We just spent a week in Sedona, Arizona, hiking in the red rocks and having a great time, as always. We've been to Sedona many times, but this was the first time we stayed at the Sedona Pines Resort, in a deal we arranged through RCI.
A little about Sedona
Affiliated with RCI
Sedona, Arizona, USA
Pleasant, quiet, cute.
You may have heard of the Red Rocks of Sedona, a gorgeous part of Arizona with spectacular rock formations. Or you may have heard of the mysterious energy vortexes around Sedona, and their spiritual powers. You may be looking for southwest culture and ambiance, or just like the sunny, temperate climate. People visit Sedona for many reasons, and it's a popular destination.Whether you're hiking or driving, Sedona's red rock views are stunning.
Sedona is in northern Arizona, a couple of hours south of the Grand Canyon. It's known for its dramatic red rock formations, which dominate the views around town, and have whimsical names like Coffeepot Rock and Snoopy Rock. Much of the land surrounding Sedona is protected National Forest land, and it's a popular place for hikers, mountain bikers, nature lovers, and 4WD enthusiasts.
Sedona is also a mecca for spiritual seekers, who are drawn here by tales of the mystical energy vortexes around the city. If you want a vortex tour, a sacred circle ceremony, or an aura reading, you can find it here. An upscale resort area, Sedona also has many shops, art galleries, and interesting restaurants.
What's the Sedona Pines Resort like?
Cute modular units in a little neighborhood with fountains and fake creeks, in a quiet setting outside the town of Sedona.
Sedona Pines is a timeshare resort with a twist. Rather than staying in condo-style units in a large building, each unit is a stand-alone modular building. They're like little trailers, but more upscale, with high ceilings, extended ends, arched windows, and tile roofs. The dimensions and floor plan feel like a small trailer, but the look is much more attractive.The modular units at the Sedona Pines Resort
These cute little units are arranged on streets that felt to me like a quiet suburban neighborhood. Someone described them as "creekside cottages", but the creeks are a system of fake little streams that run in parallel lines through the property. There are fountains scattered about, and together with the "creeks", they give the resort the soothing sounds of running water.
The resort has a large heated pool, several outdoor spas, a children's playground, and a mini-golf course. There is a restaurant on site, and the front desk offers a decent selection of movie rentals. The activity schedule when we were there offered a flute concert, Native American jewelry sale, painting and photography classes, and a mini-golf tournament.The built in dining area in our unit at the Sedona Pines Resort
Upsides of Sedona Pines
- Very clean. The units are extremely clean and well cared for. Everything was gleaming, and looked well maintained.
- Privacy and quiet. The individual modular units give you quiet and privacy, like having your own little home. There's nobody tromping around upstairs, or banging on the walls. The location a few miles outside Sedona makes it very quiet.
- Friendly. All of the staff we met were friendly and helpful, including the maintenance guys who had to pay a couple of nighttime visits to our unit.
Downsides of Sedona Pines
- Out of town. Sedona Pines is a few miles out of town. You don't have the sweeping views that you get from some resorts in town like the Sedona Summit. You also don't have the convenience of walking to shops and restaurants around town, like you do from the Arroyo Roble.
- Small. The modular 1-bedroom units have the narrow floor plan of small trailers. The galley style kitchen is cramped, and the bedroom is pretty tight. The living area is roomy enough, though, and the vaulted ceilings make it feel more spacious.
- Problems. One night our dishwasher started beeping loudly, and wouldn't respond to any of the controls. Another night, the heater stopped working. In both cases, our calls to maintenance led to quick visits and repairs. The staff was very good about fixing things quickly, but it's an inconvenience to have anything break.
- It's not luxurious. Ignore the RCI resort description that talks about elegance and luxury. This is not a luxury resort. It's a cute resort with some unique features. Personally, I'm OK with that, but I think the advertising is misleading.
I'd be happy to stay at the Sedona Pines Resort again sometime, because I love going back to Sedona whenever I can. If you're into outdoor activities and natural beauty, and aren't looking to stay in the lap of luxury, then you might like it.
Sedona travel tips
Best time to go? Summer is popular with families, but spring and fall have the best weather. Winter can be cold, with occasional dustings of snow (which looks fabulous on the red rocks, but isn't so conducive to hiking).
Activities nearby? There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails near Sedona, many of which are simply spectacular. If you're not into hiking, you can also explore the area on a jeep tour, helicopter tour, or on horseback.
- If you're looking for a short, moderate hike with killer views, check out the trail to Doe Mesa (aka Doe Mountain, but "Mesa" is the more appropriate name). Ask the resort for directions.
- If you want to take one of the famous jeep tours, I highly recommend the Broken Arrow tour, unless you have back problems or other health issues.