Sedona is a bucket list destination for many travelers. Not only is it a perfect home base for visiting the Grand Canyon or other nearby national parks; Sedona is known for famous, majestic Red Rock formations providing an abundance of hiking opportunities. Visit Sedona fans recently chose “Sedona’s 7 Natural Wonders” and we couldn’t agree more:
1. Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock is one of the most photographed Red Rock formations on the south side of Sedona. The hike is somewhat short, 0.7 miles, but includes a fairly steep climb to a plateau with amazing, panoramic views of Sedona and the surrounding Verde Valley.
2. West Fork Trail
West Fork Trail is an easy, 2-3-hour round trip stroll alongside towering cliffs amidst the Coconino National Forest. The tall rock walls provide lots of shade, and the ecosystem along the creek is fascinating to get up close to. It’s beautiful year-round and perfect for bringing along your four-legged best friend. Fun fact: you get to rock hop across Oak Creek!
3. Devil’s Bridge
Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area. It’s 1.8-miles round-trip and is categorized as a moderate hike including a 400-foot climb. It’s all worth it though – once you’re standing on Devil’s Bridge observing the view, you will be speechless!
4. Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon is known for the scenic 89A drive and provides spectacular views year-round for which you don’t even have to leave your car. If you want to get to know the area, there are a variety of overlooks, picnic areas, swimming holes and hiking trails to be explored.
5. Airport Vortex/Mesa
Airport Vortex/Mesa is one of Sedona’s most popular energy centers as the vortex is very accessible. A round-trip hike takes approximately 2.5 hours and you will be rewarded with panoramic Red Rock views across Sedona. If you don’t feel like hiking or you are on a schedule, you can always drive to the top to experience the view.
6. Bell Rock
One of the most iconic of the Red Rocks of Sedona, Bell Rock is a beautiful rock formation connecting Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Bell Rock Pathway is an easy to moderate 3.6 mile hike with phenomenal views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and other landmarks.
7. Boynton Canyon
Boynton Canyon is known for its picturesque canyon and diverse landscape. This moderate, 3.2-mile hike takes you through a distinct flora along towering buttes, crimson cliffs, and natural desert gardens.
Be sure to check out our other post, “Our Picks: The 10 Best Sedona Hikes”, for additional awe-inspiring hikes in Sedona. We recommend contacting the Hike House for detailed information on Sedona hikes or finding trails that best suit your heart’s desire.