red rock in sedona

My solo female travel journey continued in the month of March to Sedona. Sedona is an easy place to travel solo since it is very tourist-friendly! I wanted to share my must-do list of adventures on your next trip to Sedona. 

Whether you are a solo female traveler like me or traveling with friends, take in all the outdoor adventures that Sedona has to offer. When you are planning your trip, consider the best time of year to visit Sedona. March is packed with tourists. Hwy 179 (the main thoroughfare through town) stays bumper to bumper despite the round-abouts. 

I asked a few locals when was the best time to visit Sedona and their suggestion was October through February. This is the time of year when Sedona is the least crowded. March through May is crowded and rightly so as the weather is beautiful and the flowers are in bloom. 

Are you planning solo female travel to Sedona? No worries! I tried so many fun things to do in Sedona, solo and with friends! There are a couple of things to note if you plan to do any of the hikes. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you, it’s the desert! Wear sunscreen even if it’s 45 degrees when you head out, you will burn. Take chapstick, lips get super dry in the desert and it’s not comfortable. 

Slim Shady Trail in Sedona

Great Hikes in Sedona

Bell Rock – This hike from the trailhead is about 4 miles and it’s a vortex. Bell Rock is a great place to sit with your thoughts. Bring a journal and sit with your thoughts for awhile. The beauty and peace on the top of the rock is worth the hike to the top.

Bell Rock in Sedona

Slim Shady – this trail is across the street from Bell Rock and has much less traffic than Bell Rock. If you are looking for a more remote hike while still being near civilization, then this is a wonderful hike.

Soldiers Pass – Head to Soldier’s Pass early in the morning to avoid the throng of people. Along the trail you will come across the Seven Sacred Pools, a cool crater a cave. This dog friendly hike is beautiful and fairly easy. This trail is well traveled, so as a solo hiker, I felt safe and found friendly folks to take our pic! This trail is dog friendly, it’s likely you won’t be able to get into the cave at the top. 

Devil’s Bridge – well known hike that is about 4 miles round trip. The first part of the hike is on a jeep path so go EARLY (we got there before 7 am). Once you get off the jeep path, it’s a pretty strenous hike for about 1/2 mile. It is dog friendly, but there are a lot of rocks to scale, so keep that in mind. There is a breathtaking view and long line at Devil’s Bridge. There are lots of friendly folks standing in line for photos on Devil’s Bridge. This will come in handy to get your pic taken on the bridge. And bonus, you will likely make new friends while you stand in line for the photo op. 

Devil's Bridge in Sedona

Long Canyon – This path is less traveled, the views are beautiful and it’s a pretty easy hike.

Boynton Canyon – Another vortex to check out. This is a lovely hike with loads of trails that branch off. You can pick a couple of your favorites and check them out.

Deadmans’ pass -subway – Deadman’s pass is a quick hike up to the rock named “Kachina” (or as we dubbed her, witchy woman). The vortex is particularly strong at Kachina. It is a great place to sit and reflect because it feels peaceful and energetic all at once. 

Other places to Visit during your Sedona Solo Female Travel Journey

Palatki Ruins – History comes alive at the ruins, with park rangers to explain what you are seeing. It is off the beaten path and requires a reservation for a certain time of day. The whole short hike and explanation only took about an hour. Really cool ruins of an ancient Indian civilization. 

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park – I checked out this dog friendly place a few times during my stay. It is located at the base of Thunder Mountain overlooking Sedona. Its 14 acres are designed to be a place of spiritual renewal for people of all faiths. Take time to read about the stupa and the premise behind the peace park. You will hear birds chirping, wind chimes in the breeze, and peace flags surrounding you. It is a wonderful place to get away. 

Peace Park in Sedona

Chapel of the Holy Cross is a major tourist attraction and it is a really cool place to visit. I went into the chapel and prayed while looking over the beautiful red rocks. It is a must see when visiting Sedona Solo.

One of the best things you can do when traveling solo is check out Tripadvisor or Airbnb Experiences. They offer a ton of options for unique things to do. It’s also a good way to meet other travelers and learn about the area. My favorite Airbnb experience in Sedona was Date and Dine Experience. We joined Mary and Jay for a plant based vegan feast!

Mary prepared a fun 5 Star four-course delicious meal with incredible herbs, and spices. We loved her quaint place (indoor setting). She set the mood with Sedona candles, relaxing music, and diffused essential oils.

Mary shared her meal prep tips and tricks on all dishes prepared for us.

The meal was Organic, Dairy Free, + Gluten Free; bursting with flavors! We had a unique & memorable dining experience!

My fiance and I arrived at their place not knowing what to expect. We were greeted with warmth and friendship. The meal was one of the best I’ve ever eaten and we left that night with 2 new friends and lots to think about as both Mary and Jay are coaches. They love Sedona and all things healthy.

airbnb experience in Sedona

Yoga – I love finding yoga studios when I travel since it’s a wonderful way to meet kind local women. Yoga in Sedona is special since it’s a very spiritual place, I loved Village Yoga. It is located in the Village of Oak Creek near Bell Rock and there are many classes to choose from.

My Sedona solo female travel was a wonderful adventure! I hope you get a chance to visit Sedona. While you’re there be sure to take our your journal and discover some things about yourself in this magical place. If you are heading to Sedona for a girls’ weekend, check out things to do on girls weekend in Sedona.