Things to do in Sedona Besides Hiking
Places Near Sedona for Fun Day Trips
There are a lot of things to do around or near Sedona besides hiking. Sedona is known for the beautiful red rocks, but there is so much more to do in the Verde Valley if you can’t hike or the temperatures are too hot or too cold. For example, take a drive to Jerome or Old Town Cottonwood, take in Montezuma’s Castle or visit Out of Africa to name a few of our favorite things. Here’s a description.
Drive to Jerome
Take a drive to Jerome, Arizona. Jerome is a historic mining town located between Cottonwood and Prescott, Arizona on State Route 89A. There’s plenty to do in Jerome. Besides the shopping and restaurants, you can visit the Jerome Historic State Park to learn about Jerome’s history in the mining industry and see the Douglas Manion. The park is open year round and is right off State Route 89A, look for the signs.
About 26 miles south of Sedona, you’ll find Montezuma’s Castle. Montezuma’s Castle is a pueblo ruin along the Beaver Creek where the Sinagua people lived for more than 400 years. The ruins are three stories high with about 20 rooms that can be seen from the paved trail system in the park. Follow Interstate 17 to exit 289, turn on Montezuma’s Castle Road and follow the signs. The park is open year round and there’s a fee to enter.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Between Cottonwood and Camp Verde, you’ll find the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Take an African safari through the park to see all the animals and maybe even feed a giraffe. Afterwards, visit the different enclosures and learn all about these creatures. Take in the Tiger Splash Show and watch the tigers play in the pool. Also, check out their exciting zipline tours. Out of Africa is located at 3050 West State Route 260 in Camp Verde.
Drive to Old Town Cottonwood
If you want a quick getaway, then check out Old Town Cottonwood. Old Town is the place to be for great food and cute little shops. There are also boutique hotels and the historic jail trail. If you like wine, you’ll have to check out the wine tasting rooms all along Main Street. Old Town’s newest event is a Farmers Market held at the Old Town Square on Wednesdays from 4pm until 8pm during the summer months. Old Town is located on Main Street in Cottonwood. Arizona.