Explore the most popular trails in Big Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Enjoyed varied landscape and relative ease of terrain. It was a very chilly day, temps in high 30's and muddy wet trail. I love to hike but wanted to avoid the masses flocking toward Bell Rock, fresh off the highway. So I chose Courthouse Butte and traveled clockwise, really enjoyed the backside and views of spires I've never seen in many Sedona photos. The two side are nicely different so you will experience skyscraper cliffs, water worn lower buttes, and a gently curving creek bed on the south side. This is a great hike for all the scenic must haves and its not too difficult even for seniors. I will agree it is poorly marked once you've gone around the back side and start back (south side) toward Bell Rock. There are no more signs marking Courthouse Butte Loop. You will see references to Big Park Loop, Bell Rock pathway but no more help for finishing Courthouse Butte Loop. I did see Rector Crossing? or short cut. That turned out to be perfect since I did not need to go all the way around the front of Bell Rock and cut between the Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. Despite unusually cool temperatures and muddy conditions, parking lot was full at around 1pm so it will almost always be hard to park there due to magnet of Bell Rock to most tourists. But I eventually got spot as someone left and it was VERY well worth the wait. Beautiful hike, especially the Washington Monument style spires around the back side.

Fantastic trail system. Great markings easy to course around and wonderful views. Did this in mid to late January temperatures were fantastic.

Easy beautiful hike. It’s busy, first half had the trail to ourselves 90% of the time. Second half was busier, passed or was passed every 10 minutes. Also used by horses and bikes.

fun not too hard

Really easy hike. Can be done within an hour. But does have some pretty great views.

Not too much to see on this hike, but still general beautiful Sedona views. A nice one for kids and older individuals.

Did this clockwise. Some nice views during the first half... got a bit repetitive, but a nice walk.

Would rate this as easy, personally.

Did it during the winter storm. Beautiful although sometimes the view was only the silhouette. Didn't use it but appreciate the pathways for cyclist.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy but really beautiful. Did this hike Christmas week so lots of tourists near Bell Rock. They don't go very far, so had a peaceful, scenic hike.

I accidentally missed the Courthouse Trail so went further than planned. Signage in certain spots can be confusing.

Pretty simple and easy trail. Nice rock formations along the way and few people.

Awesome views and trail!

We took this trail traveling counterclockwise the morning after a storm. The scenery and views were spectacular around every corner. We encountered few hikers coming clockwise, but otherwise had the trail mostly to ourselves.

walking
5 months ago

Did this hike at noon with one small bottle of water. Lots of mountain bikers on trail today. Vortexes along the way.

6 months ago

awesome

backpacking
7 months ago

Beautiful back country. Not well marked, but you will be fine if you have a decent sense of direction.
Can’t beat the seeing both Bell Rock and The Buttes from every angle. Strong vibes here.

7 months ago

Nice morning hike. Start early take plenty of water as it gets hot quick.

I started this trail but did not finish. It’s relatively easy, but you MUST bring enough water on a hot day. We did not bring enough water, so we decided to turn back, also because we had just gotten off the plane and we’re pretty tired as it was, plus it was very hot. What I didn’t like about this hike is that, truly, it was kind of boring. It’s literally a loop around Courthouse Butte, so there aren’t many other sights other than Bell Rock. It’s also not very well marked, I found it to be confusing.

Easy enough hike assuming it isn’t too warm and the crowds aren’t too bad. We had fun exploring the area and taking in the amazing views.

Nice easy walk. Good for kids and the grandparents.

Awesome sights. The trail was not marked very well though

Did this as part of the bell rock hike. Quite and peaceful except on North side. We had several bike groups go by on north side. The other sides were very quite we found the east and north east side of butte very pretty with moderate trails. I’d do this again for sure.

Set out from the Courthouse Vista parking to Bellpark Pathway which connects to the courthouse butte trail. I went counter clockwise so that I could hit the front side of bell Rick and courthouse butte around 6:30 pm (hour before sunset). Great light. It took me about 2 hours in total but I was moving a decent clip. The backside of the butte isn’t too exciting but the whole trip is a great walk. Would be great with dogs.

Nice loop trail, only a few people 8:00-11:30 am. Park at either Courthouse Butte parking or Bell Rock parking. Start early, wear a hat, take water. Climbing possible at Spaceship, Baby Bell, and Bell. The Bell Pathway is more crowded but except right at parking areas, you can avoid most with short alternate loops. Shaded spots on trail occasionally but mostly open sun. Bikes on part of trail but not a hazard. Fantastic views every few yards. Other than dogs, a lizard and a blue bird like a grackle, no animals seen. Juniper, yucca, and prickly pear. Dry red sand/dust, rock slide washes and loose stones. Moderate climbing up maintained trails (with optional rock climbing), lots of signs but take a map because the signs are somewhat confusing. No water or restrooms. Great trail to start a Sedona visit.

Absolutely beautiful area... no surprise being Sedona. It was actually pretty empty once we got past Bell. Don’t mistake this trail. It’s fairly easy but when the temperatures start to climb there’s little shade and make sure you have water. Also, get there early. The entire area fills up and it’s difficult to find a parking spot.

Great hike with ever changing views of the butte. Did it with our kids.

Lots of competition for parking in March! The trail is not hard. Nice walk with beautiful scenery and random rocks you can climb

We got there right at 7 am so very little traffic. Very pretty. Ended up doing the bell rock climb at the end. Gorgeous. Well marked trail

hiking
11 months ago

Provides fantastic views of the butte from all sides. Combine with the Bell Rock trail for a photographers dream.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Great Trail, beautiful views!

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