Spring and fall are Sedona’s busiest seasons, with daily highs in the mid to high 70s and nighttime temperatures dropping about 30 degrees. This makes for perfect hiking weather throughout the day. Springtime visitors will enjoy lush greenery along the Oak Creek and various wildflowers, while fall visitors get to witness the spectacular foliage displaying fall colors. As with any season, Sedona’s beautiful red rocks are always on display.
Summer temperatures can definitely get hot, but Sedona’s 4,500-foot altitude helps keep the temperatures cooler than those of Phoenix, just 100 miles to the south. On average, Sedona’s stays about 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix during the day. Nightime lows in the summer average in the cool mid 60s, nearly 25 degrees cooler than the Phoenix average.
Sedona does experience a monsoon season, typically beginning in early July. Monsoons are generally short periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms, in the late afternoon or early evening. The days will usually start out sunny and as temperatures rise, clouds will begin to gather, and soon rain will begin to fall, often torrentially. These storms are looked forward to, as they typically begin at the hottest part of the day. Skies typically clear by the late evening giving way to many stargazing opportunities.
Winter months are relatively mild, with daytime highs averaging in the mid to high 50s. Snow is rare, but breathtaking when it happens and pictures must be taken quickly because, with the bright Arizona sun, snow is usually gone by day’s end. Below is a listing of average daily temperatures and monthly precipitation:
|January||56° F||30° F||2.10"|
Note: Weather data is provided as a general guide only. Arizona State Parks assumes no responsibility for any loss resulting from use of this information.