9 days in Santa Fe & Sedona Itinerary

9 days in Santa Fe & Sedona Itinerary

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9 days in Santa Fe & Sedona Itinerary

Start: Payson
Drive:  6​h
1
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Sedona
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

4
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Taos (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge & Taos Pueblo), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and get a sense of history and politics at New Mexico Legislature.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe holiday planner.

Payson to Santa Fe is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Payson in October, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taos, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Sedona is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Creek Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and trek along Devil's Bridge Trail.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sedona trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Fe to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect Sedona to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross

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