More than 300 bird species flock to the Verde Valley ’s lush riparian areas and protected forests, making Sedona  a prime spot for bird-watching. Throughout the year, it’s not uncommon to see a host of colorful birds perched on the ponderosa pine and cottonwood trees, including bald and golden eagles, herons, orioles, hawks, and even Canadian geese in the winter.
For a guided outing, Sedona Adventure Outfitters & Guides (2020 Contractors Rd., 928/204-6440, www.sedonaadventuretours.com ) explores the Verde Valley’s best spots. Hop on one of the shuttles in the early morning or early evening when birds are most active. You’ll be equipped with a pair of binoculars so that you’re sure to catch the seasonal flocks and permanent residents that make their home in the area.