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24 Hours in Sedona, Arizona: Where to Hike, Eat, and Explore

While we were in Arizona, there was no way we could leave without stopping by Sedona to hike and eat. The landscape is straight out of another planet and will leave you wanting more. If you have limited time, I have the perfect itinerary for you.

Boynton Canyon | Subway Cave

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Time: 2.5-3 hours
  • Elevation: 1234 feet
  • Level: Easy

We left Phoenix around 8am in order to get to Boynton Canyon around 10. The drive itself was absolutely wild. Be prepared for your car to c-l-i-m-b. Once we got into Sedona, you could see the captivating, red rock everywhere. It is incredible hard to not want to stop at every single spot.

Parking: In the lot itself there are about 25-30 spots but don’t let that deter you. You’ll easily find parking on the right of the parking lot. We ended up parking there and had no issues.

Hiking: if you end up doing the entire hike it should take you between 2.5-3 hours. It ended up taking us about 3.2 hours because we stopped for lunch. We saw families of all ages hiking on the trail. While you’re hiking the trail, you’ll have the option to go on a left or right path (or both). The right path will bring you to the Instagram-famous Subway cave and the longer left path will bring you to a beautiful overlook of the mountains. I highly recommend doing both paths if you want to see all the mountains. If you’re short on time, go to the shorter path to the Subway cave. Either way, this is a perfect hike to be able to get a taste of the red rocks in Sedona. If I we had more time to hike, I would definitely want to check out the following hikes:

  • Devils Bridge
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Soldier Pass
  • Sedona Airport Loop
  • Birthing Cave
  • Bell Rock

Sedona Main Street

After you get moving and grooving, it’s time to reward you adventure with ice cream and gift shops. Located 10 minutes from Boynton canyon is the adorable town of Sedona. You’ll find many spots that will have the perfect souvenir for your travel. As for me, I got the newest pin for my collection and a sugar high splitting some ice cream.

The Hudson

Now I know that is a ton of walking so by now you probably want to sit down and chow on some fuel. The Hudson is located on a little hill and has an insane view of all of the mountains. If that didn’t sell you already, perhaps the bruschetta platter will. Months later and countless attempts to recreate it… and nothing comes close. It just has to be that climate or something.

Note: the day we went the outside was too windy and they weren’t sitting people on the patio. Despite that, they let us peak outside and sneak a peak.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

After we were stuffed with delicious bites, we headed over to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Now, I feel like I continue to find beautiful churches all around the United States (like this one in Arkansas) but this one was really something out of this planet. The red rock and sunset mixed with this beautiful cross is truly something special. I highly recommend adding this 5-10 minute stop on your trip before you head home.

Note: they do close the gate at sunset!

Have you been to Sedona, Arizona or are you planning a trip? Let me know in the comments down below!

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