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Sedona is renowned for its red rocks with stunning formations that are so surreal you might think they were computer-generated. What better way to enjoy them than a rental where you can enjoy the views whether you’re indoors or out? These are some of the most impressive options you’ll find in this mystical Arizona town.
This exclusive gated luxury home is surrounded by red rock views, set on nearly two private acres with a gorgeous infinity pool that includes a cascading waterfall. And that’s not all – there’s a koi pond, a poolside flat-screen TV, outdoor speakers, a built-in infrared barbecue, a fireplace, and a jet hot tub where you can soak your cares away with that jaw-dropping view. You’ll have plenty to enjoy inside too, including a fully equipped fitness room, an infrared sauna, and a full-size pool table, along with all the usual comforts of home like a kitchen and Wi-Fi.
Ideal for a couple’s retreat, this cozy cottage accommodates two in a quiet neighborhood with direct access to the Coconino National Forest. It has a large private backyard where you can relax with the red rock views or step out the blue gate to explore the trails. If you’re back before the sun goes down, you can watch the rays cast a glow on Lee Mountain. There’s a fire pit ideal for cozying up to under the stars after dark. Inside, an open-plan kitchen and dining room lead to a living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and large glass double doors for enjoying the views.
A one-bedroom casita at the end of the road for seclusion and privacy, as soon as you walk in, your jaw will drop with the incredible red rock views. The Great Room has a 14′ beamed ceiling and glass window walls, but you might want to spend most of your time outdoors. There’s a large wrap-around deck with a gas grill and dining area, and stairs leading to a patio with a private hot tub where you can soak with views of the red rocks. From the front door, the stairs ascend to an infinity pool and deck with loungers. You’ll have a full kitchen with a Keurig and drip coffee maker, a washer/dryer, and an entertainment center with a Smart TV and a fantastic surround-sound system.
A one-bedroom luxury Southwest-style villa with 1,525 square feet of living space, here you’ll have awe-inspiring views of Doe Mountain, Chimney Rock, Thunder Mountain, Coffee Pot Rock, Brins Mesa, and Wilson Mountain, stretching all the way to the Oak Creek Canyon gorge. There are views from every room thanks to the wall of windows which also showcase sunrises and sunsets. If you want to enjoy them with some fresh air, there’s a gorgeous deck too. It’s just a seven-minute walk to one of the best hikes in the area, the Airport Vortex, and miles and miles of other trails are nearby too. Other features include an upscale kitchen, 52″ HDTV with a DVD player and Netflix for streaming movies and TV, and a huge bathroom with a soaking tub and two-person shower.
One for your bucket list, this upper-level studio for two is located in a unique historic building with curving adobe brick walls. It sits on a 5.3-acre property surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and unobstructed red rock views. If you’re looking for amenities, it’s got a long list of them. Guests enjoy the total spa experience, complete with a saltwater pool, hot tub, dry sauna, and steam room. And, there are over 15 miles of hiking trails that can be explored right from the edge of the property. The interior is modern, with a kiva fireplace and a well-appointed kitchen.
“Quietude” is a two-bedroom home in Uptown Sedona offering fantastic views of the red rocks from inside and out. The private outdoor space is incredibly enticing with a patio that includes a six-person hot tub, gas BBQ grill, and an outdoor dining area along with a large enclosed grassy yard. The main living space has an open floor plan with a kitchen and living room, with more incredible red rock views, while the master bedroom opens to the backyard.
This Airbnb is aptly named, providing a tranquil stay in a peaceful residential area just a mile from Uptown Sedona. Experience total Zen with expansive red rock views whether you’re indoors or out on the patio cooking on the grill. Your haven has all the essentials and a number of special extras inside too. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, you might have to battle it out for the one with a Jacuzzi tub, perfect for a soak after a day on the trails. Other features include a well-stocked kitchen, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, two flat-screen TVs with DVRs, movie channels, and a movie library.
Bella Vista offers a perfect vista of the red rocks that can be enjoyed from the wrap-around deck, hot tub, and other vantage points. It sits right at the edge of West Sedona in a private residential area providing easy access to some of the best dining, shopping, and hiking in the area. In fact, the Dry Creek Vista trailhead and one-mile trek to the largest natural sandstone arch (Devil’s Bridge) are just a few minutes away. Ideal for a larger group or family, it has three bedrooms, sleeping up to eight, plus there’s an optional downstairs unit that can be rented, accommodating as many as 10 guests.
Just a five-minute walk to the famous “Chapel of the Holy Cross,” a one-of-a-kind church built right into the red rocks, this three-bedroom home offers magnificent red rock views from the front and back, including Elephant, Cathedral, and Bell Rock. You can hang out, grill, and dine on the back patio with fabulous views, or get comfy on the leather sofa with reclining chairs, enjoying the ambiance of the fireplace while watching your favorite shows on the large screen Smart-TV. The open-plan kitchen was designed for entertaining with a large island, bar area, and upscale appliances.
This two-bedroom pueblo-style house is steps from some of the best hiking and biking trails in Sedona. From the front yard or living room, you can watch the sun go down over Chimney Rock and Thunder Mountain, while the private enclosed backyard with abundant wildlife and desert landscapes is the perfect place to relax beneath the shady juniper tree. There’s a propane barbecue with a side burner for outdoor cooking, a fully equipped kitchen, a living area with a Smart TV and fireplace, and a laundry room with a washer/dryer.
With more than 400 reviews and a perfect five-star rating, you know the Skydeck is going to be something special. It includes many extras like daypacks for hiking, a cooler, and a Red Rock Pass, so you’ll have free access to areas like Grasshopper Point and West Fork plus free parking at the trailheads. As the name belies, it has a gorgeous Skydeck for gazing out at the stunning red rock views as you sip your morning coffee or glass of wine at sunset. It also has a cook’s kitchen, cable TV with a DVD and Blu-ray player, and a washer/dryer.
This unique home is an architectural wonder that’s been featured in the New York Times for its design and artistic details. It offers lots of privacy with a BBQ area and sitting areas tucked into the picturesque natural setting with cactus and juniper, along with abundant wildlife from javelina, deer, and coyotes to roadrunners. Elegant Southwestern and antique accents can be found throughout, with many guests noting the Zen feel as soon as they enter. There’s a cozy entertainment area with a flat-screen TV and surround sound system, a modern kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a washer/dryer.