No matter where you live in the Phoenix Metro area, you are only a couple hours’ drive from beautiful forests, natural wonders, and cooler weather. Fanning out northward, you have the choice of many destinations, with one of the most popular is Sedona.
Let's take a closer look at what you need to know about Sedona and the surrounding red rock country. To learn more about other things to do in or around Phoenix, check out our resources page.
How far is Sedona from Phoenix?
The official driving distance from Phoenix to Sedona is 116 miles and should take about two hours. Depending on where in the Valley you start, though, the time and distance can vary significantly. If you live on one of our properties near north Phoenix, your travel time most likely will be less than two hours. If you're traveling from the East Valley, though, it could take closer to three hours.
What is the best route to take?
No matter what part of the Valley you are coming from, you are going to want to get onto Interstate 17. Following this highway north from Phoenix will lead you to exit 298 for State Highway 179. Then take Arizona 179 north to State Route 89A, which leads to Sedona.
What are some cool sites to see along the way?
If you are not in a rush to get to Sedona, you may want to stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument, a well-preserved Sinagua dwelling. These ancient people are a pre-Columbian culture closely related to various Southwestern indigenous peoples. It is amazing to see these ruins tucked away into the mountainous landscape.
What are some popular things to do in Sedona?
Once you arrive in Sedona, you will have much to do and many places to explore!
- Slide Rock State Park: This very popular recreation site is a part of Oak Creek Canyon. You can enjoy dipping into the creek while sliding down rocks, having a pleasant picnic lunch under one of the two covered ramadas or exploring the historic cabins.
- Devil’s Bridge: Recognized as the largest sandstone arch in the area, this natural bridge is fascinating. It is a perfect spot for lovers of hiking, offering a 4.4-mile trail. You will see gorgeous wildflowers along the way as you make your way up to the top of the bridge, which offers a breathtaking view of the landscape.
- Jeep Tours: There are a variety of companies that offer Jeep tours through the spectacular Sedona area scenery. Guides do a fantastic job offering information about the wildlife, the red rock formations, various plants, and Native American legends.
Sedona is an easy day trip if you leave early enough. We are always happy to help if you have any questions!