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Fun Things To Do in Sedona, AZ for Spring Break

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Why look for things to do in Sedona for Spring Break? If you have ever been to Arizona in the summer, you know that it gets HOT!!! Even Sedona, which is at an altitude of 4350′, can reach temps of 90° to 100° in the summer months.

If you plan to enjoy the great outdoor adventures in Sedona, that’s hot. Especially if you are traveling with kids.

If you choose to travel to Sedona in the Spring, you’ll find temperate days between mid 60° to mid 70°. Those are perfect temperatures for hiking, exploring, going on desert jeep adventures, and enjoying a little down time.

The Seven sacred pools in Sedona Arizona

Things to do in Sedona, Arizona

You can find so many amazing activities and things to do in Sedona, Arizona and the surrounding area. Known for its magnificent red rocks that create stunning canyons, brilliant mountains, and striking landscapes in the desert, you’ll be planning your trip back before you even leave!

While some believe that the red rocks rich in iron have a restorative, calming energy, many simply recognize the beauty they create in nature.

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Buy your own “Dirt Shirt”

First things first on your list of things of things to do in Sedona.

Take home a little bit of Sedona with your very own “dirt shirt”.

A dirt shirt—a shirt dyed red like the rocks and washed in dirt to give them their color—can be found with sayings such as, “Life’s short. Play dirty” or “Older than dirt.” Don’t leave Sedona without one.

Listen to a GyPSy Guide audio tour of Sedona

If you haven’t checked out GyPSy Guide Tours yet, now’s the time.

The GyPSy Guide is a downloadable app that provides narrated audio tours for your road trips and scenic drives. It is like bringing your own tour guide along for the ride.

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There is a GyPSy Guide audio tour of Sedona available. Add this to your list of things to do in Sedona, sit back, and enjoy.

Hiking is one of the awesome things to do in Sedona

Resting in the shade on Devil's Bridge hike

Hiking in Sedona, or any location in the world, requires preparation and planning. For example, how many times have you been hiking and you pass people on the trail wearing inappropriate footwear? Heels even!

Take some time to read The 10 Essentials for Your Best Day Hikes to be sure you have the gear you need and are prepared for your hiking adventures in Sedona.

There are a lot of hikes for different activity levels as things to do in Sedona. Hike safely and be sure to take advantage of the shade as you are hiking.

3 Basics tips for hiking safety:

  • Be sure to apply sufficient sunscreen
  • Bring plenty of water. Invest in a Camelbak water reservoir
  • Bring snacks. If you are traveling with kids and teens, this is extra essential.

Built Bar protein bars are perfect for your hiking adventures.

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If you have hiking on your list of the things to do in Sedona, you will need to purchase a Red Rock Pass in order to hike in Sedona. This pass provides for the care and maintenance of the awe-inspiring red rock landscape as well as visitor information so that your experiences in Sedona are memorable.

You can purchase day passes or week-long passes. Consider a yearly pass if your bucket list of things to do in Sedona is long and you plan to come back again and again and again.

You may also access the recreational experiences around Sedona with your America the Beautiful National Park Pass, a Golden Age Pass, a Golden Access Pass, or an Every Kid Outdoors Pass.

When you are looking for things to do in Sedona, check out the Fee Free Days that are offered each year as well.

What are the benefits of having the Red Rock Pass?

  • Access to trailheads and hiking trails
  • Use of picnic areas
  • Access to informational and interpretive signage
  • Maintained roads
  • Personal and family recreational opportunities

During your visit to Sedona, be a considerate tourist and practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
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The hike to Devil’s Bridge is one of the best things to do in Sedona!

Hike to Devil's Bridge on marked trail in Sedona, AZ

The hike to Devil’s Bridge is one of the highly recommended things to do in Sedona.

It may seem as though you have to go off-roading a bit to even get to the trailhead. That’s the road.

If you believe you have reached the parking lot after two miles once you turn off the Boynton Pass Road and think, “Hmmm, that wasn’t too bad!”, think again. You have arrived at the Devil’s Bridge Trail parking lot. From here, you will have to walk in another two miles.

Parking here is an option if your vehicle is not a 4×4 and will not easily maneuver the additional two miles to the Devil’s Bridge Trailhead parking lot. Getting your car fixed is NOT one of the desirable things to do in Sedona.

Drive for about two miles over bumpy, crazy roads and you’ll finally came upon the Devil’s Bridge Trailhead parking lot.

Consider the kind of car you are driving while in Sedona before you take this road. Some low-clearance vehicles may not fare so well. The signage should be a warning.

As the Devil’s Bridge hike is so popular among all of the things to do in Sedona, you will want to arrive early. The parking lot at the trailhead fills quickly. Think “arrive before 7 am” at some of the most popular times of the year.

Spot the Indian’s face carved in the wall of the canyon. Can you see it under the branch of the tree?

Indian Face carved in mountain in Sedona

Watch for signage along the way or use the AllTrails App to keep you on track. The trail to Devil’s Bridge is fairly easy until you reach the end where you’ll have a steep ascent and a bit of a scramble.

Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona. The arch is clearly visible in the landscape and is simply magnificent. Seriously, the pictures don’t do it justice.

Family on Devil's Bridge in Sedona

With so many people visiting the arch, you may have to wait your turn to walk onto the bridge and take pictures (or have pictures taken of you). But, it is one of the popular things to do in Sedona, and you’ll love having an amazing photo to show your friends and family.

Hike to Seven Sacred Pools and Soldier’s Pass

Parking at the trailhead for this hike is limited. There are only 14 parking spots available and no restroom facilities.

Along the way to Soldier’s Pass, be sure to check out the Devil’s Kitchen sinkhole just 1/4 mile into your hike.

Devil's Kitchen sinkhole in Sedona, AZ

Depending on the time of the year, the Seven Sacred Pools may be full or empty. This is a fairly easy half mile hike from the trailhead if you are hiking with young children. Pretty sure they will want to stop and explore the pools!

It might just become one of their favorite things to do in Sedona.

Seven sacred pools as things to do in Sedona, Arizona

After 1.3 miles from the trailhead, you will come to a fork in the trail. The path to the right takes you to the Soldier’s Pass Cave and Arch. It is a one mile there and back side trip off of the main trail.

Stay to the left if you want to continue on to Soldier’s Pass.

The hike on to Soldier’s Pass is relatively easy, but does take on a “moderate” hiking element as you near the pass. The trail levels out as you top the Brins Mesa. As a 4.5 mile there and back hike on a clear and cool morning, it offers plenty of the beautiful scenery Sedona is known for. This hike is one of the top things to do in Sedona.

You do have the option to continue on in a loop along the Brins Mesa trail. Check that out on the AllTrails App.

Need more things to do in Sedona? Take a Jeep Tour

When you Google “jeep tour Sedona” as you make plans and search for things to do in Sedona, your online search will come back with a variety of options for jeep tour excursion companies.

This excursion may be a little spendy for a family but worth the splurge.

A Day in the West” is one option for an adventurous tour with some extra outdoor fun. The company provides knowledgeable tour guides who not only drive the jeeps but also entertain you with pioneer lore, interesting movie history, and fun facts about Sedona, AZ.

If you are traveling with younger kids, the L’il Rattler Tour isn’t quite as aggressive as some but still offers some Jeep thrills. (Ha!)

If you happen to believe in paranormal activity and vortexes, Sedona is your place.

Get set for a lot of jostling during your Jeep excursion, interspersed with history and lore of the area. If you are driving along with your kids, they might just dub you a “bobblehead”.

Making memories along the way…that’s part of why you search for epic things to do in Sedona!

Visit the Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ is just 27 miles north of Sedona.

With Mt. Humphreys in the distance, the drive along 89A is a visually stunning scenic drive with views of the mountain and beautiful Ponderosa Pine. And it will be almost 15° cooler than Sedona. This is a perfect day trip when looking for things to do in Sedona.

The air simply smells wonderful.

Flagstaff is considered to be the gateway to Grand Canyon.

If you are a member of a local science center or museum that participates in the ASTC Passport Program (Associate of Science-Technology Centers), you may be eligible for free general admission at museums and science centers around the world (Some exclusions apply and benefits may vary).

So, for example, if you have a museum membership at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, your membership allows you free entrance to the Lowell Observatory.

A few facts in case you ever choose to visit:

  • Lowell Observatory is one of the largest private astronomical research facilities in the world
  • Their claim to fame was the discovery of Pluto in 1930. Check out the museum and take the Pluto Tour
  • Lowell is the home of the Discovery Channel Telescope
  • The Observatory was founded in 1894 to study Mars

And…if you are lucky, you may just find a glow-in-the-dark constellation t-shirt!

Pluto Trail at Lowell Observatory

The Pluto Tour guides you along a 350-foot outdoor exhibit representing the scale of the solar system from the sun to Pluto. Pretty cool. The tour leads to the Pluto Telescope Dome which is home to the 13-inch Astrograph (a picture-taking telescope) that was used to discover Pluto. Percival Lowell spent many a freezing evening recording the bodies of the sky as the astrograph took “one hour per exposure” pictures of the heavens.

Visit Slide Rock State Park

Next on the list of things to do in Sedona is Slide Rock State Park between Flagstaff and Sedona.

Slide Rock State Park has a variety of features to make this a perfect afternoon stop on your itinerary of things to do in Sedona. There are:

  • Spectacular red rocks
  • Swimming areas
  • Hiking trails
  • Scenic views
  • Fishing
  • Historic buildings
  • A historic orchard that produces delicious apples each Fall.

You may wish to start at the Slide Rock Market for a quick lunch—sandwiches, hot dogs, and mac n’ cheese. You can’t be too picky.

Slide Rock State Park swimming area in Arizona

If you come to play in the water, you’ll have a blast. Don’t forget to bring:

  • Water shoes
  • Goggles
  • A towel
  • Plenty of sunscreen
  • A swim suit or clothes suitable for getting wet
  • A whole lot of courage to cannonball off the cliffs. Cowabunga!!!
Cliff jumping at Slide Rock State Park

No doubt, your kids will remember this as one of the best things to do in Sedona and the surrounding area!

Visit Tuzigoot National Monument in Camp Verde, AZ

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument ruins are located in Camp Verde, AZ in the Verde Valley. It is approximately 33 miles from Sedona. If you are looking for some things to do in Sedona, take a short trip here.

The Tuzigoot ruins were built on a hill surrounded by valley on all sides. Tuzigoot translates to “crooked water.”

You’ll have fun exploring the small museum and ruins. Amazing to think about living in such primitive conditions.

“Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. The site is currently comprised of 42 acres.”

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You can purchase a pass online at Recreation.gov that includes Tuzigoot and Montezuma’s Castle.

Visit Montezuma’s Castle National Monument

Montezuma's Castle in Camp Verde

Montezuma’s Castle National Monument is the sister site of Tuzigoot National Monument and is about 34 miles away. It is amazing.

Visitors to the monument used to be able to actually climb up into the cliff dwellings to explore.

The Sinagua people who once populated these cliff dwellings, created a 20-room high-rise apartment, farmed, and fished in the nearby Beaver Creek.

This site is fascinating as a destination, Be sure to add it to your list of things to do in Sedona.

A day trip to Grand Canyon

Red rocks at Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon is an adventure all on its own, but if you happen to be checking off your bucket list of things to do in Sedona and have time for an awesome day trip, Grand Canyon has your name all over it! (Not really. That would be graffiti. Don’t create graffiti at Grand Canyon!)

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You reach the South Rim of Grand Canyon from Sedona by passing through the Kaibab National Forest. Leave the grand ponderosa pines behind then pass by scrub brush and…more scrub brush. It takes a little more than two hours for this road trip.

Pass through the south entrance and make your first stop at Mather Point Visitors Center, where you can watch a short movie about the formation of Grand Canyon.

Next, venture off to see the canyon. You don’t really see the beauty of Grand Canyon until you’re almost right next to it.

Similar to the rest of the numerous hosts of tourists, you will want to capture as many cool shots and see as much as you possibly can.

Check out this crazy stump covered in wads of gum. You might have already guessed. It is called “Gum Tree”.

Gum tree at Grand Canyon

Most areas have a safety fence to keep tourists from getting too close to the edge, but there are a few sections where you climb on the rocks. Be careful!

If you arrive close to lunch time and you are traveling with kids, you’ll want to make a lunch stop. Take a Blue Line bus to the Market Village where there are a few options. The nearest choice after disembarking from the bus is the cafeteria in Yavapai Lodge.

You can also peruse the Market Village gift shop for your Grand Canyon memento.

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Hike Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon

Hop back onto the Blue Line shuttle to Bright Angel Lodge and the Bright Angel Trailhead.

Depending on the time of year that you visit Grand Canyon, you may wish to hike the Bright Angel Trail. If it is later in the Spring season or in the Summer, you are going to have to use ice cream as motivation. For you and your kids!

The hike starts at 6,850 ft. From there it is ALL downhill!

three girls at Grand Canyon

Let’s not get too crazy.

You only need to hike to the “1 1/2 Mile Rest House” at 5,729 ft.

It is actually about two miles down to the Rest House (the signs tell you it is only 1 1/2 miles to suck you in).

Be sure to plan for the hike and wear the appropriate footwear, wear a hat, use sunscreen, and bring lots of water and snacks.

You can refill your water bottles and Camelbak water reservoir at the Rest House. And then you get to climb back up.

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Don’t forget to make good on your bribe, or rather motivational promise of ice cream, at the Bright Angel Fountain.

Jolayne at Grand Canyon

Where to stay in Sedona

The Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock is a beautiful place to stay while visiting Sedona.

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Spend some time at the pool, relax in the hot tub, or even play a round of golf. After a long day of seeing all the sights on your bucket list of things to do in Sedona, you’ll be more than ready for a little downtime.

Enjoy breakfast at the Grille at Shadow Rock before starting another day of adventures.

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Final Thoughts on “Fun” things to do in Sedona, AZ for Spring Break

If you are choosing Sedona, Arizona to experience Spring Break and your kids are along for the ride, you’ll find there is plenty to keep you busy and many things to do in Sedona.

Hiking and enjoying the beautiful red rock landscape are sure to be a draw, but you might even just enjoy perusing the tourist shops in downtown Sedona.

If Sedona is a destination for a getaway as a couple, you’ll still be in for an enjoyable stay and amazing adventure.

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kmf
3 months ago

Sedona is one of our family’s favorite places for spring break. We loved the breathtaking hiking trails and makes a great base camp for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, etc. great guide as I will be back!

Brittany
3 months ago

I love Sedona! It’s one of my favorite day trips from Phoenix, and we visit often. Devil’s Bridge and Slide Rock State Park are awesome! Next time, you should try West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon, it’s another one of my favorites 🙂 Great guide. Thanks for sharing!

Linda (LD Holland)
3 months ago

I have to agree that Sedona is a great spot to visit with so much to see and do. And great to visit for spring break when the weather is more reasonable. A great idea to look at the America the Beautiful National Pass. We missed some hikes because it was too hot when we visited. Great reason to go back. 

Jenn
3 months ago

Sedona has been on my list to visit forever, this just makes me want to go sooner. I definitely plan to stop at the Montezuma castle.

Krista
3 months ago

I would love to go hiking here! There are so many unique trails to choose from that I could easily spend a few days exploring the area.

sarah
sarah
3 months ago

I really should just stop reading about Sedona and actually go and visit. it looks amazing. The devil’s bridge hike looks fun!

Jill
3 months ago

I missed the Devil’s Bridge hike when I was in Sedona and I’m so bummed about it – it looks awesome! Thanks for sharing, you captured everything fun to do in the area!

Anna
3 months ago

I´ve been dreaming of visiting Sedona for so long, especially to check all the hikes there would be a must! The landscapes look out of this world beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Renee
3 months ago

Sedona definitely looks like is has some fun things to do. I’ve never been but would want to do some hiking on those trails you recommended and a day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Bea
3 months ago

Sedona has been on my bucket list forever! I hope to visit soon.

Helen Story
1 month ago

What an amazing looking place. I’d love to visit the States one day, my husband and I did have a thought of renewing our wedding vows in Vegas but we’ll see! I really enjoy your posts ,they are a window to a different place for me!

Alex
1 month ago

Sedona sounds like an awesome place to vacation. I’d love to try out the Devil’s Bridge hike! I’ve also never been to the Grand Canyon!