The Summer months are a great time to visit Sedona, Arizona. Warm weather, sunny blue skies and a ton of outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy. Most people visit the Sedona area for the jaw-dropping scenery, but in the summertime visitors are focused on finding ways to cool off...and Sedona does not disappoint! Whether your passion is hiking, fishing, swimming, tubing or just relaxing in the shade, Sedona is ready for you!
Sedona in the summer months of June through September can be hot. The average temperatures range from lows in the 60’s to highs in the 90’s. This range in temperature can happen in the same day, so many visitors to the area will participate in outdoor activities such as hiking in the cooler early morning hours, and then spend afternoons at a favorite swimming spot, shopping, or relaxing outdoors in the shade.
Summer Weather In Sedona
Summer Activities in Sedona ArizonaEven though the temps are high, there are still a number of activities you and your family can participate in. Below we highlight some of the more popular activities during the summer in Sedona and the Verde Valley.
HikingThere are approximately 116 moderate hiking trails in Sedona, ranging from just under a mile in length to over 20 miles.. This means there is a hike for everyone! One of the more popular summer hikes is in Fay Canyon which is about 1.1 miles in length with much of the trail in the shade and barely any elevation gain. Located about 20 miles outside of downtown Sedona, the drive to the trailhead is also picturesque!
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SwimmingThe most popular place for swimming in Sedona during the summer months is at Sliding Rock State Park. Here the Oak Creek flows over small waterfalls which create a natural rock water slide visitors enjoy sliding down. There are a number of other swimming locations throughout the Verde Valley as well as numerous creeks where visitors can cool off in the water, and then relax on the creekside beaches.
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Jeep ToursJeeps are a great way to get around in Sedona, Arizona, especially in the summer when the temperatures are rising. Taking a jeep tour is a great way to learn more about the history of Sedona and what makes it unique. It is also the perfect way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the red rocks and geological features of the Verde Valley.
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Hot Air Balloon RidesExplore the magic of a hot air balloon ride over Sedona and the surrounding area. You will experience the natural wonders and wildlife from a whole new perspective when you are floating through the air. Most Hot Air Balloon ride companies only operate at sunrise, so you can embrace this scenic trip before the temperatures begin to rise, and still have time for plenty of other activities the remainder of the day.
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StargazingThe clear night time skies of Sedona make it the perfect place to get to know the Milky Way! Stargazing in Sedona has been voted one of the most-do adventures for families, couples or even alone! Relax in the cool evening under the bright skies and enjoy an enchanting evening under the stars!
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Wine ToursThere is no better way to keep cool than enjoying some of the Verde Valley’s finest wineries. Many visitors are amazed by the wide variety of wines produced in the Verde Valley. Each winery is a small production facility, so each wine has a special and unique taste. Many guest enjoy spending the day going from winery to wnery. Often the the trip between them leads to scenic overlooks, and spectacular views!
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