Little Horse Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from The junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona: Take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church.
beautiful hike to get a feel for the scenery in sedona. I recommend adding on the chapel trail to extend the hike and get to see the chapel without having to fight for parking.
We ended up connecting to several trails, not just Little Horse.
ABOUT THE TRAIL
We did an easy loop (about 3 miles total) with some minor climbing and a TON of options for connecting trails to keep it interesting. Our route this time was Little Horse Trail to Bell Rock Pathway to Bail Trail to Llama Trail, ending back at the Little Horse Trail. The trails are extremely well marked and some of the trail markers have maps printed on them. Trails feature red rock and trees all the way through.
ABOUT THE VIEW
Views of cathedral rock, bell rock, and others are lovely. These trails weave around and through the mountains.
STUFF TO KNOW
There is a parking lot, restroom facilities, and a large map of the trails at the trailhead. We went over the Thanksgiving weekend and it was BUSY. The parking lot was full. The great thing is that there are quite a few trails so we only ran into people a few times. There were a lot of mountain bikers, all of whom were polite. This hike requires a Red Rock pass - obtainable from many gas stations or there is a machine at the trailhead. $5 for one day, $15 for the week.
Very nice hike, but one needs to go up to Chicken Point to complete the experience. Even though I don't remember any wind on the trail, it was windy at the point.
Easy well marked trail with plenty of great views. Well traveled by hikers and bicycles.
Took the kids up to chicken point. Amazing views! Top 10 favorite hikes of all time.
nice hike but could be marked better. easy to stray off the trail.
Beautiful the whole way. You have to watch out for the Jeeps up toward the top--the Pink Jeeps won't run you down, but the other folks don't know how to drive on rocks. Don't sit. They will run you over. But when you are on the parts of the trail that only the hikers can get to-- totally worth it!! The rocks change colors with angle and time of day. Magical and perfect for a day hike.
Great trail with super views!
Relatively easy out and back 3.6 miles with beautiful views
Very pretty hike, would call this moderate versus easy though. Very quiet in the early morning
First time hiking Little Horse Trail and it became one of my favorites in Sedona. Not difficult at all, except for when you get to Chicken Point where some of the rocks may be a little slick. It was also quite windy when I got up there, but the views are spectacular. The views are also quite impressive on the way up and on the way back. It wasn't terribly busy (mid- to late-afternoon, only saw a handful of people on the way there and back) and only one pair of mountain bikers making their way up.
I also went part of the way up Chapel Trail on the way back, but my feet were hurting too much from consecutive days of hiking so I turned back after I got some great pictures. Will have to do both again next time I am in town!
Beautiful! Great views! Go to the very end for the grand view!
I loved this trail. Great views and not as crowded as soom other trails. Shared use with mountain bikers is the only downside.
Little Horse is one of my favourite trails in the Sedona area. For the most part, it's an easy hike. But there are places where it can get a little rocky. The trailhead is located on one of the scenic view stop offs after the Village of Oak creek and recommended especially for beginner hikers.