5 Things to Do During an Outdoorsy Family Vacation to Sedona, Arizona

When people hear the word “paradise,” visions of white sandy beaches, sunshine, and a good book or fruity libation in hand probably come to mind.

But, for an outdoor enthusiast like yourself, paradise probably means something entirely different—exploring trails or pristine, hidden gems while surrounded by canyons and the vast wilderness. Hm, sounds like Sedona, Arizona to me!

It’s extremely easy, however, to feel overwhelmed by the selection of outdoor activities the area has to offer its visitors. So, to help save you some time and stress, I’ve compiled my favorite must-dos for an outdoorsy vacation like no other in Red Rock Country!

1. Lace Up Your Hiking Boots & Hit Family-Friendly Trails.

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One of the most obvious outdoorsy must-dos while visiting Red Rock Country is, without a doubt, hiking! You’ll get to savor some majestic solitude that the numerous trails in the Sedona area have to offer.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking:

There’s no chance the little legs in my travel tribe will be up for a lengthy trek in the great outdoors!

And, I totally hear you on that. For that reason, I’ll spare you from having to hear whining and complaining while in a beautiful setting. Check out these family-friendly trails below (and, a special shoutout to A Family Travel Blog for the recommendations).

  • Mystic Mountain Trail—approximately one mile in length. And, you can’t miss Chapel of the Holy Cross, a true Sedona landmark, while here!
  • Bell Tower Trail—approximately 0.75 miles long, ascending the northern side of Bell Rock, which is a popular tourist attraction thanks to the dome-like red rock formation.
  • Boynton Canyon Trail—if you’re craving more trail time, this one is a 6-mile (round-trip) moderate hike. But, you’ll be rewarded with all the scenic views this box canyon has to offer!


Tripbound Traveler Tip: No matter which trail you choose, you’ll need to fork over a small fee for a parking pass. So, bring some cash with you!

2. Ride Through the Red Rocks with Pink Jeep Tours.

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When you’d prefer to give your mini-mes’ legs a break from all the walking around town, hop in a bright pink Jeep for a ride through the Red Rocks!

Thanks to the open-air nature of this set of wheels, you and your family of outdoor enthusiasts will get to take in all the stunning panoramic views Sedona has to offer—views you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see by way of a traditional shuttle bus—alongside an expert tour guide who truly knows his or her stuff.

Best of all, you can pick and choose from 15 different tour options based on your preferences! One of my most favorites is Scenic Rim (either a 1.5- or 2-hour trek), which takes you through winding canyons for an experience everyone will be talking about for some time to come.

To learn more about Pink Jeep Tours, check out this blog post.

3. Get Your Exploration on at Oak Creek Canyon.

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As if a scenic tour in a Jeep wasn’t enough, round up the crew and head out to a favorite spot in the Sedona area—Oak Creek Canyon.

Endless exploration awaits you here! From flyfishing to cooling down from the Arizona sun at Slide Rock State Park (arrive early in the summer months!), everyone in the family is bound to find something they’ll enjoy while visiting.

If you’re planning on venturing to Slide Rock State Park with the kiddos, just be prepared to pay a small entrance fee depending on the time of year you’ll be visiting.

That said, why not make a day out of it? Bring some snacks or packed lunches to eat at one of the picnic areas on-site. Oh, and lastly, if you do plan on wading in the waters or doing some cliff jumping, don’t forget water shoes and a change of clothes!

4. See Sedona from the Saddle.

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If you’ve got older kiddos in your travel crew (at least seven years of age or older), travel 48-minutes south (from your home-away-from-home resort—more on this in a minute!) to M Diamond Ranch. It’s well worth the drive as you’ll get an authentic Western experience while trotting along private trails set among unspoiled wilderness.

Choose your experience—I recommend either the 1- or 2-hour trail ride—and get ready for an adventure like no other!

And, best of all, if you want to check out this hotspot, but you have your littles with you, the ranch does take special requests for kiddie rides (a 10-15 minute wrangler-led turn around the corral). To schedule, give them a call at 928-300-6466!

5. Enjoy Spacious Suite Access at Wyndham Sedona.

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family vacation in sedona arizona

family vacation in sedona arizona


Now, to answer your most pressing question:

Where should my family stay when visiting Sedona, Arizona?

Wyndham Sedona Resort offers affordable, spacious suite access nestled within the red rocks! I have a feeling you’ll love the separate bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, private balcony or deck, and in-suite washer and dryer to freshen up those clothes after being outside for most of the trip.

Oh, and the resort amenities put this home-away-from-home over the top! With an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment, activities center, game room, and picnic/BBQ area, I have a feeling everyone in your travel tribe will not be complaining when it comes time to return after a day’s worth of fun. Mainly because, the fun and memory-making never has to end.

For more information and to explore the various Wyndham Sedona floor plans, click here.  

Feeling inspired to step outside and into Red Rock Country? Your Tripbound Resort Specialists are here to make it happen! Give them a call today at 1-888-816-5214, and they’ll match you with the perfect Sedona family vacation.

Have a favorite must-do I missed sharing? Let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!

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