Trip to West Sedona

A Winter Hiking Trip to Sedona - Social Distancing High Desert Style

Posted on 01/08/2021

A Winter Trip to Sedona, Arizona

Flying into the Phoenix International Airport (PHX) is the easiest and cheapest option. The drive from the airport to the Sedona area is around two hours. Once you exit the highway for the last 15 miles, the scenic drive will give you the immediate Sedona, western feel.
We booked a rental car in order to have our own access to restaurants and trailheads as we wished. In choosing the car type, we opted for an SUV anticipating snow and driving through mountainous terrain. On a couple of occasions, roads to trailheads were not paved and we were thankful for the larger vehicle.

Accommodations Sedona and the nearby town of Oak Creek are both great locations for accommodations. Airbnb’s are a popular option, especially for larger groups. However, we decided to stay at the Hilton at Bell Rock Sedona, a four-star resort with incredible amenities and an even better location.
The Hilton double queen room had a small kitchen table and living space with a fireplace. The couch also had a comfortable pullout bed. The hotel had a nice bar and restaurant with igloos available for reservation outside. Live music entertainment was every night around the fire pits, with smores packs available for purchase to make it kid friendly. We enjoyed craft cocktails, as well as delicious appetizers such as a burrata.
The location was in Oak Creek, only a few minutes from Bell Rock, and a short drive to the town center of Sedona. Within the small community of Oak Creek, there were a few small restaurants and pubs within walking distance of the hotel.