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.