Among the red rocks, you can find some of the best hiking trails in Sedona. Whether you’re a beginner hiker or an experienced explorer, the best hiking trails in Sedona offer a great opportunity to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and review exclusive scenic vistas for those who make the trek.
Cathedral Rock Hike
With Cathedral Rock as a prominent landmark in Sedona, it's no wonder that this hike is one of the most popular options for visitors. You will enjoy stunning views of Bell Rock, colorful Mogollon Rim, and vistas of the rolling landscape to the west. And for those inclined, you’ll experience Sedona's famous energy vortexes on this hike. Before warned that though the Trail is only one mile round-trip with an elevation gain of 550 feet, there can be some tricky spots for novice hikers and even a death-defying stretch along the right side of the lookout.
If you’re looking for a challenge when visiting Sedona, then look to Bear Mountain Trail. Hikers that can Indore and elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet over the course of 4.3 miles are rewarded with 360° views from the top, including:
- - Extinct volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks
- - Jerome, AZ (a ghost town)
- - Doe Mountain
- - Courthouse Butte
- - The picturesque and colorful Mogollon Rim
Soldier Pass Trail
To experience one of the most interesting hikes in Sedona, you must visit Soldier Pass Trail. Over a four mile loop and an elevation gain of 600 feet, you will be able to see the massive Devil's Kitchen Sinkhole as well as the Seven Sacred Pools, an important religious site among the indigenous population. The trail is generally not crowded, but parking can be a bit of an issue; the lot only has space for 10 cars, so you may have to park within a half mile of the trail head due to zoning regulations.