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Hike Sedona!

Destination(s): Sedona

Camping, hiking, mountain biking - this list has it all. Something for the curious explorer to the hardcore adventurer, these hikes will take you to the most spectacular panoramic views in the park. They will unveil the most enchanting streams and rivers alongside ancient ruins and teaming wildlife. read more about Hike Sedona!

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

  • 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd
  • (South of Highway 89A, take Lower Red Rock Loop Road)
  • tel:928 282 6907
  • Visit website
  • Sedona, 86336

This 286-acre state park preserves many of the famous monoliths and formations that have made Sedona's "Red Rock Country" famous around the world. The park has plenty of meandering trails through the high desert landscape of manzanita bushes, pinyons, and juniper trees. If you're looking for a secluded entry point to Oak Creek, come early in the morning and enjoy the solitude. The park does not permit camping, but there several tables and ramadas for day picnics. Other amenities include a visitor's center and classroom and theater that host regular presentations from park rangers and guest speakers.

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

  • Highway 89
  • (From Sedona, drive north on US Highway 89A)
  • tel:928 282 3034
  • Visit website
  • Sedona, 86339

A trip to Sedona would not be complete without a day spent bumming around Oak Creek Canyon. Traveling from Flagstaff to Sedona, Ponderosa pines give way to Sedona's signature red rocks in this breathtaking canyon. A quick stop at the Oak Creek Canyon Vista Lookout is worth a few wide-angle lens photos before driving down the winding switchbacks. Once the road levels out, most visitors tour the canyon by foot; hiking along Oak Creek, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and gazing at the towering cliffs in all directions. read more about Oak Creek Canyon

Energy Vortexes

Energy Vortexes

  • AZ-179 & Bell Rock Blvd
  • (Location of Bell Rock, Visitor Centers offer further information)
  • tel:928 282 4119 (Visitor Information)
  • Visit website
  • Sedona, 86351

New Age thinkers interested in basking in the radiance of swirling spiritual energy come from all over the world to experience the vortexes of Sedona. So what is a vortex anyway? People witness vortexes all the time, in the swirling of whirlpools and the twirling of dust devils. Instead of vortexes of water and air, it is believed that vortexes of spiritual energy spiral away from some particular alignments in the red rocks rising from the earth. Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Bell Rock are among the most famous sites for experiencing vortexes. read more about Energy Vortexes

Wet Beaver Creek

Wet Beaver Creek

  • P.O. Box 300
  • 250 Brewer Road
  • tel:520 282 4119
  • Sedona, 86339-0330

This clear, cool brook remains pleasantly secluded in the deep red rock canyon it has cut into the southern rim of the Colorado Plateau. For much of its length, the land bordering Wet Beaver Creek has been declared a wilderness area. In addition to the opportunities for solitude such an area offers, the stream's pools and riffles are a popular place to fish, hike, swim, and bird watch. The waters of the stream are stocked with trout. The lush riparian area beside its banks is alive with a full palette of songbirds. The desert beyond that oasis bristles with the highly adapted plants of the upper Sonoran Desert.

FACILITIES: There are 13 single unit campsites with tables, fire rings, cooking grills, Drinking water and vault toilets at Beaver Creek Campground., picnic area, hiking trails, Wilderness Area.

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Honanki

Honanki

  • 250 Brewer Road
  • (Address is the Sedona Ranger District; take Red Rock Canyon Road off highway 89A)
  • tel:928 282 4119
  • Visit website
  • Sedona, 86336

Succumb to the natural curiosity brought on by the mystery of ancient rock writings and pictographs. Similar to Palatki in terms of style, and history, the ruins at Honanki are larger. While the rock writings and pictographs are inspiring, they are less accessible than those at Palatki. A good pair of binoculars, therefore, would serve visitors well. To get to Honanki, drive beyond the Palatki Ruins, continuing on Forest Road 525 for another 10 miles. Like at Palatki, visitors will need a Red Rocks Pass to park and should call ahead. The site closes daily at 6PM. read more about Honanki

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

  • Lower Red Rock Loop Road
  • tel:928 282 7722
  • Visit website
  • Sedona, 86336

Cathedral Rock is one of Sedona's most famous scenic landmarks, a majestic monolith with red spires twisting up toward the sky, perfect for getting postcard-worthy vacation pics that will make your friends back home green with envy. Be warned that getting up close and personal with Cathedral Rock is not a simple endeavor, but it's completely worth the effort for the broad valley views and close encounters with a fascinating lava dike. You'll need to rock climb your way across and over steep, unshaded bald rocks and shallow clefts to get to rock's multilevel ledges and bases. Like all great hikes, challenging but rewarding. To get here from the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 179 south 3.5 miles to Back-O'Beyond Road, which will be on your right. From there, go less than one mile to the trailhead parking turnout on your left. 
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West Fork Trail

West Fork Trail

  • P.O. Box 300
  • 250 Brewer Road
  • tel:520 282 4119
  • Sedona, 86339-0330

West Fork Trail trail is popular among visitors because of its easy access, short distance, and beautiful scenery. Most of the trail runs along a quiet stream whose constant ripple reminds hikers they are not alone. Lizards, birds, squirrels and butterflies are among many of animals hikers are likely to see most of the year. In the summer and fall, when the sun begins to go down, look out for skunk! Towering canyon walls shade most of West Fork Trail, particularly in the beginning, resulting in dense forest and wonderful photographic opportunities. Hikers should be aware that the trail does cross the stream; although most of the year sure-footed hikers can cross and stay dry, hopping from rock to rock, during the monsoon season (July-August), crossing the stream might require hikers to get their feet wet. read more about West Fork Trail

Secret Canyon Trail

Secret Canyon Trail

  • P.O. Box 300
  • 250 Brewer Road
  • tel:520 282 4119
  • Sedona, 86339-0330

This is a long hike for the visitor seeking a peaceful, yet challenging trail, "off the beaten path." This quiet trail plunges you immediately into the wilderness, winding in and out of this deep canyon. Secret Canyon Trail offers a bit of everything: great views of Sedona's red rock formations, strenuous uphill, smooth rock riverbeds, lots of sun, and just enough shade when necessary. There are spots where the trail is wide enough to lay across and times when it narrows just enough for hikers to walk single-file. An inviting stream gives way to small waterfalls and the occasional pool of water, all between below the towering canyon walls. The trailhead can be reached by driving west through Sedona on 89A to Dry Creek Road (152C). Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to Forest Road 152 and turn. About 3 miles down the road you should see a sign on the left pointing you to the Secret Canyon Trailhead. Keep in mind that it's a bumpy road, but passable with normal clearance. Use caution and don't chance it in a car if it's muddy. read more about Secret Canyon Trail

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain

  • P.O. Box 300
  • Boynton pass Road, at the 8.9 mile point.
  • tel:520 282 4119
  • Sedona, 86339-0330

This trail begins with a hike up and over red rock, which lays in the trail like a turtle the size of a large house. Large expanses of beautiful open land, west of Sedona, reveal the green trees surrounding the Verde Valley flowing beneath the Black Hills mountain range. It's a spectacular site. Once the trail begins to wind up Bear Mountain, the view of Sedona at a distance makes for post-card quality panoramic photos. Though the Bear Mountain Trail is rewarding, it is a strenuous hike with little shade. Bring plenty of water. At the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 3.2 miles to Dry Creek Road on the right. Go. 2.9 miles to a "T" and turn left on Boynton Pass Road. Go 1.6 miles to another "T" and turn left onto FR 152C. Continue for 1.2 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left. Cross the street to the trailhead. read more about Bear Mountain

Red Tank Draw

Red Tank Draw

  • Forest Road 65A
  • Sedona, 86024

Uncover a secluded petroglyph site that is full of discovery and exploration, a true treasure without a visitor's center. In the spring, the wildflowers and butterflies make this place magical. Head south on Hwy 179 to I-17 and continue on the road next to the highway. This paved section is Forest Road 618. Continue approximately 1/2 mile on pavement until you reach the first stop sign. Turn left onto Forest Road 645A, a dirt road known as the "Blue Grade," and drive 1.4 miles. The road will fork. For cars with low to medium clearance, take the right fork marked "9020 D." From there you'll have to hike down the 4x4 trail to the access road below and follow it to the edge of Red Tank Draw. From there start looking around for an access trail and climb down to the draw's floor. The art is found on boulders and red rock for nearly a half mile. read more about Red Tank Draw