ADVENTURERS GUIDE TO SEDONA

Devata Destination Guide

ADVENTURERS GUIDE TO SEDONA

Devata Destination Guide

There’s something magical about Sedona. Visiting Red Rock Country never seems to get old! Devata Active recently spent a weekend gallivanting around some of Sedona’s best spots, while attending the annual Sedona Yoga Festival. Imagine breathing and flowing as you take in truly majestic scenery resembling the ultimate game of sandstone cairns before dining on healthy fare in a garden setting with wind chimes lulling you into a relaxed food coma. It had us feeling inspired and refreshed, reconnecting to nature and those moments in life that make you stop and feel gratitude for the simple beauty around you.

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There’s something magical about Sedona. Visiting Red Rock Country never seems to get old! Devata Active recently spent a weekend gallivanting around some of Sedona’s best spots, while attending the annual Sedona Yoga Festival. Imagine breathing and flowing as you take in truly majestic scenery resembling the ultimate game of sandstone cairns before dining on healthy fare in a garden setting with wind chimes lulling you into a relaxed food coma. It had us feeling inspired and refreshed, reconnecting to nature and those moments in life that make you stop and feel gratitude for the simple beauty around you.

Here are some of our favorite Sedona. Enjoy adventurers!

DINING

DINING

CHOCOLATREE OASIS

1595 West Hwy 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

We planned on just stopping in for a quick breakfast before hitting the trails. A couple hours later, we were still sitting around the OM table, basking in sunshine, sampling elixirs and feeling pretty darn good about life. The peaceful setting makes this more than just a dining experience. Allow yourself some time to sit back, nourish your body with loving food, connect with another human who has also slowed down enough to appreciate the beauty of it all! (Top tip! Many of the items can be ordered as half dishes, meaning you can try a couple things. Super helpful for us when we just couldn’t decide. It doesn’t say it on the menu, so just ask your server.)

J WINE BISTRO

7000 AZ-179 Suite E-100, Sedona, AZ 86351

Just downstairs from the Sedona Yoga Festival, we couldn’t help but stumble in. You know when you’re at a restaurant where the owners love food. The thoughtfulness put into the menu is evident- creative, flavorful, high quality ingredients. We decided to splurge and enjoyed a lovely dinner, with friendly service from an enthusiastic team of food lovers eager to steer us in the right direction. The food was amazing and we had no regrets about cleaning the plate! J Wine Bistro prides itself on offering a local seasonal menu with unmatched freshness and flavor at the heart of every dish.

WILDFLOWER BREAD COMPANY

101 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, ZA 86336

This Arizona chain is a convenient and delicious option before hitting the trails. Located centrally, you’re in a great spot to head onto whatever adventure awaits you feeling fueled and satisfied. From bakery items and bagels to a full breakfast and lunch menu, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Wildflower opens early (6:00am weekdays and 7:00am weekends), making it a perfect choice before hitting the trails. They have a plentiful list of health choices that can also be packed in your bag and enjoyed among red rock panoramas or while absorbing the energy of one of Sedona’s vortexes.  

THE HIKE HOUSE ENERGY CAFE

431 Hwy 179 B-1, Sedona, AZ 86336

Looking to gain a little insight into the trail ahead during your morning cup of coffee? Look no further than the Hike House Energy Cafe. Mingle with other hikers and inquire with the staff of professional hikers about the best places to experience in Sedona. You’ll be able to fuel up before you go and pack some snacks for the trail, while sharing stories of adventures past with “your kind of people”.

TRAILS

TRAILS

There is no shortage of trails in Sedona. Everything from meandering pathways to steep scrambles up the red rocks, there’s something for every mood. Regardless or whether you decide to keep it mellow or conquer a challenging route, you’re sure to be hit with unparalleled views as Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show. Make sure to take moments along the way, especially if you’re breathing hard, to look around and appreciate the grandeur of the Sedona scenery.of adventures past with “your kind of people”.

CATHEDRAL/TEMPLETON

This 2-mile out and back trail offers panoramic views in less time and effort than a full Cathedral Rock hike. It’s considered an easy to moderate hike with little elevation gain, yet beautiful views and a less crowded vibe than some of the other options in the area. Plus, if you get going and decide you want to explore more, there are several trail options to continue on. The saddle at Cathedral Rock is known to be one of Sedona’s major energy vortex sites.

Trailhead:From the 89A / 179 “Y” take 179 south 3.4 miles;
turn right on Back O’ Beyond Road for 0.6 miles;
parking lot is on your left.

BRINS MESA

This trail conveniently begins right at the edge of Uptown Sedona. Grab some brekkie at the nearby Wildflower Bread Company before you set off on your adventure! You’ll quickly enjoy unobstructed views of Sedona’s stunning rock formations, including Coffee Pot Rock, Wilson Mountain, Chimney Rock and more, on the 6-mile roundtrip trail. There’s very little coverage on this trail, so make sure to pack plenty of water and slather on the sunscreen.

Trailhead:From the 89A / 179 “Y” … take 89A west 1.3 miles;
turn right on Soldiers Pass Road for 1.5 miles;
turn right on Rim Shadows for 0.2 miles;
parking lot is on your left.

 

DEVIL’S BRIDGE

With options for those wanting a more casual stroll to high-rise scaling adventurers, the Devil’s Bridge area has many options. You can take in the view of the bridge from down below or up above, with some even braving the bridge itself (be careful!). This is a popular destination, so you’ll likely be sharing with experience with quite a few new friends. However, the views are beautiful and it’s an iconic Sedona landmark definitely worth sharing.

Trailhead:The main parking area is located on FR 152. FR 152 is a very rough dirt road so a high clearance vehicle is recommended. You can also take the Chuck Wagon Trail to reach Devil’s Bridge by parking at the Dry Creek Vista parking area or by parking on Long Canyon Road

BEAR MOUNTAIN

This is a challenging one, with steep incline and rocky switchbacks. Your efforts are rewarded by breathtaking scenery and several plateaus along the way to pause and take it all in. Be ready to work as you climb almost 2000ft on the 5-mile out and back trail.

Trailhead:The parking area is located on Boynton Pass Road. The trailhead is across the road from the parking area

Want more suggestions? The Hike House is an awesome site that provides overviews and ratings of over 100 Sedona Trails.

 

GEAR & GUIDES

GEAR & GUIDES

THE HIKE HOUSE

431 Hwy 179 B-1, Sedona, AZ 86336

The Hike House is a prominent adventurers destination in Sedona. You can stop in to pick up any gear you might need, including clothing and camelbacks, grab some food at the Energy Cafe, ask the staff of knowledgeable hikers about the area and even sign up for one of their guided hikes. It’s located in Sedona’s central hub and is sure to have all the essentials you’ll need.

 

CANYON OUTFITTERS

2701 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

Canyon Outfitters has been a staple in the Sedona community for over 19 years. They pride themselves on their vast selection and being one of the leading independent specialty outdoor retails stores. There’s a great chance they’ll have everything you need, and if you don’t know what you need, there’s a great chance they will be able to help you figure it out!

The Hike House is a prominent adventurers destination in Sedona. You can stop in to pick up any gear you might need, including clothing and camelbacks, grab some food at the Energy Cafe, ask the staff of knowledgeable hikers about the area and even sign up for one of their guided hikes. It’s located in Sedona’s central hub and is sure to have all the essentials you’ll need.

 

360 ADVENTURES

360 Adventures offers pretty much any type of outdoor experience you could ask for. From cycling to rock climbing to canyoneering to rafting to culinary tours, they’ve got you covered. If you’re looking to connect with an adventurous bunch of guides with knowledge of the best sights to behold during your Sedona, 360 Adventures definitely offers an impressive list of opportunties.

 

AUMBASE

A new kid on the block, Aumbase offers guided hiking tours with a spiritual twist. Anyone who has visited Sedona will attest to it’s “energy”. It just feels different there. With abundant energy vortexes and a landscape that seems other worldly in its uniqueness, Sedona is truly the perfect place to do some soul searching and personal growth. Aumbase facilitates adventures and retreats oriented to help you connect with yourself in a meaningful way. Created by the founders of the Sedona Yoga Festival, Marc and Heather are committed to creating a community space that is in support of conscious evolution.

 

SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL

SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL

Speaking of the Sedona Yoga Festival, it is now 5 years strong and quickly growing into a not to be missed event. Can you imagine a better backdrop to be inspired as you fully delve into your yoga practice, learning from amazing teachers and connecting with yoga lovers from all over the world?! They just put the tickets on sale for the 2018 conference at a generous discount. Grab them early for a great price and have months to look forward to a dreamy yoga getaway in Sedona.

FEELING ADVENTUROUS?!

FEELING ADVENTUROUS?!

Devata Active has some great adventures in the works all around the world! From yoga retreats in Thailand to backpacking trips in the mountains of Colorado, visit out events page to see all that we have coming up!

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