Summer Things to Do in Sedona, AZ | Visit Sedona

Cool Fun & Summer Specials

Summer fun and activities in Sedona, Arizona

Summer in Sedonaaaahhh...

People flock to the Sedona area for many reasons—most notably the jaw-dropping scenery. In the summertime, however, many have one thing on their minds: cooling off. Located two hours north of Phoenix, and 30 miles south of the Flagstaff peaks, Sedona’s mild four-season climate and high desert terrain assure good year-round weather for vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts.

When it comes to the Sedona expanse, the red rocks are the stars of the show. The sun-kissed buttes are dramatically enhanced by their supporting cast of forests and streams, which completes the visual splendor and feature the primary elements for a cool summer getaway.

Within its beautiful natural world, Sedona offers a lot to do! Check out the different ways to savor your summer in Sedona with the various itineraries and ideas for cool fun on this page. And, most importantly, take advantage of the following Summer Specials!

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Top Swimming Spots in Sedona

Starting at Grasshopper Point, bracketed by small waterfalls and guarded by a clutch of graceful Arizona sycamores, the stream gathers in a blue-green pool 50 feet wide at the base of a terraced cliff. Swimmers can make a straight plummet into the deep blue for one of the first cool-off spots.

Just a few miles north of Grasshopper Point sits one of the Southwest’s most legendary swimming holes, Slide Rock State Park. Adjacent to a lovely meadow and historic orchard, stone banks throttle the creek into a narrow chute creating a natural water ride. 

Guests can next venture to Crescent Moon Picnic Area, better known as Red Rock Crossing. Catching the iconic image reflected in the water is one of the great photo ops in Arizona, perfect for summer vacation pictures families can remember for years to come.

Rounding out the day of swimming and creekside fun is a visit to Cathedral Rock, considered to be the site of a powerful vortex. Even those that don’t come for its spiritual charm find the creekside beaches at the base of Cathedral Rock to be worth the trip regardless.

View a Nature Itinerary to see how you can make the most of your “cool time” in Sedona.

Shopping & Dining

It’s always hard to say goodbye to a Sedona vacation. You want to linger a little longer on the trail, watch one more sunset or browse in one more shop. When you do finally have to head home, take more than just amazing memories with you. As meaningful as the memories are to you and your family, you can’t mount them on your wall, hang them in your closet or gift wrap them for a friend’s birthday. There is something for everyone, with Sedona's many galleries and shops. And when you're in need of a break, you won't be disappointed by our culinary offerings. Explore the Sedona Food Scene.

Explore Wellness

Sedona's world-wide reputation as a spiritual mecca and global power spot has drawn some of our planet's most amazing healers, intutives, artists and spiritual guides. Explore the Spiritual Side of Sedona.

Between our day spas and professional practitioners - Sedona has you covered in all aspects of wellness. Need to relax and unwind? Try a massage or reading.