Considered to be the 5th Sedona Vortex and one of the most popular Things to Do in Sedona.
When you visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross, you know you are entering a special place. The location and scenery are stunning and the feelings you get when you visit the Chapel are calming, yet energizing. And of course the view is pretty spectacular of the Sedona countryside below.
There is no charge to park or visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross. But the crowds can be very heavy at times and parking spaces are limited and there is not much room to manuever. There is also a significant incline from where you can park to get to the Chapel. So if you have issues walking, please drive to the top of the hill, drop off your passengers and then come back down to park.
Or, keep it simple and book a Tour of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It’s affordable and you bypass all the issues with parking and walking etc. To book a tour of the Chapel of the Holy Cross click
One of our favorite things to do in Sedona is the Broken Arrow Jeep Tour. Experiencing the Sedona red rock landscape in a custom 4×4 is an amazing experience for the whole family. We just captured new video from our July 2019, Broken Arrow Jeep tour. It was awesome! This Sedona tour offers a 4×4 adventure like no other. (Even our teenagers loved it!)
The Broken Arrow Tour is one of Sedona’s most extreme off-road adventures. Once you strap into your seat, the Broken Arrow tour will take you on a thrilling ride across the Sedona terrain. Hang on tight while your driver/guide navigates the red rocks Sedona is renowned for. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of Sedona’s rugged landscape. Be sure to take lots of pictures of Red Rock formations and then hold on tight as you prepare for Broken Arrow Road of No Return.
The Broken Arrow Tour is not for everyone. If you have any physical issues, neck, heart, back, afraid of heights, etc, you may want to think twice before you roll on out for this tour. They don’t call it the road of no return for nothing. Of course there are seat belts, so strap in, hold on and have fun.
Lots of people ask what time of day should I take the Broken Arrow jeep tour? Well, we will answer the question this way, there really is no bad time to take the tour. Things to consider. In the summer months, the mornings are much cooler. Consider what do you have planned for the day, do you start off with a bang or save the Broken Arrow Tour to end your day with a wow!! Tough choices indeed. Our favorite time and the real way to get your money’s worth is to book the tour time that coincides with sunset. There really is nothing like a Sedona sunset and experiencing it out in the wide open Sedona wilderness… is quite magical.
PS: The Sunset times usually sell out first so book soon. Don’t wait till the last minute.
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The Vortex hikes are a must. The quickest one and a great way to see a Sunrise is to explore Airport Mesa. Sunrise is well worth it. You can park and hike up to the top in no time. To go all the way to the top, you need to climb a little. Whether you hit Sunrise or not, still VERY Scenic. And famous for the Vortex twisted trees where the energy is said to twist the trees.
If you do Airport Mesa first, then I would go to Bell Rock second. Lots of fantastic energy the minute you get out of the car and lots of picture opportunities and many stacked rock energy circles. The views get better the higher you hike.
For lunch hit Elote Café for some of the best traditional Mexican food you will ever have. This place is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Also a really cool place to go is Chocola Tree Vegan Eatery. All the food is made fresh each day and their Vegan chocolate, and other sweets are delicious.
After lunch, if you can get there, Devils Bridge hike is awesome. If your car will make it, driving the forest road to then hike to Devil’s Bridge is much quicker. And if you are daring enough to go out on the bridge, you will have a picture you will always remember. But the road is sort of rough for a car, although people do it all the time.
Or if you wish to view the amazing Art Galleries, go to Tlaquepaque. Open air, courtyards, just a cool place to stroll and soak in Sedona. For a taste of Sedona spiritual stuff, across the street from Tlaquepaque is Center for the New Age.
For Dinner, if the Weather is permitting, L’Auberge Restaurant and request a table by Oak Creek, is very cool. Good food and the sounds of the creek, is a great way to end the day. Or for a Red Rock dinner experience, go to Enchantment Resort and eat at either Che-Ah-Chi serving contemporary American/southwest cuisine, or View 180 which is a tapas menu.
As you come into Sedona, depending on the time, stop in at the Ranger station, the folks working there hike all the trails and offer maps and advice.