WELCOME TO GREAT SEDONA HIKES!
Hello and welcome to Great Sedona Hikes! Here you'll find free information on hiking in Sedona, Arizona. The website will help you make the most efficient use of your time in Sedona by assisting you in hike selection, general locations of the trailhead parking areas and information on the requirements for parking on the Coconino National Forest around Sedona.
But you don't need to be a hiker to enjoy the site. It has lots of information about Sedona and many beautiful photographs taken while hiking the Sedona trails. The photo above was taken on a recent hike to Doe Mountain. Great views all around from the top.
Sedona is a very special place - the red rocks, the mountains and surrounding canyons are beautiful and I've tried to capture their beauty with the photos and descriptions included on the website.
I started hiking in Sedona over 25 years ago and since then have hiked over 2500 miles on most of the Sedona hiking trails. I'm happy to share my hiking experiences on the website. And if you'd like to know a little more about me, check out my profile here.
The website was launched in 2005 to share the hiking photos taken by members of our hiking group. Since then, it's been expanded in scope so it now, in addition to the hike photos, provides Sedona visitors with broad information on the hikes and information on where to stay, shop and eat while in Sedona.
ITEMS TO ENHANCE YOUR SEDONA VISIT AND EXPERIENCE
You are going to have a wonderful time while visiting Sedona! The close proximity of the hiking trails and the existence of Sedona's vortexes make hiking among the red rocks an experience you won't forget. It is very important to have up-to-date information on the hiking trails so that you save time, choose the right trail and don't become lost. You should consider my Sedona Hiking Guide to help you find that perfect trail. I published the Sedona Hiking Guide in January 2020. I keep it updated. It's available here.
The full color edition of Sedona Hiking Guide Color Edition was also published in January 2020. It's available here.
And if you'd like a condensed version of the latest full color hiking guide, you may prefer a copy of Sedon'a Greatest Hikes available here.
Or perhaps you should consider Hiking the Vortexes guide to help you find where Sedona's vortexes are located. Hiking the Vortexes is available here. All of the guides are designed to help make your Sedona hiking and vortex experience as efficient and pleasurable as possible. You won't waste time trying to find the parking areas or trailheads - my directions will take you there without getting lost.
Click here and you'll find information on the vortex guides, GPS data files and my latest hiking guides -- Sedona Hiking Guide and Sedona Hiking Guide Color Edition.
GETTING READY TO HIKE
OK, enough of the sales pitch. Let's go for a hike! But before you go hiking, you should obtain a copy of an up-to-date hiking guide (preferably Sedona Hiking Guide) or stop in at the Red Rock Ranger Station Visitor Center located at 8375 State Route 179 or the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center located at the corner of State Route 89A and Forest Road.
You'll need a Red Rock Pass or equivalent to park at many trailheads on the National Forest for your hike. Click here if you'd like to see where Recreation Passes (i.e. Red Rock Passes) are now required and where there are some special fee areas (note: this opens as a PDF).
Sedona gets very busy on the weekends and the trailhead parking areas can fill up. Here's a thought: you can use a Uber or Lyft ride to take you to the trailhead, then call for a pickup when you've completed your hike.
The Forest Service and our hiking group cannot stress enough that you be prepared before you begin hiking, even for a short day hike. The humidity is very low here and you need to take plenty of water to avoid dehydration, particularly in the summer. An up-to-date hiking guide, sunscreen, a hat, compass, maps or a portable GPS, a charged cell phone (although many trails do not have cell phone coverage) and good hiking boots are among the recommended items you should have with you. And you need to let someone know where you are hiking and when they should expect you back.
The weather conditions can play a major role in your hike, so here's a link to the local Sedona weather forecast for the next week.
Finally, be sure you stay on the trail and are off the trail by sunset because hiking back in the darkness will likely get you lost, perhaps injured and in need of rescue. Here are some stories of what can happen to hikers who leave the trail.
A special note about Forest Road (FR) 152 and Schnebly Hill Road. To access the Devil's Bridge Trail (but see the Long Canyon Road alternative), west end of Brins Mesa, Secret Canyon, HS Canyon, Dry Creek, Bear Sign and Vultee Arch trails, you'll need to drive out FR 152. To get to Cow Pies, you need to drive out Schnebly Hill Road. Both of these dirt and rock roads are basically not maintained so they require a high clearance vehicle (4-wheel drive recommended). Watch the video of a drive on FR 152 as an example of what you can expect. And Schnebly Hill Road is just as bad. Bottom line: Do not attempt FR 152 or Schnebly Hill Road if you don't have a high clearance vehicle and even then, be careful!
ORGANIZATION OF THE WEBSITE
I've tried to keep the website simple - to focus on the hiking information rather than have a lot of fancy graphics. The hikes are organized by level of difficulty (EASY, MODERATE, and HARD HIKES ), based on ratings determined in my hiking guide, Sedona Hiking Guide and assessment by our hiking group. If you are unsure what level of hike you are capable of, start out with the EASY hikes until you are sure you are up for something more demanding.
NOTE: The summary information on the hikes contained on this website is to help with hike selection and is not intended to be used for hiking the trail. For your safety and enjoyment, please obtain a copy of Sedona Hiking Guide available here.
An ALPHABETICAL LIST of all the hikes on the website is here.
EASY HIKES are here.
MODERATE HIKES are here.
HARD HIKES are here.
A list of my favorite hikes is here. (I show 10 hikes on the website, but have expanded the list to 20 in the hiking guide)
Vortex hikes are listed here (as well as a brief history and explanation of vortexes).
Hikes near/along water are listed here.
Hikes to/near Indian Ruins are listed here. Note V-Bar-V is closed the month of February, 2020 for site upgrades.
GPS data files for the hikes are found here.
Information on mountain biking is included here.
The site also includes interesting and informative pictures of the Sedona area and beyond, courtesy of members of the hiking group.
I receive many requests for information on where to eat, where to stay, what to do, etc. while in Sedona. As a result, I have added a page of links for information on the Sedona area; places to enjoy a bite to eat or some liquid refreshments, and some very nice and affordable places to stay. I've tried these places ourselves and I don't receive any compensation from them, FYI. So if you are interested on where I refer our friends, be sure to check out the links
If you have questions about Sedona go to Sedona FAQs for more detailed information on the weather, location, what to do (besides hiking), etc. in Sedona.