What to do in Sedona, AZ this Fall

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Things to do in Sedona, Arizona this Fall

West Fork TrailThe most popular season to visit Sedona, AZ is here! The crisp air, blue skies and majestic sunrises and sunsets have visitors flocking to the red rocks in the fall. If you are a first time visitor to the Verde Valley area, you may be asking what tours should I take, what attractions should I visit, and what hikes are the best this time of year. After taking suggestions from our staff, returning fall guests and our friends and family we have compiled a list of the top things to do in Sedona in the fall.

During this time of year you really want to make sure to plan ahead, tours and accommodations need to be made as far in advance as possible. As always our Concierges are here to help ensure our guests of the Inn of Sedona experience everything on their wish list. They can set up tours, make restaurant reservations, give suggestions for hiking and biking trails, pass on information about events and festivals taking place during your stay and anything else you need to make your vacation special. All you have to do is call them at 928.282.3072 before your stay. They can help you plan your activities ahead of time or you can also visit them in the Lobby once you get here!

Things to do in Sedona, Arizona this Fall

Hiking West Fork Trail
Fall in ArizonaWhen it comes to Fall hikes in the Sedona, Arizona area an all time favorite hike would have to be the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. Fall is the most popular time of year to take this hike when the beautiful red rocks and clear blue skies serves as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant fall foliage in Oak Creek Canyon, but there is no bad time of year to enjoy this hike. This three mile hike takes you into the beautiful Canyon and stays fairly level and near the creek. You will however benefit from wearing a good pair of hiking boots. There are tree roots that you can easily trip over if you are not paying attention to were you are walking and keep in mind that there are place where you will be crossing the stream. This is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona and can be extremely busy. I would recommend either going in the early morning or during the week…read more

Out of Africa Wildlife ParkOut of Africa wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! The cooler fall temperatures really give you and your family a chance to enjoy all the fun, exciting and educational attractions at the park such as Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in visiting the wildlife park make sure to check out our “Out of Africa Adventure” vacation package.

Visiting National Monuments and Historical SitesMontezuma Castle National Monument 2
The Verde River Valley and Sedona area is rich with history from Native American history, especially the history of the Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Sedona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling, well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Make sure to check out our guide to Ancient Ruins, Historical Sites and National Monuments in Northern Arizona.

Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
Pink Jeep ToursThe fall season is one of the best times to experience Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour”! This tour is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”. Don’t forget your camera on this One-of-a-Kind Pink Jeep Tour. If you are going to be staying at the Inn of Sedona and would like to experience this Jeep tour make sure to check out our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” vacation package.

Sedona Arts Festival
October 10th – 11th, 2015
Tickets: Gate $12/Online $10/ Children 12 and under are FREESedona Arts Festival
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Sedona Arts Festival is an extremely popular event. 125 artists from across the United States will be showcasing their exquisite work against Sedona’s stunning red rock backdrop. Enjoy a wide variety of artistic creations in Ceramics, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, Glass, Photography, Drawing and much more! There is also a popular KidZone, where children have a blast creating their own masterpiece while you shop! This event takes place at Red Rock High School. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event online please visit the Sedona Arts Festival website.

11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 17th – 24th, 2015plein air
In addition to the ongoing theme of the magical Sedona landscape a special addition of figurative painting will be explored at this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival! experience a “Speakeasy Salon” with a complete stage/bar/jazz night club environment created in the historical “Theatre Studio” of the Art Barn at the Sedona Arts Center. While 15 of the nation’s best plein air painters will be working in the landscape and exhibiting in the Special Exhibition Gallery all week long another group of nationally known figurative painters will be working during the day painting from models in the adjacent Speakeasy Salon. For a full schedule of events, purchase tickets for workshops or for more information please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival.

Hiking Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock Pathway 2This trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hike is one of my personal favorites in the fall. During the summer the trail get a little to warm for me but in the fall I can stay on this trail all day taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off of the Pathway for you and your family to explore. The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks.…read more

Verde Canyon Railroad – Fall Color Tour
VCR FallFrom October through November the Verde Canyon Railroad rolls through our vibrant canyon corridor on a Fall Color Tour, you’ll settle into comfortable loveseats or bistro chairs near panoramic windows as they treat you to the best show of autumn in Arizona. Seasonal specialties, expertly crafted by your bartender, reflect the seasonal splendor. The colors of fall are bursting along the Verde River with a gaudy, rowdy, eye-popping colorful flourish that reminds you that you love the season because you’re on a train. Known as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, Verde Canyon Railroad trains take you on a scenic tour along the Verde River, over bridges and old-fashioned trestles, and past crimson cliffs, red rock pinnacles and ancient Sinagua Indian ruins into the heart of spectacular Sycamore Canyon. If you will be staying at the Inn of Sedona and are interested in experiencing the Verde Canyon Railroad make sure to check out our “Romancing the Rails” vacation package.

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