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From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

1. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

Sedona & Red Rock State Park: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

2. Sedona & Red Rock State Park: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Take in the distinct vibes of beautiful Sedona. Guide yourself on an audio-guided adventure to the most famous landmarks and drive through the stunning rock formations that characterize the city. Stop whenever and wherever you wish to and explore your surroundings. After downloading the Action Tour Guide app, begin your tour at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center. Turn onto Route 89, or the Red Rock Scenic Byway, and start your scenic journey. Your first big stop will be at the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village, a cute and quirky destination. NOTE: This 15+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Sedona in 2-3 hours. Continue south to your first hiking trail: Marg’s Draw. Besides the stunning red rocks, this site also features plenty of blooming flowers in the spring. The next stop is Broken Arrow Trail, where you’ll learn all about the series of events that led to Sedona being called “Little Hollywood.” Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross and admire its towering structure, inspired by the Empire State Building. Up next is Cathedral Rock, probably Sedona’s most famous formation. Reach the Courthouse Vista trail, that leads to one of the town’s vortexes, supposedly charged with spiritual energy. Finally, arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, full of shops and restaurants. But that’s not where your journey needs to end. Also included with this package is a complimentary bonus tour of West Sedona, which features extra vistas and hiking trails in the red rock region’s more secluded wilderness.

Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour with GPS Audio Guide App

3. Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour with GPS Audio Guide App

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to discovering the enchanting beauty of Sedona, Arizona. Get ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking red rock landscapes, spiritual energy, and vibrant arts scene that make Sedona a truly unique destination. As you explore Sedona with the Shaka Guide app, you'll be captivated by the dramatic sandstone formations that surround the town. The towering red rocks, sculpted by wind and water over millions of years, create a stunning backdrop for your journey. Listen to fascinating stories and geological insights that unravel the mysteries of these ancient formations, from Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock to Snoopy Rock and Coffee Pot Rock. Sedona isn't just renowned for its natural beauty—it's also a hub of artistic expression. The Shaka Guide app will lead you to the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, where you can wander through charming cobblestone streets lined with galleries, boutiques, and cafes. Marvel at the impressive works of local and international artists, and perhaps even find a unique piece to take home as a cherished memento. For outdoor enthusiasts, Sedona offers an abundance of adventure. Lace up your hiking boots and follow the app's guidance to some of the most scenic trails in the area. From the iconic Devil's Bridge and the picturesque West Fork Trail to the challenging Soldier Pass and Cathedral Rock hikes, there's a trail suited to every level of ability and interest. In between your outdoor explorations, take a moment to indulge in the local cuisine and relax at one of Sedona's charming restaurants and cafes. From farm-to-table fare to Southwest-inspired dishes, you'll find a culinary scene that tantalizes your taste buds. The app can provide recommendations on the best spots to savor delicious meals and immerse yourself in Sedona's laid-back atmosphere. Things you'll experience on the tour: • Take in the stunning natural beauty of Sedona's red rock formations. • Experience the mystical energy of Sedona's vortex sites. • Explore a shopping area designed to resemble a traditional Mexican village. • Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. • Engage in a range of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. • Relax and rejuvenate at one of Sedona's world-class spas. As you soak in the natural beauty, embrace the spiritual energy, and engage with the arts and culture of Sedona, the Shaka Guide app will be your knowledgeable companion, offering insights, historical context, and interesting tidbits about the town's rich tapestry. Let the app take you on a journey through Sedona, where every corner reveals a new marvel and every experience leaves you with a lasting impression. So, grab your phone, download the Shaka Guide app, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the mesmerizing landscapes and soul-stirring ambiance of Sedona, Arizona.

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

4. Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! This 60+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Canyon and Sedona in 2-3 hours Discover the staggering views of the Grand Canyon and Sedona's impressive buttes as you drive yourself through both sites with the assistance of an audioguide. Download the smartphone app to begin your self-guided tour and make as many stops as you wish to. Your Grand Canyon tour begins by the park’s south entrance, where you'll hear about the early history of this stunning place. Enjoy stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Yavapai Geology Museum, full of insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology. Visit Grand Canyon Village for some snacks and souvenirs, then walk along the South Rim Trail, the park’s most popular path. Dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House and board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle to see Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss, before arriving at Hermit’s Rest. Enjoy some more great views, including the impressive Desert View Watchtower, before your visit is over. Move on to Sedona to begin your tour at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center. Turn onto the famous Red Rock Scenic Byway and get acquainted with the spiritual history of this town. Enter the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village then drive over to the towering Chapel of the Holy Cross to find the trail for Cathedral Rock, Sedona’s most famous formation. Reach the Courthouse Vista with spectacular views, then arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, full of more shops and restaurants.

From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

5. From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

Visit one of the most remarkable areas in the Southwest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, on a day tour from Phoenix. Travel back in time to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Departing from Phoenix, travel along the banks of Beaver Creek to reach a Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling. Stop at the visitor center to see beads, pottery, and tools used by this long-lost culture. Admire models which help you understand what life was like for the Sinagua Indians 1000 years ago. Next, head to the amazing red rocks of Sedona. Find yourself surrounded by such famous rock formations as Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock and experience the serene beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Continue towards uptown Sedona, a shopper’s delight. Here, find intriguing art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. For the non-shoppers, a side trip from the city is available, traveling deeper into this magnificent country. Finally, drive up Mingus Mountain to the turn-of-the-century mining town of Jerome, a former ghost town that is now a thriving mountainside village. Enjoy free time to visit the many shops and galleries or grab a photo of Sedona from above before beginning the journey back to Phoenix.

Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

6. Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

Begin your adventure with pick-up from your hotel or accommodation at 6:00 AM. Watch the incredible natural landscape passing by your window, as you enjoy a comfortable drive up to the Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the spectacular canyon on a guided tour and learn about the history of the world famous site. Spend around 3 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park and take in the breathtaking views from two of the most prominent viewpoints in the area. Make the most of some free time, as you have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon Village, located on the South Rim. Grab some lunch before you venture to Sedona. Experience the atmosphere of uptown Sedona and view the local art work. Depart from the town and stop at the Red Rock State Park, where you can take pictures to remember your expedition. 

Hoover Dam & Red Rock: An Unforgettable Self-Guided Tour

7. Hoover Dam & Red Rock: An Unforgettable Self-Guided Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, your Hoover Dam tour begins at the enchanting Bellagio Fountain in the heart of Las Vegas. Roll down the strip and dig into the city’s wild past, replete with gambling, feuding, and backstabbing. Then cruise out toward the Hoover Dam and learn about the powerful Colorado River and the early efforts to control it. Plus, get to know the infamous Frank Crowe, who spearheaded the dam-building project. Stop for scenic views at the Lake Mead Viewpoint, then hear about the Colorado River Compact and the struggle to distribute this precious resource. Take an optional detour to the Historical Railroad Hiking Trail, which follows the path of old and now decommissioned railroad tracks. Or visit the Lakeview Overlook for further views of Lake Mead’s splendor. As you near the Hoover Dam, you’ll stop at Boulder Dam Bridge Overlook, offering an unparalleled view of the dam. Then, choose between driving across the dam or parking to walk along its mighty rim. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Hoover Dam Lookout, for another great look at this massive structure. Your tour concludes here. Your Red Rock Canyon Tour starts at the park entrance on the outskirts of Las Vegas. From there, you’ll head to the Calico Hills, mounds of hard, red rock that were once shifting sand dunes! You’ll then proceed to the Sandstone Quarry Overlook, where miners once harvested sandstone. Find out what made Red Rock Canyon’s sandstone so valuable and unique. Then hear about the plentiful wildlife you might encounter during your visit and how to spot them! Hear about battles between conservationists and developers, and discover how the conservation zone that protects the canyon was created. Next, stop at High Point Overlook, the highest point on the tour at 4,780 feet above sea level! If you want a detour, you can visit the petroglyphs and pictographs at Petroglyph Wall. They’re thought to be over 800 years old! Then swing past the Ice Box Canyon Trail, a trail flanked by narrow cliff walls that make it much, much cooler than the surrounding desert. Next is the Red Rock Wash Overlook, a haven for birdwatchers. Then learn more about the canyon’s fossils. Find out that what could be the oldest land animal fossil was discovered here! Finally, you’ll reach Red Rock Canyon Overlook, where your tour concludes.

Arizona: Bundle of 7 Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

8. Arizona: Bundle of 7 Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

Embark on an adventure through the landscapes of Arizona with an audio app. Explore the South Rim and North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the beauty of Sedona, the Saguaro National Park, the majestic Horseshoe Bend, the scenic Mount Lemmon, and the ancient wonders of Petrified Forest National Park. As you embark on your Arizona tour with the app, be captivated by the diverse landscapes, rich history, and natural wonders that await you. Get informative and engaging audio commentary, offering insights into the geology, culture, and unique characteristics of each destination. Journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you'll witness the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the world's most renowned natural wonders. Let the app guide you through the park, pointing out the best viewpoints, scenic drives, and hiking trails. Venture to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, a quieter and less visited area that offers a different perspective of this natural wonder. Head to the North Rim viewpoints, where you can enjoy panoramic vistas and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surrounding wilderness. Continue your journey to Sedona, a vibrant desert town known for its red rock formations and spiritual energy. Drive through scenic areas, seeing landmarks like Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Oak Creek Canyon. Discover the beauty of Saguaro National Park, home to the iconic saguaro cacti. Be guided through the park's scenic driving and hiking trails, gaining insights about the unique ecosystem and the significance of the saguaro cacti to the desert environment. Be mesmerized by the natural wonder of Horseshoe Bend, a spectacular horseshoe-shaped bend in the Colorado River. Learn about the geology and formation of this iconic landmark, allowing you to capture incredible photographs and appreciate the sheer beauty of the area. Escape to the cool heights of Mount Lemmon, a majestic peak near Tucson. Drive through the scenic Catalina Highway, offering breathtaking views as you ascend to higher elevations. Finally, delve into the ancient wonders of Petrified Forest National Park, where you'll encounter an otherworldly landscape of petrified wood, colorful badlands, and ancient ruins. Gain insights into the unique geological formations and the park's rich paleontological history.

Sedona: Red Rock Panoramic Jeep Tour

9. Sedona: Red Rock Panoramic Jeep Tour

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through Arizona's Red Rock State Park on a panoramic Jeep tour. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by our friendly staff, where they'll check in, sign a waiver, and meet their expert guide. As the tour begins, guests will immediately notice the convenience of exploring the vast park on an off-road vehicle, without the constraints of walking. Throughout the journey, the rugged terrain of Red Rock State Park unfolds, revealing its breathtaking vistas and iconic rock formations. Pass by Dry Creek Road, where Sedona's renowned rock formations make a dramatic backdrop against the vivid desert landscape. Next, witness the majestic beauty of Boynton Canyon Trail, where towering red cliffs stand as ancient sentinels of time. But the adventure doesn't stop there. Our tour provides access to more remote and awe-inspiring viewpoints, including the Mesa Overlook, where panoramic vistas stretch as far as the eye can see. Here, guests will have ample opportunities to capture stunning photographs and immerse themselves in the natural splendor of the region. Throughout the journey, our knowledgeable guide will regale guests with fascinating tales of the park's rich history, from its geological formations to its cultural significance. Learn about the ancient peoples who once called this land home and the diverse wildlife that thrives in this unique ecosystem. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking adventure, our Red Rock panoramic Jeep tour offers an unparalleled experience that promises both convenience and discovery. Join us for an exploration of Arizona's iconic landscapes and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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What people are saying about Red Rock State Park

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(138 reviews)

It was a great time I am older and would never be able to drive all over like that. Han our guide was very informative and was great at telling us what to see and what was coming up. It was snowing and was very cold. When they said bring warm clothes they mean it. I highly recommend this tour.

The trip was amazing!! Cody was a very knowledgeable guide, and he provided plenty of breaks throughout the trip to help break up the drive. The activities were spaced out and timed well, so we had plenty of time to enjoy the sights without feeling rushed. Would definitely recommend!

The unique scenary and the various stops before the Grand Canyon, specially to witness the Native American community and their crafts. Kim was an excellent guide and kept us engaged throughout the journey with her interesting chatter. 5 stars to her!

It was an awesome experience. The vehicle was clean, guide Zane was knowledgeable and professional. I would choose this tour group again. Thank you

It was a great day overall. Han is really nice and respectful and was knowledgeable as well.