Sedona’s beautiful desert setting and low light pollution creates an unbelievable stargazing destination within the United States. However, its reputation for less earthly sky craft sightings has inspired curiosity in both X-files fans and the doubters. Sedona is also quite close to other predominant places for exploring the Arizona “nightlife”, so it’s the perfect place to base your astronomy oriented getaway. Maybe you just want to marvel over the Milky Way, or maybe you want to believe—either way, these are the best night tours near Sedona.

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Sedona UFO & Stargazing Astronomy Tour Sedona UFO & Stargazing Astronomy Tour
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Sedona UFO & Stargazing Astronomy Tour

Sedona UFO & Stargazing Astronomy Tour

Leaning on more of the peculiar side (yet maybe not so peculiar for Sedona), this tour will promise views of stars, the Milky Way and moon via high powered equipment. More bizarrely, the description claims UFOs will be spotted landing on various surrounding rock formations. So obviously we are intrigued. So while we can’t confirm that you will really see a spaceship whizzing through the sky, or something of that sort, we can’t say you won’t either.

Sedona UFO and Vortex Tours voted BEST 1 Day Experience Sedona UFO and Vortex Tours voted BEST 1 Day Experience
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Sedona UFO and Vortex Tours voted BEST 1 Day Experience

Sedona UFO and Vortex Tours voted BEST 1 Day Experience

Departing at sunset, there will be plenty of time to take in the unbelievable Dark Sky of Sedona. But guides are on the hunt for something more—UFOs. So this is a double themed tour like many in the area, and folks love the fun element that the search for extraterrestrials brings. Via tactical night vision goggles and peer at what might be something other than planes or satellites! Is your spine tingling yet?

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Sedona UFO Tour

Sedona UFO Tour

Okay, now things are just getting downright freaky. Sedona has been touted as being a UFO sighting ground, but this strange safari claims there has been actually ET contact. (Cue Twilight Zone theme song). Even reviews note seeing “anomalies”, and “flying objects”. One thing is for sure, guides will provide equipment and skills for sighting Saturn and other night sky features. Anything else is just gravy. So just sit back and enjoy looking at stars and the expected, and you never know, something totally crazy might just happen.

Main Street Ghost Adventure: Walking Tour in Jerome with Ghost Hunting Equipment Jerome, Arizona
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Jerome, Arizona

Main Street Ghost Adventure: Walking Tour in Jerome with Ghost Hunting Equipment

Jerome is an old town on hilly terrain near Sedona. It’s a neat place to visit, buzzing with tasting rooms, southwestern eateries, BnBs, and ghosts? Yep, Jerome has quite a spooky reputation thanks to devastating events long ago. Consequently, locals say ghosts roam the streets. While also a history tour, pro equipment will be used in hopes of spotting tragically departed spirits. But listening to stories of the past is enough to make this an interesting excursion. So go into it with anticipation of learning about this neat town and its interesting stories.

Starlight Ride on Verde Canyon Railroad Starlight Ride on Verde Canyon Railroad
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Starlight Ride on Verde Canyon Railroad

Starlight Ride on Verde Canyon Railroad

Hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad to chug through significant parts of the area, from National forests to all the geological wonders of Sedona. Riding first class grants access to drinks and a champagne toast, and the other carts, one of which is open-air, allows everyone to see the natural surroundings in the most stunning perspective. The sun will start to set upon the slow departure, casting a fading golden glow on the iconic Arizona landscape. When the twinkling sky makes its debut, the experiences unfold into a further state of sheer magic. Perfect for a romantic evening, or just a night out with the family, nearly everyone adores the ride.

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Dark Skies Astrophotography Tour

Dark Skies Astrophotography Tour

Kicking off from nearby Flagstaff, this photography tour is for everyone, from beginners to experts. You’ll traverse out into open spaces in proximity to both Sedona and Flagstaff, to delve into long exposure methods for capturing both the landscape and sky. Interestingly, Flagstaff is the world’s first international dark sky city.

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Lowell Observatory - General Admission

Lowell Observatory - General Admission

Flagstaff is only 33 miles from Sedona, so it can be reached in less than an hour, typically. Here you’ll find the Lowell Observatory, which has had a significant role in the history of astronomy. You’ll learn about the man who originally discovered Pluto, along with a lot of other facts any science buff would be eager to hear. Of course, you’ll get to gaze at the night sky and even the sun during the day. With special equipment, this can be done safely.

A Celestial Adventure with Sedona Star Gazing Stargazing in Sedona
Stargazing in Sedona

A Celestial Adventure with Sedona Star Gazing

Looking to take stargazing to a more professional level? Sedona Star Gazing boasts an impressive track record on TripAdvisor, for its detailed, down to the nitty-gritty, exploration tours to some of the very best Sedona viewing spots. Top of the line equipment, seasoned experts and small groups will provide a beyond optimal experience focused solely on the famed vibrant stars and planets. Sorry, no UFOs on this tour—at least we don’t think so. (Cue Twilight Zone music, again).

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