Explore the most popular birding trails near Sedona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 hours ago

Loved this trail! So scenic the entire time! A little longer of a hike than the trail map says. It’s about an 8.4 mile hike in and out.

I would not recommend this trail. First the good: The area is beautiful. The hike is a steady gradual climb all the way up and descent all the way back. The weather in May was very nice. And the negative: The trail is paralleled all the way by a 4X4 dirt road. The 4X4 road is very heavily traveled by Jeeps many of which are open air tour Jeeps. So the entire hike I'm hearing Jeeps groaning up the hill and chatter from the bucket seat hikers. Some of the Jeep tours even use speaker systems. When I got to the top of the Wheel, I continued hiking a couple more miles up. When I came back down to the Wheel overhang there were 6' folding tables set up with Champagne for the bucket seat hikers. For me it took away from a hiking experience and fit perfectly with my too touristy perception of Sedona. I would recommend the Cow Pies trail instead to get some relief from the tour guides

hiking
21 hours ago

This was a pretty good hike. We drove our Outback a little ways on the 4WD road,finally parked it, and walked the rest of the way. Not too many ATVs or other vehicles driving past and when they did, they weren’t going super fast. We had our 22 pound dog with us and he enjoyed the hike as well. It did get pretty steep up near the top and we actually ended up carrying him a ways because he got scared and we didn’t want him to bolt and jump off. Once at the top, we did have to wait in line for our chance on the arch but it wasn’t too bad. We went around 9:30am and by the time we were done there was a huge influx of new hikers on the trail. Recommend going early to beat the crowd. Well worth the hike as the views from the top are gorgeous!

Such an awesome and varied hike! You cross over a creek 13 times, overlooking canyons. It’s one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. It offers something for everyone - trees, water, beautiful birds, fish, the canyons I already mentioned and so much more. It’s also quite shaded which is quite different than other hikes around here. Only negative thing is this hike can be crowded, even on a weekday. Still worth it!

This was a great and challenging hike. We decided to take the Chuck Wagon Trail the whole way to the back Devil's Bridge parking lot from the Dry Creek car parking lot. This added at least a mile but it was gentle terrain, both up an down, and avoided the sand and rocks of the Dry Creek Road (upon which we returned). In hindsight, if we'd have had the time we'd probably do the Chuck Wagon part in both directions. You can go on Chuck Wagon to about half way up Dry Creek and then take the road the rest of the way to the beginning of the Devil's Bridge Trail. Or you can continue on Chuck Wagon until one end of it exits at the parking lot.

The hike from the 4WD parking lot seemed longer than 0.7 miles (what they have posted). The beginning is a gentle upward incline but it gets steeper as you get farther along. The stone stairs are steep and there are 2 sets of them. But we did see some elderly people on this hike so if you're careful and take your time and are used to doing some walking, you can make it.

The views are gorgeous, as are most views from Sedona trails, in my opinion. The arch itself was fun to walk on and to take photos from. We went later in the afternoon so I only had to wait for 2 people ahead of me before I got my turn on the arch. We had our large dog with us and he had no trouble with the terrain or distance. However, even if it's not a hot day (as today was not), take plenty of water as the Devil's Bridge trail is fairly exposed and it can get windy too (Chuck Wagon Trail has more shade)

Did the standard out and back a while ago in July. Amazing sights, not tough at all. Stunning the deeper you get. Planning a through hike soon to see the rest.

hiking
2 days ago

This hike was sublime and completely worth it. It had some steep sections near the top but was not too difficult at all, though may be difficult for people who aren’t used to hiking/physical activity. The mile long road from the parking area was boring and dusty, and there were ATVs going by every other minute, but I think there was an offshoot trail called Chuckwagon that would bypass this. I would try that next time to avoid all the cars. The mile-ish hike up to the bridge was beautiful and the views were more and more spectacular as you climbed. People waited in line to take photos, but it wasn’t overly crowded at 5pm when we were up there.

Nice hike, we were doing this hike as a second hike in the day. we had one in the morning and this one was scheduled for afternoon. We started late afternoon around 4pm. It took us less than 2 hours up and just above 1 hour back. Came back just at the sunset. It was actually good time of the day, because the majority of the time we were walking in the shade.

Great hike with plenty of challenges and change in elevation. Good markings and trail easy to follow - highly recommended for a nice workout!

hiking
3 days ago

Loved the hike. The start of this hike could be a little tough mainly because it can be challenging walking in the sand but once you pass that part, the rest of the hike is easy IMHO. We finished the hike in 2 Hours and that includes the 45 or so minutes we spent at the top taking photos. We visited first thing in the morning in November and had the place to ourselves for a good 15 minutes. The views as is obvious in the pictures are awesome. This hike is a must on your Sedona/Arizona itinerary.

Easy walk down the path but the scramble up near the end is worth the effort. Light in the morning (around 9) was great. Very peaceful and beautiful at the top. If I made it up and down, most can!

3 days ago

Nice hike along the creek.

Take the off road trail, it’s a little longer but well worth it. The hike is not terribly hard, as many said, but the top is a little tricky. I had a 2.5 year old on me & am 4 months pregnant and was able to navigate. Seriously GO EARLY. Since it’s so popular there are tons of people and many who do not respect the basic customs and courtesies of hiking, which gets extremely frustrating when trying to navigate the more award parts. Some parts are not clearly marked so it’s easy to get off trail a little but it helped to expose some extra views.

Great trail, did it 3xs while out in Sedona for extended weekend. We were in our 97 TJ with 4” lift and 35s. Some nice brief challenges, but scenery was awesome. Each trip was different part of the day (morning, afternoon, evening) as the shadow lines and scenery looks different - as well as the trail lines along the rocks look different as well. Got some great photos. Most of the Pink Jeep Tour guides were cool, we usually gave the right of way to stay in good spirits, they were always good to let us know how many behind them as well. Will do again when we go back.

Awesome! Not too difficult. Well worth the view!!!

Great trail! Not too difficult and the view is definitely worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

Just loved it. So beautiful. When you get to the end if you’re feeling adventurous you can just continue on through the canyon, without getting wet, the water must have been low when I went. It just gets better and better as you continue, with each turn in the canyon. :-)

Amazing views!

Found this trail to be pretty difficult. Path finding is difficult and the trail is extremely easy to loose. Over half the hike is was large periodically loose river rock which made hiking with a heavier pack slow and rough on the ankles. Only standing pools infested with mosquitos were found. The whole hike was worth it for the beautiful red rock surroundings and abundant greenery. Its a difficult one so be prepared to bring ample water.

hiking
7 days ago

This was such a beautiful hike. I loved every second. Come early! There’s a line of cars usually on the weekends.
Great for people of all hiking levels (even kiddos!). I wouldn’t say everyone can necessarily make it to the end but you really don’t have to go the whole way to experience the magic ✨.

hard but good trail, great view on top

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!

on Devils Bridge Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike. Go really early to get a good parking spot. We got there just before 7am and were back to the car by 9:30am. It was packed when we came back. The hike gets a little tricky near the end, but it’s definitely doable and very rewarding. Can’t describe how amazing the view is. Also, the bridge is a lot wider then you think, so just enjoy it. Highly recommend.

hiking
7 days ago

So incredible! The hike is not too long, and the views are nothing like we’ve seen of Sedona. We will definitely want to do this again. Near the end the climb is pretty steep, but going on the actual Devil’s bridge seems scary but is so fun!

on Fay Canyon Trail

hiking
7 days ago

It was a great trail that gave you a fantastic view of the rocks up close. You would go up very narrow and steep stairs, but the top was the best view!

Easy hike for us. We are of moderate fitness. We started at mescel parking. It took us about 40-50 minutes to get to the bridge. We started at 3pm and we got to the bridge there was only one other couple there. Didn’t see any snakes, unfortunately!!

Just do it as much early during the day for the bridge view

Enjoyed the trail. Scenery is beautiful as you wind your way back into the canyon. A few ups and downs in elevation, but nothing major. I recommend it!

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is beautiful, mildly challenging, and it is definitely worth the 6.8-7 mile hike! You can enjoy a little bit of everything on this trail. Make sure you hike to the end where the canyon narrows...it is breathtaking and most people hiking the trail turn around before they make it this far.

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