Do you have your sights set on a trip to Sedona? If so, you’re probably curious about the best time to visit. And, while there really is no bad time to experience this desert town some months of the year are better than others. With that in mind, we’ve outlined when to go for the best weather, the most budget-friendly times to visit, and when to expect fewer crowds.
Of course, each traveler’s “best time to visit Sedona” will vary based on their travel preferences, budgets, and schedule. To help you plan your trip, decide which factors are most important to meet your vacation needs.
- When Should I Visit Sedona for the Best Weather?
- When is the Most Affordable Time to Visit Sedona?
- Which Season has the Fewest Crowds?
- When are the Top Events in Sedona?
- When is the Best Time to Visit Sedona?
When Should I Visit Sedona for the Best Weather?
Each season in Sedona has its own appeal—even summer! That said, spring and fall are the most ideal times to visit. March through May average temperatures range from the mid-60s to low 80s, while October through November temperatures are remarkably similar. As such, visiting during these seasons create ideal conditions for the outdoor activities that are Sedona’s signature.
When is the Most Affordable Time to Visit Sedona?
As spring and fall offer the best weather, these seasons can also be more expensive in Sedona. If you’re looking for the best time to visit Sedona on a budget, opt for summer. Yes, summer in Sedona can be a scorcher. But, there are a lot of events happening in the summer and lodging rates are cheaper than any other time of year. Keep in mind summer makes hiking excursions more difficult. However, it’s a great time to explore Sedona’s famous Slide Rock Park whose canyon creek beds form natural waterslides.
Which Season has the Fewest Crowds?
If your idea of a vacation doesn’t involve a lot of other people, try to visit Sedona during the winter months. You’ll also want to avoid visiting during the spring and fall season when all the other tourists flock to Sedona.
While the weather is chillier in Sedona during winter, temps are relatively mild with highs in the mid-50s-60s. Plus, the scenery is Sedona is stunning this time of year. Sedona’s famous red rocks typically have a light dusting of snow while the rest of the town remains snow-free. As a result, you can experience the beauty of the snow without having to deal with the mess of it. Sounds like a win-win!
There are several annual holiday events in Sedona, too. Visitors can look forward to Christmas caroling, the Red Rock Fantasy of Lights, and Santa-themed train rides.
When are the Top Events in Sedona?
Sedona is home to a variety of events all year long. Many of these events are world-renowned festivals, culinary events, and infamous concerts. A few of the top events include:
- Sedona Yoga Festival (March)
- Sedona Mountain Bike Festival (March)
- Sedona Food Truck Festival (March)
- Sedona Photofest (June)
- Sedona Hummingbird Festival (July-August)
- Sedona WineFest (September)
- Red Rocks Music Festival (September)
- Sedona Plein Air Festival (October)
- Sedona Arts Festival (October)
- Sedona International Film Festival (February-March
Have a specific Sedona festival you’d like to attend? Find out when it is and start planning your trip!
When is the Best Time to Visit Sedona?
If you’re seeking the classic Sedona experience, spring is the absolute best time to visit. Yes, this is a popular time to visit so lodging prices may be high. But, you truly can’t beat the gorgeous weather and blooming beauty of this desert oasis. For any outdoor enthusiasts, the conditions don’t’ get any better.
One bit of advice, though. As this is Sedona’s busiest (and best) travel season, be sure to plan your vacation well in advance. Booking travel activities and hotel rooms several months prior to arrival will ensure you get the best deal.
When Will You Visit Sedona?
Ready to plan your Sedona getaway? Remember to bundle your activity, tour, and attraction tickets with your choice of hotel for even more savings.