10 Things to Do When it Rains in Sedona’s Verde Valley

With approximately 278 days of sunshine and an average of less than 18 inches of rain each year, it’s not likely you’ll get rained on during your next trip to Sedona, but just in case, we’ve come up with a list of 10 things you can do on a rainy day in Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley in no particular order.

1. Take a Trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad

verde canyon railroad
The Verde Canyon Railroad leaves the Clarkdale station most of the year rain or shine, so even if the weather isn’t ideal for a hike, doesn’t mean you can’t explore one of Arizona’s most beautiful canyons another way. Reserve your seat with us today!

2. Enjoy a Dinner and Show at the Blazin’ M Ranch

Blazin' M Ranch

While you’re in Sedona, why not get the full Western experience with Blazin’ M Ranch’s Chuckwagon Dinner and Western Stage show! You’ll feel like you were transported to the Old West with this authentic dining and entertainment experience. Learn more hereDirections from Verde Canyon Railroad.

3.  Go to the Arizona Copper Art Museum

Arizona copper art museum

The Arizona-Copper Art Museum is Arizona’s newest art museum which is in perfect unity with the former company-town of Clarkdale. Clarkdale was built by Senator W. A. Clark “America’s Copper King” for the mass-production of industrial copper from 1915 to 1953, which was exported throughout the world. The museum’s collection is the “largest return of copper,” “back” to both Clarkdale and the “Copper State” and showcases what man created with the red-metal while it was away.

4.  Visit the Jerome Mine Museum

Jerome Mine Museum

There’s nothing quite like a ghost town on a rainy day… The boom and bust of this town was definitely extreme and maybe bad weather has a way of personifying this further. While you’re in Jerome, visit the Mine Museum for a deeper look in to Jerome’s interesting past. Learn more hereDirections from Verde Canyon Railroad.

5.  Visit the Cliff Castle Casino

Cliff Castle Casino

Just because it’s raining on your vacation doesn’t mean you still can’t be lucky. In fact, maybe you’re lucks about to change… You can play the slots, Blackjack, and live poker among other classic casino games here at Cliff Castle Casino. Directions from Verde Canyon Railroad.

6.  Old Towne Center of the Arts in Cottonwood

Olde Towne Center of the Arts

You never know what might be playing at one of our local live theaters… From concerts, plays, musicals, comedy, lectures, and special events, it’s worth checking out while you’re in the area. Check out their site before you make the drive. Directions from Verde Canyon Railroad.

7.  Visit the Sedona Heritage Museum

Sedona Heritage Museum

Learn more about the rich history of Sedona and the Verde Valley including the native groups that originally settled in the area, the pioneers, cowboys, and even our movie star past. So much to learn and see here at the . Sedona Heritage Museum. Directions from Verde Canyon Railroad.

8.  Visit the Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center

Sedona and the Verde Valley has been inspiring artists for more than 800 years, as evidenced by the petroglyphs seen at the V Bar V Heritage Site. Come see some local art, meet some local artists, or even take a class! Learn more here. Directions from Verde Canyon Railroad.

9.  Take a Drive Down the Red Rock Scenic Byway

Sedona Hwy 179
Officially known as State Route 179, this beautiful stretch of road explores the southwest edge of the Colorado plateau, the largest Plateau in the United States! While this road is the path to many of the incredible destinations around Sedona and the Verde Valley, it’s also been recognized by the U.S. Dept of Transportation as an “All-American Road”, meaning it’s as much a path as it is a destination itself. Learn more here. Directions from Verde Canyon Railroad.

10.  Visit one of Sedona’s Day Spas

Sedona Day Spa
You’re on vacation so why not treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, or massage at one Sedona’s day spas? This list may help you get your search started.
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