A Spiritual Nature Retreat in Sedona, Arizona

Attractions nearby Camp Avalon

Camp Avalon is a day's trip or less away from hiking, camping, and fun activities for the whole family! Check out some of the most popular attractions below and get driving directions from the campground.

Spirit Steps Tours

If you are interested in seeing more than the camping grounds in Sedona, then you may want personal tours of the many hotspots on the trails. Spirit Steps Tours will be your best guide in the area. Sedona is known for its many "Vortexes" or energy points, and people travel from far and wide to sit in these locations that are known for their upliftment. It's best to have an experienced guide who can provide history of the land and information on the locations being visited.

Spirit Steps Tours provides drumming ceremonies, Sedona vortex tours, tours of the various prehistoric pueblos and cliff dwellings surrounding Sedona, Montezuma's Castle, and so much more!

If you are interested in taking a tour, you can find out more by going to the website SpiritSteps.org or by calling 1 (928) 282-4562

A photo of the Spirit Steps Tours tour guides.

Cathedral Rock

This stunning rock formation is easy to spot on the Sedona, AZ skyline, and it's no wonder that this sight is one of the most photographed in Arizona. If you are visiting Sedona, this is a must see! Cathedral Rock is also one of the four main energy vortex sites in the area, and is popular for this reason. If you are adventurous and want to hike to the saddle, the first half of the hike is easy, however it is recommended that a guide be with you if you wish to venture to the top of Cathedral Rock since it is a steep incline to 650 feet in 3/4 mile.

Directions to Cathedral Rock - 11.4 miles from Camp Avalon

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  • Follow Upper Red Rock Loop Rd to AZ-89A N in Sedona
  • Turn right onto AZ-89A N
  • At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Brewer Rd
  • Turn left onto Ranger Rd
  • Turn right onto AZ-179 S
  • At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and stay on AZ-179 S
  • At the next traffic circle, continue straight to stay on AZ-179 S
  • At the next traffic circle, continue straight to stay on AZ-179 S
  • At the next traffic circle, continue straight to stay on AZ-179 S
  • At the next traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Back O Beyond Rd
  • Turn left onto Cathedral Rock Trailhead

Crescent Moon Picnic Site overlooking Cathedral Rock - 2.4 miles from Camp Avalon

If you are more interested in having a nice picnic with a wonderful view then you may want to check out Crescent Moon Picnic Site. There is a $10 day use fee for vehicle parking, or a $2 walk in fee. This is a great place to take photos of Cathedral Rock, relax and enjoy a meal and do some swimming in Oak Creek!

For Google Map directions to Crescent Moon Picnic Site click here.

An image of Cathedral Rock, a very popular sight in the Sedona skyline.

Chapel of The Holy Cross

The chapel is a work of art with universal appeal, and it's doors are always open to one and to all regardless of faith or creed. Certainly one of the 'must see' sights in Sedona, AZ this landmark that sits 200 feet above ground offers a sublime setting with majestic views of red rock formations like Eagle Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte.

Directions from Camp Avalon to the Chapel of The Holy Cross - 11.1 miles

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  • Follow Upper Red Rock Loop Rd to AZ-89A N in Sedona
  • Turn right onto AZ-89A N
  • At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Brewer Rd
  • Turn left onto Ranger Rd
  • Turn right onto AZ-179 S
  • At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and stay on AZ-179 S
  • At the next traffic circle, continue straight to stay on AZ-179 S
  • At the next traffic circle, continue straight to stay on AZ-179 S
  • At the next traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Chapel Rd and follow it for 0.9 miles

A photo of the Chapel of The Holy Cross set in the red rocks of Sedona, AZ.

Slide Rock State Park

Camp Avalon offers the only camping in Sedona with private creek-side access to Oak Creek and swimming to all campers and day-use visitors! Just a little ways up the road from our campground you can find another great way to have fun in the sun at Slide Rock State Park. This park features natural slide formations in the sandstone that swimmers have been enjoying for many years.

The natural water slide formation is 80-feet long with about a half-mile of Oak Creek that's open for swimming. With a fantastic water slide and many hiking trails, this is a premier spot to visit in Sedona, AZ and can easily take an entire day to visit. The park does have an entrance fee and different facility hours depending on the time of year.

Directions from Camp Avalon to Slide Rock State Park - 14.6 miles

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  • Head west on Loy Ln toward Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd
  • Turn right onto Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd
  • Turn right onto AZ-89A N
  • At the traffic circle
  • take the 2nd exit and stay on AZ-89A N
  • At the traffic circle
  • take the 2nd exit onto AZ-89A N/N State Rte 89A
  • after 7.1 miles Turn left

A photo of swimmers at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ.

The Honanki Heritage Site

For those who are interested in the local history of the Sedona red rocks, you'll find that the Honanki heritage site has much to offer such as native rock art pictographs and cliff dwellings. This area was inhabited by the Sinagua, who are the ancestors of the Hopi, from AD 500 to about 1350.

This site does provide toilets. There is no water source at this site. To visit this site you must have a Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass. Daily or weekly passes can be purchased at a self-serve vending machine.

Directions from Camp Avalon to Honanki Heritage Site - 18.6 miles

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  • Head west on Loy Ln toward Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd
  • Turn left onto Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, continue for 3.9 miles
  • Turn left onto AZ-89A S, continue for 4.2 miles
  • Turn right onto Forest 525 Rd/Loy Butte Rd, continue for 6 miles
  • Turn left onto Forest 525 Rd/N Loy Butte Rd, continue for 1.2 miles
  • Turn right to stay on Forest 525 Rd/N Loy Butte Rd, continue for 3.1 miles
  • Turn left, destination will be on the left

Cliff dwellings of Hopi Ancestors as seen near Sedona, AZ.

The Palatki Heritage Site

These beautiful cliff dwellings feature pictographs and petroglyphs that are protected by the overhanging cliffs and is a sister site to the Honanki cliff dwellings. There is a short quarter mile hike to the cliff dwellings that is rated at an easy level of difficulty, along with another trail that will take you to a nice view of the dwellings and third trail that takes you to the alcoves that contain pictographs from every culture to occupy the Verde Valley.

This site does provide toilets and drinking water. To visit this site you must have a Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass. Daily or weekly passes can be purchased at a self-serve vending machine.

The Forest Service does ask that you call and make a reservation for your visit. To make a reservation call 1 (928) 282-3854 7 days a week between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. This helps to manage the number of visitors to the area at one time.

Directions from Camp Avalon to Palatki Heritage Site - 16 miles

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  • Head west on Loy Ln toward Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd
  • Turn left onto Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, continue for 3.9 miles
  • Turn left onto AZ-89A S, continue for 4.2 miles
  • Turn right onto Forest 525 Rd/Loy Butte Rd, continue for 6 miles
  • Continue straight onto Boynton Pass Rd
  • After 1.7 miles, destination will be on the left

An image of historical pictographs at the Palatki Heritage site near Sedona, AZ.

Devil's Bridge Trail

This is a wonderful trail to hike year round that is a moderate challenge level and because of its stunning view of the surrounding area, it has become one of the most popular hiking trails in Sedona. After a nice one mile hike up at a steady incline you'll end up at the largest natural stone arch that is in the immediate Sedona area. You'll find that before you come to the archway the trail splits. The trail to the right will lead you up to the top of the arch and the left trail will take you beneath the archway.

Please note that the road leading up to the main parking lot is a rough dirt road that may require higher clearance vehicles.

Directions from Camp Avalon to Devil's Bridge Trail parking lot - 7.7 miles

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  • Head west on Loy Ln toward Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd
  • Turn right onto Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, continue for 3.1 miles
  • Turn right onto AZ-89A N, continue for 1.1 miles
  • Turn left onto Dry Creek Rd, continue for 2 miles
  • Turn right onto Vultee Arch, continue for 1.4 miles
  • Continue onto Dry Creek Rd, destination will be on the right

Devil's Bridge Trail, the most popular hike in Sedona, AZ.

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

At Tlaquepaque you'll find some of the best shopping in Sedona along with an exciting cultural experience that is sure to create wonderful new memories. The name translates to "best of everything" and when you visit this landmark you'll definitely feel transported to another time. The is by far the best place to shop for arts and crafts by local and international artists, traditional native and contemporary jewelry, specialty shops, clothing and wearable goods, and fine dining to complement it all. Tlaquepaque is also host to many popular and annual events!

Directions from Camp Avalon to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village - 7.7 miles

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  • Head west on Loy Ln toward Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd
  • Turn right onto Red Rock Loop Rd/Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, continue for 3.1 miles
  • Turn right onto AZ-89A N, continue for 4.1 miles
  • At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Brewer Rd, continue for 0.1 mile
  • Turn left onto Ranger Rd, 459 ft
  • Turn right onto AZ-179 S, destination will be on the right

The entrance to Tlaquepaque arts & crafts village.