It’s no secret that Sedona is home to some o the most jaw dropping scenery in the country. Known as Red Rock Country for the colorful red rock formations that dominate the landscape, Sedona is increasingly becoming a popular vacation & 2nd home destination for photographers, nature lovers, hikers, & mountain bikers. Sedona is home to hundreds of miles of trails, some easy, some difficult, yet all loaded with magnificent views of the surrounding million year old ancient rocks.
With so many spectacular hikes to choose amongst, picking out a fantastic hike suited to your ability level can be quite an overwhelming trip experience, especially if you have no idea in mind beforehand. To prevent yourself from unnecessary research and unnecessary time wasting trips to the Visitor’s Center during your vacation (lets keep it relaxing!), I have compiled a list of my 12 favorite hikes in Sedona by narrowing down the list to those with the most stunning views. These 12 hikes are the best of the best in an area overloaded with so many picturesque trails. Enjoy your vacation and be sure to pick out a trail or 2 from my list to ensure that you enjoy the best Sedona has to offer!
1. Devil’s Bridge
Distance: 1 mile out-and-back from the main parking lot (requires a high clearance vehicle & is almost always full) or 3 miles out-and-back from the Dry Creek Vista trail-head.
Location: Dry Creek Rd Sedona, AZ 86336
Devil’s Bridge is by far the standout trail in Sedona, and the one to do if you are limited on time. While not the easiest nor hardest trail in town, Devil’s Bridge definitely wins the award for offering the most jaw dropping views. What makes this trail so fascinating is the incredible ending view of Sedona’s largest natural sandstone arch, one that you can actually walk across and take some cool photos on (that is if you are not scared of heights!).
The 2 mile round-trip (6 miles if you do not have a high clearance vehicle as you will have to park at another trail head) is a moderately easy journey with a few steep inclines and scrambling up rocks to get to the ending arch. The hike is relaxing (despite the popularity) with plenty of wide open vistas of the gorgeous rock formations. Standing on the arch while having someone take your photo on the other end is the number 1 must-do in Sedona: a fantastic souvenir photo that beats any man made souvenir in the tourist shops dominating Uptown Sedona!