Sedona is on Ariz. 179 at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon. From Phoenix, take I-17 to Ariz. 179 N. From Flagstaff, head south on I-17 until you see the turnoff for Ariz. 89A and Sedona. Ariz. 89A also connects Sedona with Prescott.
Sedona Phoenix Shuttle (tel. 800/448-7988 in Arizona, or 928/282-2066; www.sedona-phoenix-shuttle.com) operates several trips daily between Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport and Sedona. The fare is $50 one-way, $90 round-trip.
The Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center/Uptown Gateway Visitor Center, 331 Forest Rd. (tel. 800/288-7336 or 928/282-7722; www.visitsedona.com), is at the corner of Ariz. 89A and Forest Road in uptown Sedona. The visitor center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 5pm, and Sunday and holidays from 9am to 3pm.
You can also get information, as well as a Red Rock Pass for parking at area trail heads, at the Visitor Contact Center, 8375 Ariz. 179, Village of Oak Creek (tel. 928/203-2900), which is open daily from 8am to 5pm, or the North Gateway Visitor Center, Oak Creek Vista Overlook, Ariz. 89A (tel. 928/203-2900), which is open March 1 through November 1, weather permitting, daily from 9am to 4:30pm, and sometimes on weekends in other months.
Whether traveling by car or on foot, you'll need to cultivate patience when trying to cross major roads in Sedona. Traffic here, especially on weekends, can be some of the worst in the state. Also be prepared for slow traffic on roads that have good views; drivers are often distracted by the red rocks. You may hear or see references to the "Y," which refers to the intersection of Ariz. 179 and Ariz. 89A between the Tlaquepaque shopping plaza and uptown Sedona.
Rental cars are available through Enterprise (tel. 800/261-7331 or 928/282-2052). You can also rent a jeep from Barlow Jeep Rentals, 3009 W. Ariz. 89A (tel. 888/928-5337 or 928/282-8700; www.barlowjeeprentals.com), which charges $150 for 4 hours and $250 for 24 hours. Or you can get around Sedona on the Sedona Roadrunner (tel. 928/282-0938; www.roadrunner.az.gov), a free shuttle bus that operates daily from 11am to 6pm with shuttles every 10 minutes between uptown, Tlaquepaque, and the Hillside Sedona shopping plaza.
The Sedona International Film Festival (tel. 928/282-1177; www.sedonafilmfestival.com), held between late February and early March, always books plenty of interesting films. In mid-December at the Tlaquepaque shopping plaza, Sedona celebrates the Festival of Lights (tel. 928/282-4838; www.tlaq.com) by lighting thousands of luminarias (paper bags partially filled with sand and containing a single candle). From mid-November to early January, more than a million lights illuminate Los Abrigados Resort (tel. 800/521-3131 or 928/282-1777; www.redrockfantasy.com) in a Red-Rock Fantasy.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.