The Best Hikes in Sedona

best hikes in sedona

The Best hikes in sedona

Sedona, Arizona is one of the most photographed areas in the world. It is known for its Red Rocks because they are so unique in their color. The red rocks provide us with many outdoor activities. When we visit yearly, we like to try new restaurants, do a jeep tour, and hike. Checkout our post on a “Weekend in Sedona” for some ideas. But let’s get back to the hiking. 

The hiking in Sedona is out of this world! 

There are so many options there so if you’re beginner, intermediate, or advanced you’ll find the right hike for you.

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Among the best hikes in Sedona, one of our favorites for beginners is Fay Canyon Trail. 

It is a short and relatively flat sedona trail with a bonus at the end. At a little over one mile each direction, it would be appropriate for children since it is only 2.2 . There is only 95ft elevation total so it’s a pretty flat sedona trail. It would take you around 1.5hr round trip at a leisurely pace.

The entrance is just off of Boynton Pass Road just Northwest of downtown. There is a free public parking lot across the street.

Along the trail you’ll be in the midst of the red rocks, beautiful cacti, and unique botanical plants. There are many trees keeping the trail shady which is perfect on a hot, sunny, Arizona day. At the very end, you’ll see a sign that says “end of maintained trail.” But don’t stop there. The bonus is an optional steep hike right after that sign. Keep reading...

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best sedona hikes

It will only take you a minute or two to ascend the steep climb and it so worth it. From the top you’ll get these gorgeous views of Sedona and the mountains! Getting to that vantage point is well worth the extra effort: they’re breathtaking!

We can’t wait to go back and try out another hike along some sedona trails. We’ll keep you updated!

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best sedona hikes
best sedona hikes
best sedona hikes
best sedona hikes
best sedona hikes
best sedona hikes


Until then, here is a list of the best hikes in Sedona, Arizona.

  • West Fork Trail
  • Cathedral Rock Trail
  • Devil’s Bridge Trail
  • Soldier’s Pass Trail
  • Boynton Canyon Trail
  • Courthouse / Bell Rock Trail
  • Doe Mountain Trail

For more information go the the US Forest Service Website or checkout a map of other Sedona trails here.

If you're visiting beautiful Sedona, Arizona be sure to book a great place to stay for the weekend! Here's some of our fav hotels that are known to be the best around.

- L'auberge de Sedona (our fav spot in Sedona for lunch and duck feeding!)

-Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

-Sedona Summit by Diamond Resorts

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About the Author

Hello, we are Zach (@zachdorworth) and Steph (@stephdorworth). We are Mr & Mrs traveling the world one romantic city at a time while perfecting obsessively organized travel.

  • Megan Indoe says:

    I was just looking into what it would take to plan a trip to Sedona yesterday so this couldn’t have come at a better time. I have been wanting to see the beauty here for myself so bad! I really like all the photos you took. I also am interested in those vortexes they have, I guess I am just curious to see what they are all about!

  • What an amazing place! No wonder that it’s so much photographed! Enjoyed every detail you mentioned and would definitely a place I would love to visit. Wich time of the year would you recommend a trip there?

    • admin says:

      Marlene, thanks so much! Avoid summer because it’s very hot in Arizona then. We prefer October because the leaves are changing. But Oct-Nov or March-April would be best.

  • That’s a lot of hiking trails, you’re so lucky you live in a place where you can just pack your bags and go hike over the weekend! I love all your pictures of the Sedona trail and it seems like you had the perfect day with blue skies!

  • Indrani says:

    Indeed the views are the steep climb are worth all that effort. The layers in the rocks are evident. It is views like this that keeps me going for the harder treks.

  • Paige says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot about Sedona lately and I’m dying to get back there! It’s been a decade for me now – crazy! I love that Sedona has a hike for every hiking level. I was trying to get a trip planned to the Southwest for February, but I think it may have to wait until fall. I just pinned this for reference though. Great stay (and lunch) suggestions as well!

    • admin says:

      Paige, hope you get to go! It’s great for a few days trip. Maybe do Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, and Page around the same time. Thanks for checking it out!

  • These red rocks look super cool. While I’d enjoy hiking there, I don’t know how I’d do with the heights since I’m suffering a bit from acrophobia. But as long as the landscape is breathtaking, it might distract me from my fears 😉

  • Claudia says:

    I’ve been to Arizona numerous times but have still not made it to Sedona! It’s a tragic miss that I must rectify soon, as your post certainly shows why I should go. Those red rocks have a spiritual vibe and beauty that has to be experienced to be appreciated, I think.

  • nisha says:

    Sedona looks like a photographers delight. One could spend a few days exploring some of those hiking trails you have listed. At the rate my travel list for US is growing, I would need several years there 😉

  • Adelina says:

    I’ve been meaning to visit this part of the US for the longest time. It just looks so otherworldly. Usually I’m not a huge fan of hikes but this one sounds very doable.

  • Jennifer says:

    We lived in Phoenix for six years and covered thousands of miles of hiking all over Arizona. We also spent a lot of weekends off roading in Sedona. You should try the Huckaby trail, which skirts along Oak Creek for part of it, next time you go to Sedona.

    • admin says:

      Jennifer, oh cool! Then you understand how gorgeous the hiking trails are here. Will try that trail next time. Thanks for the rec!

  • Julia says:

    I love to visit Arizona. And Sedona is an amazing place to visit. Your detailed are awesome so I want to visit there in April. Is it a perfect time?

  • Sedona is one of the most beautiful place. I have been there before last year & my experience with Sedona was really awesome.

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