Visiting Sedona in November
Learn all about what to expect visiting Sedona in November (Written by Erin McCarthy)
Sedona is a highly desirable destination in November. The annual Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is a popular event that takes place over one weekend in the middle of the month. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking. Keep in mind that the trails will be crowded in November, so get an early start on the day if you can. If you decide to visit in November, do your best to plan ahead of time. Read on for our complete guide to visiting Sedona in November—benefits, drawbacks, things to do, and more!
benefits of visiting in november
The biggest benefit of a November visit to Sedona is the pleasant late fall weather. It is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and more. Due to the elevation, temperatures will be cool in the mornings and warm up as the day goes on. Be sure to pack layers and plenty of water when you head out for the day.
drawbacks of visiting in november
The biggest drawback to visiting Sedona in November will be the crowded trails. Since fall is the second most popular time to visit Sedona, you can almost guarantee that hiking and mountain biking trails will have quite a bit of traffic. Aim for starting earlier in the day, and choose less popular trails if you want to avoid the crowds.
things to do in november
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival: The mountain biking in Sedona is world-class (more on that below). This annual event is a celebration of this adrenaline-fueled sport. Check out the gear vendors, take a skills clinic, or even demo a bike!
Sedona Turkey Trot: If you find yourself in Sedona for Thanksgiving weekend, you can burn off some holiday calories with this 5K race that travels through the majestic red rocks of Sedona.
Take a Jeep Tour: One of the more popular ways for adventure seekers to see the landscape of Red Rock Country is by taking a guided Jeep tour. There are several local companies that organize private Jeep tours. A guided Jeep tour through Sedona is the chance to take an exhilarating trip through the desert canyons and red rocks. Leave the driving up to someone else, the views will be all your own. Pink Adventure Tours is a popular company that offers several tour options in the Sedona area including Broken Arrow, Diamondback Gulch, and the Honanki Heritage Site to see ancient ruins of the Sinagua people. A Day in the West, the oldest family-owned Jeep Tour company in Arizona offers private Jeep tours and combination Jeep and horseback riding tours as well.
Go Rock Climbing: Sedona sits on the southern end of the Colorado Plateau, with endless sandstone spires perfect for rock climbing. If you’re looking for a guided rock climbing tour, check out this local outfitter. Guided rock climbing trips are an opportunity be up close and personal with nature, all while getting some exercise and having the adventure of a lifetime. If you’ve never rock climbed before, not to worry. There are trips for all ages and experience levels. If you have rock climbed before, but you find yourself in Sedona without the extensive gear or the expert knowledge of the surrounding area, consider booking a trip with a guide.
Go Mountain Biking: Imagine yourself experiencing the landscape of Sedona on two wheels— the wind in your hair and the open road before you; peering up at the red rocks towering above and flying through desert canyons. This is an exhilarating way to experience the desert landscape of Sedona. Nearby Bike & Bean has rentals available. You can even enjoy espresso while you wait for your bike! If you are seeking to hit the trails check out the Mountain Bike Project, an extensive resource of trails rated by difficulty, distance, and elevation. If you’re looking to book a guided mountain biking tour, there are options for every skill level. Hermosa Tours offers half day and full day private mountain biking tours in Sedona based on ability level from beginner to expert and everything in between. 360 Adventures offers solely beginner tours which typically are two hours in length.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride: Imagine yourself towering above the red rocks of Sedona, enjoying views that few others get to experience. See Sedona from the air and book a hot air balloon tour of Red Rock County. A quiet, aerial tour gliding over the desert canyons and red rocks is a peaceful way to experience the landscape of Sedona. Red Rock Balloon Adventure only runs their tours at sunrise due to weather and conditions, so plan accordingly.
Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway: This scenic drive is 7.5 miles of stunning scenery featuring red rock formations and plenty of lookout points to take it all in. It only takes about 30 minutes to drive it, but we recommend carving out an afternoon to stop at all the viewpoints. It is a great way to take in the landscape of Red Rock Country.
Go Stargazing: Bundle up one late fall evening to enjoy one of the best places in the entire United States to marvel at the night sky. Sedona is one of only twenty certified Dark Sky Communities in the entire world. Sedona has made significant efforts to reduce its light pollution, which is not only good for the environment, but fantastic for seeing the nighttime sky. We recommend driving west out of Sedona and out on to Dry Creek Road for the best views.
HIKING IN novemBER
One of the best ways to experience Red Rock Country in the fall is by hiking or backpacking through the desert canyons. If you’re looking for hiking trails on your own, check out our list of top ten hikes in Sedona. On the other hand, guided hiking trips provide an opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural history of Sedona, and take care of the planning and logistics for you.
Wildland Trekking offers several options for getting outside and exploring northern Arizona. Choose from an inn-based tour of Sedona and the Grand Canyon, or a camping-based tour to see the best local sights in and around Sedona. These trips take you out to see the sights and then back to either a cozy, rustic lodge; or a spacious basecamp complete with a gourmet fireside dinner. If you’re seeking more of a backcountry experience, choose a guided backpacking trip of Red Rock Country, explore the high desert canyons by day and have a restful night’s sleep under the “dark skies” of Sedona.
Choosing a guided tour allows you to leave the planning up to someone else —permits, lodging, meals, and transportation (excluded on some day trips) are all provided. When the stress of trip and meal planning are erased, you’ll spend your time and energy completely on enjoying yourself in some of the most iconic places in the southwest United States.
WEATHER IN november
The average high in Sedona in November is 64°F (18°C) and the average low is 36°F (2°C). The average monthly precipitation is 1.38 inches. The weather in November is ideal for getting outside— warm days and cool nights are perfect for a backpacking trip or even a day hike.
JOIN A GUIDED HIKING ADVENTURE
Sedona is home to some of the Western United States’ most iconic and scenic hiking vacations. Wildland Trekking offers trips that highlight the must-see features of Sedona and the Grand Canyon: other-worldly rock formations, views, solitude, adventure, and fascinating natural and cultural interpretation.
Guided Sedona treks are all-inclusive which covers permits; local transportation (excluded on some day tours); meals; equipment; safety systems and professional hiking/wilderness guides; all of which allows visitors to maximize their time in Sedona and focus entirely on enjoying Red Rock Country.
SEDONA ADVENTURE TOURS
- INN-BASED HIKING PACKAGES: these tours are all-inclusive packages with lodging, amazing daily hikes, expert guides, meals, transportation and more!
- SEDONA CAMPING TOURS: camping-based hiking packages provide all-around hiking experiences of Sedona.
- SEDONA DAY HIKE TOURS: maximize your day in Sedona on a fully guided, award-winning hiking tour of one of the area’s best trails.
- ALL ARIZONA HIKING TOURS: check out a full list of Arizona offerings, which include Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
- ARIZONA BACKPACKING TRIPS: explore options for discovering Arizona on an all-inclusive backpacking trip with expert guides and mind-blowing scenery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erin McCarthy is a freelance writer and former Colgate University Outdoor Education Leader. When Erin isn’t writing, she is exploring the mountains and rivers of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. You can view her complete portfolio at www.erinannmccarthy.com.