Sedona begins to see cooler temperatures in mid to late September. Although the days remain hot, the evenings and overnight temperatures begin to cool off. As fall arrives, daytime temperatures remain in the mid 80’s to 90’s with the evening temperatures between 60’s and 70’s. As October rolls around, Sedona daytime temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s with the evening temperatures in the 50’s dipping into the 40’s. November brings daytime temps 60’s to 70’s with overnights dipping into the 40’s.
Leading into December and Christmas it turns to cold with high temperatures in the 50’s and overnight in the 30’s. Most people think Sedona is in the desert, since we are in Arizona, you have to remember that Sedona is at a higher elevation. This means it gets colder than Phoenix and there is a possibility for snow. For several years now, Sedona has received several inches of snow at the end of December. It is important to remember to bring plenty of warm clothes this time of year.
Hiking in Sedona year round calls for wearing layers of clothes. In September and October, you’ll start the day off in pants, long sleeves and jackets and by the afternoon, you may be back in your shorts and t-shirts. By dressing in layers, you can always take off what you don’t need. If you get cold, it is harder to warm up with clothes you don’t have.
Fall is a great time to visit Sedona. The leaves are changing colors and with the beauty of the red rocks, you’ve never seen anything like it. We have put together a list of the best times to see the fall colors including some great hikes and scenic drives to optimize your fall colors adventure in Sedona. We hope you enjoy this time of year.