From Great Eats to Hikes and Relaxation, Check out Our List of What to Do in 24 Hours in Sedona
Written By: Erik Hale
Photography Provided By: JPR of L’Auberge and Erik Hale What to Do in Sedona
Sedona is always a great place to get in tune with nature, but if you’re looking for the perfect mix of luxury and natural beauty, make a reservation at L’Auberge de Sedona. The Creekside Cottages at this five-star resort boast large rooms, comfortable beds, seating areas, fireplaces, outdoor showers and beautiful views of a heavily-forested creek. From here, you’ll be close to all the best hiking trails, curio shops and fine dining that Sedona has to offer.
8 a.m. | Lucky Ducks What to Do in Sedona
Feed the ducks. L’Auberge de Sedona has pails of duck food near the creek and there always seem to be plenty of ducks to feed.
8:30 a.m. | Fuel up What to Do in Sedona
Enjoy a latte and peanut butter and banana toast at Creekside Coffee with views of the Red Rocks from comfortable indoor chairs or take in the panoramic views from their patio.
9 a.m. | Is It Any Wonder What to Do in Sedona
The Chapel of the Holy Cross, one of the seven man-made wonders of Arizona, is a beautiful building camouflaged into the Red Rock cliffside. The one-room chapel offers amazing views of the valley.
9:45 a.m. | One Hell of a Hike What to Do in Sedona
This might be the hardest you’ll ever work for one Instagram photo, but the hike and ending photo will be well worth it. The Devil’s Bridge Trail is a two to two-and-a-half-hour hike and a can’t-miss in our opinion.
On your way back to town from the chapel, stop into Mystical Bazaar for an aura photo, buy a crystal or have a tarot card reading.
You will be hungry after the hike, and the Grilled Arizona Cactus appetizer, Oaxaca Burro and Red Rock Enchiladas at Oaxaca Restaurant will restore the energy that even a vortex may not. The reviews are not stellar but the views are.
You are going to be arriving when many are leaving and that’s the point. Sunbathing at Slide Rock State Park is a glorious way to spend an afternoon. Bring a towel, river shoes and your Bluetooth speaker, and hang with the locals and a generations-old watering hole.
Drive back to L’Auberge de Sedona, order a bottle of wine from room service, ask the front desk to build a fire in one of the creekside adobe fireplaces and feed the ducks again.
Reserve a creekside table for a three, four or five-course dinner at Cress on Oak Creek with cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Franck Desplechin. At this time of the evening, you will enjoy the incredible views the restaurant offers. Ask your waiter (many of them have worked this restaurant for multiple decades) for a recommendation—they won’t disappoint.
8:30 p.m. | Out of This World What to Do in Sedona
Find your place in the galaxy with a Sedona Star Gazing tour. Sedona offers some of the best views of the Milky Way. Make sure to take a light coat as the temperatures can drop quickly.
Elevation: 4350 feet
Distance from Los Angeles: 477 miles
Weather: 76°-85° in May; 86°-94° in June; 92°–94° in July
Nearest Airports: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) and Phoenix Airport (PHX)
L’Auberge de Sedona
301 L’Auberge Ln
Sedona, AZ 86336