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10 Best Sedona Hikes

Marjorie Geling · March 4, 2022
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Sedona is often called “Red Rock Country”
Sedona is often called “Red Rock Country”

If you haven't yet experienced any of these breathtaking Sedona hikes, it's time to change that! Spring is an excellent time to visit Sedona, Arizona, which is about 2 hours north of Phoenix and only 45 minutes south of Flagstaff. In fact, spring is one of the best times to visit the area, and enjoy some of the best Sedona hikes. The ideal warm-weather season begins in March and lasts until at least May.

With average daytime temperatures ranging from the 60s to the 80s during this time of year, it's easy to see why spring is such a great time for hiking in Sedona. Beyond just the temps, during the spring months Sedona is in bloom. Striking desert flowers and exciting pops of color appear all along the rust-colored trails, adding to the beauty of any Sedona hikes you take.

Bring one liter of water per person for every hour you plan to be on the trail and wear closed-toe shoes for the best experience.

 

No matter your fitness level or how much time you want to spend on the trail, there is a hike for everyone in Sedona. Not sure where to begin? We've compiled a list of the top 10 hikes in Sedona to give you a taste of what the area has to offer.

 

Before you go

We highly suggest getting a daily or weekly Red Rock Pass at the visitor’s center before doing any of the trails. Most of the trails listed here need a Red Rock Pass displayed on your car dashboard. You can find more information on it here.

 

Cathedral Rock Trail

Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock

Trail Length: 1.4-mile out-and-back

Elevation Gain: 645 feet

Difficulty: Moderate (some parts of the trail require climbing on hands and knees)

Soldiers Pass Trail 

Soldiers Pass Trail 
Soldiers Pass Trail 

Trail Length: 4.5-miles out-and-back

Elevation Gain: 650 feet

Difficulty: Moderate (Difficult when climbing up into the cave)

Boynton Canyon Trail 

Boynton Canyon Trail
Boynton Canyon Trail

Trail Length: 6.3 miles loop

Elevation Gain: 800 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Devil’s Bridge Trail 

Devil’s Bridge Trail
Devil’s Bridge Trail

Trail Length: 4.2 miles out-and-back

Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Difficulty: Moderate (if climbing to the top of the bridge)

Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail
Bear Mountain Trail

Trail Length: 4.9 miles loop

Elevation Gain: 1800 feet

Difficulty: Difficult

Birthing Cave Hike 

Birthing Cave Hike 
Birthing Cave Hike 

Trail Length: 2-miles out-and-back

Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Courthouse Butte Loop

Courthouse Butte Loop
Courthouse Butte Loop

 Trail Length: 3.4 miles loop

Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Brins Mesa Trail 

Brins Mesa Trail 
Brins Mesa Trail 

Trail Length: 6 miles loop

Elevation Gain: 951 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Airport Mesa Trail 

Airport Mesa Trail 
Airport Mesa Trail 

 Trail Length: 3.5 miles loop

Elevation Gain: 314 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Bell Loop Trail

Bell Loop Trail
Bell Loop Trail

Trail Length: 1.8 miles loop

Elevation Gain: 700 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

With so many great Sedona hikes to choose from, you could easily spend your whole trip on the trails.   However, there is, even more, to see and do in Sedona besides hiking, such as wine tasting, dining, shopping, hot air ballooning, desert southwest jeep tours, and so much more! If you want to explore the best of Sedona on a weekend, head over to our Sedona Weekend Adventure self-guided trip.

 

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