You are “Free To Be You” in Sedona and the Verde Valley
Sedona, Arizona, is America’s destination for getting in touch with yourself. From a progressive community that embraces LGBT equality to its strong artistic identity, from its deep spiritual roots to its plethora of outdoor activities among its legendary Red Rocks and even to its status as a wedding destination, Sedona is a land of beauty that refreshes the mind, body and soul. Like the theme of a past Sedona Verde Valley PRIDE Festival, you are “Free To Be You” in Sedona!
Sedona and the Verde Valley (including Cottonwood, Jerome, Camp Verde and other small area towns) has dozens of LGBT-owned businesses, as well as many LGBT-friendly businesses, hotels and organizations, such as a local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the LGBT Wellness Foundation.
There are plenty of tours–hiking, jeep, helicopter, hot air balloon, airplane–shopping galore at local and outlet retailers, world-class art galleries, spas, resorts, fine dining, and there is almost always a festival going on!
Annual PRIDE-sponsored events have included the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Family BBQ & Picnic in April, the Big Gay Art Show, Hallowqueen, and the Sedona/Verde Valley PRIDE Festival every September. Also, don’t forget to check out the PRIDE Victory Garden, a year-round community project. Other parties and events pop up throughout the year, so check sedonapride.org for current news and events.
In general, businesses in the Verde Valley are very gay-friendly.The businesses on this page are either gay-owned, managed, or have demonstrated a proactively gay-friendly attitude.
Sedona-Verde Valley LGBT Friendly Businesses
Take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona’s longest-running nature show. For 20 years Verde Canyon Railroad has provided guests with style and comfort, romance and relaxation, service and beauty. The railroad meanders through the inner sanctum of Arizona’s other “grand canyon,” where each season creates a new reason to ride. Splendid vistas and centuries-old Indian ruins are around the bend as the train pulls away from remnants of a mining era which helped establish neighboring communities.
Passengers remain spellbound as their vintage carriages cross an expansive railway bridge embedded in basalt cliffs, glide through a covered bridge opening the gateway to Perkinsville, or experience daylight retreating in the 680-foot man-made tunnel, all odes to that same bygone era. Indoor cars are climate-controlled with restrooms, and the train meets ADA requirements. Three types of accommodations make up the Verde Canyon Railroad – caboose, first-class and coach. For more information visit Verde Canyon Railroad.
Located in Camp Verde AZ, about 30 minutes south of Sedona, these guided ATV tours take you into the Prescott National Forest and through rugged desert and mountain terrains. Arizona Offroad Tours is the only permitted company to offer you this guided ATV adventure through terrain most people only see from a car window. Engulf yourself in the majestic beauty of the Verde Valley, Verde River & the exquisite Red Rocks of Sedona on an Arizona Offroad Tours excursion.
Choose a single, double, or side-by-side ATV; helmets, goggles and a bandana are provided. Tours generally last 2.0 - 2.5 hours. Never ridden before? Not a problem! We'll show you just how easy it is to operate our automatic ATV's. People with special needs are welcome to join the fun, as are your 4-legged friends.
For more information and to book your tour, visit their website or call 928-451-1777.
In the heart of spectacular Sedona, Arizona lies the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, a luxury hotel with distinctive Mediterranean design, creating an ambiance that is unique to the Southwest. This Four Diamond hotel and spa will pamper you in a seamless blend of Andalusian luxury. Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and Sedona hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant.
Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at our luxurious Sedona Spa. Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is ideally located to help your mind, body, and spirit come together in harmony with easy access to numerous trailheads, the entrance to Red Rock Country, and hundreds of acres of Coconino National Forest.
Beckoned by the mystique of Sedona, Arizona, the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona will surround you with
breathtaking beauty and the natural majesty of Sedona’s Red Rocks, showcased from one of the hotel’s four terraced promenade decks that cascade from their majestic hilltop location into the splendor of Sedona.
This popular Sedona hotel offers a wide variety of money saving, fun-filled Sedona vacation packages including tickets to numerous attractions, events and excursions like Jeep Tours, Train Rides, African Safaris, and much, much more to enrich your visit to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley.
To learn more about this Sedona hotel and services offered like their FREE "About Town Sedona Shuttle" please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.