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

Take the off road trail, it’s a little longer but well worth it. The hike is not terribly hard, as many said, but the top is a little tricky. I had a 2.5 year old on me & am 4 months pregnant and was able to navigate. Seriously GO EARLY. Since it’s so popular there are tons of people and many who do not respect the basic customs and courtesies of hiking, which gets extremely frustrating when trying to navigate the more award parts. Some parts are not clearly marked so it’s easy to get off trail a little but it helped to expose some extra views.

backpacking
19 hours ago

Great views and great way to break away from technology!

Awesome! Not too difficult. Well worth the view!!!

Great trail! Not too difficult and the view is definitely worth it.

Amazing views!

Found this trail to be pretty difficult. Path finding is difficult and the trail is extremely easy to loose. Over half the hike is was large periodically loose river rock which made hiking with a heavier pack slow and rough on the ankles. Only standing pools infested with mosquitos were found. The whole hike was worth it for the beautiful red rock surroundings and abundant greenery. Its a difficult one so be prepared to bring ample water.

Still snow at the top of Abineau. Hard to connect to the rest of the trail.

hard but good trail, great view on top

A great hike with kids. Parking lot was easy to find, we were able to use National Parks pass for parking (otherwise you may need to pay for parking on honor system). The trail markers were very clear and each major turn in the trail had a map so we can see about how far to the next "check-in". I recommend this one for sure!

Beautiful hike. Go really early to get a good parking spot. We got there just before 7am and were back to the car by 9:30am. It was packed when we came back. The hike gets a little tricky near the end, but it’s definitely doable and very rewarding. Can’t describe how amazing the view is. Also, the bridge is a lot wider then you think, so just enjoy it. Highly recommend.

hiking
3 days ago

So incredible! The hike is not too long, and the views are nothing like we’ve seen of Sedona. We will definitely want to do this again. Near the end the climb is pretty steep, but going on the actual Devil’s bridge seems scary but is so fun!

on Fay Canyon Trail

hiking
3 days ago

It was a great trail that gave you a fantastic view of the rocks up close. You would go up very narrow and steep stairs, but the top was the best view!

Easy hike for us. We are of moderate fitness. We started at mescel parking. It took us about 40-50 minutes to get to the bridge. We started at 3pm and we got to the bridge there was only one other couple there. Didn’t see any snakes, unfortunately!!

Just do it as much early during the day for the bridge view

I would rate it moderate for some steep step-ups. Once you reach the top the views of the Sedona valley are fantastic.

the hard part is the drive in, make sure you have no loose fillings in your mouth, it takes almost an hour to get in.
Although we went on a week day, the waterfall was very busy, so once we took some pictures we retreated back to the one of the many accessible natural pools we saw on the way. I just wish people were more considerate and stop littering such natural beauties with crap they no longe needed. SMOKING SHOULD ALSO BE BANNED!!!

Very nice trail, good swimming spots. Small camping area several miles in was pretty crowded with weekend warriors.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail slight incline/decline near the trailhead. Very relaxing and quiet very little man made noises. Near the end there are some caves to explore. Also watch for snakes came across a few on my last hike

To echo other reviewers: start from Mescal trailhead and enjoy the nice hike to the Devils Bridge trail rather than walking on the road. Yes, this is super popular but for a reason. This is overall an easy trail but requires some agility towards the end. Saw many dogs and children. We did run into a large snake but it was not a rattlesnake.

hiking
6 days ago

Short hike with an easy-moderate climb involving switchbacks. Views at top are phenomenal. It was extremely windy when we were up there, otherwise we would have enjoyed more time taking in the views. Ran into a group of elderly people having a very difficult time getting down, so be aware of your abilities before you hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Far and away my favorite home in Sedona yet. I'm average at hiking, so this trail was ABSOLUTELY a challenge for me, but totally worth it. Take food and water.... you'll likely need several breaks.

Definitely rated “hard” for a reason. Bring plenty of water! Beautiful hike with AMAZING views!

It was a scenic little hike. It was fairly easy for the kids (they didn’t swim it was pretty crowded) the only negative was the wait to get in to the park to park.

hiking
7 days ago

Decent hike, great swimming hole! Not bad if you hike regularly but we saw a few people that had issues with the heat, water, and didn’t get all the way back to the water. Swim shoes would be a good suggestion but not required. I did not use any. Don’t forget to reapply sun screen before you leave!!! Lol

hiking
7 days ago

Quick and easy with a beautiful view. Easy to find trailhead right off the road, decent stretch of switchbacks to get to the top, and beautiful views of Sedona. Would highly recommend as a quick and fairly easy addition to a day of hiking!

We did this hike today and love the view on the top.

hiking
9 days ago

I took Christmas tree to Heart to Sunset. I will say views wise, I wish I did it in reverse but sunset to go up (or down) is a bit treacherous. Christmas tree is relatively flat and shaded in the am. Heart trail feels like desert walking and is much less shaded. There were sporadic flowers blooming though and they were beautiful. Heart Trail is 2 miles of uphill climb and switchbacks and the views are great! When you first arrive at Sunset Trail on the ridge line, you’re walking through aspens (that were budding when I was there). It was super windy on the ridge line but the views behind me were fantastic. Once you start the descent (the same trail used to go up to Mount Elden Lookout) the trail becomes slippery with loose rocks. The total mileage according to my Fitbit was 9.5 miles and it took me roughly 4 hours to hike.

Did this hike on May 10, 2018. 4 adults physically fit. Once you get to the hangover, I would highly recommend doing the loop in a clockwise direction. Also know that this should not be labeled as Moderate. It should be listed as Hard. It’s very long 8.7 miles, and today was hot (93 degrees), not a lot of shade, steep climbing (even scrambling in a few areas), and in several areas you are “hanging over” narrow ledges. If you have a fear of heights this hike is probably not for you. Bring lots of water!! The top today was very windy with gusts around 40+mph.

We did Bear Mountain 3 days ago, so I feel the rating of hard should be placed on this hike as well. I personally thought Bear was just as challenging as the Hangover (just not as steep).

Overall, this hike is excellent and offers the best views on any hike in Sedona, of Sedona! Total hike time from Munds Trail parking doing Hangover and Cow pies was 3 1/2 hours. We moved pretty fast. I’d do it again.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike but very hot! Some shade depending on time of day, but worth every minute once you jump into that water. Wow so much fun.

hiking
9 days ago

This was one of my favorites when I still lived in AZ! It's been a long time, but I loved coming out here to do some cliff jumping and cool off from some of that AZ heat. Definitely a fun area, make sure you bring PLENTY + some extra water.

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