Sedona is beautiful any time of year. For many reasons, we do not recommend exploring trails when it rains, though. Here are some recommendations on options to occupy your time if trails are not available.
Take a Drive Down the Red Rock Scenic Byway Officially known as State Route 179, this beautiful stretch of road explores the southwest edge of the Colorado Plateau, the largest Plateau in the United States! While this road is the path to many of the incredible destinations around Sedona and the Verde Valley, it’s also been recognized by the U.S. Dept of Transportation as an “All-American Road”, meaning it’s as much a path as it is a destination itself. Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_State_Route_179
Old Towne Center of the Arts in Cottonwood You never know what might be playing at one of our local live theaters… From concerts, plays, musicals, comedies, lectures, and special events, it’s worth checking out while you’re in the area. Check their website: http://www.oldtowncenter.org/
Visit the Jerome Mine Museum There’s nothing quite like a ghost town on a rainy day… The boom and bust of this town was definitely extreme and maybe bad weather has a way of personifying this further. While you’re in Jerome, visit the Mine Museum for a deeper look into Jerome’s interesting past. Learn more here: http://www.jeromehistoricalsociety.com/museums-buildings/mine-museum/
Go to the Arizona Copper Art Museum The Arizona-Copper Art Museum is Arizona’s newest art museum which is in perfect unity with the former company town of Clarkdale. Clarkdale was built by Senator W. A. Clark “America’s Copper King” for the mass production of industrial copper from 1915 to 1953, which was exported throughout the world. The museum’s collection is the “largest return of copper,” “back” to both Clarkdale and the “Copper State” and showcases what man created with the red metal while it was away.
Enjoy a Dinner and Show at the Blazin’ M Ranch While you’re in Sedona, why not get the full Western experience with Blazin’ M Ranch’s Chuckwagon Dinner and Western Stage show? You’ll feel like you were transported to the Old West with this authentic dining and entertainment experience. Learn more
Take a trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad The Verde Canyon Railroad leaves the Clarkdale station most of the year rain or shine, so even if the weather isn’t ideal for a hike, doesn’t mean you can’t explore one of Arizona’s most beautiful canyons another way. Reserve your seat with us today!
Other recommendations: • Visit the Shopping Areas: Tlaquepaque, Hillside, Creekside, and Uptown
• Melting Point glass studio has glass-blowing classes.
• Enjoy a freshly baked treat at Wildflower Bread Co. or a decadent hamburger at Butterfly Burger (Village of Oak Creek) • Enjoy a latte, hot tea, or hot chocolate at one of our many fine coffee shops
• Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the tasting rooms or visit our local wineries
• Enjoy Sedona’s own Oak Creek Brewery (West Sedona)
• Treat yourself to a spa visit
• Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross (gift shop downstairs)
• Browse the Sedona Library (West Sedona)
• Indulge in raw food at the Chocolatree Organic Oasis (West Sedona)
• Take in a movie at Harkins Theaters or Mary D. Fisher Theater (West Sedona)
• Have a “reading” with a Sedona psychic
• Stroll through the Sedona Artist Market in West Sedona
• Eat Pancakes or one of their 101 omelets at the Coffee Pot Restaurant (West Sedona)
• Visit the Kachina House for traditional and contemporary Native American art (West Sedona)
• Visit the Red Rock Ranger Station Visitor Center (Village of Oak Creek)
• Visit Cliff Castle Casino, fun for the whole family – cosmic bowling and arcade, Kids Quest-a fully staffed children’s fun room complete with karaoke (and, of course, gambling for the grownups) (Camp Verde)
• Visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center (Camp Verde)
• Visit Fort Verde State Historic Park
• Visit the Clemenceau Heritage Museum (Cottonwood)
• Enjoy a dinner show at Sound Bites Grill
• Explore the Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff)