Sedona boasts 300 days a year of blue skies, so all seasons hold something unique and beautiful for visitors. Located on the “foothills” of the famous Colorado Plateau, Sedona has a relatively high elevation at 4500 ft above sea level. This means that it escapes the truly oppressive summers that the rest of Arizona experiences. In the months of June, July, and August temperatures over 100 can occur, but the highs are usually in the low-to-mid 90s. Because the region is arid, however, the lows drop to the 60s and even 50s, making mornings, nights, and evenings magical. So come during summer, just play your day around the Siesta, and take a break mid-day. Additionally, in the summer months, plan hikes in the many canyons and arroyos, which give shade and remain much cooler than the numerous open hikes.
Beginning around July 4th the seasonal monsoons also begin. However, these rains are unlike what most visitors are used to, they are unpredictable extremely short storms of sometimes great intensity. Monsoon season gives a delicious respite to the heat, still leaves most of the day rain-free. It’s my favorite season because the clouds add spectacular depth and you can find pools captured in the red rock that create wonderful reflections. Also clouds make for better sunsets.If you detest rain of any kind, avoid visiting July and August, otherwise, don’t shy away from monsoon season, it’s an underrated beauty. Oh, and the smell of the desert after a summer rain is something you’ll never forget.
Spring and Fall:
Spring and Fall are the most popular times to visit Sedona because the temperates are very moderate with highs between the 60-80 range and lows 40-50s range. Rain is scarce and nights are refreshing without being cold. Days are warm without being hot. Blue skies are almost guaranteed. This is considered “high season” in Sedona, so expect more “crowds” than usual, though even at it’s worst, Sedona traffic is overall pretty tolerable. Because of it’s incredible weather, Sedona has a very long high season. The downside is that Oak Creek Canyon can get jammed with people visiting the many sites like Slide Rock.
Winters are colder than most expect of a place so toasty in the summer. Due to it aridity, winter nights can reach freezing, but days are usually still warm with highs in the mid 50 and 60s. It’s the perfect time to come if strenuous hikes, mountain bike rides, and other outdoor adventures speak to you. Snow is rare in Sedona, and if it does snow, it is usually a dusting. The white snow on the red rocks is a can’t miss visual delight. Camping during this season is doable, but prepare for the night temps to plunge. Winter is a great time to visit Sedona, just don’t confuse arid Arizona with the tropics.