Although we haven’t visited a ton of places in the Southwest, Sedona has been one of our favorites so far. Not only are the landscape gorgeous and the trail system incredible, but nearly everywhere has cell service and there is a ton of dispersed camping within 15 minutes of town. Sedona is a remote-working dirtbag’s dream!
CAMPING IN SEDONA
- FS 525
Forest Service Road 525 is the closest dispersed camping access to Sedona, and we camped here every night. It’s a popular spot with a 14 day stay limit, but we never had a problem finding a spot. Bonus: watch hot air balloons land in the mornings!
Distant Drums RV ResortUpdate – Distant Drums is no longer recommended. We’ll spare you the details, but we don’t recommend that you go out of your way to stay here.
We generally pop into an RV park every 7-10 days to dump our gray water, fill our fresh water, do laundry, and take showers. Sedona’s RV parks were so full that they weren’t even taking our calls! We traveled down to Camp Verde to stay at Distant Drums for one night and were overwhelmed by how awesome this park was. The grounds were gorgeous, the rates affordable ($41 / night for full hookups) and the staff were kind and welcoming (not something we always experience in the bus!) Best of all, they had a very nice pool / hot tub that we took full advantage of!
FOOD & WORK IN SEDONA
- Sedona Whole Foods / Dog Friendly / Remote Work Friendly
Sedona’s Whole Foods has the usual amazing hot food section, but also has an awesome bar area with WiFi. We found ourselves killing three birds with one stone by spending a few hours working from the bar, then grabbing dinner and groceries from the market. Added bonus, the patio is dog friendly and they have happy hour every night!
- Famous Pizza / Dog Friendly / Remote Work Friendly
We ate at Famous after Alyssa sprained her ankle and thoroughly enjoyed the indulgence. Their beer selection was good, their veggie pizza ingredients fresh, and their crust to die for!
- Sedona Public Library / Not Dog Friendly / Remote Work Friendly
Sedona Public Library is one of the prettiest libraries we’ve visited! Fast wifi, lots of space – the perfect mobile office space.
ADVENTURE IN SEDONA
One of the things we found really unique about Sedona was that many of the recommendations we got at the bike and running stores were the same – the great bike trails are also the great running trails! We were also excited to find Verizon coverage at every trailhead we visited, and we often worked from the TH in between runs / rides. Most everything close to town is dog friendly, until you start getting into the Wilderness to the north. Trail recaps written by Will, who is a decidedly more adventurous rider than Alyssa.
- Sedona Running Company
Sedona Running Co is a great local resource for trail recommendations and running / hiking gear. Say ‘hi’ to Adam and Lindsey for us!
- Over the Edge Sports
Over the Edge has great advice AND an awesome selection of women’s mountain bike clothing… something you don’t often find in a small shop! Make sure you ask them to draw the new construction on your map.
- West Sedona Tour / MTB or Trail Run / Dog Friendly*
The West Sedona Tour is made up of a combination of Chuckwagon, Long Canyon, Deadman, Aerie, Western Civilization, Last Frontier – an excellent loop that showcases some of the great Sedona riding. These are some of the more moderate trails here, but include everything from sandy washes to slickrock and excellent views. A must-do in Sedona!
*Be prepared to keep fido on a leash and encounter lots of other trail users.
- Scorpion, Pyramid, Old Post, Skywalker / MTB or Trail Run / Dog Friendly
This proved to be a great loop off the beaten path of the more popular Sedona rides. A punchy traverse across the ridge leads into some great descending through some technical rock gardens and onto some slickrock ledges. The climb up Old Post and Skywalker is one of the bigger climbs in the area, but very rideable. Stop in at Over the Edge Sports for info on how to access these trails as they are still very new!
- Hiline / MTB or Trail Run / Dog Friendly
One of the trails that put Sedona on the map. An excellent, technical climb leads to an exposed traverse with stellar views and then drops into some real-deal downhill riding.
High on the Hog, Hog Heaven, Hog Wash / MTB or Trail Run / Dog Friendly
Probably my favorite loop in Sedona. Technical and exposed, but more rideable as a whole than other double black diamond rides in the area.
- Hangover Loop / MTB or Trail Run / Dog Friendly
THE ride in Sedona. This is the one that everyone talks about, and for good reason. A long and arduous climb leads to the best view in town on a huge slickrock saddle. After a short and technical descent, the trail traverses along the cliffside for over a mile offering spectacular views the whole way. After the traverse, Hangover quickly loses elevation in the scariest slickrock descent I’ve ever experienced.
OTHER NOTABLE STUFF IN SEDONA
- Bark N’ Purr Pet Center – When it comes to Hilde, I’m definitely on the “helicopter parent” spectrum of dog ownership. She’s a sensitive pup and seems to hold on to negative experiences for a long time, so I try to avoid getting her into scary situations. That usually means I wash her myself, but sometimes she’s just so dirty that we need professional help. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by the Bark N Purr Pet Center, but I am so glad I was wrong! This center was bustling with activity and they took great care of Hilde. This is by far the best professional grooming experience we’ve ever had, in any state.