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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.

hiking
12 hours ago

This is an easy hike and you get some really great views on the way to the bridge. My biggest complaint is how busy the trail is.

hiking
12 hours ago

This trail was easy to follow and the flora was very diverse and beautiful. The creek at the end of the turn around point was a great place to relax and have a snack before heading back up to the trailhead.

13 hours ago

One of my favorite hikes in the area! The views of the town are beautiful and when you get down to the creeks it’s breathtaking! So peaceful! I also liked how it was not as highly trafficked like other trials in the area. I will definitely be doing this one again!

hiking
18 hours ago

A bit crowded but it was a holiday. Some spots of challenging and technical scurrying for us moderate type hikers but well worth the feat of finding a parking spot midday! Watch for white markings and rock piles and try to stay by those on the way.

Rant alert: People please don’t blare rap on your boom box in such beautiful scenery.. and be respectful of others, thanks

Really enjoyed this trail. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. As an experienced hiker, it was challenging and rewarding. Nothing technical that would keep inexperienced hikers from doing it, but I would agree with previous reviews that if you are inexperienced, be prepared for 5-6 hours and bring lots of water. It was about 65 degrees when we were hiking and it was warm. There is little to no shade on the trail so I would not recommend this on a hot day, and bring plenty of water. The views were absolutely worth it!

If you're inexperienced, PLEASE understand that this is a steep hike, and the winds are strong this time of year...So grippy hiking shoes/boots for sure. And make sure to bring snacks.
If you're experienced it only took me 2 &1/2 hours minus some hangout time.
But the scenery is SO worth the hamstring workout

The hike was short but had a fairly steady incline. I'd say it is between an easy and moderate hike. The change of scenery was great and the view was so pretty. We got a little set off track on the way back when we realized we weren't on the exact trail we had taken up and tried to follow the horse trail for a minute to find our original trail. Both of the regular trails connect back together and return to the same parking lot and are only a little off from each other so if you find yourself in the same position, don't worry. We had a great time and the length was perfect for our last day after some more strenuous trails.

Beautiful Hike! The road to the trailhead is long and rough but it’s so worth it! It has everything! Desert, river, greenery, rocks, leaves, tough spots, river crossings, and more! I recorded about 7 miles in and out. We didn’t make it the entire way as about 3.5 miles in there was a spot where we couldn’t all cross so we decided to head back. I would definitely suggest some waterproof (water-friendly) shoes so the water crossing doesn’t hold you back!

off road driving
1 day ago

Easy, but very rocky (bumpy) trail with spectacular views of the red rock formations and Sedona valley. Great trail to stop and climb the rock formations along the way. Bring lunch/snacks to take in the view from Schnebly Hill Vista.

Great hike! We arrived just before sunset at 7am and it was perfect timing if you’re looking to avoid crowds and not have a problem finding parking!
By the time we came back down at 9am the parking lot was packed!
Beautiful hike.
The parking lot in the beginning does not require a red rock pass. You can drive in closer to the trail head but you’ll want to be driving a high lifted truck/ suv. Lots of boulders in the road

Very first time here. my boyfriend and I loved it. We started our hike around 1pm and finished around 2:15pm. We stopped to take in the surrounding mountains Sedona has to offer. Native to Az. Live in Phoenix and Every time a trip out here is ALWAYS unforgettable! Almost the entire way you’re climbing on some kind of rock and testing your endurance. Pretty steep at times but I seen a man carrying baby down IN HIS HANDS (I cringe a bit when I seen him slide) and a few people with dogs so don’t tell me you can’t do it. Trail may be just a mile but hiking it doesn’t even seem like it. ENJOY!

Fun hike, easy to do with the kids.

1 day ago

I love it! Amazing view of Sedona. Easy stroll with a little bit of hike.

Georgeous views. There is a shorter trail that requieres 4x4 but this one thru the canyon provides amazing views, an easy walk to start, and a parking lot that is not too full.

Taking Chuckwagon was redemptive. Chuckwagon was absolutely stunning. Devil's Bridge itself was a tourist trap. Photos are pretty misleading. Huge crowds and a 45 minute line to get one's picture taken are not for me.

Beautiful!!! A must see. Make sure you map from this app to drive there or you may end up far away at a gated community

We loved Bear! We like to hike pretty quick, took around 3.5 hours including picnic stop . $5 to park. Wear grippy hikers, the, sandstone is a bit slippery/sandy. Didn’t disappoint, a new favourite and would highly recommend it.

This is an amazing trail! You get to see so much of Sedona and can add the hike up to Cathedral Rock. The views blew me and my partner away! Download the map because you can easily get lost.

Very fun. High Traffic. Beautiful view. Have to scramble up some rock

A must. Make sure to go until the end to see the bridge!

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