5 Gorgeous Hikes in Sedona

Five gorgeous hikes to take in Sedona, Arizona for any level of hiker!  Read on to find out the hikes that are for more fit hikers and ones for those who might need assistance.  Read our Travel Guide to Sedona here!

Written by Ashley Hasty


My family and I traveled to Sedona, AZ with my family in March. The weather is cool, if not downright cold, so prepare with having lots of layers. My husband and I fell in love with hiking. It is important to note that we are amateur hikers with no gear or even hiking boots, so these hikes are really for the average person. We do exercise regularly, so I’d consider us in good shape. Most of the hikes took anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, depending on the length of the hike and how often we stopped to take pictures.

Adobe Jack, Coyote, and Crusty Loop


I read that this was a great pre-breakfast hike, which I thought sounded like a lovely way to start the day. It was an easy 1.8 miles, making it a perfect morning hike. I actually snuck this one in on our last day in Sedona so that I could get one last hike in before heading home. I wasn’t ready to say good-bye just yet, and this hike definitely satisfied that craving. At times the trail wasn’t super clearly marked, but we never got off track...there was just some discussion about which way to go.

Little Horse Trail


This was my favorite hike of the trip. We didn’t really know what we were getting into, we kind of stumbled on this one when we couldn’t find parking at another one. The trail was pretty crowded with people at the beginning, but it quickly thinned out and at the end, we were the only people at Chicken Point. Speaking of, it is worth going a bit beyond Little Horse Trail to Chicken Point for great views. It looks like a major climb from down below, but it really wasn’t too strenuous. At 3.4 miles, this was one of the longer hikes we did.

Slim Shady and Made in the Shade Loop Trail


I’m going to be completely honest here, I chose this hike for the name. I laughed about it most of the hike, too. This was a 2.3 mile loop with amazing panoramic views. There was one large flat rock that was my favorite lookout point, I could have stood there for hours just soaking it all in. I think that was the moment I got “red rock fever” as they call it in Sedona.

Seven Sacred Pools via Soldier Pass Trail


My whole family took this hike to Seven Sacred Pools and we spanned all fitness levels. There is some navigation over a creek early on that could make some people a little nervous, but the creek was low while we there and we didn’t have any problems. We had no trouble at all spotting the pools, it is a wide open area, but some say they walked right by them without noticing. This hike has beautiful mountain views...they all do, but this one especially. This hike is just 1.1 miles out and back.

Devils Bridge Trail


This was one of the busier trails we hiked while in Sedona - everyone wants their picture on Devil’s Bridge (not surprising - it is an amazing view!) There is a short scramble at the end but worth it! The trail head begins at the parking lot, but the first part of the hike continues on a trail (which looked more like a road) for off-road vehicles. This was a little annoying as we had to keep getting out of the way of vehicles driving by. Eventually it turns into a traditional trail that was much more pleasant. But the crowds never thinned out, it was busy from beginning to end. This trail was a total of 4.2 miles out and back.

Do you have a favorite Sedona trail?  We all love it there and I would love to know your personal recommendations.
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  1. These all look like beautiful places to hike. I enjoy a good hike, especially with views like this! I've never been to Sedona and now I want to go and explore these trails.

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  2. My husband and I love to travel when we can. We were just talking about planning a trip to that area and now I want to go even more!

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  3. i would love to try and do something like this in the future- ive never been to this part of california but its def on my bucket list- these pictures are gorgeous!

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  4. I need to do something like this one day. These are some stunning views. I normally don't like to hike, but if I get views like this, I would!

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    1. True confessions: I hate to hike. HOWEVER, the trails were easy and the views INCREDIBLE. So even this nonhiker says, go and do it!

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  5. I went through Sedona several years ago and met a brilliant painter. I've always wanted to go back there again. It's a beautiful city.(Rena)

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  6. I don't often get to see these kinds of landscapes where I am so I'd love to take a trip out there. The trails sounded so cool!

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  7. We have been to Sedona a few times and we never actually went on hiking trips. We hiked short distances to go to a lookout, church, etc. It looks like we need another trip back to Sedona!

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  8. My mother-in-law went to Sedona a few years ago and loved it! Even though she has some trouble getting around and is afraid of heights, she hiked one of the trails and was thrilled with the whole day. She said it was prettier than the Grand Canyon.

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  9. We have talked about visiting Arizona so many times and have yet to do it but we really do want to get out there. It is just so far away but I feel like if we break the trip up over a couple of days it may be possible. We will have to get a plan because I really want to see this in person.

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  10. Oh my goodness I would LOVE to visit Arizona one day and hike in Sedona! I bet the views are absolutely breathtaking!!

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  11. Ahh, those views look amazing! Never been to Sedona, but would love to explore that area one of these days.

    -Lynndee

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  12. Stuff like this makes me regret living in the midwest. This would be amazing to have relatively close.

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  13. These are all beautiful! I do not really like hiking but these views convinced me to give it a try!

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  14. I visited Sedona many years ago and it was beautiful. I'd love to go back and take one of these hikes.

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  15. I haven't visited Sedona. looks like great place to hike. I will try to go may be next summer. Your photos are really beautiful.

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  16. Living in Arizona, I visit Sedona often. Devil's Bridge is one of my favorites!

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