• Joey Amato

Pride Journey Outdoors: Sedona, Arizona


The wide open spaces are beckoning again. Maybe it’s the famed energy vortexes or the cathedrals of majestic red rock, but it may also be the mile after mile of open trails, the natural quiet, the endless vistas, the velvety night skies, or the mysterious ancient ruins that make the allure of Sedona stronger than ever.

When you consider embracing the spark of adventure that matches your refined sense of caution in these distressed times, consider the care the rural mountain community is taking to keep residents and visitors safe. Local government, private businesses and nonprofits have joined the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau to launch Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready, a community-wide embrace of CDC-inspired safety guidelines honored by hundreds of businesses - restaurants, jeep tours, art galleries, resorts and more - who have registered their commitment for all to see on SedonaSafeCleanReady.com.

Outdoor Adventures

No matter what troubles the world, Sedona’s timeless expanses offer mild temperatures and bluebird-blue skies. At dusk, dynamite sunsets ignite Sedona’s red rocks. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities in the surrounding 1.8 million acres of national forest. Whether you’re an avid (or budding) cyclist, hiker, golfer, angler or horseback rider, photographer, or birder, Sedona offers the terrain, trails, courses,parks to satisfy. Yes, the Sedona trails are open.

For a unique experience on roads less traveled, try Sedona’s Secret 7, a guide to off-the-beaten-path activities for your next visit.

Heal the Mind and the Body

Sedona’s spiritual and wellness community are a balm to the quarantined soul. A spiritual vacation in Sedona’s serene natural surroundings inspire peace and contemplation. Sedona’s vortexes are thought to be swirling centers of energy conducive to healing and revival. Many people feel inspired, recharged and uplifted after absorbing the soothing vibes of a Sedona. But, you don’t need to go to a vortex to feel Sedona’s energy - it’s all around you in Red Rock Country. It’s ironic that the most beautiful place on earth is famous for what you can’t see.

Our weather makes yoga al fresco especially invigorating and calming, so hike up Little Horse Trail and lay down your yoga mat near the rock spire “Madonna and the Nuns,” or climb Thunder Mountain where you can flow through sun salutations or simply meditate surrounded by Nature’s creations.

Fresh mountain air and inspirational surroundings are the perfect setting for Sedona’s three-day YouTopia itinerary.

Embrace Red Rock Country

As Sedona carefully and mindfully begins re-energizing in a post-shutdown environment, prudent travelers will find safety-conscious hotels and spas as well as ample choice of accommodations that lend themselves to distancing such as dispersed and developed campgrounds, beautifully appointed RV parks, and select cabins and short term rentals.

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Photos Courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

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