Soldier Pass Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.5 miElevation gain839 ftRoute typeLoop
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Soldier Pass is a must-do hike for all visitors to Sedona. With just a moderate challenge, hikers are able to view several natural wonders. The trailhead has a very small parking lot that is frequently full. The parking lot is open from 8 AM to 6 PM daily. If there’s no parking at the trailhead, try the Jim Thompson Trailhead on Jordan Road. From there, you can take the Cibola Pass Trail to the start of the Soldier Pass Trail. There is no parking along the road in the neighborhood near the trailhead. Starting out, you’ll quickly reach Devil’s Kitchen. This incredible geologic feature is a sinkhole formed by the collapse of enormous underground caverns. Continue northward along the trail, and you’ll soon be at the Seven Sacred Pools. These small pools are formed into the rock, amidst a striking desert backdrop. Continue up the trail, and you’ll soon see a turnoff to Soldier Pass Cave and Soldier Arch. This short but steep trail takes you right up to the cave. This area is fun to boulder hop and wander, providing views of the valley below. Once you’ve had your fill, return down the steep trail to Soldier Pass Trail. Once you’re back on Soldier Pass Trail, take a right and continue toward the pass. The trail will eventually level out and you’ve reached the pass. From here, you can turn around and return the way you came, or continue onto the Brins Mesa Trail. Note that this area is popular for jeeps and off-road driving, so you will likely see vehicles near the start of the trail.

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Allison Shaner
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We heard parking was limited and got their at 7:20 to scope out parking and there were already 2 people in line. By 7:40 there were 14 people ready to take the 14 spots in the parking lot. The trail was nice and the cave was fun to explore. It’s best to go during times when there aren’t a lot of people in the cave with you. Along the way another hiker mentioned to us to continue our hike down the Bruins Mesa trail connecting at Cibola then the Jordan trial and I HIGHLY Recommend this it was the best hike of our trip! It took a little bit longer but was well worth the views again our favorite hike!

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Elyse Terry
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Parking is super limited. We parked by the skate park nearby and followed sunrise trail to the road and down to the trail. Incredible views with a mix of sun and shade. Some scrambling required. Towards the end it got tougher. Not incredibly well marked but popular enough you can just follow the people. HOT, bring lots of water and snacks.

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Emily Ulan
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Beautiful! Worst part was the mile walk to trailhead bc no parking in small lot

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Chloe Hammond
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Great hike, we only went to the caves, we did not keep going as people said it was ok but you’ve seen all the views of you do the caves. On this map the caves are the right part of the y in the map. I would rate the hike to the caves hard and say you should feel comfortable scaling and climbing slick rock - but worth it.

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Chris Leagre
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Linda Sullivan
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Amazing vistas with a few climbs.

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Lori G
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Amazing morning. Got a spot at 7:55 (we were 8 out of 14 spots available at trailhead) on a a Friday morning. Great walk and the cave was well worth it. .8 mile after the pools look for an unmarked wells traveled trail in the right.

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Kaitlyn Sheroke
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Wonderful trek with a lot to see! I took the detour to the caves and it is so worth the climb. Follow the AllTrails navigation for the first half mile, as there are little markers. If you are unsure of a path, pay attention to any logs that are placed across a path - this means “go the other path”. Gorgeous area, we went down the ATV track going back, no shade there but a good amount of shade on the first half of the trail. Pack lots of water and have fun!

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Jake Sample
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Might have been my favorite hike on the trip. Most of the way up to the caves was easy but getting up the last hill was kind of a pain. The caves made it all worth it though!

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Caitlin Gibson
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Great trail! We put cairns up for the path that leads you to the cave. Steep but doable!

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jaime fields
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Great!

The cave was incredible!!

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Ivanka Gavanski
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Awesome trail. It’s completely exposed, no shade. Views are amazing. We detoured to the Soldiers Cave, which was cool. Bring 1 gallon of water.

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Jami Greene
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Other than the lack of parking great trail. Beautiful views up to Soldier Pass Cave.

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Kim Small
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First of all great hike but signage for caves is needed for sure. We hiked all the way to Brins Mesa before we ran into someone who told us where the trail is to access caves. No problem. Got some extra cardio and great pics!! Came back down and accessed the trail by the wooden Red Rock Wilderness sign only marked by rock arrow on the ground. Walked right past it. We we came back from the caves the rocks were rearranged in a line indicating don’t go this way. Hmmmm, like no signage and that makes you think someone doesn’t want you to go to the caves. Don’t see that happening since the trail is well worn and word of mouth is a powerful thing lol! More cardio on way up and some rock climbing in the caves awards some amazing photo ops. Beautiful area. Don’t miss this one. Great geological spots along the way. Bring lots of water and good shoes.

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Marcy Slaughter
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 go early for a parking space. A great hike in the caves at the end are wonderful.

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Laura Pattison
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Great hike. Would do again. Good for kids...10 &13. Saw several dogs. Fun rock climbing and scrambling.

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Sandra Carr
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Lucked up and got a parking spot at the trailhead. So many things to see with the devil’s kitchen, seven pools and the caves at the end. We climbed up in the caves which was the best part.

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Stevie Billingsley
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Absolutely beautiful and not difficult! I did get off track and a few others did as well. Hang to the right when you see a fork in the trail and follow the wilderness sign.

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Krissy Hales
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Beautiful views

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Elizabeth E
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The parking area opens at 8 am to 6 pm. And there are only 14 spots available. Additional parking one mile way. We got there at 7:00 am not know that the parking opens at 8 am. We left and came back 15 minutes before 8 am and we were number 9 on the line for the parking lot. This hike was just great, with perfect weather and the caves are just amazing.

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Kathryn B
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The trail is 5 but the parking is a 1 so I landed on 4. The view from the secret cave is breathtaking! Worth the hike. PARKING TIP - don’t try to get there before 8. The police will make you move & then it’s every car for themselves to get in right at 8. Try between 10-11 am once the first round of hikers have had a chance to finish.

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Jennifer Sück
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Great hike with varying difficulty. Caves are amazing! A must do ...parking doesn’t open till 8am and only 14 slots good luck!

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Randall Conaway
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Great!

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Diana Zuniga
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Super fun hike! Lots of nature to view the whole way and shady spots to stop along the way. Pretty mild hike. We went up to the caves and turned back. The caves are so neat, definitely worth the visit. As others have said, they are tricky to get to so you will need to be capable of climbing up and down rocks. We arrived around 3 pm and the parking lot was full and we saw a few folks who were waiting for a spot. We parked by a near by school, which was a 30 minute walk to the trail head, and by the time we got there the people waiting were lucky and found a spot. It was a lovey hike the whole way though! Definitely recommend.

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tracy sumerauer
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Phenomenal day on the trail! Cave just before sunset was awesome!

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John Lambis
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Amazing hike! Make sure you make to the cave.

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Sara Neal
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So like everyone here, I tried to go to the main trailhead and had no luck. There's always going to be a line unless you're there at dawn. We wasted about 40 minutes waiting in line then ended up at the Jordan trail head. Do yourself a favor and just go directly to Jordan. Once you're there, you can do Brins Mesa and soldiers pass, which in my opinion is MUCH better. The views are even better on Brins Mesa. Do Cibola pass to soldiers to brin mesa. I wouldn't recommend going the other direction, the trek down will be harder for you.

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Danise Williams
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Great hike not very well marked In sections & had to park about 1 1/2 mile walk from the trail head even though we arrived around 8 am the scramble up to the caves is worth the climb but not marked

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