Be it for spirituality, heritage sites or hiking with incredible views, Sedona has made a name for itself in all areas. This Arizona oasis of red rock mountains and canyons offers an abundance of cafes and restaurants, spas, resorts and art galleries, as well as some fun activities like hot air balloons, e-bike tours, wine tasting and more coming soon. With around 4 million visitors visiting Sedona each year, this guide will help you plan your trip more efficiently. Be it by listing the benefits of visiting Sedona in October, the scenic hiking trails, as well as backpacking.
But before that, about Sedona
About 3 million years ago, Sedona was formed by a unique layer of red rock known as the Schnebly Hill Formation. As one of the most popular hubs for vibrant psychic energy, the site has attracted attention for its healing properties. Aside from the spiritual vortices, Sedona has incredible hiking trails. It’s a top spot for fall foliage as well as the perfect destination for solitude or adventurous activities. Apart from that, it has the only natural water slides in the world and is rich in Native American culture. Be it the Arts & Crafts Village, the Palatki Indian Ruins or the Kachina House, Sedona is home to art galleries, crafts, handmade jewelry and other creative things. In addition, it has a number of local grocery stores.
Sedona weather in October
Because the city of Sedona is located in the desert town of Arizona’s northern Verde Valley region, it has dramatic scenery. With its absolutely breathtaking beauty, in autumn the temperature cools and the lush vegetation changes to bright reds and oranges. Ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountaineering or climbing, unfortunately sometimes the place is overcrowded.
The weather in October is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing. The opportunities to explore the surrounding area are among the top reasons people visit Sedona.
A drive through Oak Creek Canyon and a stop at Oak Creek Vista, ie at the north end of the canyon, allows you to witness the great spectacle of autumn for a magnificent view. Also, Sedona Stupa is another place where you can enjoy autumn in peace as it is a spiritual retreat. The leaf-peeping rails are another way to experience the vibrant colors of fall on a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. A 4 hour drive departing from Clarkdale, 25 miles from Sedona, passes through the gorge along the Verde River.
Best hikes in Sedona in the fall
A relatively short hike, but technical in nature, offering impressive views, especially in the fall. The 1.5 mile trail, the best spot is the Crescent Moon Picnic Area on Oak Creek at Red Rock, the best spot for fall foliage and panoramic views. The difficulty is moderate, with a total climb of 700 feet, and takes 2 hours to complete. This hike is more for experienced hikers than amateurs.
Climbing the bell rock
Sedona’s most famous landmark, the Bell Rock Climb is a popular hike in the fall. The distance is 1 mile with 400 feet of ascent and the difficulty is moderate. It’s a relatively easy hike for beginners. The wide open plateau gives way to incredible sites like Gibraltar Mountain, Baby Bell, Courthouse Butte, Cathedral Rock and so on.
A relatively easy hike in Sedona that’s extremely popular for its Instagram-worthy views. The Devil’s Bridge Trail is 4 miles with a total climb of 500 feet and takes 3 hours to complete. The Devil’s Bridge arch rises 50 feet into the air and is the highlight of this trail. Also, to access Devil Bridge, one must purchase a Red Rock Pass, which costs about $5 per day to $15 per week.
The path of the soldier’s passport
Considered one of the best hikes in Sedona due to its relatively short distance and ease of access, it is packed with many other attractions. Hiking to Soldiers Pass Cave is a major attraction, as is visiting the Seven Sacred Pools, hiking past a sinkhole called Devil’s Kitchen, and the fall climate everywhere.
Boynton Canyon Trail
Hiking this trail includes Boynton Canyon, Boynton Vista Trail, and Subway Cave and is estimated to total 7.5 miles. Despite the distance, it’s a relatively easier hike and a flat trail with a climb of almost 1300 feet. The Subway Cave has become very popular due to its hidden nature.
Aside from hiking, events in Sedona in October
While backpacking is an incentive to visit Sedona, October has plenty of events if hiking isn’t your thing.
Sedona Arts Festival
Amid the views of the red rocks, the Sedona Arts Festival takes place October 8-9 and attracts artists from around the world. Be it visual arts, live music, food and libations; Anyone can take part in this event. There is an exhibition of all kinds of artistic creations such as fiber art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, painting and so on.
Times: 9:00 – 17:00 (Saturday) & 10:00 – 16:00 (Sunday)
Trick or Treat in Uptown Sedona
At the event called Trick or Treat, ghosts and ghouls celebrate the spirit of Halloween. There are dance performances, food stalls, various Halloween events, and a Haunted Halloween Express that comes with treats and ghost stories.
Date: Trick or Treat (October 31, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Haunted Halloween Express (October 31)
If colorful crystals, gemstones and jewelry lure you, the Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show should be your go-to place with more than 40 vendors. The event has all kinds of gems, minerals, fossils, pearls and rare stuff. There is also a silent auction. Admission costs about $4.
Date: October 17 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Red Rock’s Oktoberfest
A fun event that raises funds to support youth while the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks sponsors the event. Be it Arizona craft beer, food trucks, live music or creative arts; There are many things that keep the mood upbeat. However, no animals are allowed at the event. The entrance fee is about $25 or $30 per person.
Date: October 15 (3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
Arts and Crafts Exhibition
One has the opportunity to meet many artists and see handmade arts and crafts at the Sedona Heritage Museum. There is always a lot of exclusivity at this event. The icing on the cake is that entry is free.
Date: October 23.