The mild weather in Sedona AZ permits outdoor activities throughout the year. It is often called ‘Red Rock Country’ and with good reason. Coffeepot, Thunder Mountain and Cathedral are names of strikingly beautiful monoliths of orange to red sandstone. This particular rock formation is only found in this area. North of the city, Oak Creek Canyon is another wild but fascinating gorge.
Situated in northern Arizona in the Upper Sonoran Desert region, the city has an elevation of 4,500 feet. State Parks make the area ideal for family excursions and the year-round mild climate makes sight-seeing very pleasurable.
Even in summer, the average high temperature is 97 degrees Fahrenheit (34o Celsius). During the heat of the July days, there is plenty to see and do with art galleries and museums to visit and musical and theatrical events to attend. The lows during this period reach a still comfortable 64o Fahrenheit or 17o Celsius.
The State parks are ideal for camping, hiking, fishing and picnicking. The area is also a bird-watcher’s paradise with some 300 species passing through the area each year. Arizona’s state bird is the cactus wren. The Sonoran Desert is the only place where the Saguaro cactus is found in the wild and blooms only at night.
Records show that averages below freezing only occur in December and January, with the latter having averages of 31oF (-1oC). The days are a mild 57oF (14oC). Around 19 inches of rain falls with only May and June receive less than an inch. August has 8.6 days of rain, July 7.7 and March 6.9.
With such mild conditions all year round there are really no restrictions on any activities. The weather in Sedona AZ will not preclude you from any of the many activities available. There are a number of bike trails and day-use camp sites. Horseback tours are available. Annual cultural events include Jazz, Bluegrass and Film Festivals.