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.

Picking a favorite trail in Sedona is like picking a favorite child... difficult to admit. This big hike holds a big space in my heart. We double parked this one, so we ascended the south side from Midgley Bridge, hiked the north canyon and sedona overlooks, then descended the north down Oak Creek Canyon. I love every foot of this trail, and it never feels like I'm doing the same hike twice. With the elevation change, the terrain changes quickly and very significantly as you hike up- from the iron crusted sandstone, to the grey limestone, dense green pinyon pines, and finally onto the black basalt boulders that overlook the canyons and formations. The weather may also have noticeable differences with the elevation change (snow remains on the plateau much longer, wind is more intense, etc.). The north side is much more green and wooded, which was nice to hike down as the day got hotter. This side is also much steeper with loose rock, so watch your footing, especially when coming down. Wildlife is abundant, especially during the warmer months. We saw two species of horned lizards, deer, possibly a bobcat, and other reptiles and insects. Lots of animal tracks in the mud as well. Not much shade, bring sunscreen and lots of water (1 hr per person, per hour of hiking in the summer; it took us 6 hours to do all the trails with a long break to eat). Both lookouts offer great views- might as well do both since you already hiked up the hardest part! Still my favorite out of so many great hikes in Sedona.

My family and I hiked the trail this morning, before the rains came in. We had a range in age from 9-68. Everyone was able to complete the hike successfully! Absolutely breathtaking views from the top! We walked the entire thing, with breaks, in 2 hours. Highly recommend!

hiking
3 days ago

I went with my 4-year-old, and we got as far as the first opportunity to walk into the river, and he planted us there for about two hours, skipping stones - or trying to...It is super beautiful, and really easy to get to. But I didn't get all the comments about four parking spots. I made sure I was in the right place. I even asked the parking attendant, whose advice to me was not to believe everything I read on the internet.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful easy path through canyon. When you get to sign that reads ”end of maintained path” keep going. Once above the tree line you can see Bell Rock on the horizon. The path is than a bit rugged and a little hard but will get you to the back of the canyon.

Fun trail, found the sink hole, but the rest of the path to 7 pools were not marked well

Fun hike, awesome views at the top

Awesome hike, parked at the trailhead and then hiked the long way up past chuckwagon. Amazing views from the arch.

hiking
5 days ago

The final mile to half mile stretch is not worth going up. the difficulty is only rewarded with a mediocre view but the walk back does have alot of great views

Very nice, relatively easy, and short hike. Toward the mountain) or where you might loop back) it becomes a crap shoot as to where the trail goes. Bring the app to help guide you back. Quite lovely!

5 days ago

Top 5 in Arizona

Great views, easy short trail. Definitely a must do!

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing Trail, Amazing Views! Worth the climb to magnificent magic!

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful and fairly easy hike. Well worth the view from the top. I started early - around 6am and had the summit all to myself for about 30 minutes - by the time I got down many people were hiking the trail. Doing it early is advisable not only because it’s cooler, but also because it will be less crowded. Well worth doing.

Gorgeous trail! Not too difficult but still burns some calories. Great for families and dogs. Pay attention to trail markers we got off trail a few times on accident especially near the end.

off road driving
7 days ago

It was amazing, you shouldn’t do it without a off-road vehicle nothing less then a Jeep Wrangler rubicon

very easy, got kind of lost on the way back but fairly easy to get back on the trail

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. Some steeps spots towards the top so be cautious if you’re not an experienced hiker or not wearing correct footwear. Also, if you are hiking in summer months be sure to bring a lot of water—YOU WILL NEED IT! The bridge at the end of the hike is an amazing photo op and well worth the hike. A MUST SEE!! Love this hike.

Challenging hike but well worth it for the views of not only Sedona but the surrounding areas. Difficult to run due to rocky terrain but I suppose it is a mountain after all. Lots of folks looked pretty miserable on the trail- not a lot of shade. Parking sucks but upside is there is less traffic on the trail.

trail running
9 days ago

This a wonderful trail for running and the sand makes it easier on your joint but also increases your work out load. $10 for parking

This is a a favorite for hiking in Sedona. Easy to follow the trail.

On a cross country roadtrip, I made a stop here and hiked this lovely trail. Very different to Washington’s mountains, but it was amazing!
Red sand and views to die for. Highly recommend. Bring lots of water, it gets very hot.

Fairly flat and well marked to Submarine Rock. Make sure you scramble up to the top for some of the best views of the east side of Sedona. Sadly, we couldn’t find Devil’s Living Room - the sink hole - not sure how we missed it.

hiking
10 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. Be weary of the heat and bring plenty of water if it's summer. The top is absolutely worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

I absolutely loved this cave! Such a peaceful place. Google Maps had this updated so that the directions leave you right at the start of 9530. That was as far as I felt comfortable driving my low clearance vehicle. Parking there added on roughly 20 minutes and 3/4 mile in each direction but was totally worth it. I went yesterday in the heat of summer and there were only two others for the 2.5 hours I spent there. The cave was cooler with the breeze blowing in and obviously sitting in the shade. I could’ve spent an entire day just admiring its beauty. I can’t wait to bring out of towners there. A caution though: the road to get there is 10 miles on dirt road. Well maintained by bumpy in some areas. Also, stay low and left when you see forks in the trail. There are tons of them. If you do, you’ll be able to come around the left of the huge slab of rock on a very easy route.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike but not as scenic as people make it seem. A fairly easy trail, the only thing that makes it mildly strenuous is the sand. Get here an hourly/45 minutes early so that you can get a spot in the parking area and $10 in cash. Reiterating what the tips tabs says: bring water shoes if you wish to hike past the end of the trail to explore some more or camp. Oh and bring hand-sanitizer, especially if you plan on using the restroom in the park before/after the hike :)

hiking
11 days ago

My 6 year old thought it was awesome and fun. We saw lizards and bunnies. Lots of great views of the mountains. (This is her first review on all trails lol) She wants to know what others think of the trail

hiking
11 days ago

This was an awesome trail. My family (Wife 6 & 8 y/o) enjoyed the views and walks

Excellent hike, start early if in the summer due to heat. Good views, some shade for about 2/3 of the route. Trail goes right by a large sinkhole near the end, which was pretty sweet to check out.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike up! This app takes you the longer way, but if you go down long canyon road and park in the parking lot it’s a 4 mile hike round trip. If you have a vehicle appropriate for dirt roads you can go right up to the trail head and it’d be about 2 miles round trip. The views were incredible. The trail was labeled well also. Not a huge crowd probably due to the heat in mid afternoon.

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