- Type: Hiking
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The region boasts more than 100 different trails, each offering its own unique experience. Most lead into the red rocks, offering intrepid explorers plenty of postcard-worthy photo ops. Travelers are enthralled with many of Sedona's trails, but one of the most popular is the Cathedral Rock Trail, which starts about four miles south of the "Y" intersection Though it isn't the easiest trek, the trail does offer great views of one of Sedona's most notable red rock formations. For a less strenuous view of Cathedral Rock, try the Airport Mesa Loop, an easy path located near the Sedona Airport (SDX). Other popular hiking trails include the Bell Rock Pathway, the Devil's Bridge Trail and the Boynton Canyon, which feature several ancient Native American ruins.
But making your way to a trailhead, consider stopping at The Hike House. This facility -- located across the street from Tlaquepaque -- is devoted to preparing Sedona hikers. Using their unique Trail Finder computer program, staff at The Hike House helps determine which trail is right for you based on your timeframe and the level of difficulty you wish to attempt. This facility also houses a shop specializing in hiking gear and a café chock-full of healthy treats.
Hikers should note that many of Sedona's more popular trails tend to get crowded during the spring and fall. If you're looking for a more secluded stroll, consider one of the trails that can't be reached from the highway. Also, some of the region's trails require that you purchase a Red Rock Pass ($5 per day or $15 per week), the money for which goes to protecting the landscape.