Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

hiking
6 days ago

Visiting the chapel is a nice experience. Totally overrun by people but everyone is in a great mood. You could do the little out and back on the Chapel Trail which is a very easy and safe trail. Why not?! Take a little water and go on a stroll with your friends. The Chapel Trail is a nice side trip if you are hiking up Little Horse on your way to Chicken Point. Might as well check out the Chapel on your way!

walking
9 days ago

Beautiful monument! Didn’t spend to much time, there were lots of visitors. Gift shop is weak, nothing worth buying. Other than that great place to stop.

walking
9 days ago

Volunteers were very informative & genuinely loved the history of this spot. We road down in a rental (Ford Fusion) & it was ok, little bumpy but no big deal. We relaxed outside the center & watched the humming birds. Very relaxing!

hiking
26 days ago

All reviews are accurate — excellent trail finding skills needed once you’re reaching the summit and cannot be afraid of heights and sheer drops. Beautiful views with incredible outlooks over Sedona but Not for the faint of heart! I was the only person on this trail yesterday and having it to myself was amazing — unless something had gone wrong, I’d of been in trouble. I can easily see how people get up but can’t get down, never climb what you can’t descend as well! Some spots need light canyoneering and lots of scrambling. Worth it!

Out and back trail. The scenery is special and felt like I was right up near the mountains. Very limited wildlife...maybe that's good in a desert! Trail is in very good condition and only slippery in a few spots. That's important to this 54 yr old overweight guy who is looking for a safe experience. At times, I felt I was in someone's back yard. Busy parking lot but we were the only ones on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Really cool historic spot. Petroglyphs, ruins and more. Must make a reservation with the park Ranger. Very easy but worth it. Beautiful views too!

Very crowded. There is a souvenir store inside.

hiking
2 months ago

I have to agree with the last reviewer. the trail was not very well defined. I actually had to scramble up rocks to find the trail for my 2 hiking companions below. Which honestly was nerve wracking and adrenaline pumping! The views were phenomenal, but the hike itself was difficult! Definitely gird your loins for this one! I've been up Bear Mountain and Sterling's Pass and also hiked the Grandview Trail in the Grand Canyon which was the most intense hike I've done and I have to say at some points the Thunder Mountain Trail is as intense! Worth it but be prepared with plenty of water and some snacks along the way!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is very easy but the ruins are fascinating. I recommend this for all ages. Look for some of the markings on the cliff when you go. I really enjoy this hike and I would definitely go back.

Heavily congested not enough parking. Views were beautiful once we were able to circle around and find parking..interesting..just a quick pit stop before hitting butte canyon trail.

hiking
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail, lots to see.

This is an interesting site, not what I'd call a hike, but definitely worth the visit. Good to hit up before a longer hike or on a day when you need to rest.
As others mentioned, you need to make reservations ahead of time to visit the ruins/pictographs. The guides only take a small number of people up to the site every 30 minutes between 9am and 3pm. You could just show up and hope for a spot, but it's easy to just call them in the morning and pick a time. The cost is $5 per vehicle for the day pass, unless you have a park pass already.
The guides are knowledgeable and the 1,000 pictographs and ruins are pretty cool!
One thing to bear in mind, is that the directions to the site on AllTrails is totally wrong!! Don't follow them! Just take 89A to Dry Creek Rd and follow the signs for Palatki. It's along the same road as Boynton Canyon also (at least for a while). So, you can put Boyton Canyon TH into your GPS and then follow the signs for Palatki. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

The hike was not moderate. It was extremely difficult. Should include notes about rock climbing. The map was inaccurate. My wife and I are in out early 30s and are very fit. This was very challenging and even scary at points. We were able to find our way to the top. The trail is not marked at all. Both going up and down we ended up off the trail and had to backtrack. I would still recommend the hike as the reward was very much worth the work. It took us 5 1/2 hours trying to follow the map. We met someone along the way who had taken a different route to about halfway up. He seemed to this that the route we took was more difficult.

Don’t do this hike unless you are in good shape and are comfortable with climbing some steep slopes.

super easy and great ruins and hieroglyphics

January is a great time to check this place out. It wasn’t hot and had a nice breeze that made the day very enjoyable. The wide trail is easy to walk and well maintained. We even watched a deer jet across the trail in front of us! What a treat! The volunteers are very nice and full of information! And let’s not forget the petroglyphs, pretty amazing to see!

Easy but beatutiful

Very good experience. National Forest Service volunteers were excellent. Well worth making the effort to make reservations.

Great hike. It is breathtaking!
We did the following loop: started at the Mystic trail head, Pig trail, Hog Heaven, High on the Hog, Broken Arrow and finally the Chapel Trail. Took the time to visit the chapel which is a must see.

Incredible.

Not recommended for low clearance vehicles! Seriously! Worth it though.

Not a good road for low clearance cars! Cannot emphasize that enough! Allow 40 minutes driving from Sedona.

walking
11 months ago

Short and boring

Like others below, this really isn't a hike. The views are fantastic, though.

Dude. A heads up that the trail closes at 3:00 would be helpful

walking
Monday, May 22, 2017

As it turned out, I was glad this was "guided" as I learned quality information I wouldn't have otherwise known. The main reason the ruins are guided is because they are not "re-built" ruins, but actual, still standing walls. The second site is mostly petrographs/pictographs (drawings or paintings). Pictographs can be carbon-dated, so we know what eras different ones are from. This site also had a volunteer to talk and discuss what you were seeing.

walking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

While this is a walk, not a hike, the grounds are lovely and the petroglyphs are phenomenal.

Experienced hikers and scramblers only!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easy hike, loved the ruins. Tranquil.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wasn't really a hike but gorgeous views

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