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5 Cool Things to Do in Sedona

Sedona has much more to offer than its energy vortexes and famous red rock formations—namely, world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, blissed-out spas and, of course, a wide roster of heart-pounding outdoor adventures. Here’s our guide to what to do in Sedona—the mystical desert town.

See the sights on a Pink Jeep Tour

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You’ll get an extreme rush on a Pink Jeep tour through the red rocks. (Photo: Courtesy Pink Jeep Tours)

Pink Jeep has been providing the most epic off-road adventures in the Southwest since 1960. Going where only four-wheel drive vehicles can go, the tours take guests on thrilling rides over the red rocks and through the canyons to catch views of Submarine Rock, Airport Mesa, and Chicken Point, among others.

Your helpful guide will point out landmarks along the way while teaching you about Sedona’s indigenous populations and all the plants and animals native to the area.

Shop for souvenirs at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

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Support the local arts in this vibrant shopping district. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tlaquepaque means “the best of everything,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find at this open-air complex of galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.

Modeled after a traditional Mexican village, the vine-covered stucco buildings are dotted with tiled fountains and arched entryways and shaded under towering sycamores and Ponderosa pines. Don’t leave without picking up a souvenir — we’d recommend the Native-American art and Southwest-style jewelry.

Go on a hike

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Test your stamina on a hike through the region’s trails. (Photo: Getty Images)

Getting to Sedona’s energy vortexes more often than not involves a trek up some fairly rugged terrain, but the jaw-dropping scenery and New Age vibes make these sweat sesh’s more than worthwhile.

For staggering views of north Sedona and the colorful mountains beyond, opt for Cathedral Rock Trail, which is less than a mile in length but climbs steeply, gaining 600 feet in elevation. Bell Rock, one of the first identifiable red rock formations you see when driving into Sedona, is another popular trek, but gets crazy crowded on the weekends.

Have dinner at Mariposa

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Relax over dinner with a view at Mariposa. (Photo: Courtesy of Mariposa)

In a place as beautiful as Sedona, it’s practically a crime to dine somewhere that doesn’t showcase the breathtaking views. That’s why Mariposa—a Latin-inspired grill with floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive outdoor deck— is one of our favorite restaurants in town.

Chef Lisa Dahl’s serves up hearty fare like grilled skirt steaks, fire-roasted chickens, and lobster scampi in a contemporary space with a fun, lively feel. Don’t miss the impressive selection of South American wines.

Dine at Che Ah Chi

Chef Franck Desplechin whips up imaginative contemporary American fare with a Southwest twist at Che Ah Chi.

Go early in the evening, and enjoy a prickly pear margarita on the terrace as you watch the sun dip behind the red-ribboned canyon, then tuck into creative dishes like coconut honey truffled shishito peppers, crispy skin Campbell River salmon with pumpkin, pecans, local squash, and a mesquite “smoked” chocolate brownie with sherry beet gel.

And be sure to order a bottle or two of vino; the hotel has an award-winning wine list with more than 650 labels. (We’d recommend the chenin blanc from Arizona Stronghold.)

This article was published through a partnership with Jetsetter magazine. Read the original story: 7 Cool Things to Do in Sedona by Siobhan Reid, a regular contributor to Jetsetter.

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