Hikes You Can’t Miss in Sedona

Two hours north of Phoenix on highway 17 lies the outdoor lovers dream city of Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is famous not only for its stunning landscape views of red-rocks, but for it’s vibrant arts community and wonderful food scene. Sedona’s population is just barely over 10,000 people, but it attracts over 4 million visitors each year.

We spent a weekend in Sedona this past fall and I was instantly in love. You could stay in this city for two weeks and hike a different trail each day. With hikes ranging in distance and difficulty, there is something for every level of traveler.

Can’t Miss Sedona Hikes

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 Devils Bridge

Devils Bridge is by no means a hidden gem. In fact it’s one of the most (if not the most) popular hike in all of Sedona. devils-bridge.jpgThe length of this hike can be deceiving. When we looked up it’s length before going we found it was a 3/4 mile hike and thought we could easily hike it in a short amount of time. When we got there we found that only 4-wheel drive vehicles can drive all the way to the bottom of the trail head. Those without the 4×4 must park on the road and walk an extra mile or so to the bottom of the trailhead where the hike then “starts”. Now the walk from the road to the trail head is not strenuous or tasking at all and provides many of good views along the way, but the extra time should be factored in when planning for this hike.

hiking-sedona.jpgThe hike to devils bridge starts out very easy, but gets tougher the closer you get to the top. At the very top there is some semi-steep climbing involved. There are quite a few spots along the way to stop for a break and to snap some pictures so most people take this hike at their own leisurely pace. Dogs are allowed on the hike. Gatsby did the entire hike with us and loved it.

Cathedral Rock

cathedral-rock.jpgAnother very popular Sedona hike. Cathedral Rock is a stunning view to see as you drive through Sedona, but it’s even more stunning to climb to the saddles of the rock and see it up close.

cathedral-rock.jpgThere is a small sized parking lot right at the bottom of the trail for Cathedral Rock. The close proximity to the trailhead is nice, but it will cost you $5 to park here. This hike is short (3/4 of a mile long), but packs a punch (rises over 650 feet in elevation). Parts of the trail are extremely steep and the rocks are very smooth making it extremely easy to slip as you’re going up or down. There are also parts of the trail that can only handle traffic from one direction at a time, so if you’re there during the weekend at a busy time be prepared to wait your turn to climb up or down in spots.

cathedral-rock.jpgThis is hike is also one Sedona’s 5 Vortex spots, which makes it feel alive with energy nearly all the time.

Bell Rock

Another beautiful hike that is one of Sedona’s Vortex spots. There are two areas to park (for a fee of $5) for this hike, one coming from the South end and one at Courthouse Butte.

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This hike is about 3/4 of a mile long and can be shorter depending on your hiking experience. If you’re not an experienced hiker and just want to get closer to the beautiful red rock, the lower Bell Rock trail is for you. If you’re looking for a moderate hike, continue on to upper Bell Rock trail; and if you’re really looking for a challenge and can handle it physically, make your way to the apex of the spire (the highest point you can climb on this trail).

Other Sedona Hikes Worth a Visit

West Fork Trail

Soldiers Pass Trail

Fay Canyon Trail

Boynton Canyon Trail

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Have you been hiking in Sedona? What was your favorite trail?

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  • YAY! Thanks for this, we are headed there in a month!

    • YAY! You’re going to love it! There’s just as many good hikes as there is amazing places to eat so it’s the perfect combo 🙂

  • I want to visit Arizona SO BADLY. And Florida… but with my parents’ move it’s making it difficult to find a time to get down there…

    • Anytime you want a Florida vacay I’m available! 🙂

  • I adore Sedona but did no hiking there. I hope to make it back at some point. Great guide!

    • Thanks Steph! I was a big fan of Sedona too. I couldn’t believe how much there was to do for such a small quaint little city.

  • These photos are so beautiful! I’m not a big “heights” person myself, but can appreciate the efforts and fearlessness of those who can handle it. Your blog is helping me remember all the awesome stuff there is to see and do in the USA! Thanks for linking up with #TravelTuesday and #citytripping!

    • It’s funny you mention heights! I never really classified myself as someone who doesn’t like heights, but the more and more hiking I do, the more I find it can make my stomach a little queazy at times!

  • I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Sedona! I need to add it to my list of places to visit in the US! All of these hikes look gorgeous! One of my favorite hikes we’ve done is when we hiked Red Rock Canyon when we visited Vegas one year! I just love how beautiful the dessert is with all the colors, which is why I think that I would love Sedona!

    • If you’re a fan of red rocks you’ll love Sedona! Recently I’ve been seeing more and more things “not-so Vegas” like things to do and it has me intrigued! I mean I’ve gone there and stayed on the strip and done all that stuff, but did no hiking or anything else really, I feel like I missed out.

  • Sedona is awesome! Like you mentioned, I wouldn’t mind staying there for a long time. The food and coffee is good too. Next time, I would rent a Jeep for one day or two. In that way, it is easier to reach certain trailheads.

    • Ahh yes, Ruth! The Pink Jeep tours are very popular in Sedona! If I were to go back I would prioritize trying one of those tours because I’ve heard good things.

  • I visited Sedona half a dozen years ago and loved it there – such a great atmosphere and while I’m not a natural hiker, I loved the hikes here. I did a few from your lost (possibly not the whole trail) but I remember Cathedral and Bell rock for sure. The red is just astonishing. Thanks for linking up to #citytripping

    • Glad to hear you loved Sedona as much as I did, Cathy! Thanks for hosting the link-up, it’s a good one 🙂

  • wow, these pictures are fabulous. i am not much of a hiker to be honest, but this post makes me want to be! haha.

    • lol! That’s what was great about Sedona, lots of variety in hiking abilities. heck even if you didn’t want to hike the red rocks drinking a beer at a pub at the bottom of them would be pretty cool in my book 🙂

  • I haven’t hiked in Sedona yet, but you’ve inspired me to take a look! I have friends in Arizona, and it would be great to visit them and spend a day hiking with them while I’m out adventuring. The scenery is beautiful and I’d love to see it in person!

    • Glad to hear it, Brooke! Arizona is the perfect place for someone who loves the outdoors.

  • Sedona looks like such a gorgeous place! I’ve been to Arizona a couple of times, but I can’t remember if I’ve ever been here or not. But this is definitely on the list next time I’m in that area! I love the red rock formations.

    • If you do come back for a visit, I promise you, you won’t be able to forget Sedona anytime soon! 🙂

  • Those are some gorgeous views!

    • It’s it tho?! My head was on a swivel the entire time! and my camera card was PACKED with photos

  • Stunning scenery! What an amazing place to visit and hike around…the red hue is just beautiful. Would love to visit Sedona! Thanks for sharing on #citytripping