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Sedona is a true hiker's paradise!

Hiking in Sedona Arizona
A true hiker’s paradise, Sedona offers a wealth of trails to enjoy nature and the spectacular views in red rock country (and keep you fit!). There are 143 different trail heads in Sedona, offering hikers an unbelievable selection of hikes for all experience and fitness levels.

Coconino National Forest

Located in the Red Rock District of Coconino National Forest, Sedona is a premiere site for hikers with trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers.  One of the easiest is the Sedona Centennial Trail (1/3 mile one way), while the Wilson Mountain Trail (5.2 miles one way) is one of the most strenuous.  There are several books available to plan your hike, “Sedona Hikes” by locals Richard and Sherry Mangum is a good one. 

Red Rock State Park

A popular spot for all hikers, Red Rock State Park is a family-oriented 5-mile network of trails with a diverse habitat of plants and wildlife.  The Forest Service presents popular  talks at the visitor’s center on the natural history of Sedona, and living with our wildlife neighbors. 

Honanki and Palatki Heritage Sites in Coconino National Forest

Sedona AZ Verde Valley petroglyphsSedona also has several archeological sites requiring some hiking to view the glorious rock art by the cliff dwelling Sinagua who lived from AD 100 to 1300, and are the ancestors of the present-day Hopi.  Palatki contains the largest collection of petroglyphs in the Verde Valley—well worth the hike!

Plan your Sedona hikes

Before you hit the trail, visit the Coconino National Forest website for maps and information.  Additional helpful information can be found at www.greatsedonahikes.com. Once in Sedona, go to one of the four visitor centers to purchase a Red Rock Pass to gain entry to all sites and trailheads and to prepare for your hike. 

Preparing for your hike

Planning your hike also includes preparing for the conditions present in the Sonoran Desert.  There are several stores in Sedona that can help you with the equipment you might need, but remember to:

  • Bring a map of the trail you are hiking
  • Plenty of water (one gallon per day)
  • Wear hat and sunscreen, hiking boots
  • Compass and first aid kit, if possible
  • Check weather report
  • Tell someone where you’re going
  • Enjoy the views and have fun!

 

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