The mere mention of Sedona brings to mind pictures of dramatic red-rock formations, hidden swimming holes, and miles of trails through jaw-dropping terrain. From easy strolls to rock scaling, there’s something for every hiker in Sedona. Intermediate hikers should consider adding a few of these favorite hiking trails in Sedona to the itinerary to experience the beauty and diversity of Sedona’s rugged terrain!
Devil’s Bridge Trail
Though this trail has minimal elevation gain and is just two miles in length, the terrain at the end of the hike gives caution for beginning hikers. The Jeep track is wide and dotted with juniper and cactus, eventually ending at Sedona’s largest sandstone arch – Devil’s Bridge. The arch can be examined from all vantage points and choosing to remain at the bottom makes this an easy hike indeed. For those who want to ascend the arch, the real adventure begins. A steep, natural staircase ascends to a wide-open area that looks out over scenic views. Continue upward to reach the height of Devil’s Bridge, which can be ventured across. Be sure to put plenty of distance between yourself and the edge, as it’s a 50-foot drop back to the arch’s base!
For a trail packed with views around every corner, Soldiers Pass is a must as one of the best hiking trails in Sedona. Though you may not enjoy perfect serenity (parts of the trail are shared with Jeep tours), the scenery is still well worth it. You’ll pass Devil’s Kitchen Sinkhole, a sinkhole that was formed by the collapse of an underground cave and is an astounding 150 feet wide and 50 feet deep. Next up is the Seven Sacred Pools, pools that have been naturally carved from the rocks. If you continue on into Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, you can explore the Soldiers Pass Cave, which requires a bit of rock scrambling to reach the interior. Beams of light that filter into the cave make this a special experience!
If you’ve been in Sedona for a few minutes, you’ve likely already heard the mention of Cathedral Rock. One of the iconic sights of Sedona, and one of the best hiking trails in Sedona, you should plan at least one hike around taking in its splendid views. More than a scramble up a sloped rock face than a hike, be prepared to use your hands on this trek. Cairns help you find your way, while intermittent footholds and handholds make the going a bit easier. Spectacular views await at the top! This trail is 1.5 miles round trip, and the trailhead is located on Back O’ Beyond Road.
Hike Prepared When You Hike These Sedona Hiking Trails!
Hiking trails in Sedona often involves long stretches in the sun, so be sure to bring plenty of water, head protection, and sunscreen! And if you are looking for accommodations, make sure to browse our Sedona vacation rentals and contact us today!