Best trails in Sedona, Arizona

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Looking for a great trail near Sedona, Arizona? AllTrails has 217 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Silde Rock State Park or Red Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Coconino National Forest or Buffalo Park. Ready for some activity? There are 127 moderate trails in Sedona ranging from 0.7 to 23.2 miles and from 3,589 to 7,040 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Sedona, Arizona
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#1 - Devils Bridge Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Devils Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch located in the Sedona area of Coconino National Forest. This is a great hike that offers breathtaking views of Red Rock country. This route is relatively short, but does have a steep climb at the end. The official trailhead starts along the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road (FR 152) and requires a high clearance vehicle to access. If you only have a low clearance vehicle, you can park in the parking lot at the Dry Creek Road trailhead as shown on this map, which is approximately 1 mile from the official trailhead, or at the Mescal Trailhead located on Long Canyon Road. If you park at the Mescal Trailhead, you will take the Mescal Trail to Chuckwagon Trail to meet this route. From the parking area, follow the marker for Devil's Bridge Trail. The early portion of the trail was originally a jeep trail so it is smooth and traverses through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus. Once you come to the base of the bridge, you will continue up a natural rock staircase that has beautiful views. You will reach another level of stairs which will take you up to the bridge. This popular trail is certainly a tourist attraction so make sure to arrive early to avoid large crowds. There will most likely be many people at the top taking a photo on the bridge. Although dogs are allowed on the trail, the steps at the end are steep and may not be suitable for all dogs.Show more
#2 - 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! 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
#3 - West Fork of Oak Creek Trail #108
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 36 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 stream 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. Show more
#4 - 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
#5 - Bear Mountain Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
Red Rocks Pass needed - kiosk located at trailhead parking lot. 360-degree views at the top are unforgettable. Bring a wind breaker to layer up with since it could get windy and cold at the summit. There is a deceptive false summit beforehand after which you do descend into a small saddle. Wasn’t difficult to climb back up this thing coming back. Wear shoes with good traction! It’s a rugged trail and some sections are on pure rock at an almost vertical drop.Show more
#6 - Boynton Canyon Trail
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h
Boynton Canyon is one of the most popular trails close to Sedona. If searching for trails in the red rocks, then this will be a perfect hike for users. The trail is great for hiking, running, and it is said to have energy centers and energy vortexes, along with featuring great views, plenty of Native American history, and pretty walks throughout the canyon floor. This often shady, and cooler section into Boynton is a favorite. Users recommend returning to the area, as autumn’s withered yellow leaves make this area extremely beautiful in contrast to the canyon walls. Users also recommend adding other small trails to points along this route, along with using the open slanted rest area at the end of the trail to enjoy the scenery. Since the summer and shoulder seasons do come with extreme weather, it is recommended to arrive very early to the parking lot to ensure availability and nicer temperatures. Along with the Bell Rock Vortex being one of the most popular vortex points in Sedona, Boynton Canyon is popular for both locals and visitors in other ways. Users can also research the Holy Cross, Box Canyons, Jeep Tours, and much more in the surrounding area. Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - Birthing Cave
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 1 h
This is a beautiful short trail up to a cave with fantastic views at the end! If you want to see the panorama from the back you must be brave and a good climber to get into the small, slippery cave. Don’t underestimate the length: it's rated moderate but the last part of the hike is definitely hard. Once you make it to the cave, your effort will be rewarded with an amazing view. Make sure you bring plenty of water as there are very little shaded areas. You will not have cell phone service once you leave the trailhead. Start on the Long Canyon Trail and after a little bit, you'll pass by a golf course on the right side. Once you've been walking for 0.6 from the trailhead, you'll reach a fork in the road. The left side will be blocked by a log. Take that path and you'll see a barbed wire on the right side. This means you're on the right path to the Birthing Cave.Show more
#9 - Seven Sacred Pools via Soldier Pass to Brins Mesa Loop
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Parking is limited so you may need to park at the Jordan trailhead or at the Teacup parking lot and hiked the Teacup trail to Soldiers Pass, which will add over a mile each way. Please visit the park website for more updated information. Great hike with amazing views. You will want to bring sunscreen and water as there is little shade. This trail can also get relatively crowded, check out the waypoints for an alternate starting point if the trailhead marked here gets too crowded. The loop is great either direction, and there is also an optional turn off for the mesa if you want to add a little distance and elevation.Show more
#10 - 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. If users visit outside of that timeframe, there is no parking in the neighborhood, and vehicles may be towed. The next closest parking area is 2 miles away and there is a red van that offers a shuttle service in this case. Users have reported that downloading the offline trail maps is helpful, since some portions of this trail can be difficult to follow.Show more
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