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Go early as soon as the gate opens at 8. Excellent views of the rock formations from all degrees. Be sure to stop at the Mesa. Lots of rock steps as part of the trails. Well marked in most places. Just follow the footsteps if you can’t tell which way to go. No bicyclists, jeeps, or casual hikers in sandals. Panoramic views everywhere!

Had a lot of fun. A few tough parts but nothing beyond 4 High in my TJ on 33's. A few blind spots where you need to be wary of oncoming traffic. There were a couple of spots where the trail was a little confusing but overall it was easy to navigate.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing views. Easy hike, even with kids. Climbed across the boulders to make it more fun.

Great ride! Very crowded. Did hells gate with ease but didn’t try the escalator. Rzr xp4 turbo on 32s. Worth the $5 fee.

Great ride in a rzr xp4! Did all the obstacles with ease except white knuckles.... didn’t have a winch.

Steep trail that’s challenging and gorgeous. We watched some brave Jeeps coming down the trail and heard some more bicyclists from across the highway. Great hike !

hiking
14 days ago

3 hour circuit. Tons of variety from plains to sinkholes and everything in between.

off road driving
18 days ago

This was extremely difficult and slow! 2 miles an hour in order to keep the side by side from being damaged was not that fun! Had to turn back after we came across a drop off that would have bottomed out extremely hard. It was a rental so we turned around.

off road driving
18 days ago

Did in a land cruiser and lx 570. No lift. No issues at all. I think could do with just about any vehicle. Had plenty of clearance under rock with rooftop tent. Absolutely beautiful!

off road driving
18 days ago

This was my very first off road with a side by side and we couldn’t have picked a better trail! This was an easy “hard”. Not scary at all! $5 to get in but worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

Great views from the higher you get!

This seemed to be a 4x4 trail where hikers are also permitted to use it. Great workout in the beginning, just wish it were only for hiking.

hiking
22 days ago

We hiked out from the soldier pass trailhead. Went up soldier pass, turned right at the Brin mesa trail sign and and onto Jordan trail to complete the 7 mile loop. It was an amazing hike. The trails were well marked all the way through. Once at the Jordan Trail head follow the Jordan trail/ cíbola pass signs, both trails merge. Follow the Jordan trail signs to the Sink hole to get back on to the Soldier pass trail.

It was a great hike. Rocky terrain and awesome views!!!

23 days ago

We did Soldiers Pass to Brins Mesa to Cibola Pass Trail. Everything was well marked except one section of Cibola Pass. Sign said Jordan trail both ways and no sign for Cibola. Luckily there was someone there who knew where to go. Follow Jordan trail in same direction u r going. It’s a fairly easy hike, with lots of flat ground. Some high elevations but very manageable. You are on the interior almost the whole trek. Lots of great views: Devils kitchen, seven sacred pools- these are on Soldiers Pass. Very quiet!! Very relaxing! Husband thought it was a little boring but it fine. Of figuring out which ones to do in Sedona. I would do this first since I think others have more of “wow” factors. Doe Mountain and Airport Mesa Loop have more wows but are more difficult! Have fun hiking Sedona, it’s a great place!!!!

off road driving
25 days ago

Nice respite from the crowds who think the only scenery is in arches

mountain biking
25 days ago

Nice trail. A little blend of some tech with pretty mellow slickrock for beginners in group. Endless possibilities abound and well marked at every intersection

Did 5 mike loop (in 3 hours) - Soldier pass, to Brins Mesa, to Jordan back to soldier pass. Amazing views. Variety of terrain which was cool. We did pass a couple people who were a little lost but we thought the trail was marked pretty well. Got pretty windy up on the top. Was helpful for us to take picture of map before we departed parking lot. Parking lot had about 10 spots.

hiking
25 days ago

I love the 5 pools or whatever its called LOL absolutely beautiful when theres actually water in them. The big cavern? is stunning and we saw a snake so that was cool. We normally go off trail and wander into the forest a bit.

hiking
26 days ago

This will always be a memorable trail for me. It was my first hike in Sedona and paired with Brin Mesa for the entire loop. Just outstanding.

hiking
26 days ago

You cannot beat this hike. Great views, really makes you appreciate nature. Some sandy areas but worth the hike.

Great trail with clearly marked paths and various sites entities such as Devil’s Sinkhole, Seven Sacred Pools, and if willing to go off trail a bit, three arches.

There are only like 10 parking spots in a very crowded parking lot. I suggest stopping at the entrance and waiting for for someone to leave. I would consider this a moderate hike because of the rough terrain but not really any actual hand and foot climbing. It is fun because there are several things to see along the way. We did not end up doing the whole trail. This trail has great views of the red rocks and has lots of shade.

In the description it mentions a red rock pass. I did not see anything about this at the trailhead.

My first off road experience in my stock Jeep Wrangler JL unlimited. There’s some little sand dunes off to your left off the main trail - make sure you go do them!

hiking
1 month ago

Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa is a 'must-see' hike. The trail is well maintained and makes for a fairly easy walk. There is a long, gradual ascent to the mesa, although a few uphill spots rate as moderate. The views throughout the hike and from the crowning mesa are awe inspiring, transcendant, unforgettable. The trailhead parking is practically non-existent, so be prepared to park far away and walk some distance to reach the trail. This is a minor aggravation, but well worth the glorious views. Even on a weekend, the trail did not seem crowded. I will be back again and again for this fantastic hike.

My first offroad drive.
Both breathtaking and safe at the same time.
A Must go!

Easily drive this in a 2x Toyota Tundra with 31s no issue at all. Awesome views awesome crag near the top too

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail was a blast. There are multiple routes, however, so I'll try to review them each.

The first trail(to the left) leads you to Picture Frame Arch and is clearly marked, leading you down some soft sand paths and minor rocky areas. it eventually comes out to a large sand pit which then has other trails to take. I would rate this part of the trail as Easy.

However, if you go straight, you'll immediately be pounding over a plethora rocky areas. This way also has steep inclines and declines, and once you're in the trail it is nearly impossible to turn around.

I drive a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk with a lift kit and 245/65/r17 tires. I also have the Avid Contour bumper that offers impressive front clearance. This trail was tough for the Renegade, but we made it through without ever having to use the winch.

I recommend the second mentioned area to teams and nothing stock. It seemed like it was better suited for ATVs or bikes than vehicles, but with some patience and skill, you'll make it through. I rate this one has Hard.

on Moab Rim Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This is more commonly called the Moab Rim 4X4 Trail. For the first mile there is a well-marked hiking trail (named Stairmaster) that runs alongside the route for off-road vehicles. After that, it seems that hikers are walking along the vehicle route, which might be a pain, except it is probably exciting to see how the vehicles make it up the sketchy parts. Or what happens when they don't. (Lots of YouTube videos.) There were no vehicles, or for that matter, any other people anywhere on this trail during my hike. The second half of the hike/drive can be done as a loop, or a variety of loops, actually. There are lots of signs, but they are often strangely unhelpful. I took a good guess on how to do a loop and it worked out. This trail connects up with Hidden Valley (also an awesome hike), and some time I would like to do it as a point to point if I can arrange the transportation.

Favorite hike in Sedona.

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