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Considering hiking in Sedona, Arizona this season? Sedona, also known as “Red Rock Country,” is considered to be one of the best places to hike in the Southwest. With over 300 trails at your fingertips, it’s easy to see why Sedona is a world-class hiking destination.

To get you prepped for your hike in Sedona, we’ve compiled advice into a detailed guide on what to expect when going for a hike in Sedona. This includes hiking trails, gear recommendations, places to get supplies, and tips and tricks for hiking in Sedona, Arizona.

Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Sedona

The Sedona hiking trails are a series of hiking paths that crisscross the area in an unofficial loop. Along these trails, you’ll see gorgeous red rock formations and enjoy panoramic views from high places on forested hillsides.

The Devil’s Bridge Trail

The Devil’s Bridge Trail is a moderate hiking trail that takes you through some of the most scenic hikes in Sedona. This includes hiking along the creek, seeing natural springs and waterfalls, exploring the red rocks up close without climbing or ropes, hiking to an old mine site, and taking in breathtaking views of Cathedral Rock from across the canyon.

Cathedral Rock Hike

The Cathedral Rock hiking trail is a strenuous hiking trail that takes you to the top of Sedona’s most well-known rock. Even though it will take longer than some other hikes, this hike still covers a variety of terrain and offers breathtaking views in both directions while hiking up the mountain.

Doe Mountain Trail

The Doe Mountain hiking trail is a challenging hiking trail that will take you through the red rocks of Sedona. While it’s not quite as strenuous or long as some other trails, this hike still makes for an amazing day in Sedona with one of the most scenic views possible – and even has its own waterfall along the way.

Courthouse Butte Loop

The Courthouse Butte hiking trail is a fun hiking trail for those looking to get in some exercise. The hike isn’t terribly long, but it does cover more elevation than other nearby hikes and the views are great – especially considering how close you’ll be to Sedona’s famous red rocks.

Bell Rock Pathway

The Bell Rock hiking trail is a must-do for any hiking enthusiast, Sedona or not. The views are remarkable and the experience can’t be beaten – even if it takes a bit of effort to get there.

Soldier Pass

This trail provides a diverse experience, opening up into a forested area and eventually becoming the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness.

Bear Mountain

The strenuous hike to the top of the mountain is mostly unshaded, steep, and difficult in places. The trail ascends over 1,800 feet in elevation over the 2.3-mile hike to the top of Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain offers spectacular views the entire way and has many rewarding turn-around points for those who can’t do the whole hike.

Places to Get Hiking Gear

In case you’re needing to stock up on hiking gear before you head out to the trails, here are a few places to get gear around Sedona:

  • The Hike House – 431 State Route 179 Suite #B1, Sedona, AZ
  • Canyon Outfitters – 2701 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ
  • Sedona Outdoors – 267 N State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ

Gear Recommendations for Hiking in Sedona

There are many hiking trails in Sedona, and you’ll need to be prepared for hiking in the desert. Here’s a list of gear recommendations:

Hiking Shoes or Boots

A Good Pair of Hiking Shoes or Boots is key for hiking in Sedona. Make sure you wear socks that will wick moisture away from your skin to avoid blisters. Wool hiking socks are a good choice.

Sunglasses and/or Sun Protection

Sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes, sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays, long sleeve shirt or hiking jacket depending on the season, hat, or visor to shield.

Water

It’s best to bring your own water, as it can be scarce on hiking trails. We recommend bringing at least two liters of water per person, for a half-day hike. Bring at least three liters of water during the Summer or warmer months of the year. Trust us, you’ll go through it.

Snacks

You’ll probably want to bring a few snacks. Hiking in Sedona is strenuous work, and you need your energy so pack some granola bars or trail mix for sustenance.

5 Tips for Hiking in Sedona

To get prepared for hiking in Sedona, here are some simple tips for your hike:

#1 Start Your Hike Early

Hike early in the morning so you can enjoy beautiful views without hiking under a blazing sun. If we’re hiking during midday, it’s best to go with plenty of water and for shorter distances as you might experience heat exhaustion or worse. The heat in Sedona is no joke!

#2 Hike Near Oak Creek to Enjoy Some Swimming

If hiking near Oak Creek, make sure you pack your swimsuit. You’ll get to enjoy some swimming time in the cool water of Sedona’s awesome creek! A perfect way to cap off a hike.

#3 Know You’ll Be Sharing the Trail with Others

When hiking in Sedona, especially on the more popular trails, your hike will include many others. Be mindful of other hikers and mountain bikers along the way.

#4 Take Your Time and Enjoy the Sedona Scenery

Hiking is the perfect way to enjoy gorgeous views, wildlife, and a peaceful escape from any stressful day. Take your time, stop often, and just soak in all that Sedona hiking has to offer!

#5 Grab Lunch in Sedona Before After Your Hike

Before you head home after your hike, be sure to grab lunch in Sedona. You’ll find lots of dining options, but these two are our favorites:

  • Sedona Pizza Company
  • Oak Creek Brewing Company

Conclusion

Hopefully, we’ve prepped you with some great trails, gear recommendations, and tips for hiking in Sedona, Arizona.

Kirsten Chesney
Kirsten Chesney

Kirsten is the owner of a functional nutrition company named “CustomCare Nutrition.” Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, she is a nutrition and fitness advocate who loves hiking, climbing, and backpacking.

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