Sedona, Jerome, Montezuma Castle tour from Phoenix and Scottsdale

Our incredible Sedona tour departing from Phoenix and Scottsdale takes you to some of the most unique and impressive areas of the Verde Valley, the geographic center of Arizona. You will travel with one of our experienced/professional tour guides who knows Arizona and the southwest including history, geology, legends, and lore. They can tell you things you won't find in a guide book, they have great storytelling ability, and their enthusiasm for learning is unsurpassed.


OVERVIEW:

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona ArizonaImagine a trek back in time with a visit to a prehistoric Indian Ruin with its excavated treasures of the mysterious Sinagua people of the Southwest. Spend some time traveling through Sedona's spectacular Red Rock Country with its breathtaking sandstone formations and unforgettable scenery. Then on to "The Largest Ghost Town in America", the 1800s billion dollar copper camp, the town of Jerome. Departs daily - $130.00


ITINERARY:

Get ready to enjoy a fun, educational, and impressive day tour to Sedona including a stop at prehistoric Montezuma Castle State Park and the "King Copper" town of Jerome. After a complimentary pick up from most central Phoenix and Scottsdale hotels you will start your route north. The geological change from the mighty saguaros of the Sonoran Desert Phoenix area (1,117 feet), to the unique rock formations of Sedona (4,350 feet), and the hillside town of Jerome (5,066 feet) is remarkable.

Traveling north into the Verde Valley we make our first stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument for approximately 30-40 minutes. This pre-historic, 5 stories high, 20 room apartment, is considered one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Built by the Sinagua people, it was occupied from as early as A.D. 1200. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed this prehistoric relic "one of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest." Why is it called a cliff dwelling? Because it is built 100 feet above the land right in the side of the limestone cliff! Truly an amazing feat.

Next, we begin our tour of the Red Rock country of Sedona via highway 179. We'll visit the towns most beautiful locations, including photo stops at the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Bell Rock Vista. The chapel offers one of the most panoramic vistas overlooking Sedona's red cliffs and towering sandstone spires. Southwest Tours' exclusive Coconino National Forest Service permit allows us the opportunity to take you to some of the most stunning photographic locations in the area.


We continue through downtown Sedona in route to Oak Creek Canyon with several stops that may include the natural water slide of Slide Rock State Park and Indian Gardens.

 

After lunch, you can either spend some time shopping in downtown Sedona's unique shops or Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village or you can continue on a sightseeing trip with the driver/tour guide. Other stops may include Airport Vista, Red Rock Loop Road, a short venture up Schnebly Hill or other scenic stops.

 

The next stop on this amazing trip back in time is to the start of the Arizona mining industry. Clinging to the side of Mingus Mountain, the small haven known as Jerome takes us back to the days of the copper boom-towns. It is not difficult to imagine what it was like here a hundred years ago; miners filling the streets, saloons, and brothels and ore wagons constantly bumping along the bustling, winding roads. Today, Jerome has become a thriving artist community where the spectacular views of the Verde Valley and Sedona have to be a real source of inspiration for the artists and craftspeople who reside there. Your Jerome tour will include a stop at the Audrey Headframe State Park where you will get a unique look into the history of mining in Jerome. There will be time for you to explore Jerome on your own as well before heading back to Phoenix in the Valley of the Sun.

 

You will get back to your pick up location between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m

 

*We reserve the right to change tour itinerary after tour departure due to circumstances beyond our control such as weather, traffic, road conditions, or any other condition outside our control.

 

 

Red rock formation in Sedona Arizona

SEDONA TOUR DETAILS

-Cost: $130.00 Adult,
$65.00 child 3-12
-Departs daily 6:45-7:45 am
-Returns 5:30-6:30 PM
-Terms; Credit card or cash deposit required at time of booking. Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of tour departure and no-shows will be charged the full amount.
-We reserve the right to change tour itinerary after tour departure due to circumstances beyond our control such as weather, traffic, road conditions, or any other condition outside our control.

Sedona

SEDONA tour includes:

-State Park Fee
-Local Professional Guide
-Local Taxes
-Bottled Water
-Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected pick up area-Phoenix/Scottsdale)

Jerome Arizona

Sedona tour highlights

-Chapel of the Holy Cross
-Oak Creek Canyon
-Jerome
-Montezuma Castle

Rainbow over a Southwest Tours van

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

These are the questions we get asked the most.
If you have a question that is not listed here, please give us a call at 602-971-1381 or send us an E-mail

 

Our tours depart from select centrally located hotels and resorts in Phoenix & Scottsdale Arizona. Since there are over 100 hotels we can pick up from, it's impossible for us to list each one. We can make arrangements for people not staying in a hotel or resort. For those staying in the far east or south areas, you can meet us for your tours at a central location in Phoenix, Arizona. Those on the far west side can meet us at one of the hotels on I-17.

Our driver/guides are the heart of our company. They love sharing Arizona with it's many visitors and it shows. Each guide is highly trained and exceptionally knowledgeable about our great state, with customer satisfaction and safety their number one concern. If we can not accommodate your desired tour and schedule of availability we will do our best to help you find another company to meet your specific needs.

We use newer model, deluxe, stretch, 15-passenger vans, with no more than 12 passengers taken on any tour. All vans have comfortable captain chair seating, large windows and a speaker system so you can better hear your guide. Of course, they are heated and have air conditioning. For custom tours with more than 12 passengers, we will use coaches. We can accommodate groups of any size. For small groups we have a Town & country Mini Van.

We pick up from most Phoenix and Scottsdale hotels between 6:45 and 7:45 AM for our Sedona tour. The afternoon/evening before your tour we will call or email you with an exact pick up time, giving you a 10-15 minute window of time in which we will meet you in the lobby of your departure point.

Yes, you will need to make a reservation with us before the tour date. You can call (602-971-1381), E-mail, or use our online reservation page. We will need to know where you will be staying, the number of people joining the tour, and your full name. When we confirm the tour with you, we will ask for a credit card guarantee.

Dress comfortably. We don't do any difficult walking, but comfortable shoes are always good. A light jacket or warm sweater will be needed for the Sedona Tour from October through April.

Yes, you can. Simply go to our Reservations page from the menu above and fill in the form. We will send you a return E-mail regarding your reservation request. If you have not heard from us within 48 hours, please call us on our toll free number, (800) 513-1381.

All of our tours are fully guided with one of our professional and knowledgeable guides. Our Sedona tour price includes any local taxes, admission into Montezuma Castle State Park, as well as complimentary bottled water. Any meals, tour guide gratuities, and additional purchases you make are not included.

We stop at reasonably priced restaurants that are nice. However, meals are not included in our pricing. The Sedona Tour stops for lunch. Complimentary water is available on all of our tours.

Sedona, Jerome, & Montezuma Castle photos

 

tour van

Deluxe touring van

tour van interior

Spacious van interior with individual captain chairs

Courthouse Butte in Sedona

Courthouse Butte in Sedona

 Partial building still standing in Jerome AZ

Partial building still standing. Jerome AZ

View of Sedona

View of Sedona

Jerome Arizona

Jerome Arizona

Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle

Red rock views of Sedona

Red rock views of Sedona

Contact Us:

Vaughan's Southwest Tours

 

PO Box 31250
Phoenix, AZ 85046

Local: +1-602-971-1381

Toll free: +1-800-513-1381

Info@SouthwestTours.com

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