Sedona Main Street

Stroll along “Main Street”, sit and relax on a patio, in a courtyard or at a sidewalk café, or pause a moment on one of the locally crafted benches to savor the experience. Fill your senses with the endless red rock views and the vitality created by visitors from all over the world. Keep your eyes open for commemoratives of Western movies filmed in Sedona and the actors who brought cowboy life into our homes. These "Hands through History: Sedona Western Film" bronze plaques, embedded in red rock concrete with the handprints or boot prints of the actors, are placed in five different plazas.

There are also countless outdoor sculptures that add to the beauty. Just one example is at the “Mid-block Crosswalk Plaza” where you'll find the life-size sculpture depicting Joe Beeler, an incredibly talented artist who lived here and was one of the five founding members of the Cowboy Artists of America organized right here on our Main Street. These are all great places for one-of-a-kind photos.

A walkable downtown, locally known as Uptown Sedona or the Main Street District, there are wide sidewalks along the two main roadways and several side streets, with magnificent vistas throughout. Home to several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and many sites and structures with a Local Historic Landmark Designation, Sedona Main Street is where it all started and the entire community flourished for decades: it was home for the orchard industry, the first irrigation ditches and water wheels; it was the site of the first electric service and telephone installation, the first school, chapel, post office, gas station and hotel. It was also the site of the first tourist business opened in a teepee along the roadway! Historic plaques along Jordan Road in the Pioneer Pathway and interpretive plaques along N. SR 89A from Forest Road to SR 179, tell the many stories of Sedona.  

The buildings mimic the intricacies of the surrounding geological features with their many nooks and crannies in the plazas and courtyards along the sidewalks throughout Sedona Main Street district; there are a multitude of shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries, spas, tour companies, accommodations and services available to experience. Each area has its own distinct rural character and architectural style with a mix of the old and the new.

This area is blessed with free community events and festivals throughout the year at numerous locations including Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Heritage Museum and others. Sedona Main Street also hosts several of the premiere community events free to the public, including Sedona’s St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration, Main Street Paint Out, Uptown Safe & Fun Trick or Treat, and the community’s Tree Lighting & Santa Visit. “First Friday Gallery Tours” are held monthly by the Sedona Gallery Association.   

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Latitude: 34.862216 Longitude: -111.761827 Elevation: 4202 ft

Getting Here and Getting Around

Getting Around

Sedona Main Street is a very walkable area/district with ample free parking and a multitude of shops, restaurants, galleries, spas, tour companies, accommodations and services in a consolidated area with spectacular views and rural character. It's the area where Sedona started, the heart of the community between the spectacular Oak Creek Canyon and West Sedona, with Oak Creek running through it. It's also home to the Sedona Heritage Museum, Sedona Arts Center and the official Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Use Sedona as a base camp for your trip to the Grand Canyon National Park. Sedona sits just over 100 miles south of the Grand Canyon and it’s a beautiful drive. Sedona is also within an hour’s drive to several National Monuments (Montezuma’s Castle, Montezuma’s Well, Tuzigoot and Walnut Canyon) and a National Recreation Area (Crescent Moon). Sedona is within a few minutes reach to two amazing State Parks (Red Rock State Park and Slide Rock State Park).

If you’re traveling by vehicle, consider taking two spectacular roadways while you’re here: State Route (SR) 179, which is designated as a National Scenic Byway (the “Red Rock Scenic Byway”), and an All American Road by the Federal Highway Administration based on its natural, recreational and scenic qualities; and State Route (SR) 89A, a beautiful twisting drive through Oak Creek Canyon and designated as the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road.

How to Get to Sedona Main Street

From Los Angeles, CA (Total Distance=482 Miles; Estimated Time=7.5 hrs.)                               

     Take I-10/San Bernardino Fwy/San Bernardino 368.0 Miles; follow directions from Phoenix below

From Phoenix, AZ (Total Distance=113 Miles; Estimated Total Time= 2 hours)

Option A:

Take I-17 North toward Flagstaff for 98 Miles
At exit 298, Exit Ramp
Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-179
Keep STRAIGHT on SR-179 for 14 Miles – You are entering Sedona Main Street District
Turn RIGHT onto SR-89A [N HWY-89A]

Option B:

Take I-17 North toward Flagstaff
At exit 287, Exit Ramp
Turn LEFT (West) onto AZ-260 toward SR-89A
Turn right on SR-89A and continue into Sedona
When you reach Sedona City limits, go straight on SR-89A N. approx. 4 miles through 7 traffic lights
NOTE: after 6th light you'll come down a large hill; go straight on North SR 89A to roundabout where Sedona Main Street District begins; at next roundabout go either right onto SR 179 (up to and including Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village) or go straight through the roundabout and continue on North SR 89A up to and including La Vista Motel and area side streets

 
From Las Vegas, NV (Total Distance=278.0 Miles; Estimated Total Time=5 hours)
Take I-515 [US-93] towards I-515/US-93 for 20 Miles
Road name changes to US-93 [US-95] for 6 Miles
Turn LEFT (North-West) onto US-93 for 78 Miles
Entering Arizona
Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-40 [US-93] for 145 Miles
Follow directions from Flagstaff, AZ below

 

From Flagstaff, AZ (Total Distance=26 Miles; Estimated Total Time=50 minutes)
At exit 195 (in Flagstaff), take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-17 South [SR-89A] for 2 Miles
At exit 337, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-89A [Fairgrounds Rd] for 0.2 Miles
Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-89A [S HWY-89A] for 22 Miles; then you’re entering Sedona Main Street  
Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-89A [N HWY-89A] for 1.7 Miles
At the roundabout go left onto SR 179 (up to and including Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village)

ADA Accessibility Notes

Handicap accessible. Designated parking spaces on-street along SR 89A North and in parking lots.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome. Water dishes at several plazas and courtyards. Pet friendly accommodations available.

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Great Information! #SedonaMainStreet

Anne DiBattista, 1/8/2016

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