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The arch is a nice treat. Be careful of the cactus going up. Some places are pretty narrow.

hiking
1 day ago

Great views en route to an opportunity to climb up to a very special vista looking back through the canyon. Really special! Be aware though that there is no maintained trail to the “arch”. Rather you are able to ramble up a cliff at the end that is high enough to view the arch. Does not detract from the experience at all!

Go to the end of the trail, then go about 100 more yards up. You can thank me later

hiking
4 days ago

Nice walk nice time to wrap up the day. Easy hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome trail for families. It’s not too short and not too long.

Easy trail with a few small hills. Always lots of local wildlife and native plants. Nice view from the top of the hill overlooking the fishing pond.

Very easy and extremely beautiful!! Highly recommend this trail

hiking
10 days ago

Well worth early morning hike with the optional climb to arch mid way. Partially shaded along the way which helps in summer days. Fantastic up close views along the way and at the end. Would do again. Enjoy

hiking
11 days ago

Great views at the end ! Good shade for most of the hike too

off road driving
12 days ago

Let's be honest here. This is a "road", not a trail. It's a great choice for the "family SUV" if you want to take the family for a Sunday drive - nice views and a nice cool place to have a picnic at the summit. You'll get your SUV dusty, but if you're looking for an off-road excursion that takes any amount of skill and a vehicle not designed to get groceries, there are many better choices in the same vicinity.

love this! Especially the cave and Arch!

The drive is spectacular winding around the mountainside. You need to be prepared for dirt roads that are sometimes single lane. Views couldn’t be better.

hiking
21 days ago

good hike

hiking
21 days ago

Easy trail with an optional rock scramble at the end, but it's the best part of the trail, so do it if you can! Such great views!

hiking
24 days ago

Excellent!!

hiking
26 days ago

Easy hike with fairly good coverage from the sun. We tracked our distance and almost exactly 0.6 miles into the hike we found the trail to the arch. It’s fairly steep with an easy scramble towards the top. Maybe 10-15 minutes from the main trail.

Awesome! Easy and beautiful views. Would go back for sure! Lots of creatures to see and find which my 3 year old loved! Water was chilly but my family loved it

Not as spectacular as some other Sedona trails but still a very pleasant hike.

Fun easy trail, great for first time off roaders. Some fun spots and lots of great scenery and photo opportunities.

A bit crowded by the beaches but nice walk under the trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walking trail mostly on red sand. Highly recommend climbing the rock wall at the end of the trail - AMAZING views of Sedona!

The trail itself to me was boring. And with the noise pollution of other park goers with kids, it's easy to be detracted. BUT, the horses. (sigh) And sometimes horses in the river playing around. There's just something about the horses that brings me back to this trail almost quarterly. Every time I go, I sit for a solid 30-60 minutes watching them. I typically always bring out-of-towners here if we have time, because the horses are so special and it's not a trail you need hiking or trail shoes for.
If you're not into wild horses, look for a trail elsewhere.
The horses are (unfortunately) people-friendly because idiots feed them. Last year, sadly, someone shot two of them. My point is that these horses are trusting and will come close to you. So please don't give them reason to fear by acting loudly around them; be respectful that you're in their habitat as only a visitor. And, PICK UP YOUR TRASH, this includes orange rinds and apple cores. Do not feed the horses!!
The parking lot is quite large, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a spot.

Easy hike through a dried out creekbed. No waterfall at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail starts at the very north end of Cave Creek Road at the base of the Tonto National Forest.. Although it was 110 degrees in Phoenix, it is about 8 degrees cooler than in the city. i went on a Saturday morning and had the trail all to myself. There were no trail markings, and I ended up off trail coming back. Thanks to the Alltrails map and GPS I was able to get back on trail fairly quickly. There was no shade until the very end. Disappointed that there was no water at the end of the trail, and, as others have stated, the swarm of bees and wasps kept me from going beyond the boulders. Views were nothing special.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike, there is shade intermittently, I got 2.8 miles round trip. I was hoping there would be water but no luck today. It was a fun little walk, but with water it will be 100% better. The bees are very active at the area where Falls would be. Saw owls, rabbits.

Easy in/out , ending in the rock slide. If you go down into the dry creek, you. an go farther up the canyon.

off road driving
1 month ago

Was open last weekend and not a lot of people, super fun

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views at the end. Go up the rocks after the end of maintained trail sign and you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of bell rock.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice beginners hike for our family. We have a 4 year old and a 1.5 year old. They loved it! We didn’t see a cave or waterfall, but had a nice resting area at the end of the maintained trail. Opportunity to climb up higher, but we were unable to because of our littles. Would love to come back again when the weather is a little cooler.

hiking
1 month ago

Although this trail was easy (flat and 2.4 miles), it was perfect for me to do after hiking a longer trail the day before. The directions on how to get to this trail's parking lot were spot-on by both Apple maps & Google maps. The parking lot had 30 spaces, and a bathroom.
The only other hikers I saw on this trail, on a Tuesday in July, were 2 families - one with small children who never made it to the end, and another family who passed me on their way out. Even better, because this trailhead is about 8 miles from West Sedona, there was no sound pollution - no sirens, nor could I hear cars passing by the trailhead on the road in. That road was minimally traveled.
I don't expect this trail has a ton of traffic compared to some of the trails that are in-town, which is, imo, the beauty of this trail. Personally, I go into nature to avoid humans. :-)
To get to the trail, you cross the street. You're greeted with a sign identifying the trail, and a notice that the recent bear activity is now a non-issue because they had to euthanize the bear. The animal nature I encountered on my hike included whiptail lizards, squirrels, bluejays and robins. It was serene and lovely.
This trail is NOT open to mountain bikers.
The trail is powdery at first, and about 5-6 ft wide; but soon thereafter is a harder surface on which to walk. Occasionally the width reduces to 3-4 ft.
Because you're walking through a valley, your views are above and around you, but they are somewhat obstructed by the tree cover. This is exactly why I chose this trail - it was 50% shady for me on a 100-degree day. Although there was no creek water on the way, the shade made it easy to do because I had enough water.
There is a sign at the end of the trail, notifying you that the maintained part of the trail has ended. What faces you are the red rocks - an opportunity to scramble the rocks for a higher view. That scramble isn't hard at all IF YOU HAVE PROPER HIKING SHOES WITH GRIP. In some places, climbing those rocks is more like climbing stairs; but, there are other spots that are a little trickier, hence the need for grippy hiking shoes.
Overall, this trail was just what I needed - an instant fix of the beautiful majesty that is Sedona. I highly recommend this trail to all hikers of any level. For those who are less experienced, without grippy hiking shoes, or without enough water, I do not recommend you scramble the rocks for the higher views after you meet the end of the maintained trail, which is clearly marked.

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