Whether you want to go on a relaxing nature walk or challenging hike, Sedona has it all. If you are planning to visit Red Rock Country, below you will find a list of the best Sedona hiking trails. I’m sure one of them will be perfect for your next adventure!

Red Rock Crossing

Level: Easy

Hiking Distance: 2 miles round trip

Trailhead Location: Red Rock Crossing Rd (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)

Fee: $10 per car  *Cash and check only. Credit cards are not accepted.

Description: Red Rock Crossing is one of the best places to view Sedona’s iconic Cathedral Rock. Photographers from around the world flock here to capture the famous Sedona image.

The best part is that this is the easiest ‘hike’ in Sedona (you honestly can walk this in sandals). The hike begins at the paved parking lot and continues to follow the stream on a sidewalk for about .25 mile. Then, the path becomes a flat dirt road underneath a canopy of trees. Eventually, the trail will come to a rocky opening where the stream curves and you will have a perfect view of Cathedral Rock and the creek.

Have a picnic, take a dip in the water, meditate, or continue to hike; there really is so much to do at Red Rock Crossing.

Fay Canyon

Level: Easy

Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles round trip

Trailhead Location: The trailhead is across from the parking on Boynton Pass Road (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)

Description: A short scenic canyon hike, mostly on soft dirt underneath a canopy of trees. The trail ends in a wash where the wall of the mountain starts to ascend. Keep going another .25 mile for one of the most beautiful view in all of Sedona.

About .5 mile into the hike, you can take a side trail and hike to a natural stone arch. This side trail is not marked, but it will be on the right side with a pile of rocks at the entrance. Just cross over a little wash and head to the north side of the canyon walls. This side trail is steeper, unmarked, and not maintained so be careful.

Oak Creek Canyon – West Fork Trail

Level: Easy

Hiking Distance: 6.4 miles round trip

Fee: $10 per car  *Cash and check only. Credit cards are not accepted.

Trailhead Location: West Fork Oak Creek Trail Parking Lot (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)

Description: If you’re looking for an easy scenic hike, this is it. The hike is about a 20-minute drive North of Sedona and one of the prettiest!

This trail captures the true beauty of Sedona: towering red rock cliffs, lush greenery, wildlife, a stream and some history from the Old West. The ruins of Mayhew Cabin mark the initial part of the trail, which was built by “Bear” Howard in the 1870’s. Fun Fact, “Bear” earned his name by supposedly killing 4 bears with only a knife.

My favorite part about the hike is that you cross the creek 12 times! Hiking in water is always fun! Luckily, the water is only a couple inches deep so all you need are water resistant hiking shoes.

Sedona Hikes
Sedona Hikes

Soldier’s Pass

Level: Easy to Moderate

Hiking Distance: 4 miles round trip

Trailhead Location

Parking at Trail: Very limited, maybe only 15 spaces so be sure to arrive early. Or you can drive East (turn left) down Shadow Rock Drive and park on the side of the road.

Description: Soldiers Pass is a moderately trafficked trail that takes you through a scenic canyon landscape. On this trail, you hike through a number of arroyos, past the largest sinkhole (Devils Kitchen), along the “Seven Sacred Pools”, up to Soldier’s Arch, and then up 509 feet atop Brins Mesa.

If you’re looking for an adventure check out Soldier’s Arch, a natural arch within the canyon wall. To get here, you will take a side trail (on the right side) about 1.2 miles from the trail parking lot. Since the path is not well marked, keep an eye out for a small sign that is nailed to a tree that says “National Forest Wilderness: Closed to motor vehicles, motorized equipment, hang gliders and bicycles”. Take this path for about .5 mile towards the canyon walls. Be sure to hike with caution as the trail is steep, unmarked and not maintained.

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Bell Rock

Level: Moderate

Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles round trip

Trailhead Location: Courthouse Vista Parking Lot (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)

Description: This trail is a relatively steep, short climb that ascends the northern face of Bell Rock. The trail to the top is pretty well marked with cairns (rock piles).

About midway, you’ll reach a flat level where you can walk. From here, you have two paths to choose from. If you go right, you can walk around the rock and see views from the southwest. However, you cannot reach the top of Bell Rock taking this path. If you go left, you will find a path that takes you even higher. This way also allows you to climb to the top of one of the spires (experience required).

Devils Bridge

Level: Moderate

Hiking Distance: 4 miles round trip from the Devil’s Bridge parking area, 2 miles round trip from trailhead

Trailhead Location: Devil’s Bridge Parking Lot (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS) or if you have 4 wheel drive, you can take Devils Bridge Trail Rd.

Description: Devil’s Bridge is one of the most popular hikes in Sedona, so expect to see many other hikers.

If you start your hike from the Devils Bridge parking, the hike to the trailhead is about 1 mile on a relatively flat, wide, dusty road. Once you reach the trailhead, you’ll have a steep hike for 1 more mile to the natural arch. About 3/4 of the way up, the trail splits. The right trail goes to the top of the arch and the left trail goes beneath the arch. If you hike up to the arch when the trail is wet or icy, be very careful as you will be climbing some steep natural stone steps without any hand rails.

TIP: Try hiking on a Sunday about 2 hours before sunset. This is when I did this hike and there was absolutely no one on the trail.

Cathedral Rock

Level: Difficult

Hiking Distance: 1.4 miles round trip

Trailhead Location: Begins on Back ‘O Beyond Road (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)

Description: Cathedral Rock is one of the most iconic and popular hikes in Sedona. At the end of the trail, you will see some of the most spectacular views Sedona has to offer.

The climb is short and steep into the saddle points or “gaps” of Cathedral Rock. The first 300 ft or so of the trail is relatively flat. After that, it is very steep and at many times you need to use your hands in order to hoist yourself up the mountain. Once you reach the ‘end of trail’ sign, you have the option to go left and do a little more exploring around the spires!

The first section of the trail is completely exposed, so if you are doing this in the summer wear sunscreen and be careful. It gets cooler and more shaded as you reach the upper portion of the trail due to the towering rocks around the saddle points.

TIP: Since this is more of a climb than an average hike, good hiking boots are a necessity!

What are some of your favorite Sedona hikes? Are there any I missed? Let me know in the comment below!


Angie xoxo