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Sedona: Red Rock Wonderland for the holidays

Posted at 7:57 AM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 11:58:05-05

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Sedona is a four-season outdoor playground that attracts visitors from around the world. Regardless of the season of your visit, you can count on stunning red rocks, mild weather, and a city that is both enchanting and welcoming. Many people plan on visiting in the spring and fall; however, you can really beat the crowds and truly experience Sedona in the winter.

You may have seen weather reports about Flagstaff, 45 minutes north of Sedona that receives an abundance of snow. In relation, the elevation of Flagstaff is 7,000, not to be confused with Sedona at 4,500 feet. Sedona's average daytime temperature is 62F and 33F at night; about 20 degrees warmer than Flagstaff. Winter days are crisp and cool, perfect for warm sweaters and fuzzy boots. Most days, the sun shines brilliantly, so soak up the vitamin D and say goodbye to your dark and dreary winter funk.

Sedona does receive snow. A light, glittery dusting of powder to the glowing red rocks is nothing short of dreamy. It is a rare and magnificent sight. A true Red Rock Wonderland.

Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land and buttressed by four wilderness areas and two state parks, this is a landscape built for adventure. Take advantage of the cherished winter sunshine and unleash your inner child on Sedona's outdoor playground by day. By night, wine, dine, and snuggle next to a fire.

Stroll down a hiking trail
Hop on a bike and practice single track riding
Ride a horse on hidden terrain
See Sedona from a bird's eyes with a helicopter or hot air balloon tour
Golf on one of Sedona's many courses
Take a tour on a Jeep, Train, Hummer, ATV, Segway or Motorcycle

Many accommodations are focused on servicing outdoor enthusiasts, including Red Agave Resort, The Arabella Sedona, Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona Real Inn & Suites, and Enchantment Resort. Since winter is slower than spring and fall, you'll get great rates and sweet packages!

When was the last time the holiday season made you downright giddy like a kid in a candy store? The two twisted roads which intersect in Sedona will be decorated with your childhood favorites, sure to captivate young and old. Take a trip back in time where the holidays meant candy canes, garland, bows of merry, mistletoe, bright lights, carolers, and homemade apple cider. And, if you are lucky, you will witness a high desert snow flurry amidst blazing cardinal rocks, a memory that will last a lifetime.

Countless holiday events are listed at, including:
Sedonas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit
Breakfast with Santa
Christmas in the Park
Festival of Lights
Loving Bowls
Holiday Sweet Stroll
Chamber Music Winterfest

To plan your winter getaway, go to