The 10 Best Parks in Sedona

Cathedral Rock near Sedona
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Sedona is known for its outdoor adventure, but you don’t have to have to go far to have a great time. Whether you want to bask in the rugged beauty of Red Rock State Park, meditate next to Buddhist statues, or honor military veterans, Sedona has a park for you. Here are our top picks for local and state parks where you can enjoy a picnic, take a hike, or recreate in other ways. 

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Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

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4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Phone +1 928-282-6907

Not your typical green-grass playground, this 286-acre state park on the edge of Sedona has five miles of interconnecting trails, ramadas for picnicking, and a visitor center. Spend some time learning about the area’s flora, fauna, and early human inhabitants at the visitor center, then hit the trails. A popular route is to start out on the Eagle’s Nest Trail, take the Coyote Ridge Trail to the Apache Fire Trail, and loop back by taking the East Gate Trail to the Kisva Trail, approximately 3½ miles.

You can also explore the park on ranger-led bird walks, full moon hikes, and other guided experiences, and kids can participate in its Junior Ranger program. Check the online calendar for more information on upcoming activities and events. 

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Posse Ground Park

Sedona’s first park is also one of its best. The nearly 80-acre park features a large playground for kids, sports courts, two softball fields, and 10 covered ramadas that can be reserved for parties and special events. There’s also a dog park, free skate park, and bike skills parks with groomed dirt trails on land used originally as the staging area for the sheriff’s posse. Watch for concerts and community events to take place onsite at Posse Grounds Pavilion and for recreation classes at the Posse Grounds Recreation Room. The Sedona Community Pool is located across the street. 

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Jordan Historical Park

Tourist center at the Jordan Historical Park

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Located near the end of Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona, this 5-acre historical park is the former homestead of Walter and Ruth Jordan. Their home today is the Sedona Heritage Museum, which showcases the city’s history from its earliest settlers in the 1870s through its days as a popular backdrop for Western movies in the 1950s. You can tour the museum for $5 or enjoy the grounds for free. The park has interpretive nature trails, picnic tables, a large fruit orchard, flower gardens, and sculptures. You’ll also see antique farming equipment and historic buildings, like the packing shed, as you tour the park. 

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Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

low angle view of a Buddhist stupa with colorful flags in Sedona, Arizona
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2650 Pueblo Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Phone +1 877-788-7229

This free, 14-acre park at the base of Thunder Mountain draws visitors from around the world searching for spiritual renewal at its two stupas, sacred Buddhist structures filled with prayers, relics, and offerings. Expect to see people meditating and praying as colorful flags flutter overhead, some streaming from the 36-foot tall Amitabha Stupa to trees pinon pines near the 6-foot-tall White Tara Stupa. A Buddha statue overlooks the scene.

To get to this spiritual park, you’ll need to hike a quick, winding trail. Arrangements can be made in advance for those with accessibility issues to park closer to the stupas. 

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Sunset Park

655 Sunset Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Phone +1 928-282-7098

This 7.5-acre park is a favorite with Sedona families, who appreciate its two shaded play areas and seasonal splash pad, open May 1 through Sept. 30. Strollers can navigate the short, paved trail through the park while more serious hikers can cross Sunset Drive and connect to the Airport Loop Trail via the Sunset Trail. The park also has two tennis courts, a basketball court marked for pickleball, and a large grassy field.

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Sedona Wetlands Preserve

Sedona Wetlands

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7500 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

Just south of the Sedona Wastewater Treatment Facility along SR 89A, this 27-acre wetlands preserve is one of the very few areas open to migrating water fowl in the Verde Valley. Grab a pair of binoculars and bring a guidebook to help you identify waterfowl. Common birds spotted include the marsh wren, cinnamon teal, yellow-headed blackbird, and lesser nighthawk, not to mention gulls, sandpipers, and sparrow.

You can spend an entire day walking the miles of trails surrounding the preserve’s six basins if you want. The preserve has restrooms, ramadas, and benches. 

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Sedona Botanical Garden

10 Arroyo Pinon Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Phone +1 928-282-7098

The city has several pocket parks, each less than an acre; the Sedona Botanical Garden is one of the most notable. Situated on just over a ¼-acre, this park highlights the area’s native plants, trees, and shrubs. Look for the life-sized sculptures of javelina, coyote, rabbit, and birds, all created by Sedona artists, that populate the park as you sit under an arbor built by Gardens for Humanity. You’ll also see small artistic touches like the tile mosaic designed to mimic a small pool and colorful stepping stones as you relax in this urban oasis. 

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Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park

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6871 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Phone +1 928-282-3034

One of the area’s most popular parks, Slide Rock State Park features an 80-foot natural rock water slide made slick by algae and a half-mile long swimming area in Oak Creek. Come early to avoid the crowds and for a prime sunbathing spot, especially during the summer and on weekends, when cars line up to get into the parking lot. Note, there are no lifeguards on duty, so you’ll want to be extra vigilant around the water.

Slide Rock isn’t the only reason to visit this park, though. Originally a 43-acre apple farm, this park has several short trails, 15 picnic areas, and educational displays at the Pendley Homestead.  The gift shop and park store sell some souvenirs and essentials such as ice, snacks, water, and sunscreen. Glass bottles and containers are prohibited.

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Jack Jameson Memorial Park

25 Northview Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

Named for a community leader who dedicated himself to supporting community causes, Jack Jameson Memorial Park features a red brick path that meanders past raised plant beds, mature trees, and sculptures. In the heart of the park is the Sedona Military Service Park, honoring Greater Sedona veterans from all five branches of the military whose names are engraved in granite. Benches here allow time for reflection, and flags from the five branches, visible from SR 89A, fly overhead.

Nature lovers will appreciate nearby Greyback Park. This quarter-acre pocket park attracts birds and butterflies and has incredible views of Chimney Rock and Lizard Head Rock. 

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Abandoned wood cabin in Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Arizona
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA
Phone +1 928-634-5283

Although it’s roughly a 20-mile drive from Sedona to Dead Horse Ranch State Park, with so much to explore it's worth the drive. The park has more than 20 miles of shared-use trails, including routes into the high desert of Coconino National Forest and the Lime Kiln Trail, which follow a portion of the historic Lime Kiln Wagon Road all the way to Red Rock State Park. Keep watch for a variety of wildlife, from javelina and whitetail deer to Gabel’s quail and the California kingsnake.

Visitors with a fishing license can fish one of three lagoons stocked with channel catfish during the summer and rainbow trout during the winter or go on a wrangler-guided horseback ride offered through the park’s concessionaire. There’s also a playground for kids, a small zipline, a campground, cabins for rent, and a ramada. Pick up a souvenir at the Visitor Center’s gift shop or essentials like water and sunscreen at the park store.

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The 10 Best Parks in Sedona