Any tours you would recommend in Sedona? We are planning to be there in mid sept for 2 days - with a group of 8 adults and 3 infants.
What do you hope to achieve in a tour that you won't achieve by yourself? Are you touring with the infants?
Are you looking for guided hikes, trolley tour or jeep tour? A little better idea of your interests would help. Will you be arriving in multiple rental vehicles? Where are you visiting before and after Sedona?
For a fun and informative tour...Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour. Not for babies, pregnant women or visitors with serious knee, back or neck issues. Goes off road over undulating rock.
For an informative tour on pavement...try the Red Rock Magic Trolley Tours.
For Ancient Ruins nearby...Pink Jeep again.
Tours fun for kids and lovers of Westerns and Western culture...Red Rock Western Tours.
Stargazing Tours are wonderful in Sedona...Evening Sky tours.
Balloon Tours...Northern Light Balloon
See if those fit for you. Otherwise self touring is easy and fun.
There are 4 basic areas in/near Sedona to visit and you can group things together accordingly to avoid a lot of backtracking.
1...To the south: The Red Rock Byway the #179 from the Village of Oak Creek to Sedona Uptown. Along there are the Bell Rock area, with its easy pathway and many connecting trails, the architecural wonder of Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Tlaquepaque gallery and dining village. Great shopping.
2...Oak Creek Canyon: The canyon drive from Uptown, past Midgley Bridge all the way to West Fork for its famous Hiking. Also along there is Slide Rock State Park and Garland's for really nice Native art and jewelry. That is also the route you take if you are going to or coming from Grand Canyon.
3. The area west of West Sedona:
A....That includes Airport Mesa Drive with its Big Red Knoll and overlooks. Kids love to scramble up the knoll. Best done in the morning and NOT at sunset.
B...The Dry Creek Scenic byway, a right hand turn off of the 89A out along the red rock cliffs to the famous Enchantment Resort. You know how scenic it must be for that resort to be out there. Imo its the most spectacular drive for Red Rock views in Sedona. Out there too are the Devil's Bridge, Fay and Boynton Canyon hikes.
C...The Red Rock Loop drive is further out the 89A past the Dry Creek area. Its a left hand turn...enter the loop drive at Lower RR Loop drive...its further west....make the circle.
D...It is also out there where you will find the renowned Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Park along the Upper RR Loop drive. That is great for the creek-walk and the classic sunset or daylight views of Cathedral Rock with the creek in the foreground. Kids love the play in the creek there. It also has a nice picnic area and nice restrooms. Expect that to cost $10 as it is not included in the parking pass program.
4...Uptown for more touristy shopping, cafes, crystal shops and the starting point for the PJ and Red Trolley tours.
To get you started, I would go to the following website, its a great help for people who are unfamiliar with the area. There are some maps to look at as well. visitsedona.com/visitors-guide
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