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Birthing Cave is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 291 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

No shade

Description
Waypoints (3)

Hike roughly .7-.9 miles in, see the fence with barb wire and look to the left. There is some brush / logs blocking a trail and you take that about a half of a mile up to the cave. You’ll have another turn to the right- but it’s easy to find.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (465)
Photos (226)
Recordings (380)
Completed (737)
Stacey Walker
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Hiking

Great hike! Short only 2 miles in and out. Bring good shoes if you plan to climb up in the cave. Good for both sunset and sunrise.

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Lex Smith
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Hiking

Beautiful, short hike. Great views. Lots of false trails!

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Derek Krank
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Hiking
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Katie Normandin
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HikingNo shadeScramble

This trail wasn't my favorite. It's very short but we got lost on the way back so just make sure you pay attention. I wouldn't have been able to find it if it weren't for the reviews. The first pile of logs you see, take a sharp left, and the Second pile on the left you walk over and continue on the trail The cave was huge, pictures very deceiving. Unless you climb up the vertical walls to the back of the cave, you will not be able to get a full "pano" shot of the cave like you see in pictures. Nice views from the cave.

Lorna Marie
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Hiking

This is not my favorite hike but the birthing cave was pretty cool. Not much to see besides the cave. This trail is very very very hot! Bring lots of water and maybe even an umbrella. We got kind of lost on the way back. So really pay attention to your trails. Also on the way there do you go on a path where there are a bunch of logs in the road it doesn’t make any sense but that’s where you go to take the trail. I don’t think I would come back to this trail. There are too many better ones in the area.

Ale Carranza
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HikingNo shade

Make sure you follow the map on the AllTrails app. You will see a big pile of logs (someone uploaded a photo of the logs) when you see that (make a left to cross them) DO NOT follow the path there, if you do you will end up walking 8miles round trip with no direction to Birthing Cave. Once you cross the logs it’s confusing to get to the cave. Again if you follow the path there, you will end up going different routes because there is several paths and it’s very confusing. Just follow the AllTrails app, open it constantly to make sure you are following the trail your map is recommending, make sure you stay on the red trail on your map, this will take you to the cave. The place is majestic and not a lot of people, probably because the cave it’s confusing to find. We had the cave to ourselves for the 2 hrs we were there enjoying the view and eating lunch. Take plenty of water and a hat - there is not much shade. #arizonaadventurers

Amanda Hikes
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HikingNo shade

Easy but can get warm because of virtually no shade. Did this at around 10 AM on a Saturday and had the cave to ourselves for just enough time to hang out and soak in the views. This is a must do if you’re visiting sedona as a tourist!

Taylor Schnepf
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HikingNo shade
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Ebony Williams
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Hiking

Met some amazing people on this trail who were helpful on finding the trail head. It’s def confusing so I would for sure download the app. Other than that great views! Semi slippery on the way down so be prepared for that!

Jes W
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Off trailRockyScramble

steep climb at the end, but a short trail for an exceptional view

Dustin Serra
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HikingRocky
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Steven Jeffers
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Hiking

Fun easy trail with a great view and shade at the end

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

got almost to top of mescal mtn

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Hannah Storum
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HikingNo shade

Gorgeous! Definitely follow all trails, easy to get lost!

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Benjamin Carraway
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Hiking

I loved this hike. it's a kid-friendly trail as I had a 5 and 3 yr old with me. The trail does get confusing and it's easy to get lost. It's a steep climb up to the cave, but nothing too difficult. The views from the cave are amazing.

Alejandra A.
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HikingOff trail

My husband and I got extremely lost and ended up hiking for about 3 hours until we finally got directions from some people who were there and found the cave. We saw at least 4 other hikes who got lost too. Take extra water and be prepared to get lost before you find this cave! It is absolutely beautiful up there if you are able to make it.

Phoebe Mo
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Hiking

I was doing the Long Canyon trail today and hoping to find the ruin. Instead we got off this path and followed others to find the cave. It was definitely a good surprise.

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Erika S
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Hiking

NOT MARKED and OFF THE MAIN TRAIL— This is a DETOUR. The first time and hopefully last time, I have ever gotten lost. The problem is not getting there, it’s finding your way back. There are a maze of trails that look like they get you back to the original log/opening where this detour to the cave begins and it gets extraordinarily confusing to make your way back to the same pt. As an experienced hiker in Sedona and beyond, I do NOT recommend this point. Poorly marked, no reception for cell/maps, and deep into a mazey forest — it is a detour. I’m all for adventure, but this is a bad idea. Stick to a known trail and skip the cave.

Melissa Olivares
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Hiking

Easy breezy with minimal to no shade. We started at 8am & took about a hour (plus an extra 30 min hanging out in the cave) Stick to the left at the first fork, then another left over the logs/bark (don’t follow the signs) You can hear the echo from ppl talking in the cave so you know you’re going the right way. If u want to climb the cave easier, wear something other than regular tennis shoes- one guy slid down (unintentionally) and the other tried stopping and landed hard on his ankle. Also, you lose signal in the parking area**

Aubrey Mikeworth
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BackpackingScramble

The trail was not marked and was hard to find. I would suggest downloading the map before hand and following it closely because it's easy to get off track. look for a cave in the hillside not a hole.

Tam Burke
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Hiking

I wouldn’t have found it if it weren’t for the reviews to download the map ahead of time, and even then I had hard time finding it. I thought I was going to enter from the back, but you come up on it from the front. The pile of logs are great indicators both times to veer left. Went around 5:30 and had the cave to myself for a while, it was so peaceful and magical, definitely would go back. Around 6:15 about 3 groups of people came, it’s not very large so as soon as they arrived it was our time to go. Would recommend but wear shoes with really strong traction, get an offline map, and look for a cave more than a hole. Enjoy!

Chelsea Ruetsche
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Hiking

Definitely recommend downloading an offline map. Its only a mile each way but pretty easy to get turned around. Follow the trail until you see a pile of logs and follow their guidance. The second pile of logs, at the fork, step over them and continue down that trail. Those are both left turns. Once you see the saddle, the birthing cave is to the right. We looked right at it and didn't realize it was the cave. Its huge! It looks more enclosed in photos, so don't look for a small enclosure. The opening is a lemon shape, probably 75+ feet tall. If you reach the saddle, you've gown to far. If you walk more than a mile, you've gone too far.

Nadia Fierro
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Hiking

Tried hiking this trail with my sister today but without phone signal we couldn’t verify which way to go for the trail. We hiked to the point where we saw the start of dead mans pass. Hiked in for two miles and then came back. We saw two other hikers looking for this trail while we were on dead mans pass. I recommend saving the directions on your phone because there isn’t any indication of birthing cave on the map at the start of the trail.

Janet Neisewander
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great hike with beautiful panoramic views and a very interesting cave at the destination

Kimberli Stone
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Nice little hike. We arrived around 9:30 on a Saturday and found parking along the road. Trail is mostly in the sun, so I’d wear some sunscreen. There is shade within the cave. We overheard some people get lost and as you can see with the comments, it’s not easily marked. Keep that AllTrails map out to make sure you stay on track. Trail is easy until you get much closer to the cave. And then it’s very steep. Going down was a little tricky and highly recommend a hiking shoe that has traction! Cool views and well worth the photo ops!

Chanise Christopher
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Hiking

We were able to find parking at the trailhead around 11am on a Sunday. Stay left on Long Canyon Trail, cross over the fallen logs on the left once you arrive to the area where the trail continues on the right (marked with an arrow, do not make our mistake and go this way). The cave was underwhelming and does not look like any of the pictures I’ve seen. Crowded by the time we left and poor etiquette so we were unable to take any photos in the cave really.

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