Best river trails in Sedona, Arizona

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Explore the most popular river 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.
Map of river trails in Sedona, Arizona
Top trails (44)
#1 - Cathedral Rock Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 29 m
Cathedral Rock is a short hike that offers beautiful views of the naturally occurring red rock formations in the heart of red rock country. This is a favorite hike in the Sedona area. The Cathedral Rock trailhead can be accessed off of Back'O'Beyond Road. There is a small trailhead parking area. However, the trail can also be accessed from Baldwin and Templeton trails. The trail ends with a short steep climb to Cathedral Rock. There are some steep sections so hiking shoes are recommended. There are great views along the entirety of the trail. Cathedral rock is an amazing short but strenuous hike in the southern part of Sedona. It's a distance of just about 1.2 miles round trip but the 740+ ft elevation gain make this a moderate to difficult hike with portions where near vertical climbing is required. From the trailhead the hike can be half hour to an hour each way. The views at the top of the hike are more than worth it however especially during sunset. Be sure to wear proper closed toed hiking shoes with good grip for an easier climb up and down. With two smaller parking lots that fill up fast during the day and nearby street parking that is packed at peak times, plan that into the hike. This is a must hike when in Sedona! Note that dogs are allowed in this area, but it is not advisable to bring them on this trail. The route requires a lot of scrambling, which would be too difficult for most dogs.Show more
#2 - West Fork Trail #108 Oak Creek
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Semi-shaded by trees and towering canyon walls make this the perfect seven mile Sedona hike if you want to beat the heat. Trekking up Oak Creek's west fork offers one of the best hiking experiences in Sedona, an area already known as a hiker's paradise. The steep canyon walls and the shade of trees make this a perfect trail if you're looking to avoid the heat of the Arizona sun. Trace the creek upstream along pleasant sandy trails and thirteen separate river crossings and enjoy the imposing views of the canyon walls towering above you. Unless the waters are high, the crossings are relatively easy, and the elevation gain on this trail is slight. The trail ends where the canyon walls close in on you and there's nowhere else to go without getting your feet wet. Enjoy the great views, make the most of the photo opportunities and marvel at how the water has etched away at the rock over the millennia. If you're suitably equipped, you can continue to wade upstream for another quarter of a mile or so. The pebbly creek bed can be a little hard on bare feet, but it might be tolerable to you - also be careful of the smoother rock surfaces underfoot which are particularly slippery. Eleven miles north of Sedona, the trailhead at the Call of the Canyon day use area has limited parking availability, which may be an inconvenience to some, but early arrivals will enjoy a relatively uncrowded trail. Cell reception can be tricky. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
#3 - Soldier Pass Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Parking in this area can be difficult and limited. Gorgeous trail, make sure to check out Devil's kitchen, the 7 sacred pools, and the secret caves - they are absolutely stunning! Show more
#4 - Fay Canyon Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Good canopy and cool canyon bottom make for an excellent hike. Trail is a loose red powder. Some rocky parts where the trail crosses an old dry/seasonal creek bed. Watch out for bears.Show more
#5 - Seven Sacred Pools via Soldier Pass Trail
Sedona, Arizona
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 31 m
This trailhead does not open until 8 AM. The parking area closes at 6 PM. Please note that if you visit outside of that timeframe, there is no parking in the neighborhood. The next closest parking area is 2 miles away and there is a red van that offers a shuttle service.Show more
#6 - Wilson Mountain Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 6 h 32 m
Wilson Mountain is 7,122 feet tall and named after Richard Wilson. Richard Wilson was a bear hunter who was killed by a grizzly in 1885. His body was found in Wilson Canyon, which is also named after him. This is the tallest mountain around Sedona, Arizona. The trail to the summit leads to an absolute killer-view of Sedona and far beyond, of Oak Creek, and even of the San Fransisco Peaks. The hike has two parts: Part 1 goes up to the First Bench. This can be done from Midgely Bridge (most exposed, but most scenic) and from Encinoso Picknick Area., also called North Trail. Part 2 goes from 1 bench to the Sedona Lookout. If you start out late, or loose your wind, only going up to 1st bench is well worth the effort. But the Sedona Lookout is unsurpassed, as you can see! A stunning, vertical drop of several hundred feet straight down, looking right into the famed red-rock stone sculptings of Sedona. Absolutely amazing. Although hot and at least moderately strenuous, well worth the time. You will see on our map here that there is an off shoot that goes to the actual summit, if you want to shave off a little elevation, feel free to skip this section! It is still a great hike!Show more
#7 - Cathedral Rock to Red Rock Crossing
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#8 - Huckaby Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
This hike has great views. It can be hiked from the Schnebly Hill trailhead (as described here) or from Midgley Bridge.Show more
#9 - Baldwin Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 57 m
#10 - Oak Creek Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 33 m
Short and sweet hike without having to cross the creek. Red Rock Crossing, or Budha Beach as it is also called, is accessible from Crescent Moon Ranch. Very easy hike, with beautiful views of Cathedral Rock. Park opens at 8am. Show more
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