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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.

9 hours ago

Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa is a 'must-see' hike. The trail is well maintained and makes for a fairly easy walk. There is a long, gradual ascent to the mesa, although a few uphill spots rate as moderate. The views throughout the hike and from the crowning mesa are awe inspiring, transcendant, unforgettable. The trailhead parking is practically non-existent, so be prepared to park far away and walk some distance to reach the trail. This is a minor aggravation, but well worth the glorious views. Even on a weekend, the trail did not seem crowded. I will be back again and again for this fantastic hike.

22 hours ago

It was an amazing experience to be there and see such a beautiful place! It was a lot of fun to do the hike, it wasn’t too hard!!

We hiked it during a rainstorm, which made it a bit more difficult to maneuver, but we started early and there were less than 10 people at the bridge when we arrived. No wait for pictures, and the fog and mist in the background made the view even more spectacular!

Great hike not too hard, waited to take pics but worth it!!!

Beautiful and easy walk. LONG wait to get on the bridge. Over 45 minutes so we didn’t get on it. But the views are spectacular from the top. It is crowded, however.

This is our fourth trip to the Sedona area. This hike was by far the best we have ever been on. Magnificent views all around. It was not that difficult of a hike. Highly recommended!

1 day ago

Great hike! But many traffic near the bridge. An hour wait to take pictures on the bridge, but worth the wait!

1 day ago

Casual, heavily-trafficked trail that gets more strenuous as the trail gets steeper and narrower. There's a line at the top for the photo op if you enjoy people watching.

Very crowded. There is a souvenir store inside.

2 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous, moderate difficulty with lots of people. The sights are breathtaking.

2 days ago

Great views throughout the entire trail. Some sections are quite steep but manageable. Feels longer than posted distance.

Hiked this one last year fantastically beautiful scenery! Spread out enough so it’s not too hard

trail running
3 days ago

About 70% runnable; peaceful and not crowded. Great run, except for the herd of javalinas I came upon on the way back. Definitely my least favorite part!

Nice hike with good views. Long strenuous hike up to the top, however.


3 days ago

unbelievable sights and easy trail

Took the kids here first days. They did great! We went and looped around to the Church and then back to the parking lot. Kids 5,9,12 managed wonderfully.

This hike was grueling almost to the point where it wasn’t enjoyable, and I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of it. However it is open enough that you can keep on trucking for the most part, and the view is well worth it.

5 days ago

This trail was great. It wasn’t easy, I’d say more moderate ! A lot of stair like steps to get to the top. Some people seemed to struggle in those areas. Once our group got to the top it was beautiful. We waited in line to get a picture perfect photo. Definitely going again and taking my dog!!!

Didn't like walking along a dirt road that the Jeep's and other off road vehicles also used. It was about a third of the hike. Had to stop and let them pass often. Crowds on a Monday! Had to wait in line (yes you read that right) to get pic on top of Devil's bridge. Beautiful but not a fan of all the people. Kinda knew that going in, didn't think it would be quite that much though. Still a must do if you're in Sedona.

Took my older parents, they loved it. A beautiful, easy walk. I continued on past the maintained trail. You can climb up along a cliff line and it does not disappoint. The view is spectacular, you can even see Bell Rock in the distance.

Pretty easy hike . The last .5 miles were pretty steep rocky climb . The bridge was pretty amazing. The surrounding mountains ⛰ were spectacular

Great trail - easy and definitely a great payoff at the end.

6 days 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!

Great moderate hike w fun kid friendly rocks and parking

I love this trail. It's small but yet challenging in some area's. Finally got to go down devil's stair case in the rain. Made my girls scream sliding down. The best!!

off road driving
7 days ago

Fun out and back the last quarter mile or so got more fun. Did the entire trail in a stock Jeep Wrangler 4 door without aggressive tires. We didn’t have any issues at all.

Amazing. The story is so fascinating and the place is really unique. A very easy, short walk.

This is a fun, easy day hike with some truly great views! That said, parking can be a bit of a pain if you don't get there early and the trail can get quite crowded at times. Some of the stair-stepping sections, in particular, get backed-up with people. If you have an off-road vehicle with enough ground clearance, you can have a bit of fun driving through the area, and a bit closer to the actual trailhead.

Absolutely spectacular. Unbeatable views!

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