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Explore the most sacred and awe-inspiring canyons in Sedona. Our guided creekside hikes will leave you breathless; from both astonishing beauty and the sublime reflective waters of Red Rock Country. The vibrant and lush canyons in Sedona, are a perfect way to escape the heat and immerse yourself into the areas unique landscape. Our creeks

Explore the most sacred and awe-inspiring canyons in Sedona. Our guided creekside hikes will leave you breathless; from both astonishing beauty and the sublime reflective waters of Red Rock Country. The vibrant and lush canyons in Sedona, are a perfect way to escape the heat and immerse yourself into the areas unique landscape. Our creekside hikes can range from Easy to Moderate and cover 2 - 6 miles. These outings will take you away from the crowds and into to the most inspiring riparian areas in Arizona. Check out our: Three Hour: Creekside of Cathedral , or Three Hour: Guided Expedition

Stand on top of Sedona's highest summits, above the roads, helicopters, Jeep's, and all other visitors to find the most inspiring views in Red Rock Country. These outings offer opportunities to see a plethora of wildlife and enjoy an up close experience with Sedona's most unique geological formations. Our guides can carry all the weight t

Stand on top of Sedona's highest summits, above the roads, helicopters, Jeep's, and all other visitors to find the most inspiring views in Red Rock Country. These outings offer opportunities to see a plethora of wildlife and enjoy an up close experience with Sedona's most unique geological formations. Our guides can carry all the weight too, so your group can travel lighter and focus more on photography and enjoying your experience. These outings ensure optimum solitude, spectacular views, and an adventure experience you will never forget in Sedona. Check out our: Half Day: Summit Bagger , Half Day: Edges & Ledges Loop , and Marathon: Summit to Summit

Hike through the most remote and seldom visited wilderness areas in Arizona. Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of verdant, hidden desert landscapes, at the deepest corners of Red Rock Country. Our wilderness outings offer the best opportunity to see wildlife, including: deer, javelina, bobcats, coatimundi, ringtail cats, bear, seasonal birds

Hike through the most remote and seldom visited wilderness areas in Arizona. Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of verdant, hidden desert landscapes, at the deepest corners of Red Rock Country. Our wilderness outings offer the best opportunity to see wildlife, including: deer, javelina, bobcats, coatimundi, ringtail cats, bear, seasonal birds, and countless reptiles. With weather permitting, secret desert waterfalls and wildflowers carpeting the entire forest floor are revealed around every corner. Our Half, Full, and Marathon Day outings will allow you to reach Sedona's best three wilderness areas for unmatched solitude. Check out our: Half Day: Sedona Traverse , Full Day: Trans Sedona Experience , Full Day: Ultimate Sedona Adventure , Marathon: Best in the West

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These private outings were created by our local guides to showcase the unique beauty of Sedona. Our Classic Hiking Tours, will bring you into the most remote areas of Red Rock Country and visit trails seldom used by others. If you're looking for the most epic adventure tours in Sedona--look no further!!! These exclusive outings will ensure a physical experience you will never forget in Sedona.

Two Hour: Sneak-a-Peak

Looking for an aggressive experience that brings you to a quick and impressive elevated summit above Sedona? This outing is perfect for chasing a sleepy sunrise, or sneaking in a fading sunset. This adventure will efficiently ensure you touch all the bases in less than Two hours. The trail will take you to the top of Doe Mountain to capture elevated views of Sedona's most notorious red rock monuments. The summit is excellent for photography, or a quick work-out with the family. More...

Three Hour: Sacred Canyons Loop

Are you interested in learning about the sacred history of Sedona and it's ancient Native American peoples? This outing will take you on an immersive 3 hour hike that walks from Long Canyon Trail to Deadman's Pass Trail to Mescal Trail. The adventure will circle Mescal Mountain and pass along two of the most sacred canyons in Red Rock Country.  More...

Three Hour: Creekside of Cathedral

Are you looking for a laid back experience with beautiful views of Cathedral Rock and photo opportunities galore? Our Creekside of Cathedral Hike, will take you along the tranquil waters of Oak Creek, and allow you to immerse yourself below the majesty of Sedona's most impressive rock formations. The trail is more easy than moderate and provides a rich canopy of Arizona Maples, Sycamores, Wild Grapes, Box Elders, White Oaks, and Blackberries to name a few... More...

Three Hour: Romantic Excursion

Are you visiting Sedona with your significant other and looking to create something magical? We've created the perfect romantic outing for you, and your special occasion. Whether it's an anniversary, marriage proposal, or just because. We've got you covered for a romantic hike you will never forget!! Our guides will lead you along one of Sedona's most beautiful hikes, while they provide a customized assortment of special items to ensure an especially memorable experience. More...

Half Day: Sedona Traverse

Are you trying to see as much Red Rock Country as you possibly can--in just half a day? How does a moderate hike through Sedona's Secret Mountain Wilderness, an area featuring the regions most profound sandstone arches, mesas, spires, canyons, buttes, and fins sound!? We've got you covered for an adventure that will leave your cameras trigger finger sore, and your body ready for another day of big explorations.  More...

Half Day: Summit Bagger

Looking for an aggressive experience that brings you to Sedona's highest and most impressive peaks? This adventure will let you push your limits and climb the famed Bear Mountain. Along the trail, you encounter four "false summits," to spice up the adventure and make the seemingly short distance more difficult than it sounds. Named after an infamous local bear hunter, who brought down over 200 bears in Sedona and escaped from San Quentin State Prison in California at least once. More...

Half Day: Edges & Ledges Loop

Are you seeking an exciting Sedona adventure with elevated panoramic views, and the opportunity to stand on top of Sedona's most monumental red rocks? Our Edges & Ledges Loop connects all the dots, as it brings you across one of the largest deposit of sandstone in Sedona. All the while, taking an improbable and adventurous scenic loop on narrow trails high above Oak Creek Canyon & Mitten Ridge. Are you ready to take it to the edge for an experience you will never forget?   More...

Full Day: Trans Sedona Experience

Are you trying to maximize your exposure to Red Rock Country in just one day? This adventure will take you on a one-way hike, all-the-way across Sedona, to provide an experience that see's it ALL in one hike!! The best part is, this adventure is mostly downhill and maintains a very manageable moderate level of difficulty -- for a wide range of abilities. This hike will combine 6 trails together to literally traverse Sedona from the top down. Our best all-around scenic adventure tour. More...

Marathon: Summit to Summit

How about covering both sides of the highest peak in Sedona? This outing will take you coast-to-coast on Wilson Mountain, to see literally every rock feature in Red Rock Country!! The hike begins with a rapid ascent to the Southern summit. Using a one-way hike, this outing will then transfer to the northern rim, to overlook the unforgettable sacred canyons of Sedona. After viewing both summits of Wilson Mountain, you will descend North Wilson to reach the second vehicle. More...

Marathon: Rim to Rim Trainer

Are you training for an upcoming Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike or other adventure below The Rim? There is no better place to prepare than Sedona's Red Rock Country. This challenging adventure hike will bring you to our personal favorite place in Sedona, the inspiring summit of Munds Mountain. Our expert guides will help you learn how to properly prepare your pack, nutrition/diet, clothing/gear needed, and mindset to accomplish your goals. You can do this, and we can help!!!  More...

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These highly customizable private outings are your best bet for accommodating your family, friends, and other groups traveling together with varied fitness levels. Our guides will help select a trail appropriate for the group based on the collective abilities and focus the outings interpretation on your groups unique interests.

Two Hour: Sedona Explorer

Explore a quick red rock summit, enjoy a romantic sunset hike, walk along Oak Creek, or check-out one of Sedona's best short hikes... Are you short on time, but looking to maximize your Sedona hiking experience? Follow us, and let's explore a Sedona classic!! With over 100 trails in Sedona, our guides will select a trail that's perfectly compatible with your groups interests and abilities. More...

Three Hour: Guided Expedition

Are you wanting something different? Something that engages you into Sedona's magical landscape... If you've got less than 4 hours to spare, and you're seeking Sedona's best three hour adventure--Here you go!!! This outing can be customized to meet your groups individual needs and Red Rock interests. Our guides can lead you on an immersive three hour hiking loop, or break your experience into two shorter hikes so that you can see more of Sedona. More...

Half Day: Red Rock Excursion

Our most classic and popular hiking adventure!! Let us take you away from the crowds, helicopters, and off-the-beaten path for a memorable hiking adventure you will never forget!! This highly customized outing will take you into one of Sedona's four Wilderness Areas--to reach places seldom visited by others. Our guides will ensure your adventure meets your groups abilities, and provide an inspiring experience, which leaves you in love with the sacred territory of Red Rock Country. More...

Full Day: Ultimate Sedona Adventure

The best hiking tour in Sedona. How about a full day, exploring the depths of one of four incredible Wilderness Areas in Sedona's backcountry?  If you're looking for maximum exposure into Sedona's most remote territories, this is the perfect adventure for you!! This highly customized experience can fashioned into an extended one-way hike across Sedona, a scenic Sedona loop, or an intense summit bid that pushes you to another level physically and spiritually. More...

Marathon: Best in the West

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to push it to your limit? For some, this could mean huge mileage, for others it's stiff elevation, and for a few creating a one-way hike which traverses all of Red Rock Country in a single day. Whether you're training for an upcoming Grand Canyon backpacking trip, marathon, climbing 14ers, exploring Peru, hiking Kilimanjaro, or another huge objective... Let us create a customized hiking adventure, which challenges you to your absolute max. More...

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Two hour: dark sky.

Get away from the lights, and let us show you the perfect place to peacefully enjoy America's favorite Dark Sky City!! This experience will take you to a beautiful location for sunset, where from there, you will watch the sky turn into a water colored painting and later walk out under the light of a headlamp. Our guides will show you safe areas that allow you to get an intergalactic view of Sedona's Red Rock Country. The hiking difficulty can range from Easy to Hard and the trail selection will be based upon your fitness and interests. There is no better outing in Sedona for capturing the sunset in Red Rock Country!! More...

Three Hour: Classic Moonlight Hike

Let's create a customized stargazing adventure you will never forget!! We provide the headlamps and all the gear needed for an action-packed hike below the moon and above the Red Rocks. The added element of darkness enhances the adventure, and offers an opportunity to view rarely seen desert-dwelling critters of all sizes and shapes. This unique hiking adventure, ensures you enjoy the best sunset hike in Sedona, and best of all is customized to your requested level of exertion.  This hike offers unmatched solitude and peaceful evening skies to watch for shooting stars and distant planets. If you're a sunset aficionado, a family looking for something different this trip, or even a couple seeking a romantic sunset adventure--this outing is perfect for you!!! More...

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Are you visiting Sedona with a large group, family, retreat, corporate team, or wedding party? We've designed the perfect hikes for you and other groups traveling with 15 or more hikers through Red Rock Country. How does an epic red rock adventure that brings along the lush banks of Oak Creek and then high above the most beautiful overlooks in Sedona sound? Our experienced guides can lead your private group, of up to 30 hikers, through the most breathtaking trails of Red Rock State Park.

Three Hour: Red Rock Group Hike

Looking for an inspiring trip with your large group visiting Red Rock Country? This three-hour adventure will expose you to elevated photo opportunities of Sedona's most iconic rocks and a plethora of encounters with unique wildlife. This private outing takes place at the beautiful Red Rock State Park, and walks along the tranquil waters of Oak Creek. This area offers access to luxuriant creek crossings, and the regions most diverse desert environments. A perfect hike for all abilities. More...

Half Day: Red Rock Executive Adventure

If you're seeking a mixture of creekside and superb elevated views, then this experience is perfect for your large group. This option allows our team to create Easy, Moderate, and/or Hard hikes perfectly tailored for your groups abilities and interests. Our guides can break your group into separate factions, or keep them together for a team-building adventure. This outing includes a basecamp picnic, and a large shaded gazebo for celebrating special occasions & corporate group functions. More...

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Each of our Sedona Hiking Tours can be tailored for anniversaries, wedding parties, family-friendly adventures, or photography. Don't just do what everyone else does... Do a Jeep Tour, ride a helicopter, etc.. Activate your perceptible senses, and elevate your desire for "real adventure" on your upcoming special trip to Sedona. Our guides will lead you to the best areas for photography and sharing time with your deepest loves. Check out our Sacred Canyon Loop , Creekside of Cathedral , & Romantic Expedition Outing .

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12 Epic Hikes in Sedona, Arizona (+ Stats, Photos & Map)

Julie Last updated: January 10, 2024 United States 32 Comments

Best Hikes in Sedona Arizona Guide

If you are looking for an epic hiking destination, it’s tough to beat Sedona, Arizona. With its red rock scenery, arches, hidden caves, and network of hiking trails, this is a great place to explore on foot. Add in the abundance of top-notch hotels and restaurants in Sedona and you have an awesome getaway destination, whether it is just for a few days or an entire week. In this guide, we share 12 of the best hikes in Sedona.

The hikes in this guide are listed in order from the shortest to the longest. All distances are round trip.

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1. bell rock climb.

Distance: 1 mile | Difficulty: Moderate | Total Ascent: 400 feet | Time: 1 to 2 hours | Trailhead: Bell Rock Trailhead

Bell Rock is one of Sedona’s most recognizable landmarks. Hiking onto Bell Rock is tons of fun, making it one of the most popular hikes in Sedona.

How to Climb Bell Rock | Best Hikes in Sedona

Bell Rock Climb | Best Hikes in Sedona

The first 0.25 miles of the climb are marked with trail signs and wire baskets that are filled with rock. As you head higher onto Bell Rock, the wire baskets disappear but you can continue to hike higher by doing your own route finding.

Part of the fun of this hike is rock scrambling up onto the higher levels of Bell Rock.

How far you want to go is up to you. You can’t go all of the way to the top of Bell Rock but you can go pretty far. Here is the view from the upper levels of Bell Rock.

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The view from Bell Rock | Best Hikes in Sedona

Bell Rock Climb | Best Hikes in Sedona

The view of Courthouse Butte from Bell Rock

2. Cathedral Rock

Distance: 1.2 miles | Difficulty: Moderate | Total Ascent: 700 feet | Time: 1 to 2 hours | Trailhead: Cathedral Rock Trailhead on Back O Beyond Road

Cathedral Rock is one of the best hikes in Sedona. This hike is short and sweet, and with some rock scrambling and jaw-dropping views, it’s tons of fun from start to finish.

Because of its popularity, do not expect solitude on this trail. This experience is much more about the climb up Cathedral Rock and the reward of panoramic views.

This hike is very similar to the Bell Rock Climb, only on a much larger scale. From the trailhead, you will hike and rock scramble your way up to Cathedral Rock, until you get to the saddle between the massive spires of sandstone. Enjoy the view!

Cathedral Rock Climb

Cathedral Rock View | Best Hikes in Sedona

PRO TRAVEL TIP: This is one of the most popular hikes in Sedona and getting a parking space can be the most challenging part of the hike. For full details on what to expect, with suggestions on optional parking locations, read our Guide to Cathedral Rock.

3. Fay Canyon

Distance: 2 miles | Difficulty: Easy | Time: 1 hour | Trailhead: Fay Canyon Trailhead

If you are looking for an easy, shady stroll through a canyon, put Fay Canyon on your list.

Fay Canyon | Best Hikes in Sedona

Fay Canyon | Best Hikes in Sedona

From start to finish, you will walk along a flat, sandy trail through Fay Canyon. Parts of the trail are shaded by trees and at times you get glimpses of the red rock cliffs that tower along both sides of the trail.

The trail ends at the back of the canyon…you know you are there once you reach the “End of Trail” sign.

As an optional detour, you can add on the short spur trail to the Fay Canyon Arch. We learned about this after doing this hike but you can read more about it on All Trails.  

4. The Birthing Cave

Distance: 2 miles | Difficulty: Easy to moderate | Elevation Gain: 250 feet | Time: 1 to 2 hours | Trailhead: Long Canyon Trailhead

To get to the cave, it is a relatively short, flat, and fast hike. Getting up into the cave is more challenging, as you hike up a steep trail to get to the mouth of the cave.

Once inside the Birthing Cave, you have the option to scramble up onto the cave walls. You don’t have to go far, just three or four feet to the first ledge, for great views from the cave.

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The Birthing Cave

This is a great photography spot. For the best photos, bring along a wide angle lens (this photo was taken with a 16 – 35 mm lens) or try out the panoramic feature on your smart phone.

LEARN MORE: How to Hike to the Birthing Cave

5. Devils Bridge

Distance: 2 to 4 miles | Difficulty: Easy | Total Ascent: 400 to 500 feet | Time: 1 to 3 hours | Location: Devils Bridge Trailhead

Without a doubt, Devils Bridge is one of the best hikes in Sedona.

Devils Bridge Hike | Best Hikes in Sedona

Devils Bridge | Best Hikes in Sedona

This is an EXTREMELY popular hike in Sedona. Hundreds of people per day hike to the bridge…for photos, for the views, and to even “pop the question.”

From the trailhead, it is just a 2 mile round-trip hike to Devil’s Bridge. It’s mostly flat and fast and just before getting to the bridge you will hike up several series of inclines and stone steps.

The trick is getting to the trailhead. The Devils Bridge trailhead is located on a road that is only accessible by a 4WD high-clearance vehicle. If you don’t have a 4×4, then you will have to start at the Mescal Trailhead or park and walk from Dry Creek Road.

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6. Airport Loop Trail

Distance: 3 miles | Difficulty: Easy | Elevation Gain: 400 feet | Time: 2 hours | Trailhead: Airport Mesa Trailhead

Airport Mesa is a shrub-covered mesa that is located to the south of Sedona.

The Airport Loop Trail makes a loop around the upper rim of the mesa. Along the hike, you can look out at Sedona’s most famous landmarks, including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Munds Mesa, Thunder Mountain, and the town of Sedona.

Sedona Airport Mesa View | Best Hikes in Sedona

View from the Summit Trail | Best Hikes in Sedona

Airport Mesa View

Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock, and Cathedral Rock

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Want the big views without walking the entire loop? Starting at the Airport Mesa trailhead, hike the short spur trail up to the top of the Summit Trail for awesome views over Sedona. Then hike the Loop Trail in a clockwise direction. You only have to hike a half-mile to get the best views of Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte. Retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

7. Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte Loop

Distance: 4 miles | Difficulty: Easy | Total Ascent: 400 feet | Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours | Trailhead: Bell Rock Trailhead

If you are looking for an easy hike with great views of two of Sedona’s most iconic formations, Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, then put this hike on your to do list.

Courthouse Butte Loop

Bell Rock | Best Hikes in Sedona

Bell Rock | Best Hikes in Sedona

This hike is done as a loop, so your views are always changing. It’s a relatively flat hike so it’s great for all ages and ability levels. At the end of the hike, you have the option to add on the climb up Bell Rock (mentioned earlier), which we highly recommend.

Since this hike is done as a loop, it can be hiked in either direction. We recommend hiking the loop in a clockwise direction, saving the best views of Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock for the end of the hike.

LEARN MORE: How to Hike the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte Loop Trail

8. Soldier Pass

Distance: 4.5 miles | Difficulty: Moderate | Total Ascent: 800 feet | Time: 2 to 4 hours | Trailhead: Soldier Pass Trailhead

There are several reasons why the Soldier Pass Trail is one of the best hikes in Sedona. For one thing, it is relatively short and easy to hike. But the main reason why people love this trail is to visit the Seven Sacred Pools, hike past a sinkhole named Devil’s Kitchen, and hike to the Soldier Pass cave.

Devils Kitchen

Devils Kitchen

7 Sacred Pools

7 Sacred Pools

Soldier Pass Cave | Best Hikes in Sedona

Soldier Pass Cave | Best Hikes in Sedona

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Parking at the trailhead can be a challenge. The trailhead parking lot only holds 14 vehicles, and since it is gated, you have to get your timing right to get a space here. Fortunately, there are other starting points for this hike…the next best place to park is at the Brins Mesa Trailhead. For full details on where to park, read our Guide to the Soldier Pass Trail.

9. Bear Mountain

Distance: 5 miles | Difficulty: Strenuous | Total Ascent: 1,800 feet | Time: 4 to 6 hours | Trailhead: Bear Mountain Trailhead

This may not be the longest hike on this list but it is the toughest. With 1,800 feet of total elevation gain, this hike has some very steep climbs on the way to the summit.

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View from Bear Mountain | Best Hikes in Sedona

Bear Mountain is one of the tallest peaks in Sedona. From the top, you are rewarded with panoramic views of the red rocks of Sedona as well as the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff.

LEARN MORE: How to Hike the Bear Mountain Trail

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10. West Fork Trail

Distance: 6 miles | Difficulty: Easy to moderate | Total Ascent: 535 feet | Time: 3 to 5 hours | Location: West Fork Oak Creek Trailhead

This easy trail meanders along Oak Creek. It’s shady and quiet and it is a much different experience than the other hikes on this list.

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West Fork Trail | Best Hikes in Sedona

For almost the entire distance of this hike, you walk along Oak Creek and get to see where the creek carved out the canyon walls. In some places, it resembles the Subway in Zion National Park.

Since you are in the shade of the trees, this is a great hike to do on a hot day in Sedona.

11. Brins Mesa + Soldier Pass Loop

Distance: 6 miles | Difficulty: Moderate | Total Ascent: 1,200 feet | Time: 3 to 5 hours | Trailhead: Brins Mesa Trailhead

The Brins Mesa and Soldier Pass Loop combines two scenic hiking trails into one awesome experience.

Since this is done as a loop, you are always hiking through new landscapes, with new views.

From Brins Mesa, you get panoramic views of the surrounding red rock mountains.

Brins Mesa Hike

On the Soldier Pass Trail, you get to see Devil’s Kitchen and the Seven Sacred Pools, with the option to add on the Soldier Pass cave.

The Brins Mesa – Soldier Pass Loop works best in a clockwise direction, especially if you can start early. You can hike the busier Soldier Pass Trail first thing in the morning and save the quieter, less-trafficked Brins Mesa Trail for mid to late morning when the hiking trails really start to get crowded.

LEARN MORE:   How to Hike the Brins Mesa – Soldier Pass Loop

12. Boynton Canyon Trail & the Subway Cave

Distance: 7.5 miles | Difficulty: Moderate | Total Ascent: 1,300 feet | Time: 4.5 to 6.5 hours | Trailhead: Boynton Canyon Trail Trailhead

The hiking stats listed above include Boynton Canyon, the Boynton Vista Trail, and the Subway Cave.

Boynton Canyon is one of Sedona’s top hikes. This is a relatively easy hike, as you walk on a mostly flat trail that is sheltered from the sun. The trail ends at the back of the canyon, where a short climb takes you up to a viewpoint, offering sweeping views of Boynton Canyon.

Boynton Canyon

End of the Boynton Canyon Trail | Best Hikes in Sedona

Along the trail, there are two detours you can take, to make this hike even more memorable.

Near the start of the hike, take the short detour on the Boynton Vista Trail for stunning views over the Enchantment Resort and the red rocks of Sedona.

Boynton Canyon Vista

View from the Boynton Canyon Vista Trail

There is also a hidden cave and Sinagua ruins you can visit. This cave, often referred to as the Subway Cave or the Boynton cave, has become a very popular spot in Sedona. Most of the people we met on the Boynton Canyon trail were doing this hike with the sole purpose of visiting the Subway Cave.

Boynton Cave

Subway Cave

LEARN MORE: How to Hike to Boynton Canyon and the Subway Cave

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Best Hikes in Sedona: Our Recommendations

The classic hikes for first-timers are Devils Bridge, Cathedral Rock, and the Bell Rock Courthouse Butte Loop Trail with or without the Bell Rock Climb.

If you want a short, easy hike, our top picks are Fay Canyon, the Airport Mesa Loop, and the Bell Rock Courthouse Butte Loop Trail.

If you will be hiking with kids, I recommend the Bell Rock Climb, Fay Canyon, and the Birthing Cave. Older kids will love Cathedral Rock and Devils Bridge.

Our favorite hikes are Cathedral Rock, the Brins Mesa and Soldier Pass Loop, Boynton Canyon, and the Birthing Cave.

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Sedona Shuttle

There is a shuttle in Sedona. This shuttle is free to ride and runs to several of the most popular trailheads. It has been implemented to easy traffic congestion in Sedona and help eliminate the parking issues at the popular trailheads.

Here is a quick overview of the trailheads and hikes you can get to with the shuttle.

Trailheads/Hikes You Can Get to with the Sedona Shuttle:

  • Dry Creek Trailhead: Devils Bridge, Chuckwagon Trail, Dry Creek Trail
  • Soldier Pass Trailhead: Soldier Pass Trail, Devil’s Kitchen, Seven Sacred Pools
  • Cathedral Rock Trailhead: Cathedral Trail
  • Little Horse Trailhead: Cathedral Trail, Bell Rock, Chicken Point

The shuttle runs every day from Thursday through Sunday. Buses operate from 7 am to 6 pm.

Before your visit, I recommend getting updates on the hours of operation and routes of the Sedona Shuttle on the official website. I do my best to keep this post updated, but since this shuttle is new and the schedule is evolving, hours and routes may change. On the official website, you can also get real time updates on when the next shuttle will arrive. Here is a link to the Sedona Shuttle guide.

Tips to Have the Best Experience

For most of these hikes you will need a Red Rock Pass. The pass costs $5 per day or $15 for one week. The pass can be purchased at the fee machine at the trailheads (credit cards only). If you have an America the Beautiful Pass, you can use this rather than purchasing a Red Rock Pass.

Sedona has become a very popular hiking destination. On our visit in April 2021, we were surprised at how busy the trails were. For many hikes, the parking lots were filled by 7 am. At Cathedral Rock, we got one of the last parking spaces at 6:15 am.

For the best experience, plan on getting a very early start, especially if you plan to visit Sedona in the spring and fall, the peak times to be here. Hiking late in the day, between 3:30 and 7:00 pm works very well too.

It took us several trips to Sedona and a total of 7 days to do all of the hikes on this list. If you are an avid hiker, plan on spending at least 3 days here so you can hike a bunch of these trails.

While in Sedona, please practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead, stay on the trail, pack out what you bring to the hiking trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, minimize campfire impacts, be considerate of other hikers, and do not approach or feed wildlife.

If you have any questions about these hikes in Sedona, or if you would like to share your experience, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information about Sedona & Arizona

PLACES TO GO IN ARIZONA: Visit Saguaro National Park and Petrified Forest National Park , explore Monument Valley , photograph Antelope Canyon , and visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Learn how to put all of this together in our Arizona Road Trip Itinerary.

SEDONA: Get links to all of our articles in our Sedona Travel Guide. To help you plan your visit, we also have guides to the best things to do in Sedona , the best hikes in Sedona , and how to plan the perfect Sedona itinerary. Learn where to stay in our Sedona Hotel Guide.

SEDONA ITINERARY: To help you plan your time, check out our One Day in Sedona Itinerary and Sedona Itinerary Ideas for 1 to 6 days.  

SEDONA 4WD ROADS: One of the best things to do in Sedona is to drive the 4WD roads. Here are six 4WD roads in Sedona to choose from and a detailed guide on how to drive Broken Arrow, the most popular 4WD experience in Sedona.

ARIZONA ITINERARIES: If you are looking for road trip ideas through Arizona, we have a couple of good ones. See the highlights of Arizona in our 10 Day Arizona Itinerary , visit the Grand Canyon and Utah’s Mighty 5 in our Two Week American Southwest Itinerary , and visit parts of Arizona, Las Vegas, and southern Utah in our 10 Day American Southwest Itinerary.

If this is part of a bigger road trip through the USA, visit our United States Travel Guide and our Arizona Travel Guide for more inspiration and travel planning tips.

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Do any of the hikes that you have listed require a 4×4 to get to? I am considering driving to Sedona with my own car or renting a Jeep in case there’s some offroading involved.

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No, you do not need a 4×4 to do any of these hikes. However, if you had a 4×4 with high clearance, you can park closer to Devils Bridge, but there are hiking routes to Devils Bridge that do not require a 4×4. Cheers, Julie

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I am planning to go the Sedona in April, 2024. Can you tell me how many days I have to stay and where will be the best campsites near different tails ? I am going there with my wife and we are very experience hikers with my sub to dire there from Los Angeles. Do I need a permit visit any one of the trails ? Your prompt reply would be greatly appreciated.

As for where to stay, take a look at our Sedona itinerary , which has lots of suggestions from a day or two to 6 days (if you like hiking, 4 to 6 days is ideal). We don’t have experiences with campsites, but somewhere in or on the outskirts of Sedona is the closest place to stay to the trails. Some trails require a Red Rock Pass and some don’t. If you plan to hike the majority of the trails on this list, then it is worth getting the one week pass, or use your America the Beautiful Pass, if you have one. Cheers, Julie

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Which hike do you recommend more, Fay Canyon or Airport Loop Trail? Thanks!

That’s a tough one. They are very different hikes (one is through a canyon and the other has elevated views of Sedona). I liked the Airport Loop more, because of the views (but Fay Canyon is very pretty). I’ve heard sunset from the Airport Loop is very nice. Cheers, Julie

Thank you so much for all your helpful tips! I wish my family could hit all the hikes on this list, but we’ll only be there for three days. We’ll probably end up doing Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Devils Bridge, Birthing Cave, Brins Mesa + Soldier Pass, Boynton Canyon, and possibly the Airport Loop. We’re leaving tomorrow for Sedona and couldn’t be more excited. Thanks again and have a great 2024!!

That’s a great list! Happy hiking! Cheers, Julie

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Is it absolutely necessary to have a GPS and/or maps and compass for any of the Sedona trails? Just wanted to be prepared as we are soon going there for a visit.

Also, where can I get maps of the trails in Sedona?

Thanks for your reply!

No, you don’t need maps and a compass for the trails in Sedona. Everything is very well signed and as long as you get to the trailhead and know the trail you want to hike, you shouldn’t even need a map. I don’t know where you can buy a map but you can use AllTrails while in Sedona. Cheers, Julie

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Is the Devils Bridge, and Subway Cave on the same trail; if so can you do them within a few hours?

No, they are near each other but on different trails with different trailheads. It would take at least a half a day of very fast hiking to do both of them. Cheers, Julie

Avatar for Katie LaFollette

I am planning my first trip to Sedona, Grand Canyon etc. with my boyfriend. We are looking at Cathedral Rock and a few other trails to hike. The trails that ask for Red Rock passes, if we do the free shuttle that is offered Th-Sun. year round does that mean we DON’T need a Red Rock pass?? Bc the shuttle drops us off for hikes and picks us up to take back to our cars, at proper parking lots. Thank you so much!

No, you will not need the Red Rock Pass for the trails if you use the shuttle. I just confirmed this on the Sedona Shuttle FAQ section to be sure. Have a great time in Sedona! Cheers, Julie

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Hiking Tours in Sedona

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If you are looking for a year-round getaway, look no further than this red rock paradise. Sedona is packed with a wide range of hiking tours for all levels, boasting panoramic views, deep canyons, flat-topped mesas, and expansive overlooks. The landscape here is surprisingly wonderful and offers unique natural features with minimal elevation gain. Visit some of the classic trails like Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon or the Soldier Pass — one of the most interesting hikes in the area due to the beautiful Seven Sacred Pools! Explore the mystical nature of the vortexes or just enjoy a day in the fresh air with your expert local guide. Find out more about Sedona — one of the best hiking destinations in the US — from Maggie Slepian, a backpacker, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker!

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At an elevation of over 4300ft, temperatures are mild enough that you can hike year-round

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Experience the best guided full-day hiking tours that Sedona has to offer! Trails in Sedona range from family-friendly beginner trails to more challenging routes that will take you to ridges with amazing viewpoints. Let your guide plan out the perfect day according to your fitness level and wishes — hike the scenic trails, take photos and explore the history and biodiversity of the area.

With so many great short trails in the area, it’s hard to say which one is the best. Enjoy a few guided hours in nature and explore the half-day hikes most suited to your goals and fitness level! Enjoy the incredible views, and walk along the red rocks and scenic canyons. The trails include everything from natural bridges, rivers, and amazingly diverse wildlife.

Sedona has been a spiritually significant area to Native Americans for hundreds of years. It boasts several high-energy areas that are said to offer a wonderful form of relaxation, healing, and stress relief. Join your guide on this relaxing tour and enjoy the scenic views of the marvelous Sedona wilderness. Your guide will show you simple meditation techniques that you can easily practice after your Sedona adventure is over. This easy walking tour takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Show up with an open mind and leave feeling inspired, recharged or uplifted!

This tour takes you to two beautiful ancient Native American ruins. Learn about the flora, fauna, and cultural history of ancient Sedona from local friendly hiking guides. After exploring the historical sites, visit a wonderful petroglyph site or opt for a tour of an archeology museum. After approximately 3 hours of this educational walking tour, leave Sedona full of newly acquired knowledge about this spectacular place.

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Tracy is so knowledgeable, she makes each event special. My daughter and I have taken the Grand Canyon Stroll, the Vortex tour and a trip to the cliff dwellings, the well and to the ranch. I have taken two other friends to her Grand Canyon Stroll. So worth it! So all in all I have “trekked” with Tracy each of my 3 recent trips to Sedona!

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We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Sedona please refer to the Arizona Office of Tourism .

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What you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A half or full day of guided group hiking, depending on your itinerary
  • Transportation from your hotel
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • All necessary high quality gear (backpacks, trekking poles, etc.)
  • Permits and entrance fees

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to and from Sedona
  • Accommodations

There are day hikes in Sedona to suit all skill and fitness levels, so even if you’re not an experienced hiker, there’s a hike for you.

  • For beginner hikes, if you can walk for three to six miles with little elevation gain while carrying a daypack, you are good to go!
  • Intermediate hikes will see more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles while carrying a full daypack.
  • Advanced hikes are full-day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in the summer can be very hot in the
  • Grand Canyon and you’ll also be carrying a full daypack, so expect a challenging day even for the most avid hikers.

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
  • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and prices:

  • Tours in Sedona are not private. You will be joined to a group of people with a similar fitness level.
  • The usual client to guide ratio for day-hiking in Sedona is 6:1, but larger groups can be accommodated with additional guides.
  • A minimum of 2 guests is required for the Archeology tour to operate.
  • Pricing is per person, and cost does not decrease as your group grows.
  • If your hiking party is larger than six people, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

  • Anyone over the age of 12 can join these day-hiking tours
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 12 may join these day-hiking tours, but only on a case-by-case basis

If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 12, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Most people fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is a two-hour drive from Sedona. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle to Sedona. Once you’re there, most of the trails can be accessed by car in half an hour.

Your meeting location will be based on the hike you choose, but you’re likely to meet your guide at their office or at the trailhead. Departure times change with the seasons. Tours leave early morning in spring/summer and later during the fall/winter months.

Cancel within 48 hours of booking your trip for free, no questions asked. If you need to change your plans up to 31 days ahead of your scheduled adventure, we offer a full refund on most trips. Within 31 days we offer free date changes or the option to convert your booking to credit to use on any 57hours adventure at a later date.

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Best Sedona Day Hikes

You don't need a guide to hike in Sedona, but we highly recommend it. Sedona hiking tour guides have a deep understanding of the geology, terrain, history and elements that make Sedona unique and special. If you are the kind of person that likes to learn and have rich experiences, Sedona guided hikes are the way to go. From vortex, yoga, or meditation hikes to historical, archeological hikes, there is a Sedona hiking guide service to match your interests and preferred hiking pace. The other advantage of going on a guided hike is that you are free to enjoy the views, get lost in the moment and not on the trail. You'll be able to enjoy less traveled travel trails that only the guides and few locals know of.

If you just want to know what some of the best hikes in Sedona are, here's a pretty good start:

Best with Your Kids: West Fork

This 6-mile hike follows an idyllic stream which you can enjoy March-November. This is a great option for kids because the water is so much fun! It is flat with easy effort, and you can turn around at any time on this shaded out-and-back trail. Get there early to access the parking lot.

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Best Photo Opportunity: Devil’s Bridge

An easy two-mile walk to a natural arch and beautiful views. Fairly easy out and back available year-round.

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Best for a Long Run:

  • 12-Mile-Run Park at Midgley Bridge, take Jim Thompson up Brins Mesa, down to Soldiers Pass to Jordan Trail and back on Jim Thompson
  • 10-Mile-Run Start at the TH next to Adobe Village Inn on Bell Rock Blvd. Take Slim Shady 2.6 miles to Templeton Trail 3.4 miles. You will hit water and swimming holes.

Best for an Adventurous Hike: Bear Mountain Trail

A hard, out, and back, 6-mile hike that you should plan to spend 4 to 5 hours on. This is open all year but extremely hot in the summer. There are stunning views all around after summitting four different steps to get to the top of this mountain.

Directions: From the “Y” in Sedona, go west on Hwy 89A 3.1 miles to mile post 371 Dry Creek Road. Turn right toward Boynton Pass Road then take a left onto Boynton Pass and continue another 1.2 miles to the trailhead parking on the left. This parking lot is shared with Doe Mountain Trail.

Best Loop: Airport Loop

This is my favorite loop because the views never stop. A 3.5-mile loop that ends at a vortex. This trail circumnavigates the rim of Airport Mesa. This trail is level compared to other Sedona hikes, but very rocky making it feel extra adventurous.

Directions: Head to Sedona’s airport and turn left on airport road. The vortex parking lot is on the left 0.5 miles up the hill. The hike begins behind the guardrail across the road from the parking lot.

Best Views: Cathedral Rock

Most hikes in Sedona will get you to endless jaw-dropping views, but Cathedral Rock’s view is special because you feel like you are in the middle of the red rock towers. This steep and quick route gets you 600 feet high in 0.7 miles. There is a scrambling section of steep slick rock, but most can make it.

Directions: From the “Y” in Sedona head south on Hwy 179 S to Back O Beyond Rd.

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The Hike that Gets You Up on Top of Something: Doe Mountain

Cosmic Ray’s guidebook describes this as climbing sky island to a vast panorama. A 3.6 mile out and back is available all year and a moderate hiking effort considering the summit you reach. On top of Doe Mountain, you will be 400 feet up on a narrow flat top that is easy to explore and get vast views from every direction.

Directions: From the “Y” in Sedona, go west on Hwy 89A 3.1 miles to milepost 371 Dry Creek Road. Turn right toward Boynton Pass Road then take a left onto Boynton Pass and continue another 1.2 miles to the trailhead parking on the left.

Best Sedona Hikes Overall

West fork trail.

This flat, scenic trail takes you through apple orchards, past historic structures, along blackberry bushes and into Oak Creek amidst the towering walls of Oak Creek Canyon. The most difficult part of this trail is crossing the shallow creek water several times on stones laid across or by getting your feet wet. The water level and temperature change depending on the time of year, but the water is never high enough that you can't cross it. This is one of Sedona's most popular hikes for good reason; it's gorgeous year-round and it puts you right in between canyon walls along a clear water creek. $11 parking/car.

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock in Sedona offers some of the best views and is a short 1.5 mile hike round trip with a. 740+ ft elevation gain. As a bonus, you can scramble up a bit further past the saddle to get a better view with fewer people. The scramble portion is near vertical. so be cautious if you plan to get that stellar sunset view. Dogs are allowed, but it is not advisable for most dogs. Cathedral Rock is also one of the famous vortex points, which makes this a very popular hiking location.

Best Hikes to Catch Sunset

Sedona's western canyons are great for sunsets. Just past Boynton Pass you can park at the Doe Mesa trailhead and have a choice of two hikes: Doe Mesa is a moderate one-hour ascent (3.6 mile round trip) to a plateau with great views everywhere you look; it's across the street from Bear Mountain . This is not an easy hike with an elevation gain of 1,800 feet (6 miles return trip), but the locals will tell you it's the best trail around just bring lots of water and sunscreen.

Best Hikes for When It's Hot

When it's hot, most of us head for Oak Creek Canyon. West Fork hike fits in this category, but there are other great hikes that take you to the creek as well. At Midgley Bridge, you have your choice of three hikes. The Huckaby Trail passes under the bridge and descends down to the creek where you can rest with your feet in the chilly water. You can continue on the trail for another five miles to the trailhead on Schnebly Hill road or just go back to Midgley Bridge. The Wilson Canyon trail explores the wash upstream, following in the steps of pioneer Richard Wilson who tracked a wounded Grizzly and was then promptly killed by the bear. And finally, the Wilson Mountain trailhead also begins at the Bridge. Here you can ascend right up to the Ponderosa Pine forest that grows on the Colorado Plateau 1,500 feet above, but be warned this hike is strenuous without much shade once you begin.

Even when you hike by yourself in the canyons of Sedona you won't feel alone. The town sits in the middle of 1.8 million acres of National Forest and has a healthy population of animals, including bobcats, mule deer, javelina, mountain lions and coyotes. For your best chances of an animal encounter, plan to be on the trails either around sunrise or sunset. Many of the trails also pass by ruins or walls covered with rock art and petroglyphs because during the time of the Sinagua, (500 AD and 1425 AD) there were as many as five thousand Indians living in the Verde Valley and the deeper you go into the canyons the stronger their presence becomes. But if you're just a little unsure about venturing out by yourself or would like a back up tool, we suggest downloading the Sedona Hiking App . This app is FANTASTIC for choosing the best hike for you regarding difficulty, time, elevation gain, etc., and it uses your phone's GPS to help you see that you're always on the right path.

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This Sedona Hiking App currently has over 110 trails, over four hundred miles of trail documented and available in the App. You can follow your location in real-time and always know where you are on the trail. Here's how it works: After you decide on the trails you'd like to experience, download the trails onto your device (with a network connection) and 'select' them as you do the hike. Click 'Take a Hike' to see the map. Everything you need is in each hike package, including driving directions This really is hiking for everyone. Easy, moderate, and hard day hikes to enjoy the grandeur of Sedona!

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Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 110 trails, over four hundred miles of trail documented and available in the App. You can follow your location in real time and always know where you are on the trail. Visit and explore www.SedonaHikingApp.com for trail listings and hike highlights with pictures from the trails.

Here's how it works: After you decide on the trails you'd like to experience, download the trails onto your device (with a network connection) and 'select' them as you do the hike. Click 'Take a Hike' to see the map. Everything you need is in each hike package, including driving directions This really is hiking for everyone. Easy, moderate, and hard day hikes to enjoy the grandeur of Sedona!

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The Best Hikes in Sedona, Arizona

By Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner

8 Incredible Hikes in Sedona Arizona

A outdoor lover's paradise in Northern Arizona , Sedona is defined by its impressive red rocks—and the fantastic trails that traverse them. 

Sedona hikes offer a variety of challenges, including the option to trot through the scenery with ease. First time hikers will feel comfortable on flat footpaths around famed rocks, while avid adventurists can build their own adventures with steep scrambles and long distance trails. But the allure of Sedona is not limited to its otherworldly terrain—this desert destination also offers great ways to unwind after you unlace your hiking boots, with top notch hotels , restaurants, and wellness spas close at hand.

A few words to the wise: Sedona’s immense popularity in recent years (thanks in large part to the surge in domestic tourism), means trailhead parking lots fill up notoriously early. Consider carpooling, taking a ride share, or walking to your hike to save yourself some time.

Note that the hike lengths listed below can vary based on where you officially pick up a trail; many merge and intersect across Red Rock Country. Wherever you go, pack plenty of water, and as in most rustic areas, don’t expect great cell service once you're out hiking—always remember to take a picture of the trail map at the start of a hike to help navigate your return. Below are our favorite Sedona hikes.

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West Fork, Oak Creek Canyon

Distance: 6.5 miles, out and back

Best for: An immersive scenic hike

Step into the Cocino National Forest for this day trip–worthy hike defined by pine trees, wildflowers , red rocks, and flowing water that calls for a quick dip when the weather is hot. Throughout the hike, you’ll find yourself on stone paths, wooded trails, and walking through the ancient curved walls of Oak Creek Canyon. Plenty of space is available to picnic and rest along the way. Families may also want to take a detour (by car) to nearby Slide Rock State Park , a natural water slide and swimming hole popular with kids.

A rock formation known as Snoopy Rock in Sedona Arizona

Snoopy Rock

Distance: 2.3 mile loop

Best for: Beginner hikers

An ideal hike for family travelers, those with limited mobility, or first-time hikers, this trail named for the popular Peanuts dog is relatively flat and easy to traverse. Popular with trail runners as well, the hike is beautiful at all times of day, although limited shade means it can feel spectacularly hot in summer temperatures.

Horizontal view of Cathedral Rock in Sedona Arizona.

Cathedral Rock

Distance: 3.5 miles round trip

Best for: Recreational hikers looking for an iconic experience

Emblazoned on many a souvenir, Cathedral Rock is one of the Sedona hikes loved by daytrippers and locals alike. The intensity is low at the beginning and gets harder as you scale upwards—it’s more of a rock climb in some parts, but those who have never climbed can easily succeed with good hiking boots . If inclines aren’t for you, feel free to turn around when the trail meets rock—plenty of people do. Expect at least 90 minutes to reach the top, where there's enough space to spread out a picnic before exploring the summit and heading back down. Sunrise and just before sunset are the best times for this hike, but it’s popular all day long.

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Doe Mountain

Distance: 1.5 miles, out and back

Best for: Experienced hikers short on time

If you’re looking to fit in a quick morning hike with a view, Doe Mountain is your spot. The entire hike, mostly on a steep and rocky incline, takes about a half hour each way. The trail up affords a beautiful view on flat, cactus-spiked rock, and the hike down offers plenty more stops to enjoy the scenery. The lunch break hike is a popular route, so expect to say hi to many more hikers at midday.

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Devil’s Bridge

Distance: Two mile loop, but those without an ATV will also have to hike to the start of the trail from Dry Creek Vista Trailhead (a 4.2 mile trip) or Chuckwagon Trail (a 5.8 mile trip)

Best for: Social media-inspired hikers

Perhaps one of the most iconic hikes in Sedona thanks to the photo opp at the end, Devil’s Bridge is a thrilling, yet oft-crowded, four-mile (round-trip) hike. This trail is moderate in intensity, with enough vertical stairs to make bringing a large water bottle worthwhile. To get the iconic photo over the Devil’s Bridge, swap cameras with a fellow hiker or set up your phone on a tripod to film yourself walking across the thin plateau with a frightening drop below. Ask locals when the best time for this hike is when you go, because it changes by season—shadows can obscure the worthwhile views if you go at the wrong time.

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Distance: 14 acres of trails, can be ADA accessible with prior arrangement

Best for: Meditative walks and silent strolls

This sacred and peaceful Buddhist site is open to all to meditate, hike, and enjoy the fresh air and natural sounds surrounding a 36-foot-tall stupa. Trails are mostly flat with a low incline, making them easy to traverse in athletic sandals or hiking boots. Shade is limited the further you venture from the stupa, so bring a hat or visor .

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Chicken Point

Distance: 1.5 miles if you start from Broken Air trailhead

Best For: Daytrippers and solo hikers

A quintessential Sedona hike, this perpetually popular (but not too crowded) hike is great for solo hikers who don’t want to feel isolated. Jeeps tours head right to the top, meaning you’re sure to see other tourists along the way (and have someone at one of the viewing points to snap a photo). This loop is moderately difficult, but can be taken at any pace, and is lush with the red rock trails that make Sedona so special. Like many local hikes, you can also choose your start and end points for a full loop, or just a trek to the highlight of Chicken Point itself.

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Bear Mountain

Distance: 4.9 miles, out and back

Best for: Advanced hikers looking for a challenge

Known as one of Sedona’s most challenging hikes, Bear Mountain is worth climbing for its summit with 360-degrees views of the entire region. Many points on the way up offer pull-offs for enjoying views and allowing your body to rest and recharge as you work your way to the top. The trail is steep with loose rock, and recommended for those familiar with the terrain. Bring layers for breezy spots, especially if you plan to enjoy the summit’s views for a while.

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Welcome to Winter in Sedona! Experience the serene beauty of Sedona during the winter months, where fewer crowds and lower hotel rates make it the ideal time for a visit. The breathtaking Red Rocks, often adorned with snow caps, create a picturesque backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities under the sunny, blue skies. This season brings about a delightful mix of fun events, cozy evening fires, and romantic dinner dates, making it a perfect time to explore and enjoy Sedona.

Outdoor Adventures and Cozy Evenings: Sedona's winter offers an ideal climate for outdoor enthusiasts, with daytime temperatures around a comfortable 60 degrees, perfect for hiking, running, and exploring. Local outdoor recreation providers are open year-round, offering unique experiences like jeep tours through scenic desert routes, and aerial views of the canyons via hot air balloon or helicopter rides . As the evening cools, indulge in the warmth of a cozy fire, savoring hot cocoa or a glass of local wine by the fire pits available in various accommodations, ranging from resorts  to cabins and bed-and-breakfast inns .

Romantic Winter Getaway: Recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s most romantic winter destinations, Sedona in winter is a haven for couples. The majestic canyons and rusty-red mountaintops, especially enchanting with a dusting of snow, offer a tranquil escape. Enjoy the solitude of hiking trails , scenic drives, sunrise hot-air balloon rides, and indulgent spa treatments . Winter in Sedona also brings opportunities for special dining experiences, with local restaurants offering seasonal delicacies and stunning views of snowy spires. With great hotel rates and availability due to the slower season, Sedona becomes an even more accessible and romantic destination.

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3 perfect days in Sedona

Teresa Bitler

The postcards don’t lie: Surrounded by red rock buttes, Sedona has the most stunning landscape in the Southwest. Artists come for inspiration (and some never leave), nature lovers for outdoor adventures, and wellness seekers for the energy vortexes. As a lifelong Phoenix resident, the desert town is one of the first places I bring out-of-state friends not only for the views but to bliss out at the spas, browse through art galleries, and sip local wines.

This three day Sedona itinerary covers all the highlights, with a mix of my own personal recs and real Tripadvisor ratings and traveler recommendations.

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MORNING: Marvel at the towering red rocks

Kick off your day with breakfast at Coffee Pot Restaurant , famous for its 101 omelet variations. (My favorite is #80, corned beef hash and cheese.) Then, venture into Red Rock Country. The area is best explored on an 4x4 tour, where guides have in-depth knowledge of the geology, wildlife, and history. Fun fact: Arizona native Don Pratt first introduced these tours in the 1960s, when he painted his Jeep bright pink and took visitors for an adventurous ride.

Today, Pink Jeep Adventure Tours still offers his original route, Broken Arrow, which navigates massive boulders on a scenic, rollercoaster-like ride. They also give tours of 700-year-old cliff dwellings and backcountry wagon trails. Depending on the tour, outings can last two to eight hours and include a hike or a yoga break. Tip: It’s best to book well in advance.

If you prefer to do the driving yourself, consider a guided ATV tour. You can rent ATVs and 4x4 vehicles to explore on your own, too. Off-road vehicle outfitters supply necessary gear like helmets, complimentary water, and maps for navigating your way through the wilderness.

OFF ROADING TOURS

  • The Outlaw Trail Jeep Tour starts in Uptown Sedona and heads into the surrounding national forest. On the three-hour ride, you’ll stop for views of Snoopy Rock , Cathedral Rock, and Bear Mountain.
  • This private 4x4 tour off-roads through Boynton Canyon and overlooks the red rocks. Depending on your hotel, your guide can pick you up and drop you off at your door.
  • Rumble around West Sedona Valley’s trails on a four-hour guided ATV ride . Your small group will go past Hollywood filming sites to the top of Skeleton Bone Mountain, 800 feet above the Verde Valley floor.

AFTERNOON: Shop along Main Street

Following a high-octane morning, relax with a leisurely lunch at 89Agave Cantina . The fajitas and prickly pear margaritas are fantastic. This Uptown restaurant makes a good starting point for souvenir hunting along Main Street . If you take home just one memento, make it a Dirt Shirt, a T-shirt dyed bright orangish-red with local dirt.

You can spend all day in the Uptown shops, but save time to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross . Built into a butte in 1956, the chapel features a 90-foot cross in front of a glass wall overlooking Sedona. You can see it from a distance, but it’s worth searching for a parking spot on the neighborhood streets to experience the serenity inside. Or, avoid the crowds on a scenic shuttle tour. Most make a 20- or 30-minute stop at the chapel, which is just enough time, as well as stops at Airport Mesa .

Travelers say: “Main Street is a tourist mecca with lots of shops of all sorts… psychics, olive oil, ice cream, restaurants, etc. It seems nearly endless but does have decent parking options the entire length. It's hard to be in Sedona and not spend some time here.” —@ Rick

EVENING: Savor dinner and go stargazing

Sedona is ideal for food lovers. Spend your first evening at one of the top restaurants, Elote Café . Inspired by owner and chef Jeff Smedstad’s 20-plus years traveling through Mexico, the menu features authentic, boldly-flavored dishes like braised buffalo short ribs in mole poblano and the corn-crusted scallops with tomato jam.

What Sedona lacks in nightlife it more than makes up for with its dark skies. Set aside the evening for stargazing. Tours range from programs led by astronomers to hybrid stargazing and UFO-hunting experiences. Some hotels, like Enchantment Resort, have a telescope and offer an array of stargazing activities.

STARGAZING TOURS

  • Professional astronomers use laser pointers to share the wonders of the night sky on this stargazing tour . Binoculars and chairs are provided.
  • Hear stories from Babylonian, Greek, and Roman mythology while your guide identifies the corresponding constellations during this two-hour night sky experience .
  • Armed with a pair of night vision goggles, you’ll scour the skies for signs of extraterrestrial life on a UFO tour . Your guide, a former satellite systems engineer, will set up a telescope aimed at the planets.

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MORNING: Hike the rugged trails

Rise and shine! The earlier you leave, the more likely you’ll avoid the crowds and, in the summer, the blazing heat. For a quick bite before you go, grab a latte and muffin at Cuptown or an acai bowl at Berry Divine in West Sedona. Hike House , which opens at 9 a.m., is my go-to stop for maps and any gear I may have forgotten. The friendly staff can also make suggestions on the best trail based on your physical abilities.

Sedona has more than 100 hiking trails to choose from, but the relatively easy Devil’s Bridge is one of the most popular. It leads you to a 50-foot-high arch you can stand on and have your photo taken. It’s my favorite Sedona hike, but unless you go very early in the morning, expect to wait in line for your turn to pose for a picture.

Another option is the trail to Cathedral Rock . Although it requires some scrambling, it rewards with astounding views. Looking for a hike with a little shade in the summer or color during the fall? Try the beginner-friendly two-mile Fay Canyon Trail .

Travelers say: “Devil’s Bridge was a beautiful trail! Very easy until the rock scramble at the end, which will be difficult for several people, but well worth it! My husband and I both did it with kids on our backs (in carriers), so it is very doable for an average hiker. We started at the Mescal trailhead and enjoyed the walk to the actual Devil's Bridge trail. Highly recommend starting here if you do not have a 4X4. We found plenty of parking at 8:30 on a weekday.” —@ BNCorder

AFTERNOON: Browse local art galleries

You’ll need to refuel after your hike with some lunch. If you are near Cathedral Rock or Bell Rock and want brunch, Red Rock Café serves hearty meals like biscuits and gravy and a three-pound, icing-drenched cinnamon roll. In Tlaquepaque (more on this in a minute), René plates healthy salads and mouth-watering sandwiches. Try the grilled cheese with seven-hour braised short rib, chive goat cheese, and hand-cut duck fat fries.

Inspired by the famous shopping area outside of Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque resembles a Mexican village with fountains, gardens, and overhanging balconies. It’s home to some of Sedona’s best boutique stores and art galleries (keep your eyes peeled for rare finds). Don’t miss the spiritual ceramics at Honshin Fine Art Gallery , glass pieces at Kuivato , or bronze sculptures at Navarro Gallery & Garden . Between purchases, head to The Chai Spot to sip homemade tea and admire fabrics made from Pakistani artisans.

SIGHTSEEING TOURS

  • The Magical Sedona Highlight Tour passes through Oak Creek and Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. Beyond sightseeing stops, you’ll learn about Sedona’s animals, plants, and geology.
  • On Great West Tours , you’ll check off all of Sedona’s highlights, including the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa. It’s a good introduction to the city for first-time visitors.

EVENING: Watch the sunset and splurge on a fancy meal

Airport Mesa is arguably one of the best places to watch the sunset in Arizona. Get there well before to snag a parking spot and stay until the very end to see how the fading light changes the colors of the red rocks. Want to toast to the evening? The Art of Wine tasting room has a selection of nearly 300 bottles, many of which are made locally.

Plan a date night at the romantic Cress on Oak Creek restaurant at L’Auberge de Sedona. (Picture: white tablecloths, candles, a riverside setting.) Each dish showcases fresh ingredients, prepared with French techniques. Note: You’ll need to make reservations. For a more casual meal, drop by The Hudson , where you can order entrées like prime-cut beef to chicken pot pie.

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MORNING: Tap into Sedona’s spiritual side

On your final day, sleep in and eat an indulgent breakfast at Casa Sedona Restaurant . Unless you are staying at the inn, you’ll need a reservation, but it’s worth the effort for the lemon ricotta pancakes, eggs Benedict, and cinnamon, raisin, and walnut French toast.

Once you’re nice and full, dedicate the rest of the morning to Sedona’s vortexes. These swirling pockets of energy promote healing and introspection. The city’s visitor center provides maps to local vortexes, but you can also take a tour that incorporates yoga sessions, guided meditation, and other spiritual experiences.

Not sure about vortexes? Connect to your inner self during an aura reading, sound bath, or past-life regression. Then, let your cares melt away with a treatment at one of Sedona’s world-class spas.

SPIRITUAL TOURS

  • The Sedona Meditation Center hosts yoga every morning except on Sundays. It also has vortex tours and a gong healing bath on the third Thursday of the month.
  • Meditate in the vortex energy with a guided small group (no more than eight people) for an hour and a half.
  • On this tour, you’ll hike to a vortex and do yoga there. Brief meditation, visualization, and breathing exercises are included.
  • The Vortex and Chakra tour visits Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, where you’ll have a chakra reading and learn about the Medicine Wheel.

AFTERNOON: Take a scenic drive

One of the state’s prettiest stretches begins in Sedona and continues 30 miles north to Flagstaff along AZ 89A. Cruise through Oak Creek Canyon , pulling over for lunch at Indian Gardens Café & Market . The roadside joint makes a killer Reuben sandwich (the grilled brie and bacon is a solid second). Continue to the Oak Creek Vista Overlook for a bird’s-eye view of the forest below. You might find Indigenous artists selling handmade jewelry and crafts here as well.

On your way back to Sedona, check out Slide Rock State Park . A favorite with families, the swimming hole has an 80-foot-long natural rock slide made slick by algae. Even when it's too cold for a dip, the park has several meandering trails.

Travelers say: “Oak Creek Canyon is like driving through a photograph. Make sure you stop and put your feet in the cool water. The views reminded me of a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. The drive is simply breathtaking! Don't miss it.” —@ LightPacker777200

EVENING: Enjoy dinner with a view of the buttes

End your trip on a high note with dinner at Mariposa Grill . Designed by chef Lisa Dahl, the restaurant is as architecturally striking as it is gastronomically pleasing. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the sun setting over the red rocks, and the glass-enclosed wine vault displays a collection of 600 bottles. Order a glass to accompany the Latin American fare, such as empanadas, ceviche, chorizo, and steak with housemade chimichurri. Craving Italian instead? Dahl has three other restaurants: Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante, Cucina Rustica, and Pisa Lisa.

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Know Before You Go

April, May, September, and October are great because the temperature hovers around 70 degrees. In the winter, you’ll have to contend with snow (although it doesn’t stay for long), and in June, July, and August the weather can push 90 degrees. Even with the sweltering sun, Sedona is cooler than Phoenix in the summer, so expect crowds trying to escape the heat.

Sedona is a favorite weekend getaway for Arizona residents, who start trickling in late Friday afternoon. The influx makes it more challenging to book restaurants, hotels, and tours on Saturday and Sunday, not to mention adds traffic and lines. I recommend visiting mid-week when you can likely score better rates at resorts and have the hiking trails all to yourself.

Most shops and galleries are open daily from 9 or 10 a.m. until 6 or 7 p.m. However, tour companies may open as early as 7 a.m. Both Red Rock State Park and Slide Rock State Park have seasonal hours but welcome visitors year-round.

Uptown Sedona: Since many galleries, restaurants, and tour companies line the streets here, it’s the best place to stay if you want to minimize driving. Amara Resort and Spa is steps from Main Street but feels miles away once you enter. (I like to order a craft cocktail from SaltRock Kitchen and sip it in the courtyard looking out at Snoopy Rock.) For an even more secluded stay, book a room at L'Auberge de Sedona . The splurge-worthy property is built along Oak Creek with steps to Uptown.

West Sedona: You’ll find several hotels in West Sedona, but none rival Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon. The property has its own vortex, a world-class spa, and an adventure center that offers mountain bike rentals, guided hikes, rock climbing excursions, and photography workshops. The Wilde Resort and Spa is a more budget-friendly choice with a nice rooftop.

Village of Oak Creek: If you’re driving from Phoenix, you’ll pass this community about 15 minutes before Sedona. Hotels here are generally less expensive and a good distance from the crazy traffic in town—a big advantage if you visit on the weekend. The Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock is a solid choice with red rock views. Although the newly renovated Poco Diablo Resort has a Sedona address, it borders the Village of Oak Creek. Even if you don’t stay here, drop by for dinner at Willow’s Kitchen & Wine Bar .

By car: Despite the traffic, the best way to explore Sedona is by car. First off, you’ll need to rent one just to get here as Sedona doesn’t have an airport and only Groome Transportation (shuttle) and FlixBus have routes from Phoenix. In Sedona, some hiking trails are only accessible by car or on a tour.

Public transportation: The Verde Shuttle runs daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., from the nearby city of Cottonwood through West Sedona to Uptown Sedona. It also goes down AZ 179 to Poco Diablo Resort. The Sedona Shuttle runs daily to several of the most popular trailheads.

By taxi: Taxis and rideshare apps like Uber are nearly nonexistent in Sedona. Do not rely on either as a way to and from your hotel.

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9 Unique & Fun Things To Do In Sedona

  • Take an ATV/Off-Road tour: Experience thrilling adventures in Sedona's rugged terrain while enjoying unparalleled views.
  • Slide Rock State Park: Slide down red rock canyons on a natural waterslide and cool off in the refreshing waters of Oak Creek.
  • Visit Honanki and Palatki Ancient Ruins: Explore ancient dwellings and rock art sites to connect with Native American cultures and history.

It’s been said, “God created the Grand Canyon, but He lives in Sedona.” Within the heart of Arizona's Red Rock Country lies Sedona , a town known for its stunning natural beauty and spiritual energy. Whether about the specialty of its four healing vortexes or why it is a must-visit desert destination , there are so many exciting things about Sedona that make it a fairy tale town in the U.S.

With an incredible amount of outdoor activities, there’s no shortage of physical things to do in Sedona. But beyond the typical attractions and activities, these are 9 unforgettable experiences in Sedona that are also high on the unique and fun element of traveling.

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Take An ATV/Off-Road Tour

Access thrilling adventures through the rugged arizona terrain.

Only a few get an opportunity to venture deep into Arizona's canyons, climb steep hillsides, and blaze through dusty trails while enjoying unparalleled views of Sedona's natural beauty. ATV and Off-Road tours allow access to areas that aren’t easily reachable by foot or car. Thousands of people explore Sedona and its incredible surrounding areas daily, but these tours are truly a scenic, unique, and fun way to do it. The super popular ATV tour of Western Sedona is one of the most epic ATV adventures to have in the U.S . The best time of the day to do this activity is just after sunrise or before sunset to avoid crowds and use the golden hue of the slanting sunlight.

  • Best Tour/Activity: Guided ATV Tour of Western Sedona - $239 , Outlaw Trail Jeep Tour of Sedona - $125
  • Best Time to Visit: Off Peak season to avoid crowds (Summer and fall bring the bulk of the area's tourism)

Down The Slide Rock State Park

Slide down the red rock canyons on a natural waterslide surrounded by picturesque scenery.

The unique Slide Rock State Park offers an unforgettable adventure of gliding down the naturally formed water slide. Slide Rock State Park has made the Travel Channel's list of "10 Top Swimming Holes in the United States . An 80-foot-long chute, about 2.5 to 4 feet wide , is worn into the sandstone, propelled by the cool waters of Oak Creek, with the Algae on Slide Rock, creating a slippery ride to the bottom of Oak Creek Canyon. Slide Rock includes a 1/2 mile of Oak Creek open to the public for swimming, wading, and sliding. The Slide Rock State Park is the perfect swimming destination to cool off in the Arizona desert heat .

Safety is and should always be the priority. Visitors are requested to review the park rules before visiting.

  • Best Tour/Activity: Slide Rock State Park ($10 - $30)
  • Best Time to Visit: Off Peak season to avoid crowds (Summer and fall bring the bulk of the area's tourism). Early mornings are best.

Visitors must pack swimsuits, towels, water shoes, and sunscreen while visiting Slide Rock State Park!

Related: 10 Small & Underrated Towns In Arizona That Are Great Alternatives To Sedona

Experience The Night Sky, UFO, And Stargazing Tours

See the stars at beaverhead flat scenic overlook, & visit locations renowned for ufo sightings.

Certified as a Dark Sky Community, Sedona is excellent for stargazing . Looking at bright, shiny stars against clear, dark skies is a celestial spectacle that is truly awe-inspiring. In addition to conventional stargazing tours, Sedona offers unique and fun experiences like visiting locations renowned for UFO sightings and offering insights into the phenomenon. Whether one believes in UFOs or not, it is still a beautiful time spent in nature looking at the heavenly bodies. It is an excellent destination for stargazing year-round except during the monsoon season of July and August when storm clouds build up, and rain pours across the desert almost daily. The night tours use upgraded military night-vision goggles for the best viewing possible.

Some of the most popular places to see the stars while in Sedona on a clear night are Beaverhead Flat Scenic Overlook , Aerie Trailhead , and Jordan Trailhead Observation Area .

  • Best Tour/Activity: Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour ($131) , Night Sky Star Story, Galaxy, and Sedona Story Tour ($100) , Sedona Stargazing ($120)
  • Best Time to Visit: All year except July and August (monsoon season)

Visit Honanki And Palatki Ancient Ruins

Explore ancient dwellings and petroglyphs with loads of fun for history buffs.

The Honanki Heritage Site and Palatki Heritage Site cliff dwellings and rock art sites are near Sedona in north-central Arizona. The 700-year-old archaeological treasures provide an opportunity to explore the remnants of a once-thriving community and connect with the Native American cultures. Deep inside the breathtaking red rock canyons, the well-preserved rock art of intricate symbols, animal figures, and human forms offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage. For the history buffs, this can be a spine-tingling experience. Palatki Heritage Site is also renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. The site is nestled among stunning red rock formations and offers panoramic views of the surrounding canyons. Reservations are required to visit the Palatki Heritage Site .

  • Best Tour/Activity: Honanki Heritage Site (Daily Red Rock Pass - $5) , Palatki Heritage Site (Daily Red Rock Pass - $5)
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter or early in the day as the sites close when the temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit

Kayak The Verde River

Discover secret canyons and secluded swimming holes.

Less than 20 miles from Sedona is Cottonwood, Arizona . It is a small town where the Verde River offers kayaking opportunities and a unique perspective of the red rock formations, lush vegetation, and diverse wildlife. One of the key attractions of kayaking the Verde River is an opportunity to explore hidden coves, secret canyons, and secluded water holes where visitors can take a break from paddling and dip their toes into the refreshing waters. The ambiance is so serene that it invites introspection in silence. For adventure lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and kids, this experience is high on the fun factor for everyone.

Those who want to avoid crowds should aim to catch the morning tour, while the evening tour is more beautiful with softer light, especially during Spring and Fall.

  • Best Tour/Activity: Kayaking on the Verde River ($109)
  • Best Time to Visit: Late Spring to Early Fall

Take A Pink Jeep Tour

Try the " scenic rim tour ," at $99 per adult.

These iconic pink Jeeps have it covered from off-road thrills and serene adventures to captivating local history. They offer more than 15 tours to choose from to explore Sedona and its surrounding areas, such as the Coconino National Forest. Their most extreme off-road adventure, " Broken Arrow Tour ," at $147 per adult, is also their most popular. Similarly, the " Scenic Rim Tour ," at $99, is truly a ticket to tranquility. These and many of their tours are the perfect introduction to Sedona. Pink Jeep Tours is also a Certified Sustainable Business at the Conservationist/Bronze level, so it can be fair to say that Pink is also Green! The best time of the day to do these activities is just after sunrise or before sunset to avoid crowds and enjoy the beautiful golden hue of the slanting sunlight.

  • Best Tour/Activity: Pink Jeep Tours ($82 - $269)

Visit The Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village

Witness gifted sedona artisans absorbed in their work.

This charming and unique open-air shopping destination captures the essence of a traditional Mexican village with its vintage architecture, cobblestone streets, and an array of art galleries, boutiques, and eateries. Even for non-shoppers, the courtyard is worth a visit. Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-la-keh-pah-keh) is a perfect setting to witness gifted Sedona artisans absorbed in their work. For anyone who is artistically inclined, this place is a fun fiesta.

  • Location: Tlaquepaque, 336 State Route 179, Sedona, 86336
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday (10 AM - 5 PM), Friday through Sunday (10 AM - 6 PM)
  • Best Time to Visit: Avoid high-season traffic

Related: This Is Where The Locals Eat In Sedona (& Where You Should, Too)

Go Fish In Oak Creek Canyon

Try lady luck at fishing in one of arizona's most beautiful classic trout streams.

Renowned for its towering and distinctive red rock formations, lush greenery, and a crystal-clear creek meandering through, Oak Creek Canyon is an ideal destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and swimming. The West Fork of Oak Creek is one of Arizona's most beautiful and popular hikes , and the stream is full of rainbow trout, wild rainbows, and Big Wary Wild Brown Trout , making it the most beautiful place to fly fish. For those who like to fish, this is a bonafide fun activity.

Numerous picnic spots are scattered throughout the canyon, providing ample opportunities to unwind and enjoy the scenic views of the creek and its surroundings.

  • Best Tour/Activity: Fly Fishing in Oak Creek ($225 per person - $325 per person)
  • Best Time to Visit: Late Spring is a great time to fish due to the hatches

Enjoy Sedona From A Hot Air Balloon

Tours offered by northern light balloon expeditions and red rock balloons.

The peace and tranquility on a Hot Air Balloon while ascending over the canyons, cliffs, and desert terrain create a captivating experience that's difficult to explain in words. The colors and contours that constantly change with the shifting light can be most aptly described as breathtaking. It is a must-do and bucket-list activity for anyone visiting or planning to visit Sedona. It is exhilarating, unique, and high up on the fun quotient for everyone. Kids love it, families have a blast, and let's remember the romantic possibilities up there - proposal, anyone?

Two major hot air balloon operators in Sedona offer this unique experience - Northern Light Balloon Expeditions and Red Rock Balloons ! Both operators charge the same fee and fly one flight a day at sunrise.

  • Best Tour/Activity: Northern Light Balloon Expeditions ($350 per person), Red Rock Balloons ($350 per person)
  • Best Time to Visit: All hot air balloon flights/rides are scheduled early in the morning.

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Trail Lovers Excursions

Classic Hiking Tours

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Moderate hiking tours, hard hiking tours.

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Wilderness Access

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Solo Sedona hiking tours

Two hour tours.

These short, but superbly sweet outings, offer a quick introduction to the most impressive places in Sedona. Our Two Hour Tours allow our guides to create a customized experience tailored to your individual needs. This duration is perfect if you're trying to get your feet wet in Red Rock Country, push yourself, or would like a more relaxed outing with less hiking and more touring some of Sedona's classic areas

Two Hour Custom: Sedona Explorer (Solo Hiker)

Explore a quick red rock summit, enjoy a romantic sunset hike, walk along Oak Creek, or check-out one of Sedona's best short hikes... Are you short on time, but looking to maximize your Sedona hiking experience? Follow us, and let's explore a Sedona secret!! With over 100 trails in Sedona, our guides will create a customized adventure experience that's perfectly dialed in for your group. Just because you're short on time, doesn't mean you should see less!!

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Two Hour Classic: Sneak-a-Peak (Solo Hiker)

Looking for an aggressive Sedona hiking tour that brings you to a quick and impressive elevated summit above Sedona? This outing is perfect for chasing a sleepy sunrise or fading sunset. This adventure will efficiently ensure you touch all the bases in less than three hours. The trail will take you to the top of Doe Mountain to capture elevated views of Sedona's most notorious red rock monuments. The summit is one of Sedona's most classic views!!

Two Hour Moonlight: Dark Sky Hike (Solo Hiker)

Sedona's one-and-only, private and customized guided night hikes!!! At dusk, venture into the most beautiful sunset views in the Southwest, and hike under our world renowned Dark Sky and star-filled twinkling canopy above Red Rock Country. This outing will expose you to a massive amount of edible & medicinal plants, desert creatures, geology, and spectacular photography opportunities. Sedona's Dark Sky will deliver the most A+ solitude of any adventure tour in Arizona!!

Three Hour Tours

These outings pack a heavy punch of adventure!! Our Three Hour Tours allow you to reach unique sacred sites, elevated mesas, secret creekside gems, and the most inspiring canyons of Red Rock Country. Our guides can utilize Loops, One-Way Hikes, and Sunrise/Sunset Starts to help you enjoy the best solitude in Sedona

Three Hour Custom: Guided Expedition (Solo Hiker)

Are you wanting something different? Something that engages you into Sedona's magical landscape... If you've got less than 4 hours to spare, and you're seeking the best three hour hiking adventure in Sedona -- here you go!!! This outing can be customized to meet your groups individual needs and Red Rock interests. Our guides can lead you on an immersive three hour hiking loop, or break your experience into two shorter hikes so that you can see more of Sedona.

Three Hour Classic: Sacred Canyons Loop (Solo Hiker)

Are you interested in learning about the sacred history of Sedona and it's ancient native peoples? This outing will take you on an immersive 3 hour hike that walks from Long Canyon Trail to Deadman's Pass Trail to Mescal Trail. The adventure will circle Mescal Mountain and pass along two of the most sacred canyons in Red Rock Country.

Three Hour Classic: Creekside of Cathedral (Solo Hiker)

Are you looking for a laid back Sedona hiking experience with beautiful views of Cathedral Rock and photo opportunities galore? This adventure will take you along the tranquil waters of Oak Creek, and below the majesty of Sedona's most impressive rock formations. The moderate trail, walks underneath a rich canopy of Arizona Maples, Sycamores, Wild Grapes, and Blackberries to name a few... Take a walk with us along the Creekside of Cathedral and let the adventure begin.

Three Hour Moonlight: Classic Moonlight Hike (Solo Hiker)

Are you seeking something different? Something unique? Something inspiring too? This customized and private night hiking adventure, will let you see Sedona from a different perspective. Watch the sky explode with shifting colors, while your private guide shows you places seldom visited by others. As dusk settles and the sky falls to darkness, our guides will introduce you to the most impressive desert creatures in Arizona -- amidst the starriest skies you've ever seen. 

Half Day Tours

If you're ready to elevate your adventure itinerary this vacation, here's the right hike for you!! Our Half Day Tours visit the most scenic places in Red Rock Country and allow you to become immersed in the mystical Sedona landscape. Your guide can help you obtain unique hiking objectives or create a customized experience more gentle, and tailored to your individual needs and interests

Half Day Custom: Red Rock Excursion (Solo Hiker)

Our most customizable half day Sedona hiking tour!! Let us take you away from the crowds, helicopters, and off-the-beaten path for a memorable hiking adventure you will never forget!! Our guides will ensure your adventure meets your groups abilities, exceeds your expectations, and provides an inspiring experience that leaves you in love with this most sacred territory.

Half Day Classic: Summit Bagger (Solo Hiker)

Looking for an aggressive experience that brings you to Sedona's highest and most impressive peaks? This adventure will let you push your limits and climb the famed Bear Mountain. Along the trail you encounter four "false summits" to spice up the adventure and make the seemingly short distance more difficult than it sounds. Named after a local famed bear hunter that hunter over 200 bears in Sedona and escaped from San Quentin State Prison in California at least once... 

Half Day Classic: Sedona Traverse (Solo Hiker)

Are you trying to see as much Red Rock Country as you possibly can in half a day? How does a moderate hike through Sedona's Secret Mountain Wilderness, an area featuring the regions most profound sandstone arches, mesas, spires, canyons, buttes, and fins sound!? We've got you covered for an adventure that will leave your cameras trigger finger sore, and your body ready for another day of big explorations. 

Half Day Classic: Edges & Ledges Loop (Solo Hiker)

Are you seeking an exciting Sedona adventure with elevated panoramic views, and the opportunity to stand on top of Sedona's most monumental red rocks? Our Edges & Ledges Loop connects all the dots, as it brings you across one of the largest deposit of sandstone in Sedona. All the while, taking an improbable and adventurous scenic loop on narrow trails high above Oak Creek Canyon & Mitten Ridge. Are you ready to take it to the edge for an experience you will never forget?

Full Day Tours

Are you looking to see it all in one day?! Our Full Day Tours, can take you to the highest summits, along historical & sacred trails, over the most beautiful red rocks in Sedona, and through the most tranquil waters of Oak Creek. These hikes leave nothing to the imagination, while enhancing your visit to Sedona by taking you where the locals go and far away from the crowds for a deeply immersive experience in Red Rock Country

Full Day Custom: Ultimate Adventure (Solo Hiker)

Full day classic: trans sedona (solo hiker).

Are you trying to maximize your exposure to Red Rock Country in just one day? This adventure will take you on a one-way hike across Sedona to provide an experience that see's it all in one go!! Even better, this hike requires only a moderate level of difficulty and can be done by a wide range of athletic abilities. This memorable trek will combine 6 trails together and cuts diagonally across Sedona, while you hike through the area's most epic rock formations in solitude.

Marathon Day Tours

So you're feeling like you need a challenge? Our most righteous Marathon Day Tours are guaranteed to take your vacation to another level. Our guides will help you experience what the others dreamed about... Your hikes will reach the deepest corners of Sedona's backcountry, while visiting places seldom seen by other hikers. If you're ready to see Sedona's biggest secrets, we're ready to rock if you're ready to roll!!

Marathon Custom: Best in the West (Solo Hiker)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to push yourself? For some, this could mean huge mileage, for others double summiting two of Sedona's highest peaks, or even visiting five different areas in a single day. Whether you're training for an upcoming Grand Canyon backpacking trip, chasing another large objective, or trying to see all of Sedona on a time budget.. Let us create a customized hiking adve that inspires you to take your abilities to another level.

Marathon Classic: Summit to Summit (Solo Hiker)

How about hiking both sides of Sedona's highest summit? This outing will bring you from the South to North ends of Wilson Mountain, on a one-way adventure to see every rock in Sedona--in just one full day!! The hike begins at Grasshopper Point and ascends rapidly to the Southern summit of Wilson Mountain. Best of all, using a one-way hike, you'll never see the same thing twice!!

Marathon Classic: Rim to Rim Trainer (Solo Hiker)

Are you training for an upcoming Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike or other adventure below The Rim? There is no better place to prepare than Sedona's Red Rock Country. This challenging hike will bring you to our personal favorite place in Sedona, the inspiring summit of Munds Mountain. 

The trail is excellent for pushing yourself to new limits because it gains a continuous 2,000ft of elevation and the end parallels a road if you need to "bail out." 

The best private and customized Solo Hiking Tours in Sedona

check out our exclusive private solo moonlight hikes!!

Sedona solo custom hiking tours, take your visit to another level this trip (adventure).

If you're traveling through Sedona solo and looking for an incredible way to maximize your experience, our guides are ready to answer the call. Your private outing will be customized to your individual needs and interests, helping create an epic hiking adventure through the most unbelievable places in Sedona!!  With Trail Lovers, you will see more, and have the comfort of an exclusive private guide to ensure a safe experience while conquering new heights in Red Rock Country!! If you're ready to create the vacation of a lifetime, let's take it to another level!!

Here's a list of our Sedona Solo Custom Hikes:

 Private Two Hour: Sedona Explorer (Solo Hiker)

  • Duration:  2 Hours
  • Distance: 1 - 3 Miles
  • Sites Visited: 1 Hike
  • Trails Used: Customized
  • Start Times: 5AM, 5:30AM, 6AM, 6:30AM, 7AM, 7:30AM, 8AM, 2:30PM
  • Includes:  See Two Hour Outings
  • Upcoming Availabilities: Sedona Explorer Calendar
  • Cost: $225 + Tax

 Private Three Hour: Guided Expedition (Solo Hiker)

  • Duration:  3 Hours
  • Distance: 3 - 6 Miles
  • Sites Visited: 1 - 3 Hikes
  • Trails Used: Customized
  • Includes: See Three Hour Outings
  • Upcoming Availabilities: Guided Expedition Calendar
  • Cost: $295 + Tax

 Private Half Day: Red Rock Excursion (Solo Hiker)

  • Duration:  Half Day/4.5 Hours
  • Distance: 5 - 9 Miles
  • Sites Visited: 1 - 4 Hikes
  • Includes: See Half Day Outings
  • Upcoming Availabilities: Red Rock Excursion Calendar
  • Cost: $395 + Tax

Private Full Day: Ultimate Sedona Adventure (Solo Hiker)

  • Duration:  Full Day/6 Hours
  • Distance: 7 - 13 Miles
  • Sites Visited: 1- 6 Hikes
  • Start Times: 5AM, 5:30AM, 6AM, 6:30AM, 7AM, 7:30AM, 8AM
  • Includes: See Full Day Outings
  • Upcoming Availabilities: Ultimate Sedona Adventure Calendar
  • Cost: $495 + Tax

Private Marathon Day: Best in the West Experience (Solo Hiker)

  • Duration:  Marathon/7 - 10 Hours
  • Distance: 12- 24 Miles
  • Sites Visited: 1 - 9 Hikes
  • Start Times: 5AM, 5:30AM, 6AM, 6:30AM
  • Includes: See Marathon Day Outings
  • Upcoming Availabilities: Best in the West Experience Calendar
  • Cost: $595 + Tax

*PRIVATE ONLY TOURS: THIS PRICING IS FOR PRIVATE SOLO HIKERS ONLY

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***WE REQUIRE ALL HIKERS/ATTENDEES TO HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE TO ATTEND ANY OF OUR OUTINGS OFFERED

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Type of Hiking Tours : Scenic Loops , Wilderness Hikes , One-Way Hikes , Vortex Hikes , Sunrise/Sunset

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Types of MTB Tours:   Enduro Rides , One-Way Rides , Loop Rides , Night Rides , Technical Rides , Black Diamond Rides

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What are the top 4 vortexes in Sedona?

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Boynton Canyon Vortex

Cathedral rock vortex, bell rock vortex, amitabha stupa and peace park, 1. how do vortexes work, 2. are vortexes scientifically proven, 3. how should i prepare for a visit to a vortex, 4. can anyone feel the energy at a vortex, 5. can i go hiking at vortex sites, 6. can i bring my children to vortexes, 7. are there any guided tours available for vortex visits, 8. can i bring my pet to a vortex site, 9. can i visit multiple vortexes in one day, 10. can i visit vortexes during any season, 11. are there any specific rules or etiquette to follow at vortex sites, 12. can i camp near vortex sites.

If you are planning a trip to Sedona, Arizona, you may have heard about the mysterious and powerful energy vortexes that are said to be scattered throughout the area. These vortexes are believed to be swirling centers of energy that can enhance spiritual and healing experiences for those who visit them. Whether you are a believer or simply curious, exploring the vortexes can be a unique and enriching experience. Here are the top 4 vortexes in Sedona:

The Boynton Canyon Vortex is one of the most popular vortexes in Sedona, known for its strong and palpable energy. Located in Boynton Canyon, this vortex is surrounded by majestic red rock formations and offers breathtaking views. Many visitors report feeling a sense of peace, tranquility, and grounding when they visit this vortex. The energy here is said to be particularly balancing and harmonizing, making it a popular choice for meditation and self-reflection.

Cathedral Rock Vortex is another must-visit vortex in Sedona. This stunningly beautiful vortex is located at the base of Cathedral Rock, one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. The energy at Cathedral Rock is believed to be intense and powerful, making it a perfect spot for spiritual seekers. Many people come here to connect with their inner selves, meditate, or seek clarity. The stunning view of the surrounding red rocks and the peaceful ambiance make it a truly magical experience.

Bell Rock Vortex is one of the most accessible and visually striking vortexes in Sedona. The energy at Bell Rock is considered to be both masculine and feminine, creating a balance that can help individuals find equilibrium in their lives. Whether you choose to hike up the trails surrounding Bell Rock or simply sit at its base, you are likely to feel a sense of serenity and inspiration. Many visitors report feeling a surge of creativity and a deep connection to nature at this vortex.

While not a natural vortex, the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is a man-made sacred site with its own unique energy. The Stupa, built in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is believed to radiate peace, blessings, and healing energy. Visitors often describe a sense of profound calm and spiritual connection when they visit this peaceful sanctuary. Walking the grounds, offering prayers, or simply sitting in silence can all be transformative experiences at Amitabha Stupa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vortexes are believed to be swirling centers of energy that can influence the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of individuals. The energy at these sites is said to be more concentrated and heightened compared to the surrounding areas, making them powerful spots for meditation, healing, and self-discovery.

While the existence and effects of vortexes are not scientifically proven, many people who visit these sites report having profound and transformative experiences. The energy and sensations felt at vortexes may be subjective, varying from person to person.

It is recommended to approach a vortex visit with an open mind and a willingness to be present in the moment. Dress comfortably, bring water, and consider bringing a journal or a camera to document your experience. Respect the natural surroundings and other visitors by keeping noise levels to a minimum.

The sensitivity to energy may vary from person to person. Some individuals may feel the energy strongly, while others may not notice any distinct sensations. Regardless, visiting a vortex can still offer a serene and awe-inspiring experience surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Yes, many vortex sites offer hiking trails, allowing you to combine the physical movements of hiking with the spiritual and energetic aspects of the vortex experience. Make sure to research and follow the designated trails and safety guidelines provided by the park authorities.

Yes, children can visit vortexes, but it is important to supervise them and ensure their safety at all times. Keep in mind that the energy at vortexes may affect children differently, so be attentive to their comfort and well-being.

Yes, there are several guided tours available in Sedona that offer insights and information about the vortex sites. These tours can provide a deeper understanding of the vortexes and enhance your overall experience.

While some vortex sites allow pets on leashes, it is best to check the specific rules and regulations of each site before bringing your pet. Remember to clean up after your pet and respect the natural environment.

Yes, it is possible to visit multiple vortexes in one day. However, it is important to plan your time wisely and allow for breaks and rest between visits. Each vortex offers a unique energy and experience that may require some time to fully appreciate and absorb.

Yes, vortexes can be visited year-round. Sedona experiences all four seasons, each offering its own charm and beauty. Whether it’s the vibrant colors of fall, the blooming wildflowers of spring, or the peaceful snow-covered landscapes of winter, every season brings a different energy to the vortex sites.

Respect for nature and fellow visitors is paramount when visiting vortex sites. Leave no trace, stay on designated trails, and refrain from removing or damaging any natural elements. It is also considered polite to maintain a quiet and peaceful atmosphere at the vortex sites, allowing everyone to fully immerse themselves in the energy.

Camping is not allowed at most vortex sites in Sedona. There are, however, campgrounds and RV parks in the surrounding areas that offer accommodation options for those looking to stay close to the vortex sites.

Remember to approach your visit to the vortexes with an open mind and a willingness to connect with nature and yourself. Each vortex offers a unique experience, and it is up to you to tap into the energy and discover its potential for personal growth and transformation.

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Grand Canyon & Sedona Day Hike Combo

Flagstaff, az, trip highlights.

  • Private 2 Day Tour
  • Stunning Ridge Hikes
  • Transportation Included
  • Mind Blowing Views
  • Amazing History & Geology
  • Trail Snacks & Lunch Both Days

Description

This private 2-day package is an amazing opportunity to see two beautiful places that define Arizona’s canyon country: Grand Canyon, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World; and Sedona, voted the #1 most beautiful place in the country in 2003 by USA Today. This two day hiking package will start and end in Flagstaff on the Grand Canyon day, and in Sedona or Flagstaff on the Sedona day. We take care of the driving to and from the trailheads and provide tasty picnic lunches, snacks and gear each day.

Your guide will pick you up at your local Flagstaff accommodations on day one, or if you’re staying in Sedona, you can rendezvous with your guide in Flagstaff. The first day is our Grand Canyon Discovery Tour . Our day begins with a 1.5-hour scenic drive up northern roadways to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We will hike the South Kaibab Trail, a canyon favorite with stunning, expansive views! We will have a trailside lunch provided by your guide in the Grand Canyon. We will then visit several of the best viewpoints on the South Rim, and if time allows enjoy a longer shuttle east on Desert View Drive to the Watchtower and the East Entrance. Your guide will drive you back to your Flagstaff accommodations after the canyon hike and South Rim tour.

On the second day your guide will pick you up again at your hotel in Sedona or Flagstaff for a local, private Sedona day hike to iconic Cathedral Rock or up to spectacular Mitten Ridge. Cathedral Rock is a classic hike and a great choice for guests looking for a more moderate second day of hiking. Mitten Ridge was voted our Guides Choice day hike in Sedona, and is a better choice for guests looking to challenge themselves while soaking up more canyon country solitude. A tasty picnic lunch will be served trailside in Red Rock Country and your guide will return you to your accommodations in Sedona at the end of today’s hike.

Please Note: Guide companies are not permitted by Coconino National Forest to ascend Cathedral Rock due to peregrine falcon breeding protections. Instead, this Day 2 option traverses the base of Cathedral Rock’s beautiful rock formations but does not ascend to the top.

Please note: this trip requires a minimum of 2 guests.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

$310-$595 Per Person

Season: year round.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

Hiking Distances:

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Backpack Weight:

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Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

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Up to 2500 ft

Heights Exposure:

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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • Hiking in 95+ degree fahrenheit temperatures (May-Sept)
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Grand Canyon day hike combo a solitude 2. You can expect to be around other groups of hikers most of the time.

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  • 2 people: $595 per person
  • 3 people: $450 per person
  • 4-5 people: $385 per person
  • 6-7 people: $310 per person
  • 10 and younger: $250 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include gratuity for your guide

Trip Dates & Booking

Trip dates & booking.

This tour is booked on a custom basis for private groups so does not have set dates (requested dates are almost always available). Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to schedule your hike!

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Trip details, day 1: grand canyon discovery tour.

Trip Type : Private Hike Distance : 3-6mi / 5-10km Duration : 5-7 hours hiking + 2 hours South Rim Tour + 3-5 hour roundtrip shuttle Difficulty : Level 2 Elevation Gain/Loss : up to 2040 feet Quality of Trails : Regularly traveled but rugged and steep Physical Requirements : Regular exercise and strong health Max Group Size : 9 guests

DAY 2: Sedona’s Cathedral Loop or Mitten Ridge Hike

Trip Type : Private Hike Distance : 7-9mi / 11-14km Duration : 4-7 hours Difficulty : Level 1 or 2+ Elevation Gain/Loss : 600 or 1200 feet Quality of Trails : Cathedral Rock is very well traveled and maintained (Level 2), Mitten Ridge is steep and rugged in places (Level 2+). Physical Requirements : Regular exercise and strong health Max Group Size : 9 guests

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See  Guide Bios .
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Transportation from Flagstaff (or Sedona on Day 2) to the trailhead and back both days
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Use of crampons in the winter
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Grand Canyon

What's Not Included

  • Clothing and personal items
  • Water (3 liters capacity)
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Where do we meet.

Both days we’ll pick you up at a specified time and location in Flagstaff, or on Day 2 we can pick you up in Sedona. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous. Approximate Day 1 pick-up times are:

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at  1-800-715-HIKE (4453)  for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in the Grand Canyon

The weather in the Grand Canyon varies tremendously from the rim to the canyon floor, with as much as a 30 degree Fahrenheit difference. For this reason, the Canyon is truly a year-round hiking destination. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures at the South Rim and the Canyon bottom:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

Trip reviews, average customer ratings:.

  • 5.0 (32 reviews)
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Great experience!

Great experience! The logistics were all a breeze - we could just enjoy the hiking! And our guide, Catherine, was fantastic! She was friendly, knowledgeable, organized and flexible. We couldn't have had such a great Grand Canyon / Sedona experience without Wildlands and Catherine. Thank you!

PHENOMENAL!

Our 2-day trek thru the Grand Canyon and Sedona was OUTSTANDING! Our guide Brian was extraordinary. I cant wait to find another trip. It was a pleasure to work with people who value good prices, good food; who are professional and passionate people who respect our lands.

It was amazing

My wife and I can not say enough about the phenomenal hikes, insights, sights, and knowledge we experienced and gained through our participation in a Wildland Trekking excursion. I am a retired Army Officer and 32-year Infantryman who thought I knew a thing or two about hiking.....that was until we met our Wildland Trekking Guide (Beau DeMello). He shared so many insightful tips and information about Arizona foliage, animals, terrain, history, and Native American culture, that I felt like an inquisitive student. Soaking up everything he espoused, while awed by Arizona's natural beauty. It was amazing and an experience we will remember for a lifetime. We also fell like it's our responsibility to share our experience and support of Wildland Trekking with everyone we encounter. Bottomline Upfront (BLUF): Wildland Trekking exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend the experience!

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