It’s no secret that Sedona is home to an incredible array of outdoor activities. From exploring historic sites to flying over the canyons and hills in a helicopter, there are endless ways to see our diverse terrain. But one of our favorite ways to discover the unique rock formations and scenic outlooks is by foot. There are hundreds of places to go hiking in Sedona, and we compiled a list of the best trails and pathways in the area. Photographers, hikers, and nature lovers will love venturing into red rock country on these trails.
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Discover These Beautiful Hiking Trails in Sedona
1. Cathedral Rock
Just south of the Airport Mesa is the beautiful site of Cathedral Rock. This stately formation towers over the surrounding desert landscape and provides one of the best hiking opportunities in Sedona. The trailhead runs from Highway 179 up to the space between the two rock spires, boasting great views of the red rocks. You can also find one of the famed Sedona vortexes here.
2. Bell Rock
Bell Rock is one of the most iconic spots in all of Sedona. Located along Highway 179 just before you arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, this loop encircles the rock and is one of the easier pathways that should be on everyone’s list of Sedona hiking trails to visit.
3. Brins Mesa
Brins Mesa is a moderate 4.5-mile out-and-back trail that takes you up to the top of a plateau overlooking Sedona from the north. You’ll need to pay a $5 pass to enter the Secret Wilderness area, but it’s worth it for this family-friendly, dog-friendly red rock hike.
4. Huckaby Trail
Huckaby Trail is one of the few hikes in Sedona with water. This 5.7-mile out-and-back trail begins near the Schnebly Hill Vista and winds its way down to Oak Creek. It’s only a few minutes from downtown, so you can head straight to one of the fantastic restaurants after enjoying a fun hike with your family.
5. Little Horse
Hike the 4.3-mile Little Horse trail up to Chicken Point Overlook for a fun, moderately difficult hike. The trailhead sits off Highway 179, just south of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. We recommend arriving early in the morning due to the popularity of the trail and limited parking at the trailhead.
6. Airport Mesa Trail
The Airport Mesa Trail provides a fantastic view of Sedona at the end of this 3.5-mile journey. Some parts of the trail have steep drop-offs, so be extra careful if you have children with you.
7. Sedona View Trail
The aptly named Sedona View Trail boasts one of the most photo-worthy overlooks in our red rock paradise. This short hike stretching between the Airport Mesa trailhead parking lot and the parking lot at the top of Airport Road is a short but pleasant uphill hike well worth your time.
8. Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is home to over five miles of Sedona hiking trails that provide you with a great overview of Northern Arizona’s diverse terrain. Make your way through beautiful rock formations, dry desert brush, and lush greenery around Oak Creek. It’s a great place to spend part of a day with your family.
9. Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is a three-hour drive from your Sedona, but the reward is well worth the trip. This gorgeous canyon formed from hundreds of years of water erosion, creating a smooth-walled network of slight pathways that look like they are straight out of a magazine. The only way you can hike through this incredible maze is by tour.
10. Schnebly Hill Vista
This is one of the best spots for sunset viewing anywhere in Sedona. You can drive up Schnebly Hill Road. Make sure you are in a 4×4 vehicle, as the terrain gets a little choppy. You can park and then take the Schnebly Hill Vista trail. Pink Jeep Tours offers this trip as well if you want to go on a guided tour.
11. Doe Mountain Trail
Doe Mountain Trail is a short mile-long hike featuring outstanding views. The steady ascent is among the best hikes in Sedona and offers guests a serene spot to take in the one-of-a-kind nature of the area. The total incline of this Sedona hiking trail is about 400 ft, so it is one of the more difficult hikes in the area. Once you reach the top, the panoramic views are fantastic.
12. Yavapai Vista Trail
If you want to enjoy beautiful views and snap great pictures without a strenuous hike, then head to the Yavapai Vista Trail. This short half-mile trail in Coconino National Forest only takes about 20 minutes to hike.
13. Bear Mountain Trail
Experienced hikers will love the 4.2-mile trek on the scenic Bear Mountain Trail near Sedona. You’ll gain an elevation of almost 2,000 feet during the trip, but the incredible 360-degree views are well worth the effort.
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