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    The 10 Best Hikes in Sedona's Red Rock Country

    By Camilla Amadi,

    25 days ago
    Photo Credit: TN

    Residents frequently refer to Sedona, which is 30 miles south of Flagstaff, as a “cathedral without walls.” Since the 1980s, Sedona has been known as the US’s center for the New Age due to the bizarre, magical ambiance generated by the vibrant colors and distinctive rock formations in the dry environment.

    Thousands of travelers come here every year in search of spiritual healing, serenity, and enlightenment. With the Grand Canyon just 100 miles away and top-notch hiking and mountain bike trails just outside your door, outdoor recreation is a way of life in Sedona. It’s important to remember that even while all of these paths provide amazing experiences, the dry desert climate should not be taken lightly. Wearing sunblock and drinking plenty of water are crucial because you’ll be hiking among low-lying shrubs and boulders. To take advantage of the lower temperatures, its advisable to leave early in the morning.

    If you’re planning a visit, here are the 10 best hikes in Sedona Az that will leave you awestruck by the region’s natural beauty.

    Devil’s Bridge Trail

    Distance: 4.2 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Moderate

    This iconic trail takes you to one of Sedona’s most famous landmarks – the Devil’s Bridge, a stunning natural sandstone arch that seems to defy gravity. The hike is moderately challenging but well worth the effort for the breathtaking views from the top.

    Cathedral Rock Trail

    Distance: 1.1 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Difficult

    Despite its short distance, this trail packs a punch with its steep and rocky terrain. But the views from the summit, which offer panoramic vistas of Sedona’s red rocks, are truly awe-inspiring and make the effort worthwhile.

    Soldier Pass Trail

    Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Moderate

    This scenic loop trail takes you through a diverse landscape of red rock formations, desert vegetation, and towering cliffs. The highlight is the Soldier Pass Cave, a massive natural rock overhang that provides a cool respite from the sun.

    West Fork Trail

    Distance: 6.6 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Escape the desert heat and immerse yourself in the lush, riparian beauty of West Fork Trail. This shaded hike follows a creek through a narrow canyon, with numerous opportunities to see wildlife and take a refreshing dip in the cool waters.

    Broken Arrow Trail

    Distance: 3.5 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

    This popular trail offers a taste of Sedona’s iconic red rock scenery without too much strenuous effort. Along the way, you’ll encounter towering rock formations, including the famous Chicken Point and Submarine Rock.

    Bear Mountain Trail

    Distance: 4.6 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Moderate

    For panoramic views of Sedona’s skyline, Bear Mountain Trail is a must-do. The summit rewards hikers with sweeping vistas of iconic landmarks like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Courthouse Butte.

    Fay Canyon Trail

    Distance: 2.8 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Easy

    If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll in a picturesque setting, Fay Canyon Trail is a perfect choice. This easy hike meanders through a lush canyon, offering glimpses of towering cliffs, ancient ruins, and a variety of desert flora and fauna.

    Boynton Canyon Trail

    Distance: 6.1 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Boynton Canyon Trail is a scenic out-and-back hike that takes you through a stunning red rock canyon, where you’ll encounter ancient Sinagua ruins, towering spires, and the iconic Kachina Woman rock formation.

    Birthing Cave Trail

    Distance: 2 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Easy

    As the name suggests, this easy trail leads you to a unique rock formation known as the Birthing Cave, a sacred site for the local Native American tribes. Along the way, you’ll enjoy beautiful vistas and opportunities for rock scrambling.

    Airport Mesa Trail

    Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

    Airport Mesa Trail is a popular choice for catching the sunrise or sunset over Sedona’s red rocks. The trail climbs gradually to a viewpoint that offers sweeping panoramas of the town and its iconic formations, making it a perfect spot for photographers.

    Whether you’re an avid hiker or a casual nature lover, Sedona’s trails offer something for everyone. With its stunning red rock landscapes, diverse terrain, and rich cultural history, this hiking haven is sure to leave you spellbound and yearning for more adventures in the great outdoors.

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