Quintessentially Arizonan, the majestic Red Rocks of the Sedona area offer jaw-droppingly beautiful hikes through tall vermillion canyons, weather carved arches and across soft paths lined with fragrant Manzanita and Juniper. Although open all year, Sedona hikes are best enjoyed during Arizona’s cooler temperatures, September through May. Here are some of the best Sedona hikes.

Scroll down to explore Sedona area hikes by difficulty level. Click hike names for full details.


Easy Sedona Area Hikes

 

Landscape, Hikers, Sedona, Arizona, Baldwin Loop Trail, Cathedral Rock, Sedona Area, Best Sedona Hikes★★★☆☆ Baldwin Loop Hiking Trail / 1.6 mile loop

Circling Red Rock Butte, this trail offers phenomenal red-rock and creekside views. From its gently undulating path, upward views of Cathedral Rock impress. While Oak Creek beckons hikers to take a trailside swim.

 

Hikers, Swimming Hole, Canyons, Wet Beaver Creek Valley, Arizona, Bell Trail, Sedona★★★★☆ Bell Hiking Trail to Wet Beaver Creek’s “Crack” at Bell Crossing / 3.3 miles

The irresistible “splash canyon” on Bell Trail is perfect for an icy, spring-fed, dip. Located 3-miles along this creekside trail, a chilly swimming hole is wedged between tall cliffs.

 

Lansdcape, Hiker, Ledge, Sedona, Arizona, Boynton Canyon, Pine Trees, Canyons, Boynton Canyon Hiking Trail, Sedona Area, Best Sedona Hikes★★★★★ Boynton Canyon Hiking Trail / 3 miles

You’ll feel like Superman, soaking in the birds-eye-views over 100′ pines on this beautiful red-rock trail. This easy hike follows a level box canyon to a short upwards jaunt. Here a high ledge offers super-hero-like views.

 

Landscape, View, Sedona, Arizona, Brins Mesa Trail, Pines, Canyons, Sedona Area, Best Sedona Hikes★★☆☆☆ Brins Mesa Hiking Trail / 3.2 miles

This easy mesa-top stroll is framed by picturesque canyon walls. On one side, sculptural canyons appear painterly in gentle pastels. While on the other side, red and purple valleys create a dramatic and colorful backdrop.

 

Hiker; Mescal Hiking Trail; Sedona; Arizona; Red Rocks; Cliffs; Mesa; Bluffs; Easy Hiking Trails; Family Friendly Hiking Trails; Pet Friendly Hiking Trails. Copyright azutopia.com. No use without permission.★★★☆☆ Mescal Hiking Trail / 2.5 miles

Skimming the base of a tall, horseshoe shaped butte, the Mescal Hiking Trail serves up choice Sedona views. Look closely and you might catch a glimpse of ancient Native American life in the pockmarked cliffs.

 

Landscape, View, Female, Hike, Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona. West Fork Hiking Trail, Cliffs, Easy hikes, Pet Friendly Hikes, Sedona Area Hikes★★★★★ West Fork Hiking Trail / 3 miles

Meandering through a dizzyingly beautiful canyon, this trail plays hopscotch with a gentle stream. Shaded by tall trees and sky-high cliffs, the West Fork hiking Trail is gorgeous year round, making it a Sedona area favorite.


Moderate Sedona Area Hikes

 

Woman, Landscape, Sedona, Arizona, Devils Bridge, Stone Arch, Bridge, Sedona Area, Best Sedona Hikes★★★★★ Devil’s Bridge Hiking Trail / 1.8 miles

This trail is a scenic jackpot: short, sweet, and ending at Sedona’s prize arch! A wide, treelined pathway leads to Devil’s Bridge, a 50′ high, natural arch, nestled into a beautiful valley. “Runway strut” across anyone?

 

★★★★☆  Doe Mountain Hiking Trail / 0.7 miles

Explore the top of a stunning red rock mesa on this short Sedona hike! Climb the side of an ancient butte to an easy-to-explore, football-field-sized platform. Circling the rim, awesome views of Sedona span for miles.

 

Huckaby Hiking Trail; Sedona; Arizona; Landscape; View; Red Rocks; Sedona Area Hiking Trails; Oak Creek; Easy Hiking Trails; Hiking Trails with Water; Copyright azutopia.com. No use without permission★★★★☆ Huckaby Hiking Trail / 2.6 miles

Experience Oak Creek close up, on this creekside hike! Traverse the red rock ridges and treelined riverbanks along refeshing Oak Creek. Then catch some sunshine and a dip beneath Midgley Bridge.

 

Landscape, View, Red Rocks, Sedona, Soldier Pass Hiking Trail, Moderate Hikes, Sedona Area★★★★☆ Soldier Pass Hiking Trail / 2.4 miles

Long views, a crazy-big sinkhole, sacred pools, and a cave-lined ridge are cool feature on this hike, that mashes-up some of the area’s wackiest red-rock formations in one short trail.


Difficult Sedona Area Hikes

 

Panorama, View, Woman, Arms Up, Sedona, Arizona, Cathedral Rock, Cliffs, Cathedral Rock Hiking Trail, Sedona Area, Best Sedona Hikes★★★★★ Cathedral Rock Hiking Trail / 0.75 miles

An almost “too-good-to-be-believed” photo-perfect ledge with expansive views caps this steep hike up one of Sedona’s most iconic spires. If you like rock scrambles, this hike is for you. Short, but demanding.

 

Landscape, Hikers, Natural Red Rock Bridge, Vultee Arch, Sedona, Arizona, Sterling Pass Hiking Trail, Difficult Hikes, Sedona Area Hikes, Pet Friendly Hikes★★★★☆ Sterling Pass Trail to Vultee Arch / 2.4 miles

The hike to Vultee Arch, a 50′ huge, red rock bridge, climbs up and over a high Oak Creek canyon. The arch is worthy both for its ginormous size and its tucked-in location, away from Sedona’s sometimes maddening crowds.