We get a lot of questions about the weather from clients, especially regarding the winter months in Sedona. Perhaps you want to visit Sedona, and the holidays and new year are a magical time offering some vacation and school-free opportunities. However, maybe you are wondering if winter is really the best time to visit Sedona? 

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Beautiful Sedona Vortex in the Snow

Never know what you are going to get

It’s true that Sedona’s arid climate causes temperature fluctuations that are surprising. With its red rocks, cactus, agave, and manzanita, most picture Sedona as hot and it’s true: July, August and September can leave you running for a siesta during the midday. While winter temps can plummet to around freezing, it’s just as common the daytime temperature can escalate to the 60s, 70s and sometimes 80s! Last winter I was mountain biking in January in a t-shirt. 

Experience the Majesty

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to predict the weather and it comes down to luck. However, if you are active, the temperature is never too cold to hike, bike, or rock climb. In fact, nothing (and I mean nothing!) is more awe-inducing than the rare dusting of snow on the red rocks of Sedona. If you are lucky enough to experience this majesty, I doubt you will begrudge the accompanying drop in temperatures. Just yesterday I was out hiking in one of those snow dustings, and mountain bikers were already out at 8 am.
Snow (and precipitation in general) is rare in Sedona even in the winter. So no matter the temps, you are virtually guaranteed a blue sky for at least some of your stay. It can snow one day and be 60 degrees the next.

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Close-up of snow crystals on manzanita

Personally, I never miss a day outside in Sedona, 365 days a year. So bring your layers and outdoor gear and just do it. From the perspective of a resident of Sedona, winter is my favorite season: It’s never too hot, the air is crystal clear, free of all pollen and dust. Of course, we are spoiled with year-round good weather in Sedona. As we move further past the new year, the temps increase rapidly into spring.

Sedona Vortex Adventures Never Sleeps

As for us, we are doing business 7 days a week, rain or shine, so give us call: 1-928-282-3574. Check out our day packages to get a few ideas of what we offer. We offer hundreds of sessions that can be customized to fit your perfect adventure. If you are on the fence, hope to see you soon.