Little Horse Trail

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Little Horse Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

wild flowers

Directions from The junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona: Take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church.

9 days ago

Amazing views, rated 4/5 Sour Patch Kids. Chicken Point was great until two Pink Jeeps arrived and unlade their horde of loud tourists.

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1 month ago

A great hike with kids. Parking lot was easy to find, we were able to use National Parks pass for parking (otherwise you may need to pay for parking on honor system). The trail markers were very clear and each major turn in the trail had a map so we can see about how far to the next "check-in". I recommend this one for sure!

1 month ago

Amazing views at the end! This is one of my favorite hikes. The long sweeping views are gorgeous. It’s such an easy hike for a great payoff! We hiked it easily with 5 kids ages 13-5.

2 months ago

Great hike, meanders through greenery with amazing views at every turn! We continued all the way up to Chicken Point. Definitely great for families, all ages. Good shoes and lots of water was helpful. Parking was tight and it was fairly busy during spring break. Glad we did this and would do it again! The trail connects with the Broken Arrow trail.

2 months ago

This trail was so extra!!! With the scenery and the hiking atop the boulder! Wow! The view from atop the boulder is breath taking! So many photo opportunities. As I’ve only been on 5 hikes now on moderately popular hiking trails... the crowds did not bother me. I think the only thing that bothers me on hikes is when you’re friendly and say hello and it’s not reciprocated... This hike does require a parking pass that can be purchased with a CC at the trailhead. Parking is limited so arrive early to snag a spot. There is one vault (no-flush) toilet at the trailhead.

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2 months ago

Fun trail to do with kids!! Great views when u get to the top! Parking was a bit crowded mid- afternoon. Requires parking pass. Bathroom at the parking lot.

2 months ago

Great trail

2 months ago

Great trail.

2 months ago

This was our first hike in Sedona. So beautiful! It took us two hours to go to the end of the trail, mostly because we had to stop to take pictures. The way down was much faster. Great morning hike. We got there by 8:30 and there were still empty parking spots.

2 months ago

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

First trail in Sedona for me. Enjoyed it immensely. Good easy trail with a rewarding beautiful view at the end. Gr6time

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3 months ago

Very dog friendly. Pretty well marked as well. Great views. For you coffee drinkers, there’s a bathroom at the parking lot. Don’t forget your parking pass. It’s not too steep at any one spot and for the most part there are not a lot of loose rocks on the path.

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4 months ago

We were road-tripping from Kansas and didn’t take into account that we were going to be in Sedona on Martin Luther King Day. *cue anxiety attack* as beautiful as the Red Rock Secret Wilderness is, the crowds were sickening, the drive was backed up, we couldn’t find any of the trailheads, and the trailheads we could find were at “full” capacity and FINALLY parking was a nightmare. After stressfully driving around for over an hour we got a spot at Little Horse trailhead.

If we had went on a day that wasn’t so crazy and touristy I would have given it 5 stars. If I’m ever in the area I would definitely go back. The trails were so worth it and our dogs loved it. This trail doesn’t take you up close and personal with the rocks but you get some great views and it made for an easy 5 mile hike after the shit show of the crowds. Definitely a must go if you are in the area but probably not on weekends or holidays. Such a cute little tourist town with lotsssss of shops but I usually travel with friends and dogs so we like the more outdoor/middle of nature scene with a light amount of people on the trails.

5 months ago

Another great trail for first timers like my wife and I. I hiked it 1 1/2 months after a complete left knee replacement operation. Gorgeous scenery and nice photo opportunities !

5 months ago

Very nice!! Wonderful trail with plenty of shade. You finish at an awesome overlook with panoramic views. 2ish hours round trip if you’re not in a hurry

One of the best hiking trails to be up close and on the red rock! For those new to Sedona hiking, this is a really good one to appreciate the red rock landscape views at Chicken Point, including the shady juniper and pine forest that connect with other trails to Holy Cross Chapel, Llama and Bell Rock Pathway. Definitely a hike to come back to!
This trail is also popular with mountain bikers and can be very busy during the weekends and peak tourist seasons.
Parking pass fee. One outhouse.

6 months ago

Best hike to see Sedona, easy on pets and kids, immerses you just enough into the nature to get wild, yet when you look back to see the views, they remind you that your still close to civilization. Had a amazing time and will be back. Be sure to pay the $5 for parking. Rangers got to eat too.

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6 months ago

Great hiking trail for all levels! There were a few spots with a steeper incline but definitely manageable. We hiked Little Horse out to Chicken Point. Definitely worth the view!

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6 months ago

Wonderful first hike to experience on our holiday adventure to Sedona! Heads up... it is a path for mountain biking. Plan for early morning to get a parking spot.

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7 months ago

Nice hike with great scenery. Rocky. Too many bikes on this trail. Heavy traffic also. Well marked and easy to follow.

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7 months ago

Great little hike to the chicken pots which are pretty neat to check out. The trail was well marked and I didnt find it too busy.

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7 months ago

A lovely introduction to Sedona - mellow and meandering, with great views and lots of kinds of flora - no fauna this trip. We started a bit before noon on a Saturday in October and the lot was pretty full. Temperature nice and warm. The trail ended at a plateau with lots of views including the Two Nuns & Chicken Point.

hiking
7 months ago

Really nice trail easy to moderate. It had beautiful scenery and traffic was very low around 9Am.

8 months ago

Great hike to celebrate the cooler temps of Fall. More shade and/or flowing streams would have made this a 5 Star hike.

Enjoyed Little Horse up to Chicken Point, then decided to take a side hike to Chapel of the Holy Cross (and back to Little Horse).

We found all the trails to be well marked with rock cairn/baskets and wooden signs.

hiking
8 months ago

nice trail. good scenery along the way. great views at end but sharing the end with the groups on jeep tours was less than great. not many people on the trail itself

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8 months ago

Incredible views from chicken point at the end.

8 months ago

Incredible views from chicken point at the end.

Great with kids. Good way to start vacation!

hiking
10 months ago

Easy trail with a delightful view at the end. Using this trail to loop also worked well.

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