If you have read any of my other pages on Arizona, you know that Sedona is one of my absolute favorite places in the country. Not only does the town have a cool vibe some of the best hikes can be found in this red rock paradise.
Directions to Sedona Hikes
Great hikes can be found throughout the entire Sedona area. We divided the hikes based on the part of town they can be found in using the “Y” roundabout as our compass point.
- The Village of Oak Creek is found on 179 south of the “Y”
- West Sedona is west 89A, left of the “Y”
- Uptown Sedona is north 89A, right of the “Y.”
If you’re driving from Phoenix on Interstate 17 you will enter the Red Rock area via 179 and the Village of Oak Creek will be your first stop.
Hikes Near the Village of Oak Creek
On your way into Red Rock country stop at the Visitor Center to pick up any maps and Red Rock passes you will need.
An easy hike to a swimming hole and direct views of Cathedral Rock. Baldwin Trail is a level trail that winds you to Cathedral Rock. A quick side detour and you can cool off in Oak Creek.
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
There are so many beautiful hikes in Sedona it is hard to choose a favorite, but the Cathedral Rock trailhead is a serious contender.
Bell Rock Vista
One of the most well known red rock formation in Sedona, the Bell Rock Vista Trailhead, takes you to one of Sedona’s famous vortex sites. The energy here is considered “upflow” or a masculine energy.
West Sedona Arizona Hikes
- Seven Sacred Pools & Soldier’s Pass
- Airport Mesa – Vortex site
- Devil’s Bridge
- Sugarloaf Mountain
- Thunder Mountain
- Chimney Rock
- Doe Mountain
- Boynton Vortex Trail – Vortex site
- Red Rock Crossing at Crescent Moon Park – Vortex site
Seven Sacred Pools & Soldier’s Pass Sedona Arizona hikes
Want a hike with sweeping vistas? Looking for the best spot to see the sunset in Sedona? Visit Airport Mesa. It is also very popular, so get here early if you want to share your romantic evening with dozens of other people. Seriously though, this is a must see spot. The area is beautiful to watch the sunset or take in the view any other time of day.
Devil’s Bridge Trail
Devil’s Bridge is a fantastic hike. One of my favorite hikes in the Sedona area. From the trail head the hike is just under 2 miles round trip. However, depending on where you can find a place to park you can easily add another 2 miles to the hike.
Doe Mountain Fay Canyon Trail
Boynton Vortex Trail
Birthing Cave in Sedona
The birthing cave is a popular hiking destination in Sedona. To reach the cave you will need to park at the Long Canyon trailhead.
Stunning Sedona Arizona Hikes
Driving north of 89A through the Uptown Sedona area leads you to some beautiful hikes along Oak Creek Canyon. Some of our favorite hikes in this area include:
Midgley Bridge is a short hike near it’s namesake, Midgley Bridge. Parking is very limited. If you are coming from uptown Sedona parking is directly to your left after you cross the bridge.
West Fork Trail
One of the most colorful fall hiking trails in Arizona, West Fork Trail is just north of Sedona in Oak Creek. It is our favorite spot to see the changing colors of the leaves. It is just over 7 miles round trip.
Crescent Moon Park
Crescent Moon park is one of our favorite parks in Sedona. If you are looking for a great view of Cathedral Rock or a nice place for a picnic stop by this park. The park is on the west side of Sedona.
Sedona Hiking Tips
Sedona Hiking Tips: If you’re hiking make sure you have a Red Rock Pass or parking pass for the location you want to hike.
If you do not have a pass, most trailheads have a place to pay for parking in cash. The pass makes this a much smoother process, so if you’re spending any amount of time in Sedona I would recommend obtaining a pass.
Get there early because parking is limited and fill up quickly at almost every trailhead. Don’t forget to bring water, lots of water. Dogs are allowed on many of the trails, however they must be on a leash.