. There is shade along parts of this trail but much of it is exposed, making it very hot in the summer. An alternate, cooler route is provided by North Wilson Trail. Watch out for snowpack and ice on both trails in the winter. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
Open Air Markets
Sedona Community Farmers Market
A weekly market featuring local, sustainable fruits and veggies, in addition to artisan gifts, products, services and educational experiences.
Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Shows
The Los Rosales West Sedona location is less than a mile away from Sugar Loaf, featuring paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry and Native American art. Admission is free; showtime is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Check the schedule for seasonal dates.
Shopping Districts & Destinations
Sedona Artist Market & Gallery
A five-minute walk from Sugar Loaf, the Sedona Artist Market & Gallery is an 8,000-square-foot gallery with some of the most affordable and unique arts and crafts in town.
Best experienced on-foot, find a place to park and explore the variety of shops, galleries, restaurants and local items Uptown has to offer.
Designed to look like an old-world Mexican village, Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-la-keh-pah-keh) is Sedona’s premier shopping destination. With over 50 shops, you can find everything from high-end bronze sculptures and paintings to casual wear and children’s toys.
Located right next door to Sugar Loaf in the Bashas’ shopping center, you’ll find sweet and savory crepes, delicious waffles, pancakes, breakfast burritos and so much more.
Coffee Pot Restaurant & Gift Shop
Known as the “Home of 101 Omelets,” the Coffee Pot has an extensive breakfast selection, with authentic Mexican dishes, sandwiches, burgers and salads for lunch.
Lunch & Dinner
Moderately Priced Lunch & Dinner:
Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen
A local favorite (and right across the street from Sugar Loaf), Picazzo’s has great lunch specials, a full bar, and lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Golden Goose Grill
Locals love the steaks, seafood and outstanding burgers. Lunch and dinner are offered seven days a week, with outdoor seating available.
Date Night Spots
Stagecoach Country Roadhouse
Serving lunch and dinner, the Stagecoach offers a casual approach to fine dining, known for its BBQ, burgers, hand-cut steaks, craft cocktails and live music in the evenings.
Sweeping views of the red rocks and fantastic Latin-inspired food including steak, fish, chicken and burgers make this a very popular dinner destination, where reservations are a must.
Vino Di Sedona
A cute little wine and craft beer bar, with a vast selection of Arizona wines, a great patio and live music. There’s also a food menu with great tapas, charcuterie and deep-dish pizza – perfect for sharing.
Simon’s Angel Tacos
Authentic Mexican taco truck with burritos, elote, and tasty veggie options that can be made vegan. Open 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at AM/PM (next door to Sugar Loaf).
Oak Creek Brewing Co.
Just a five-minute walk from Sugar Loaf is Sedona’s premier craft brewing company, with great live music and a cozy atmosphere.
What our visitors are saying!
“Great affordable place to stay if you’re hiking in the area. Thor (yes, that’s his name) at the front desk was just amazing and very enthusiastic about the area. Anything you need to know he’ll tell you about it and more. This man loves his guests and he’ll take care of them the best he can.”
“We stayed at Sugar Loaf Lodge and were very impressed with our stay! The beds were very comfortable, the room was clean, excellent water pressure, and very pet friendly. The hot tub was wonderful. I loved the retro red fridge and microwave! I don’t feel the photos do it justice. We would definitely stay again and would give it more than 5 stars if I could.”