There's something different about Sedona in the winter. It's known for its summers, when you can climb those red, red rocks and taste the Arizona sun, but there's something beautifully melancholy about Sedona around Christmastime.
Maybe it's that those famous red rocks-of-mountains are slick with rain, bringing out their ink like fresh oil paint just applied to the canvas. Maybe it's the sharpness of the winter air, the way it sings in your skin, heightens your senses. Maybe it's the fact that the crowds are nearly nonexistent, the jeep tours uncrowded, the hot tubs facing the mountains empty of anyone but you. Maybe it's the fact that in the grey light of daytime, every picture you take looks like a scene from a arthouse indie film.
Sedona has always been one of those places that people vow to visit again, one that leaves an impression long after its in the rear view mirror. And Sedona in winter? That's another kind of magic entirely.
Depending on how far away you are, we recommend driving. One of the most unique things about Arizona is it's jagged, rocky surface. Driving through it really reminds you that what we live on is a planet: a giant hunk of rock floating in space.
The famous red rocks take on a deeper shade when still wet with yesterday's rains.
Chapel of the Holy Cross. A quiet spot (at least in the winter) that radiates with an almost otherworldly serenity, definitely aided by the beauty of its surroundings.
Deer linger amongst the red rocks on the proprty of the luxurious Enchantment Resort.
If driving, consider stopping in the small town of Lake Havasu. There's little to do, but the lake is breathtaking, a wonderful place to stretch your legs and grab one last glimpse of that Arizona beauty.
Perfect for a weekend trip, Sedona in winter has that unassuming, quiet beauty so hard to find in the onslaught of heavily-marketed Christmas destinations. Hike, bike, swim, meditate, and smile on Christmas morning.