Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

National Park Service

Fee-Free Days for 2018

Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 21: First day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • For more information about free entrance days in the national parks, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

If you are visiting Sedona, Arizona during any of these fee-free dates we would highly recommend visiting Montezuma Well and the Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde and definitely the Tuzigoot National Monument in Clardale, AZ.  It would also be the perfect time to take a day trip up to the Grand Canyon National Park and don’t forget to include some stops at the National Monuments in Flagstaff along the way. 

Day Trip to National Monuments in Flagstaff, AZ

Day Trip Note: Consider taking the Scenic Loop Drive: Sunset Crater Volcano is located along a 34 mile scenic loop road that takes you from open meadows and the beautiful Ponderosa Pine forests surrounding Sunset Crater, through Juniper grasslands and view of the Painted Desert, to the open red rock landscape of the Wupatki Basin and Wupatki National Monument. Drive time along the Loop Road is about 1 hour

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Seasonal Hours – visit website

Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they were formed. But among the dramatic geologic features, you’ll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife – life returns. People had been living here for several hundred years, at least, before the volcano erupted. Although we don’t know what they called themselves, archaeologists consider them representatives of the Sinagua culture. They were farmers, living in scattered groups adjacent to their corn fields. Their homes were pithouses, dug partially into the ground. 900 years later, Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The volcano’s red rim and the dark lava flows seem to have cooled and hardened to a jagged surface only yesterday. As plants return, so do the animals that use them for food and shelter. And so do human visitors, intrigued by this opportunity to see nature’s response to a volcanic eruption. Make sure to walk the Lava Flow Trail while you are there! For directions to this monument click here. For more information visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Seasonal Hours – visit website

Experience Walnut Canyon National Monument, once home to a vital pueblo community over 700 years ago that built their homes in shallow alcoves along the ledges of the canyon. Carved by Walnut Creek over a period of 6 million years the canyon is twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and 1/4 a mile wide. The canyon offers two trails, the Rim Trail that takes you on an easy beautiful stroll above the rim of the canyon and the Island Trail that is more strenuous and descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon! You will enjoy the scenic beauty the Rim Trail provided, but I have to tell you, if you can handle it, the Island Trail is the way to go! The Trail starts with a ramp type walkway down, then stairs taking you down further into the canyon where you will see cliff dwelling rooms along the trail with more visible across the canyon. The trail is paved making it a little easier to walk but I suggest if you have back problems, or a fear of heights, stick to the rim trail…Read More

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Wupatki National Monument
Open Daily (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

From hunter-gatherers to farmers, herders, ranchers, and caretakers, many people have called Wupatki home. Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains. It will take about 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos. If you have less time, allow at least 30 minutes to visit the largest Wupatki Pueblo located behind the Visitor Center. For more information visit the Wupatki National Monument.

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All of us here at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona are looking forward to the Spring season! Along with all the great events and festivals, the weather is close to picture perfect, the town is a buzz with activity, and our guests are out hiking and biking the red rocks!

Spring in our opinion is also one of the best times to enjoy Out of Africa Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad and tours with Pink Jeep. With that in mind we wanted to highlight our most popular Spring Sedona Vacation Packages, click here to save money at the Inn of Sedona!

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, Arizona

January 12th – 15th, 2018

A big welcome to all of our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. You will find plenty of fun things to do this weekend; from Live Entertainment to the Sedona Winter Music Festival, a Special Exhibit at the Sedona Arts Center to a Guided Geology Hike. (See below for more details).

The holiday weekend would also be the perfect time visit Sedona and include a day trip up to the Grand Canyon with stops at National Monuments in Flagstaff along the way. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, entrance into National Park Service sites across the country will be free on Monday, January 15! Visit the National Park Service website for information on “Free Entrance Days”. To see all of the events taking place this weekend in the Verde Valley please visit our Sedona Events Page.


Sedona Arts Center Special Exhibition Gallery
“Women as Birds” featuring Jenny Epperson
January 5th – 31st, 2018
The exhibit begins with a question: “ If you knew when your human life ends you would become a bird, which bird would you choose?” Ten brave women stepped up with their answer. Each collaborated with feminist artist Jennifer Epperson, whose vision was to create portraits exploring concepts of transformation and transmutation. It took extensive research to get it right. Ornithology and anatomy, mythology and antiquities all inform the narrative and style of the series. During the months of work, the artist became aware that her own physical change; far from being the normal aging process was in fact, transmutation. This epiphany added fuel to the fire to produce an ironic take on the power of women. Epperson challenges the viewer to consider the symbolism of transmutation, and the extensive supporting history of the transformative power of women to take to the skies and fly. The series includes a self-portrait and a video portrait. Events and performances will take place during the month. For more information please visit www.sedonaartscenter.org.

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Sedona Winter Music Festival
January 8th – 14th, 2018
cms-logo-header-mastheadThe Fifth Annual Sedona Winter Music Festival will showcase some of the world’s most talented musicians in a celebration of chamber music and the performing arts. After nearly a week of special events, including a gala held at a private home and masterclasses for students, the festival will culminate with a concert at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The 2018 festival will feature clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Adam Golka. Mr. Fiterstein is a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and has performed with leading orchestras and chamber groups worldwide. For more information or to purchase concert tickets please visit www.chambermusicsedona.org.

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Sedona Entertainment – Darius Lux Trio
Soulful/Pop, Rock and Reggae Dance Band
January 12, 2018 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover
Sedona Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Darius Lux! Combining his love of 60’s songwriting, 70’s soul, 80’s pop and 90’s hip-hop into a current mix of soulful, rock-edged pop tunes, Darius found his voice on his debut record “Arise”, took us to the streets of LA for his EP, “Time is Now” and now presents his new album, “We The Living”. Darius’ music is a statement describing how we can take control of our lives. “For each one of us, life can be full of different fears, but we have to remember that fear is a choice. When we decide we don’t want fear and we have chosen to believe in ourselves instead, we find that we begin to receive the things in life we’ve hoped for”. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
January 13th, 2018 (9:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Worldwide Cinema Event – ‘The Opera House’
January 13th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join hundreds of theaters around the world to present a one-day only special premiere of “The Opera House” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “The Opera House” — a new film by multiple Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke — surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Internatinoal Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment – The Black Market Trust Band
January 13th & 14th, 2018 (7:00 pm)
Show Tickets: $25 and up
VIP Dinner Show Package: $65
Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, AZ is proud to present The Black Market Trust Band! The Black Market Trust is an American pop/vocal jazz band whose current release II combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the worlds biggest stages and with musics most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalizes on their experience and pedigree to deliver a sophomore album that brings a new and exciting sound to 12 tried and true classic songs. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Geology Hike
January 14th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
Included with park entrance fees
Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
January 14th, 2018 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Sedona Cinema – ‘The Woodsman’
Broadway in high definition!
January 14th, 2018 (4:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
The Sedona International Film Festival presents the BroadwayHD series featuring Broadway plays and musicals in high definition on the big screen with “The Woodsman”. The event will show in Sedona at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum, “The Woodsman” is an imaginative retelling of the origins of Oz’s Tin Woodsman. It’s the story of the Tin Man, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. Through spectacular life-size puppetry and original music, the ensemble of Strangemen & Co. presents an inventive take on one of America’s original fairy tales. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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2018 January “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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Black Market Trust Band in Sedona, AZ

Black Market Trust Gypsy Jazz Band Returns to Sedona


January 13th and 14th, 2018

Visit Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend and enjoy the Gypsy Jazz Sound of The Black Market Trust Band at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill!  Combining old world romance with new world form, The Black Market Trust brings you a simple, elegant and well-defined classic sound that you will be tapping your toes to. 

The Black Market Trust combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European fire and energy of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Through their handsome vocals and timeless melodies, the Los Angeles-based band fuses unforgettable classics with elements of pop.

Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalize on their experience and pedigree to deliver a lively, crowd pleasing performance filled with some of the best songs ever written.

Merging their love of everything from The Mills Brothers to The Beach Boys, Sinatra to Lennon/McCartney, the band has arranged lead, and – part vocal harmony lines to many of the Great American Songbook standards. Be transported as they meld two distinctly different vibes- one of a gypsy campfire, the other a slick metropolitan nightclub- into a cohesive, stylish sound.

Tickets for the evening are $15 to $25 (VIP Seating). The entire dinner menu is available until 10:00 pm on Saturday and until 9:00 pm on Sunday. The venue also offers a dinner package of a 3-course pre-fixed menu for an additional charge or you may order off the regular menu. Doors open at 5:30 PM both evenings and the show begins at 7:00 pm. Not attending the concert you may sit in their main dining room or patio.  For more information or to purchase tickets please cal 928.282.2713 or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com

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2018 January “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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Sedona Arizona Marathon

13th Annual Sedona Marathon

Sedona Marathon

February 3rd, 2018

On your mark, get set, ready, GO!

It is almost that time of year again. When the red rocks of Sedona, AZ are filled with the sounds of runners pushing themselves to do better and get healthier, all while taking in the beautiful scenery of Sedona. The entire Sedona area is ready to welcome thousands of runners, as well as their families and friends, for a weekend of fierce competition and neighborly camaraderie at the 13th Annual Sedona Marathon presented by Northern Arizona Healthcare!

Register now for the 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon distances!The course will take participants through the scenic Coconino National Forest District, known for its magical iron-clad formations, and onto the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the Country – a city that has most recently been named by “Good Morning America” as one of the “TOP TEN most beautiful places in America.” For more information or to register for this event please visit the Sedona Marathon Event website.

All of us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona would like to do our part in making it more affordable for the participants and their families to stay in red rock country during this event by offering our Sedona Marathon Lodging Special. This special is valid the weekend of the marathon for participants, and the spectators who come to cheer them on!

Special Lodging Rates During the 2018 Sedona Marathon
Valid February 2nd – 4th, 2018

  • Sedona MarathonReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the Sedona Marathon
  • A complimentary special marathon shuttle for early drop off the day of the race.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Marathon Special” to take advantage of this offer.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries

December 5th, 2018

Kick start your New Year off exploring the galleries of Sedona, Arizona and Jerome! Check out the artists and new exhibits during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on January 5th and the Jerome Art Walk on January 6th!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery.

If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Lanning Gallery
Phil Lichtenhan: Nesting
January 5th, 2018
First Friday Reception: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Artist Talk: 6:00 pm
The Lanning Gallery welcomes found object sculptor Phil Lichtenhan to its first artist reception of 2018. As our New Year begins it is fitting that nests full of eggs, and all the potential that implies, should fill the gallery. The fact that artist Phil Lichtenhan finds his materials along roadsides, railroads, and alleyways, in the city or out in the desert should fill all of us with optimism: We can indeed cobble ourselves together from whatever aspects currently fill our lives. Rebirth is always an option. Phil Lichtenhan finds materials everywhere: He is popular at construction sites for picking up discarded twisted wire ties that can be dangerous underfoot, but which make perfect ties within his art pieces. Old vineyards are excellent sources for strings of wire; Lichtenhan uses a tremendous amount of this in the body of his nests. As he notes, his materials are “the discards of our world.” For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Weaving Traditions: Escalante Rugs”
January 5th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, opens “Weaving Traditions: Escalante Rugs” to showcase its extensive collection of heirloom quality rugs, runners and pillows from Zapotec Indian master weavers. In time to keep your home extra warm for winter, this stunning collection of Escalante Rugs offers a wide selection; each superior textile woven on an upright shuttle loom. The shearing, spinning of yarn, preparation of dyes, set-up of the loom, design and weaving represent the work of entire Zapotec families, with everyone playing a role. Each textile is identified with the name of the master weaver and each represents traditions that have sustained the Zapotec for many generations. For More information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Rowe Fine Art Gallery
“New Year, New ARTmosphere”
January 5th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
January is all about new beginnings and renewed intentions, a sort of springtime for the soul. Refresh your surroundings with new artwork during Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s annual New Year, New ARTmosphere show! Toast 2018 with a stunning sculpture, piece of jewelry or painting like those by Montana-based artist Julie T. Chapman. Julie believes in embracing fresh beginnings: She recently began exploring an oil-painting technique that utilizes a palette knife to convey emotion and energy. “Lately, I’ve been exploring color and texture and my emotional response to the beauty of the subject matter,” says Julie. “I think the new pieces are less constrained and less representational. I will always paint realistically, but I’m now approaching it in a more emotional fashion.” For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

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Andrea Smith Gallery
Artist Gala Kraftsow
January 5th, 2018

Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals. An impassioned artist for more than 40 years, Gala has learned from world-renowned artists and sculptors, mastering many art mediums and most recently, mosaics. In her latest mosaic collection, Gala has captured the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, beads, stone, shells, and any other object that inspires imagination and beauty. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery
“Winter Light”
January 5th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails Gallery celebrates new horizons of 2018 with landscape paintings of sparkling snow in Red Rock Country, warm sunrises, and colorful sunsets by award-winning Western artists.  Also, story-telling bronze sculpture, still life paintings and figurative realism.  New bronze sculpture by Cowboy Artists of American member Dustin Payne.  Showcasing the work of National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame artist Donna Howell-Sickles. For more information please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Head up to Jerome on Saturday, January 6th!

Jerome Art Walk
January 6th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Let the party continue the Saturday after New Year’s Eve! Once again, expect a wonderful night in Jerome. Have dinner, stroll the streets and visit the galleries, sip some wine, sample some treats, savor the art! Twenty-five galleries and studios will be open with art, music and refreshments. This free event has become a Verde Valley favorite with a shuttle that will transport you from the artist filled Old Jerome High School, up to the center of town with The Lincoln Gallery and Made in Jerome Pottery and everything in-between. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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2018  January “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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January Lodging Special for Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Save Money this January in Sedona, AZ

Happy 2018 everyone! All of us at the Inn of Sedona had a great time over the holidays with our guests and their pets in the red rocks! Since many of our guests took advantage of our December “Winter Wonderful” hotel special we have decided to extend it into January 2018! We consider it a small way to thank all our guests that helped to make our holidays warm and bright! Cheers to 2018 and we hope to see you soon in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, AZ!

2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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New Year’s Weekend in Sedona, AZ

New Year’s Weekend in Sedona, AZ

December 29th – 31st, 2017

Welcome to all of our guests and visitors who will be ringing in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona! Below you will find some of the fun things to do this weekend in the red rocks, including a family fun New Year’s eve celebration at the Verde Canyon Railroad, a Magic show at the Blazing M Ranch,  “One Love” Reggae New Years Eve Party at Sound bites, a late night New Years Eve Bash at Olde Sedona and guided hikes at Red Rock State Park! 

If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle. If you are out and about celebrating on New Year’s Eve, be safe and have a designated driver. Please keep  in mind our last shuttle pick up time is a 9:30 pm.

We wish you a very Happy New Year!

Featured Weekend Events, Celebrations and Entertainment

Red Rock State Park – Daily Naturalist Hike
December 29th, 2017 (10:00 am)
Included with Park Entrance Fees
Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Our naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. Make sure your bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, and clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Flash Back Fridays at Sound Bites
Featuring Robin Miller Trio
December 29th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10
Sedona Sound Bites Grill invites you to take a step back into the past during Flash Back Friday’s! Enjoy the Rock & Roll from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with Robin Miller on Guitar, Troy Perkins on bass and Ed Barattini on drums. Three of Sedonas TOP musicians play all of your favorite dance tunes and let the good times roll. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
December 30th, 2017 (9:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment – Darius Lux Trio
Soulful/Pop, Rock and Reggae Dance Band
December 30th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover
Sedona Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Darius Lux! Combining his love of 60’s songwriting, 70’s soul, 80’s pop and 90’s hip-hop into a current mix of soulful, rock-edged pop tunes, Darius found his voice on his debut record “Arise”, took us to the streets of LA for his EP, “Time is Now” and now presents his new album, “We The Living”. Darius’ music is a statement describing how we can take control of our lives. “For each one of us, life can be full of different fears, but we have to remember that fear is a choice. When we decide we don’t want fear and we have chosen to believe in ourselves instead, we find that we begin to receive the things in life we’ve hoped for”. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Verde Canyon Railroad Rings in the New Year
December 31st, 2017 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Regular Train Fees Apply
Clarkdale, AZ
As you prepare to focus on new beginnings, fresh starts, and the exciting adventure the new year has to offer, send 2017 out in style, Railroad-style! The Verde Canyon Railroad rings in the New Year on Sunday December 31st with a fun-filled family-friendly daytime trip through its wild and scenic riparian canyon. Party hats and noisemakers will be provided for all. Continue the celebration after the train ride by joining their friends nearby at the Blazin’ M Ranch for a Magic New Year’s Eve event! For more information, or to purchase train tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
December 31st, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Blazin’ M Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner
December 31st, 2017
Gates open at 5:00 pm
Adults $39.95 +tax/ Seniors (65+) $34.95 +tax
Children (5-12) $19.95 +tax/ Children 4 & under-Free
Cottonwood, AZ
Mosey on over to Blazin’ M Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner Show for a festive dinner and magic show. All ages will be entertained when award-winning magician Eric Gilliam returns to the Blazin’ M for an encore performance. The former World Teen Magic Champion has performed all over the world, including England, Italy and Spain. Eric’s sleight of hand, illusions, and stage presentation are sure to amaze audiences of all ages. Don’t miss this high energy show of magic, laughter, fascination, and crowd participation. The evening features the hearty Blazin’ M Chuckwagon meal as well as courtyard activities and attractions. The Blazin M Ranch is located at Mabery Ranch Rd in Cottonwood, AZ. Tickets for this unforgettable “Family New Year’s Eve” will disappear like magic, so book the Blazin’ M New Year’s Eve Magic show at 928.634.0334 or online at blazinm.com.

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New Years Eve Party at Sound Bites
Featuring Walt Richardson and Friends
December 31st, 2017 (7:30 pm – 12:30 am)
Tickets: $75 – $125, Must be 21 years or over
Ring in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona! Join in the New Year’s Celebration celebration at Sedona’s one and only Sound Bites Grill! Start your evening off with a scrumptious Gourmet Dinner Buffet, then dance your way into the New Year with the Reggae sounds of the Walt Richardson Band! Of course there will be party favors, a balloon drop and what New Year’s celebration would be complete without a toast at midnight with the Times Square Ball Drop! Sounds pretty rocking to me! All tickets include dinner buffet, party favors, midnight toast, dancing and entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please call 928.282.2713 or visit Sound Bites Grill.

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January at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

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January 2018 Guided Hikes and Events

Red Rock State Park in beautiful Sedona, AZ is ready to get your 2018 off to a healthy and fun start! Spend the first day of the new year at Red Rock State Park and enjoy a Guided Nature Hike as part of Arizona State Park’s First Day Hikes! Learn more about the beautiful red rocks during the Guided Geology Hike taking place on January 14th, or visit the park and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park during the Guided Archaeology Hike taking place on January 21st! The park will also be offering a Ethnobotany hike on the 28th along with daily Guided Nature Walks, and Guided Bird Walks that take place every Wednesday and Saturday! Have a great time at the park and a fabulous New Year!

Red Rock State Park 1st Day Hike
January 1st, 2018 (10:00 am)
Included with park entrance fees
Start the New Year off right with a guided nature hike at Red Rock State Park! A volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Our naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture
Where Biography Meets Historical Fiction
Sedona Schnebly with Lisa Schnebly Heidinger
January 7th, 2018 (2:00 pm)
Included with regular park entrance fees
Join Red rock State Park in welcoming Lisa Schnebly Heidinger! Throughout her 35 years in newspaper, magazine and broadcasting, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger discovered that “journalism is history on the fly,” and that the past informs the present. She has honed the craft of sussing out and sharing stories in newspaper, radio, television, magazines, editorial columns and books. Lisa went into a drug tunnel, had dinner with polygamist families, walked through plane crash debris and interviewed death row inmates before taking on the truly risky pursuit of raising a family. Seating is limited and reservations required. Please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your seats. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Geology Hike
January 14th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
Included with park entrance fees
Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Archaeology Hike
January 21st, 2018 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
January 28th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike. Our volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in our contemporary time and wildlife. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2.5 hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Every Day at 10:00 am
The program is included with the park admission
you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (9:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Special Lodging Rates During the 2018 Sedona Marathon
Valid February 2nd – 4th, 2018

  • Sedona MarathonReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the Sedona Marathon
  • A complimentary special marathon shuttle for early drop off the day of the race.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Marathon Special” to take advantage of this offer.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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New Year’s Eve Party in Sedona, AZ

“One Love” Reggae New Year’s Eve Party in Sedona, AZ

December 31st, 2017

Ring in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona! Sedona’s one and only Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present their New Year’s Eve Reggae Celebration “One Love” featuring Arizona Music Hall of Famer Walt Richardson and some special friends! 

Ticket prices range from $75 – $100 per person plus tax and gratuity. All tickets include a special dinner buffet, party favors, midnight toast, dancing and entertainment! You must be 21 years or over. Dress Your Best – Just Like They Do In Jamaica Man! Doors open at 7:30 pm! This is one of the most popular celebrations in town so make your reservations soon, call 928.282.2713. For more information pr to see their New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet Menu please visit the Sound Bites Grill website.

About Walt Richardson

Having started as a street musician and working his way up to world tours, Richardson has always made Tempe his home base and celebrates the city in his songs as well. On his 60th birthday in 2014, Tempe declared January 18th to be Walt Richardson Day and he was inducted into Arizona’s Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Richardson was also honored once more by the city of Tempe. He is the inaugural musician to be on honored with a gold plaque embedded in the sidewalk on Mill Avenue, creating Tempe’s Music Walk. Each November they add another band or musician to the walk and Richardson has the honor of being the first.

Coming from a creative family music came naturally and became a way of life for Walt. Through music he has traveled, and had the opportunity to meet great artists like Carlos Santana, Burning Spear, Taj Mahal and share the stage with bands ranging from Third World to Ziggy Marley.From backyard house parties, to coffee houses, wine bars, night clubs, and concert stages, he says “it is and incredible feeling to be able to fill the air with music and be part of its marvelous effect on people”.

Walt’s performance at Sound Bites Grill will get you on the dance floor.

If you would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during your visit to the red rocks this New Year’s Eve please make your reservations soon, we only have a few rooms left. We will also have our Complimentary “About Town Shuttle” available to our guests, but please keep in mind the last pick up run for our shuttle service is 9:45pm.

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2018 January “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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Merry Christmas from Sedona, Arizona

Merry Christmas

From all of us at the Inn of Sedona, we wish you a Merry Christmas filled with laughter, joy and the love of family and friends!

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