What to do in Sedona...
There are so many things to do in Sedona.
No matter what your interests are,
you’re sure to find something fun and thrilling!
There are so many different and pleasurable ways to explore Sedona and the surrounding countryside. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure in the scenic rock canyons, or to simply relax and see the sights within walking distance of El Portal. As no excursion is complete without a delicious picnic lunch, El Portal will pack a custom lunch for your travels, please contact the front desk to request one.
At El Portal we strive to meet our guests’ every need and help with all your arrangements, including activities and events in the area. Here are just a few of the many adventures and journeys Sedona offers. For more information pick up the hotel phone and simply ask. And always end your day back at El Portal Sedona Hotel – for the ultimate in relaxation, rejuvenation, romance and the best Concierge Services Sedona!
Thanks, and enjoy your day!
Sedona Hiking and Outdoor Exploration
Hike the beautiful red rocks of the Sedona area. There are a variety of hikes from a gentle rolling walk to intense, elevated hikes. There are hikes towards Flagstaff and throughout Coconino National Forest; and most can be done in a day.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call the inn, or ask Steve. 1.800.313.0017
Please click on Sedona Area Hiking for hikes in the area, difficulty and how to get there. Always remember to bring lots of water, hydration is important. Wear appropriate shoes, hiking boots are best – NO flip flops. Plan your hike accordingly, make sure you are finished before sunset.
West Fork at Oak Creek
The Hike House
For more outdoor adventures there are beautiful state parks with hiking, sightseeing and educational “ranger” programs, there are:
Red Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Birdig Adventures – the Sedona area boasts upwards to 350 species of birds. While we are blessed to have a variety of “resident” desert birds year long, we receive an abundance of migratory birds nesting and feeding along the riparian corridors and waterways in the area.
Shopping and Dining
There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of El Portal, RENE’s at Tlaquepaque, El Rincon, Oak Creek Grill and Brewery, and the Secret Garden Cafe. Each offers delicious dishes, in unique dining atmospheres at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
There is more dining well within walking distance on Main Street, including Hideaway House offering “curious country Italian” just up Highway 179 at #231, and Creekside at #251. With additional dining in the town of Oak Creek The Schoolhouse Restaurant is an excellent choice. Please see a complete listing of area restaurants in our Great Room.
Just a two minute stroll away is Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. This is a beautiful Mexican Village with eclectic shops of artisans, galleries, candy and jewelry shops. There are outlet shops, artisans, and many more shopping experiences to be found in Sedona, as well as Main Street Sedona.
With championship golf courses and easy Par 3s, Sedona has beautiful golfing. And with El Portal’s concierge services we can book your tee time for you!
Sedona Golf Resort
Oak Creek Country Club
Seven Canyons Golf
Guide to Sedona Golfing
Sedona Philosophy Experience – An exceptional and enlightening program offered by Sedona Philosophy Experience! The Walky Talky is a philosopher-led hike among the majestic red rocks of Sedona, where participants are not only welcomed to ponder, discuss, and compare opinions on life’s big questions, but are encouraged to! Hikes vary from easy to expert, and are limited to 6 hikers per group. As you explore the incredible natural beauty of Sedona’s Red Rock State Park, everyday stresses just melt away. “This transformative program encourages each individual to examine their own internal life, resulting in an experience that stays with everyone in a unique way long after they’ve finished the hike.” Each Walky Talky is $349 for the first person in each party, $299 for each additional person. Private and custom tours are available. Call 928.433.2284 for details.
Jeep tours – Just one of the many outdoor adventures and tours available to visitors. Try Arizona Safari Jeep Tours or Pink Jeep Tours.
Grand Canyon tours – See this natural wonder on a guided tour with First Class Charter and Tours. They provide guests of El Portal with tours for two.
Grand Canyon Expeditions – Outdoorsman Wayne Ranney offers outdoor adventures such as hikes and river trips in the Grand Canyon. Let us at El Portal help you book your adventure!
Verde Adventures – delivering unforgettable outdoor fun and informative adventure in the breathtaking scenery of Sedona and the Verde River Valley. Their eco-friendly tours are the perfect experience in the Verde Valley and Sedona area, including memorable kayak trips, extreme Tubing Madness, and combination tours that will have you coming back again and again.
Hot Air Balloon Rides – Get up early and watch the sunrise as you soar with the eagles in a hot air balloon over breathtaking red rock vistas, followed by a champagne picnic.
Helicopter Rides – Ask Steve about the different helicopter rides and trips that can be arranged. There are many excursions to the Grand Canyon and the lower Colorado River that can easily be done in one day.
Westwind Air Service – Provides tours around the Southwest that showcase the natural beauty of the area and unique perspectives available only by airplane.
Photography Tours – Visit the spectacular high desert region of Northern Arizona, photographing mesmerizing places.
Colorado River Rafting – There are one-day float trips that pass between magnificent soaring cliffs in Glen Canyon – or for some really serious adventure travel, you can experience 35 miles of rapids on a one-day whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River.
Stargazing Tours – Sedona is recognized as a Dark Sky City and offers visitors a brilliant starry night sky! Give Sedona Sky Gazing a call for a one-of-a-kind night time tour! (Or we can help you – just see Steve, Terri, Ann or Connie). They offer a customized astronomy experience for you and your family, group, etc.. 928.853.9778
Wine tours – travel the Verde Valley Wine Trail and taste the local wines of north-central Arizona.
Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park – Experience animal wildlife in their natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle.
Train Rides – Ride the rails tracing the historic round trip between Clarkdale and Perkinsville, or travel by steam engine to the Grand Canyon on a vintage locomotive on the Grand Canyon Railway. This is Arizona’s “Polar Express” come November! For a real treat, take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. This four hour round trip is a wonderful way to see the Verde River Canyon and all its wildlife. Ask at Concierge Services to help book this trip for you.
“Cowboy” Fun – Take a horseback ride to a cowboy cook-out as the sun sets behind the hills. The M Diamond is a working cattle ranch that offers trail rides, cookouts and rodeo style events to enhance your western experience.
Horsin’ Around Adventures – This is a family operated trail ride adventure, with trails nestled along Oak Creek, in the Page Springs area. Horsin’ Around offers exciting and safe adventures!
Sedona – The Mystical and Metaphysical – Energy Vortexes
Sedona is a spectacular and powerful place. We recognize that visitors are here for a life-changing experience, rejuvenation of the spirit, or an energy specific vortex visit. There a numerous spiritual retreats, healing experiences, and psychic readings to choose from. Please see the options below to book your personal adventure.
Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association
Sedona Creative Life Center
Sedona Vortex Experiences
The Cultural Side of Sedona
Sedona has museums, International film showings, musical performances and festivals, and art galleries for the culturally minded.
Sedona Heritage Museum
Chamber Music Sedona
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Sedona Arts Center: 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona
Flagstaff Orpheum Theatre
Pine Mountain Amphitheatre
Relaxation and Rejuvenation
For pure relaxation, El Portal offers the finest in-room massages. A heavenly one hour massage is the perfect way to wind down after a day of busy day of hiking, touring, shopping…. Just ask any of the staff for details. We can also reserve spa treatments at any of the spas in Sedona, or find you a fitness program.
Sedona Day Spas
Sedona Fitness and Yoga
Places to Go On your Sedona vacation for information on places to go please visit our page “Your Trip to Sedona ”
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Things To Do in Sedona and Helpful Links
|Sedona Tourism Resources|
|El Portal Sedona||www.elportalsedona.com|
|Sedona Chamber of Commerce||Brochures & help on things to do
|Northern Arizona Information||From the Grand Canyon, to mountains, forests, lakes, natural wonders, arts, culture, history, golf, and festivals, Northern Arizona offers the perfect vacation adventure.
|Arizona Web Page||Map /Information
|Sedona Area Maps||Map /Information
|Gateway to Sedona|
|Great resource to find out about everything about Sedona
|Sedona Attractions, Tours and Travel|
|Sedona & Grand Canyon Tour Guides||How about a gourmet picnic on the rim of the Grand Canyon with your own personal guide? Fantastic Grand Canyon tours
|Sedona Balloon Rides||Get up early and watch the sunrise as you soar with the eagles in a hot air balloon over breathtaking red rock vistas, followed by a champagne picnic.
Drive-Thru Wildlife Park
|Experience animal wildlife in their natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle.
Enjoy a wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs.
|Train Rides in Arizona||Back on dry land, you can ride the rails tracing the historic round trip between Clarkdale and Perkinsville, or travel by steam engine to the Grand Canyon on a vintage locomotive.
For a real treat, take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. This four hour round trip is a wonderful way to see the Verde river canyon and all its wildlife… ask the concierge to help book this trip for you.
|Arizona State Parks||Sightseeing & Educational
|Arizona Helicopter Rides||Ask Steve about the different helicopter rides and trips that can be arranged. There are many choices for day trips to the Grand Canyon and the lower Colorado River that can easily be done in one day.
|Sedona Hiking Trails||The Coconino National Forest U.S. Forest Service website: Hiking
List of all major hikes & trails around Sedona
Sedona Westerners- a non-profit hiking club in Sedona
Private Hiking Tours
|Sedona Historical Museum||The main museum building was the farm home of Walter and Ruth Jordan. Its first room tells the stories of Sedona pioneers, how they lived and the things they used. The core of the Jordan House is the family's original one-room cabin, built in 1930 and now restored with original furnishings. Four rooms were added in 1937, and the remainder of the present house was added in 1947.
|Photography Tours of Arizona||Visit the spectacular high desert region of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, photographing these magnificent places.
|Sedona Golf Resort||Golf in Sedona
|Cowboy Cookouts in Sedona||Take a horseback ride to a cowboy cook-out as the sun sets behind the hills. A working cattle ranch that offers trail rides, cookouts and rodeo style events to enhance your western experience.
|Colorado River Rafting||There are one-day floating trips that pass between magnificent soaring cliffs in Glen Canyon – or for some really serious adventure travel, you can experience 35 miles of rapids on a one-day whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River.
|Shopping and Dining|
|Tlaquepaque||Stroll the beautiful tree-lined avenues at Tlaquepaque, situated just beyond Los Abrigados. Shop in the dozens of stores and galleries, and sample the foods from several restaurants located here. Just next door to us is the Hummingbird House, an historic landmark built in 1926 and now a lovely gift shop.
|Shopping||Indian Arts & Crafts
|Dining - Jerome||The Asylum Restaurant- great dining in historic Jerome
|Galleries and Artists|
|Fine Arts - Jerome||Jerome Art Walk and Galleries
|Fine Arts - Jerome||Jerome Plein Air painter
|Cultural and Spiritual, Mind & Body|
|In-Room Massages at El Portal||For pure relaxation, El Portal offers the finest in-room massages. A heavenly one hour massage is $100.00. It’s the perfect way to wind down after a day of shopping or hiking. Just ask any of the staff for details.|
|Sedona Spa||Forget the scenery for awhile and devote yourself instead to a luxurious day of spa treatments.
By special arrangement with Los Abrigados resort just across Portal Lane, El Portal guests have full use of Los Abrigados Spa and pool facility. This sprawling resort complex has several fine restaurants and a charming walking path along scenic Oak Creek.
|Spiritual Journeys||Bridging the gap between science and spirit.
The Intuitive Journey- Connecting with the Wisdom and Power of Sedona. Vortex tours.
|Sedona Creative Life Center||Programs that enrich the human heart and soul
|The Church of Light||Experience divine light and miracles of your soul with Rev. Dr. Angel Lightfeather at Angel Lightfeather’s Sacred Pathways/Sedona Church of Light
|Northern Arizona Therapeutic Massage Center||Acupressure, CranioSacral, Reiki, Gentle Deep Tissue, Couples Massage and Hydrotherapies (hot and cold), and more.
|The Orpheum||Downtown Flagstaff's music theater venue
|Pine Mountain Amphitheater||Enjoy music among the towering pines of Flagstaff
|Elvis of Sedona||Need we say more?
|Down To Earth Psychic Readings||Eileen Igoe of Down To Earth Psychic Readings provides psychic readings that are a big hit with our guests. Her readings are accurate, enlightening and fun. With her direct connection to Spirit, down to earth style, and realistic focus, Eileen is the real deal. Get specific answers, gain clarity, and find peace of mind on any topic. Find out what Spirit has to say to you! For your convenience, Eileen will provide your reading here at El Portal.