★★★☆☆ Easy / Sedona
This gently rolling, Pinyon & Juniper-lined trail winds through scenic red-rocks and leads to a deep sink hole. The Jordan Hiking Trail is a short, easy out-and-back day hike. It can also be combined with the Cibola, Brins Mesa & Soldiers Pass Trails for equally beautiful, 2 to 5.2-mile, loop hikes.
TRAILHEAD: Park Ridge Drive, Sedona • DIFFICULTY: easy • DISTANCE: 1.5 MILES (3 miles RT) • APPROX. TIME: 1.5–2 HOURS rt • STARTING ELEVTION: 4,520 • ELEVATION GAIN: 200′ • APPROX. CALORIES BURNED: 390-450 rt • BEST TIME OF YEAR: march – Oct. • PETS: YES • KID FRIENDLY: Yes • FACILITIES: YES. no water • FEES: $5 red rock Day Pass (or $20 annual red rock pass or $85 national parks pass)
Sedona’s unique beauty is immediate, as soon as you step onto the Jordan Hiking Trail. From the red sand & slick rock trail itself, to the sweet scent and shade of Junipers and Pines, the “ah” factor is real.
The path gently undulates up & down minimal hills, as it makes it way around Cibola Ridge. A few stream beds, deeply eroded into the Sandstone, intersect the trail’s edge. And stunning views of red rock cliffs shoot upwards in the distance,
Devil’s Kitchen, a 50′ deep, sinkhole, sits at the end of the Jordan Hiking Trail. A huge boulder, called “the Piano,” rests at the far end of this yawning expanse. Turn around here to head back the way you came. Or connect to the Cibola Pass Trail for a 2-mile loop. Or the Soldiers Pass and Brins Mesa Trails for a longer 5.2-mile loop.
Total Nerdery The Jordan Hiking Trail is part of Sedona’s North Urban Trail System, which connects nine hiking trails in the east part of Sedona. Click here for further information.
Resources Click here to download a trail map
Directions From the junction of 89A and 179 (in Sedona), take 89A north for 0.3 miles to Jordan Road. Turn left on Jordan Road and continue for 0.75 miles to its end at Park Ridge Drive. Turn left and drive 0.4 miles to the ample Jim Thompson trailhead parking lot at the end of the road.