Best trails in Coconino National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Coconino National Forest, Arizona? AllTrails has 229 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 127 moderate trails in Coconino National Forest ranging from 0.9 to 75.4 miles and from 3,162 to 10,314 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Located in northern Arizona, Coconino National Forest is a 1.856-million acre forest that surrounds Sedona and Flagstaff . It is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes varying from Red rock, southwestern desert, ponderosa pine forests, alpine tundra, and ancient volcanic peaks. Coconino National Forest borders other nearby National Forests, including the Prescott National Forest, Tonto National Forest, and Kaibab National Forest. The park also encompasses portions of ten wilderness areas. The park is divided into three different districts, the Flagstaff District, the Red Rock District, and the Mogollon Rim District . Each of the districts contains its own unique landscapes and environments. The Flagstaff district contains Arizona's highest peak, Humphreys Peak, which is part of the San Francisco Peaks, and the San Francisco Volcanic Field. In this district you will find lava fields and underground lava tubes, including Lava River Cave. Mormon Lake can be found at the southern portion of the district, as well as Ashurst Lake and Marshall Lake, which are located along the Anderson Mesa. The Anderson Mesa is best known for the Lowell Observatory. The Red Rock district sits near Sedona and contains the canyons, mesas, and famous red rock formations Sedona is known for. The most notable sights include Devil's Bridge and Cathedral Rock. This district also contains Oak Creek Canyon, which is one of the most popular attractions within Coconino National Forest. Oak Creek Canyon has a beautiful display of fall foliage, making autumn an excellent time to visit. The Mogollon Rim District is the last district and is located along the Mogollon Rim, which marks the southern boundary of the Colorado Plateau. The Mogollon Rim District is dominated by ponderosa pine forest and contains some small lakes and streams. The forest offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts, whether you are looking for hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, or mountain biking. The forest is also great for nature lovers, as it home to a diverse body of wildlife including birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles, and mammals such as black bears and elk.

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Map of trails in Coconino National Forest
Park information
Acreage:
1821495 acres
Contact
928-527-3600
Top trails (229)
#1 - Devils Bridge Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Devils Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch located in the Sedona area of the Coconino National Forest. This is a very popular hike that offers breathtaking views of Red Rock country. It is aShow more
#2 - Cathedral Rock Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 59 m
Cathedral Rock is a short hike that offers beautiful views of the naturally occurring red rock formations in the heart of red rock country. This is a favorite hike in the Sedona area. The Cathedral RShow more
#3 - Soldier Pass Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Soldier Pass Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, natShow more
#4 - Bear Mountain Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
Red Rocks Pass for $5 needed; kiosk located at trail head parking lot. 360 degree views at top are unforgettable. Bring a wind breaker to layer up with since it could get windy and cold at summit. ThShow more
#5 - Fay Canyon Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Good canopy and cool canyon bottom make for an excellent hike. Trail is a loose red powder. Some rocky parts where the trail crosses an old dry/seasonal creek bed. Watch out for bears.Show more
#6 - Seven Sacred Pools via Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa Loop
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Parking is limited so you may need to park at the Jordan trailhead or at the Teacup parking lot and hiked the Teacup trail to Soldiers Pass, which will add over a mile each way. Please visit the park Show more
#7 - Bell Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Bell Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rimrock, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessShow more
#8 - Broken Arrow Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Although fairly short, this trail has to be considered one of the best in Arizona. It is extremely fun to drive and the red rock scenery is knock-out beautiful. This is an extremely popular route and Show more
#9 - Airport Loop Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Airport Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optioShow more
#10 - Doe Mountain Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 56 m
$5 Red Rocks parking pass required (not good at Red Rocks State Park). Fun short climb to the top of the mesa where you can walk around to take in views in all directions. When you get to the top, taShow more
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