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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.

It is NOT an easy trail! It has places that are hard to pass because there are ledges that you are walking on large rocks with loss sand and small rocks. So, it’s easy to slip and fall. On a large area of the hike the path is difficult because you are hiking on a path that is nothing but rugged rocks. There are many steep places. But, the view is amazing! But it is a difficult hike!

Great hike! Not a whole lot of elevation gain, so the trail is quite manageable for all ability levels. Took this trail and met up with the Devil’s Bridge trail for an additional ~3.2 miles (round trip). Definitely worth doing to see the bridge. The scenery is incredible!

Favorite trail so far in Sedona. At the trailhead a map is posted to extend the distance to about six miles. We took this route and enjoyed the trail and scenery. Slight changes in elevation until you reach the final mile or so. Piece at the top was steep but offered a big reward.

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2 days ago

Good hike until a pack of havalina with young stared to cross trail. Bristles up, turned around. Havalina can get mean.

Great hike. Views are worth totally worth it, so power through the steep terrain at the end.... you're almost there. Better light during the afternoon when the bridge is in the sun, otherwise photos require a bit of editing to look more than just a silhouette. I took the dry creek entrance, but next time I'll try the chuckwagon entrance. The dry creek is just a little boring.

Walking paths are clearly marked and the views are spectacular and breath taking. Trail can be enjoyed by all age groups.

Beautiful hike up ... the hike takes your breath away AND the view at the end even more! A beauty to do at sunset.