Hike, bike, ride, and fly over Sedona, Arizona

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Mountain biking in Sedona  (Photo: Steve Rabin/
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Provider: Arizona Tourism Center
Length: Four days
Price: $681

The ethereal red rock formations and magnetic vibe of Sedona, Arizona, have long drawn crystal-bedizened New Agers seeking spiritual enlightenment and rich out-of-towners hunting for hot real estate. Adventure travelers, especially mountain bikers, are a more recent addition.

Thanks to the Arizona Tourism Center, you can tailor a Sedona adventure tour to your interests and budget. Here's one diverse itinerary you might consider for a four-day trip.

Base yourself in a one-bedroom suite at the Sedona Summit Resort, located on the western edge of town. On your first day, get out into the canyons and learn about the area's Native American heritage on a four-hour "Rim n' Ruins" tour with Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours. You'll climb old stage coach trails up 2,000 feet to the top of Mogollon Rim and hike to ancient cliff dwellings. The next day, begin your ride along some of Sedona's best slick-rock and single-track on a four-hour guided mountain bike outing with Sedona MTB Adventures. Recover a little the next day with an easy hike in the Red Rock District of Coconino National Forest, which surrounds Sedona. In the evening, go on a sunset trail ride topped off with a Western barbeque at the M Diamond Ranch, a working cattle ranch.


Finally, treat yourself to an exhilarating flight over Sedona in one of Sedona Air Tours' open-topped biplanes. On the half-hour journey, you'll fly over Broken Arrow, Cathedral Rock, Red Canyon, and other famous rock formations.

"This was the best way to see Sedona and the surrounding area," says Mike Spencer of Windsor, England, who went on the "Mystic Canyon" flight.

Trip planning

This trip can be arranged at any time. Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. They cover accommodations ($245), jeep tour and hike ($98), mountain bike tour and rental ($100), hiking (free), trail ride and dinner ($109), and biplane flight ($129). You can arrange this and other itineraries by contacting the Arizona Tourism Center at 877-444-8044. Transportation and meals are extra. Sedona is a two-hour drive from the airport in Phoenix.

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