“Take a Hike!” (No, Really) – Sedona’s 10 Best World-Class Trails Are Calling Yooooouuuu

Kimberley Lehman

As the old saying goes, when in Sedona, “Take a hike!” Although, rest assured, this isn’t meant to be a dismissive shove-off. It’s friendly advice! This magical red rock city in Arizona, known for its mystical vortexes and UFO sightings (hey, even the extraterrestrial tourists can’t resist), offers some of the best trails in the world.

If you’re planning a visit and haven’t included a Sedona hike on your agenda, we need to have a serious conversation about your life choices.

1. Cathedral Rock Trail

Let’s kick things off with the grandeur of the Cathedral Rock Trail. With panoramic views that’ll make you shout “Holy guacamole!” to the open skies, this trail gives your Instagram followers a real treat and a sudden onset of travel envy. Only a mile long, this trail can be steep and challenging. But hey, nothing worthwhile comes easy, right? So, power through, dear friend, and remember to stay hydrated (water, not margaritas!). You’ll find this spiritual workout at Back O Beyond Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336.

2. Devil’s Bridge Trail

Now, don’t let the name scare you away. The devil didn’t make this bridge, but he’d certainly admire it if he took a day off from his fiery duties. It’s the largest natural sandstone arch in the area and makes for an incredible backdrop. The 4.2-mile round trip is moderately challenging, but the views from the top? Worth selling your soul for. Find it (and hopefully your way back) at Dry Creek Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336.

3. Boynton Canyon Trail

I don’t know who Boynton was, but he must have had an eye for real estate. This 6.1-mile trail showcases Sedona’s stunning red rock scenery, mixed conifer forests, and an energy vortex (bring your crystals for a charge!). It’s like a buffet for your senses, minus the calories. You can start the hike at Boynton Canyon Trailhead, Sedona, AZ 86336.

4. Bell Rock Pathway

Ding-dong, welcome to Bell Rock Pathway! This moderate trail is about 3.6 miles long and features—you guessed it—a giant bell-shaped rock formation. It’s a hot spot for hikers, bikers, UFO enthusiasts, and confused campanologists. Trust me, this trail rings true to all the hype. Find it at Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, AZ 86351.

5. Broken Arrow Trail

Not to be confused with a bad relationship or a poorly played darts game, the Broken Arrow Trail is a 3.2-mile trail that offers you dramatic views, pink jeeps, and Chicken Point (a spectacular vista, not a KFC special). Starting at Morgan Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, it’s an adventure that leaves your heart full and your camera’s memory, well, broken.

6. Airport Mesa Loop

A hike with a terminal? Yep, you read it right. The Airport Mesa Loop is a 3.3-mile trail that circles Sedona’s small airport, offering you panoramic views of the city’s spectacular landmarks. It’s like sightseeing from a plane, but with firm ground beneath your feet. So, forget delayed flights and lost baggage, and head over to Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336.

7. West Fork Trail

If you’re allergic to the sun, the West Fork Trail is your best friend. Most of the trail is shaded by lush greenery, and the 6.9-mile round trip provides plenty of spots to dip your toes in Oak Creek. Find the oasis at 14248 N State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336.

8. Soldier Pass Trail

Soldier Pass Trail is a hike for the brave. At 4.5 miles round trip, it offers a diverse landscape featuring towering cliffs, an enormous sinkhole (a.k.a. Sedona’s bathtub), and the magical Seven Sacred Pools. Put on your brave pants and head over to Soldier Pass Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336.

9. Doe Mountain Trail

Not just for the deer-eyed, Doe Mountain Trail is a relatively short but steep climb that offers a mesa-top with 360-degree views. Trust me, once you’re up there, you’ll doe-n’t want to come down. Find the trail at Boynton Pass Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336.

10. Courthouse Butte Loop

Last but not least, the Courthouse Butte Loop is a 4.2-mile trail with views that are guilty of stealing your breath away. Start the trail at Courthouse Vista, Sedona, AZ 86351 and make sure to bring the right hiking gear or you’ll be held in contempt!

Sedona’s trails offer a playground for the curious, the adventurous, and the nature lovers. It’s like Mother Nature’s Disneyland, but with healthier snacks. If you haven’t experienced a Sedona hike, I hate to break it to you, but you haven’t lived. So, grab your hiking boots, pack some water, and don’t forget your phone/camera.

Let’s get ready to rock, Sedona-style!

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