Explore the most popular birding trails in Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

I agree with the previous review — 10/5. Stunning views for a short hike with moderate effort. We hiked the very crowded devils bridge trail the day before — few hikers on this trail at mid morning on a Sunday.

hiking
2 days ago

Fun easy hike, loved the scenery

hiking
3 days ago

I'd give this trail 10/5 if I could. One of the most stunning trails I've ever taken anywhere in the world and with an off-the charts EA ratio (Effort to Awesomeness). Minutes from downtown Sedona the trail starts at the end of a short drive down a dirt road. The well-marked trail is level through beautiful mixed desert scenery that almost looks landscaped before climbing up to a broad mesa with massive views in every direction of incredible red rock cliffs and formations. Go another quarter mile after cresting to an easily visible and very climbable outcrop for 360 degree views. Take your time heading down too. There's a great spot for views down the valley into Sedona to the left of the trail at the top of the mesa before you head down.

One caution: we did this in optimal mid-60 degree weather in November. Might not be quite as pleasant at the height of summer.

hiking
4 days ago

Pleasant trail along the creek with many crossings. We enjoyed the shade and partial views of towering cliffs on either side, even though the trail was fairly heavily trafficked. We did not go all the way to the end where we were told the vistas open out a bit. This would probably be an even better trail earlier in Autumn when the cottonwoods were still in color.

Very nice day hike, beautiful views!

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike! Recommend hiking boots not sneakers. Several areas of crossing water on rocks and sometimes had to step in water to cross. Not dangerous, just wouldn’t think anyone would want wet sneakers. The whole trail has gorgeous views.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful trees and fantastic views!

Hiked this to Soldier Pass and completed the loop thru Jordan and then Cibola. Trail was fairly busy but not too bad.

hiking
15 days ago

Terrific trail. Next time, would plan on reaching the trail's end between 1-2 when the sun's shining down into the canyon.

Awesome trail. Good workout. Fairly well maintained

This hike is a must in the fall. The change in color of he leaves is stunning.

hiking
15 days ago

Showing up around 7am on Sunday, there was an empty / closed parking area with a few empty parking spots to the right of the gate. Returning to the car at around 10ish to reveal a stalled line (presumably waiting for parking spots to open up) that extended to the highway. With that in mind, I would say this trail is a bit overrated. Its a very pleasant canyon walk, but its when its this crowded, I could probably find something similar.

hiking
15 days ago

beautiful trip through Red Rocks. had to go up the hill which was like climbing a thousand steps. it was well worth it though beautiful views from the top

15 days ago

Beautiful fall colors. Not strenuous and the creek crossings were a fun change of pace. When we were there in early November, you could get across by walking/hopping across rocks, so sandals or extra socks weren't necessary.

We arrived around 2 pm on a Friday and waited about 5 mins for a parking spot. Toilets, but no water, at the trailhead.

hiking
17 days ago

Heavily trafficked trail but so gorgeous. We drove up from Phoenix to see the fall leaves and we weren’t disappointed. Many leaves have already fallen but still worth the opportunity to catch the beautiful colorful leaves. The majority of the trail was shaded and ran along oak creek where you crossed at least 10 times. Water level was very low and even got chilly during the day. Fun trail for all ages and skill levels. We arrived on Saturday around 11am and there was a line up of cars waiting to park. We decided to avoid the wait and park about a mile away from the trailhead off 89A. When we left 3 hours later there was still a steady line of cars waiting to park at the trailhead. **If you park away and walk in there is a $2 fee/person. Would highly recommend and would love to hike it again in the summer months!

hiking
18 days ago

pretty,flat, canyon hike. if your into hiking, pass up on this one and head to, hangover and cow pie loop. awesome views, ledges, red rock and a good 3-4 hr work out

hiking
18 days ago

Better views if the right fork is taken just as you arrive on top of the plateau. Relatively quiet and peaceful on this Thursday afternoon, not too many other hikers.

hiking
24 days ago

This is a GORGEOUS hike! Fall colors, red rocks, towering cliffs, creek crossings. This hike had it all. Water was low at the end of the trail in the a slot canyon and we were able to go waaay back there. Just beautiful.

We had so much fun here with the while family! It was super fun to traverse the creeks with the kids. It was a bit chilly when we went in the fall, but would be great to beat the heat during the summer.

hiking
26 days ago

I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change and Mother Nature didn’t disappoint me today. Unbelievable beauty. The weather was perfect and the trail wasn’t too crowded. Take a couple of pair of socks in case you get your feet in the water. There are multiple stream crossings.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful fall hike. We went beyond the lake and ended up doing about 8.5 miles round trip, which was all pretty easy. The harder parts of the trail are the creek crossings as some are very slippery, but there are storing stones and logs to help with that. Took my 2 dogs and the LOVED it, in my opinion it is definitely a “dog friendly” hike. There is a ton of traffic on this trail so don’t expect to be alone for long if you’re looking for a quiet secluded trail. They only con to this hike is the parking, if you want to park in the main lot be prepared to wait 30-60 min for a space as it is limited. Have gotten lucky in the past with parking on the road and walking in.

hiking
29 days ago

Very scenic trail. We hiked in a light rain and with tree cover it was perfect. Just beware that the trail doesn’t really end at the 3.6 mile marker. It continues on to camping sites. We ended up going about 6.2 miles in before we turned around.
Despite the unexpected 12 mile hike we thoroughly enjoyed it.

hiking
1 month ago

We went to West Fork in August. This trail is definitely shaded by all the beautiful pines so you don't have to worry too much about the sun and heat. Having all the creeks to cross definitely was refreshing and nice to cool your feet off. The water wasn't very high. We saw so many people with bathing suits on thinking they were going to swim but the water is definitely not high enough. The hike was very picturesque but definitely not a favorite. I kept wondering when the trail was done so we could go back. We did go all the way to the end to see the canyons everyone was talking about but it wasn't that impressive. All in all it was still a super nice day trip and relaxing being out in nature but I'm not sure I'd opt to do west fork again.

Best trail in Sedona

A little overrated in my opinion. Just a nice nature walk through a cool geological phenomenon, nothing spectacular or “worth the effort” at the end. Not good for seclusion as it’s extremely busy.

It’s a little congested, however very scenic.

All age ranges were on the trail, and I noticed how very polite people were.

I liked all the stream crossings, and the canyon walls curl over you at times which was awesome.

Have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

We decided to go counterclockwise as others suggested. Did the full loop with lower chimney and upper chimney. Upper chimney is a bit steeper and more strenuous, but was glad we added it in to the otherwise easy and relatively flat lower chimney loop. Took us about 75 mins total with some short breaks, about 2.3 miles according to the trail map. Great views, good hike if you are sore or need a break from something more difficult.

Easy hike with very beautiful stream and canyon views. We arrived early at sunrise and found parking. By the time we were finished there was a line of cars waiting to park. It was unclear where the trail went at times but someone mentioned that the rain probably made it hard to see.

Very easy trail, but don’t bring your dogs unless they are short leashes or well behaved. There were numerous dogs that were on a long leash and it made the narrow parts of the trail difficult.

Also, definitely hit this trail before 8 if you don’t want to be bombarded by people or struggle for parking. Other than that, it’s is absolutely gorgeous!

the views are incredible. We suggest you hike to the waterfall which is on the other end of the mesa. well worth it. a bit of climbing but not super scary

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