Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living.
As the beauty of Sedona changes with the cycle of the seasons, so does the allure of this enchanting landscape. Summer offers sweet relief to the intense desert heat with cool, starry night skies and a natural majesty unmatched anywhere on earth.
If you haven't already succumbed to the thought of pine-scented trails through shaded canyons, cool streams burbling with clear mountain water or a full moon glittering in our naturally dark skies, perhaps a look at the numbers behind our magical atmosphere will seal the deal!
At 4,350 feet, Sedona's crimson spires are 3,000 feet higher than the Valley, with cooling breezes that summer desert dwellers just can't find. The average June high temperature is only 79 degrees, and in July, we average a high of just 82. A splash of afternoon rain makes for a refreshing change from the sticky Valley monsoon season.
Overnight lows are deliciously crisp - in the 40s and low 50s. It's hard to believe you might want to bring a favorite sweater or jacket - but like so much about Sedona, the hard-to-believe is true!
Add in all the adventures Sedona summers offer and you will soon convince yourself to stay even longer. After a quick 90-minute drive from the Valley, the GPS-enabled web map WalkSedona.com is the perfect way to soak up the sun while exploring epic Sedona views, galleries, restaurants, trails and public art by foot.
Visit SedonasSecret7.com, an ingenious guide to those off-the-beaten-path sites that locals know and love - hidden gems perfect for unique photographs and memorable experiences.
Stop in at the Visitor Center in colorful Uptown for an enthusiastic orientation from our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. Seven days a week all summer long, you will get a warm welcome, answers for all your questions and first-hand knowledge of all Sedona offers.
They will introduce you to Sedona's exciting new sustainably initiative - our commitment to engage you in joining us as responsible stewards of our one-of-a-kind environmental treasures. Learn how to practice 'Leave No Trace,' a holistic environmental philosophy that draws you closer to the beauty of Red Rock Country and makes you part of our stewardship. You'll love knowing you are doing your part!
You will be stunned to find yourself surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, buttressed by four wilderness areas and two state parks - a summer haven built for adventure. Hiking and mountain biking trails meander, rise and fall through forests ringed by feisty streams, all beneath a cool azure sky. Rock climbing routes challenge beginner and expert alike. Try your fishing luck along cool, shady Oak Creek. Stocked with rainbow trout, it also features sleek wild rainbow and wary brown trout whose presence dates to Zane Grey's Arizona days. Maybe you will choose to see Sedona from the saddle of a friendly horse on a guided tour or from the seat of a versatile ATV.
Whatever your inner thrill-seeker is calling for - you'll find it in cool, close, captivating Sedona. CoolSedona.com