Things To Do in Sedona and Area Attractions
Wherever you are in Sedona, the red rock vistas create a constant sense of wonderment.
Stay at the Kings Ransom Hotel and Inn and let us help plan your vacation activities. See our Sedona Vacation Packages for discounts on room rates combined with popular Sedona Adventures.
From the comfort of your car you can soak up the stunning beauty of Sedona's soaring spires and massive buttes as you drive through Red Rock Country. Wind your way through the towering cliffs and shimmering cottonwood trees of Oak Creek Canyon and stop to watch the action at Slide Rock State Park.
Visit some of the larger rock formations historically named by the early settlers. You'll no doubt recognize Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Coffee Pot and Courthouse Rock.
Sedona is home to several Arizona State Parks, offering spectacular scenic views and photo-opportunities just a short walk from the car park.
The Kings Ransom Hotel and Inn is a short stroll to world class shops and galleries. Here you'll find extensive collections of unique Southwestern art and Native American jewelry.
A few steps north of Kings Ransom Hotel and Inn is Hillside with shops, restaurants and galleries in a tranquil setting of gardens and waterfalls. Rent a motorized bike at Hillside and enjoy Sedona's newest feature, fabulous bike lanes that wind through the spectacular Coconino National Forest from Sedona to the Village of Oak Creek.
Tlaquepaque, a charming replica of an old Mexican village, is less than a quarter of a mile from the Kings Ransom Hotel and Inn. Within Tlaqupaque you will find restaurants, galleries, and specialty shops all tucked away in fascinating courtyards to explore. Fountains, gardens, and a pleasant creek side setting make Tlaquepaque a popular shopping and dining destination.
The Coconino National Forest wraps around the town of Sedona and includes three wilderness areas. Day hikers have over 70 miles of well-maintained trails to choose from. A "Red Rock Pass" is needed to park your car at trail heads in the National Forest, but this pass is not needed when you stay at the Kings Ransom Inn, one of our two Sedona Hotels.
Access to one of Sedona's most awesome trails, Marg's Draw, is just steps away from your hotel room. You'll walk beneath 350 million year old fire red rock formations which surround you on your picturesque hike. There's a bit of a climb at the trail head, but after that you walk across large red rock shelves and through cactus and high desert pine forests, making this an easy hike. All around you are breathtaking, panoramic views across Sedona.
Bring your camera!
The Grand Canyon, one the greatest wonders of the world, is a comfortable drive from Sedona. Leave in the morning, drive 2 1/2 hours through unbelievable scenery, and spend the day exploring the Canyon's southern rim. Return to the Kings Ransom Hotel and Inn, have dinner at our Elote Cafe, and the following day begin your next adventure... perhaps a balloon ride or jeep trip through the magnificent high desert landscape in Sedona.
If you prefer not to drive yourself to the Grand Canyon, please take a look at our Ultimate Sedona - Grand Canyon Vacation Package!
Beginner and expert riders alike will be thrilled to ride Sedona's miles of mountain bike trails. Switch backs, steep climbs, pleasant shade trees, panoramic red rock views and even swimming are part of the Sedona mountain biking experience. Don't be surprised if you have one of the single track trails all to yourself!
Recently, Arizona Department of Transportation added bike lanes to Highway 179, the main thoroughfare into Sedona and a National Scenic Highway. Now you can tour the beauty of this area using safe bike lanes, enabling a more relaxed sightseeing pace. There are even motorized bikes to rent right next door to our Sedona hotels.
Ghost Mining Town
The copper mining town of Jerome was once home to more than 15,000 people, but today less than 600 live there. Built on Arizona's largest copper mine, Jerome produced over a billion dollars in ore. Known at one time as "the wickedest town in the west", Jerome is now America's largest ghost town.
Jerome's mines closed in the early 1950s and today the town is a center for artists, craftsmen, writers and musicians. Clinging to the side of the mountain, the town looks much the same today as it did a 100 years ago. Get a feel for its history by visiting the museum at Jerome State Park or follow the footprint of the old narrow gauge railroad through switchbacks and hairpin turns.
The early settlers came to Sedona to grow fruit along the banks of the Oak Creek. Visit the apple orchards at Slide Rock State Park and learn how these farmers lived.
Pictured right: Slide Rock State Park, Sedona AZ
"Ever since the early days of movies when Hollywood has wanted to show the unique beauty of the West, it has gone to Sedona, a place that looks like nowhere else" wrote USA Weekend when they picked Sedona as the most beautiful place in America.
More than 100 movies and TV commercials have been made in Sedona and many of the production crews stayed at our sister property, the Kings Ransom Sedona Hotel. Check with us for details of our hotel's unique place in the history of Sedona.
Also every February, Sedona hosts the Sedona Film Festival, which should not be missed by serious film buffs.
Believed to be a spiritual earth energy center, Sedona's vortices are thought to be responsible for miraculous healing and a calming sense of peace. Sedona is home to several vortex sites and considered to be a spiritual center sacred to people since prehistoric times.
There's always exciting and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy when you stay at the Kings Ransom Hotel and Inn. Your kids will love to hang-out at our large pool area. There's an easy hiking trail behind the hotel which the whole family can enjoy. Shopping next door includes a convenience store for ice cream and candy treats. You can also rent bikes to tour Sedona.
The Sedona area has lots of affordable family attractions and is a two hour drive from the Grand Canyon. Take the kids hiking or on a thrilling jeep tide. Tour a ghost town, explore ancient ruins, and don't forget to visit one of the Arizona State Parks. For those hard to impress teenagers try mountain biking, testing the power of a vortex, or Out of Africa theme park.
771 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336
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