Summer Fun Amidst the Red Rocks of Sedona

At any time of the year, Sedona, Arizona is known for its incredible natural beauty, thriving arts and culture scene, and abundance of hiking trails and other opportunities for exploring the outdoors. While the summer months can be hot—with temperatures averaging 94 degrees in July—visitors will enjoy fewer crowds, some of the lowest hotel rates of the year, and refreshing nights thanks to the city’s high desert elevation.

If Sedona is on your radar for a summer vacation, here are a few of the most popular highlights at this time of year:

Slide Rock State Park 

One of the best ways to cool down on a warm summer day in Sedona is with a visit to Slide Rock State Park. Located in Oak Creek Canyon, this iconic park features a natural water slide with a smooth rock bottom that swimmers can glide along for an exciting burst of refreshment. The 43-acre Park also offers hiking trails around the tree-filled, red rock-lined canyon, as well as historic cabins and other relics from the Park’s past as an early twentieth-century apple orchard. However, when hiking during the summer, it’s particularly important to remember sunscreen and plenty of water, and avoid being outdoors during the hottest times of day.

Sedona Jeep Tours

If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to explore Sedona’s stunning natural environment, jeep tours offer a popular alternative to hiking. Several local companies provide jeep tours, which carry passengers down rocky off-road trails to areas that are inaccessible by most passenger vehicles. Many of these spots are at higher elevations and offer sweeping vistas of the breathtaking scenery. While en route, the tour guides keep passengers entertained with witty and informative commentary on the area’s history and geology.

Verde Canyon Railroad 

Another way to experience the area’s natural beauty without working up a sweat is to hop onboard the Verde Canyon Railroad, which departs from Clarkdale, Ariz., approximately 30 minutes from Sedona. This renovated vintage locomotive traverses the stunning wilderness of the Verde Canyon, with its towering red rock walls and impressive display of flora and fauna. The Railroad hosts special events during the summer months, including moonlight rides and wine tastings prior to departure.

Summer Lodging in Sedona

After a long day of exploring the Sedona area’s plethora of activities, relaxing at your hotel can help you recharge for more adventures. At El Portal, we strive to be your home away from home in the heart of Sedona. With an ambience of unpretentious luxury, our twelve uniquely appointed suites offer guests and their pets the comforts of home combined with the amenities of a four-star hotel. Whether you’re cooling down at the pool at our neighboring property or unwinding under the stars in our courtyard, El Portal offers an ideal base for experiencing all that the area has to offer. Book your room online or call us today at 800-313-0017!